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The ME community mourns the passing, on January 28, 2016, of Emeritus Professor Emil Pfender after a brief illness. Professor Pfender was a member of the National Academy of Engineering, among many other honors. He joined the department as Associate Professor in 1964 when he was recruited by Professor Ernst Eckert to direct the High Temperature Lab, (now the High Temperature and Plasma Lab), one of the most highly regarded plasma research labs in the world. Professor Pfender was known as a true gentleman, and will be deeply missed by many people. Mass details and more on the life of Emil Pfender.

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MICHAEL McALPINE is Driven to 3-D Print a Solution for Damaged Nerves

How can you regrow both the sensory and motor functions of complex nerves after injury? 3-D printing may be the answer.
Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor McAlpine and coworkers developed a combination of 3-D imaging and printing techniques to create a custom silcone nerve guide that induced improvement during laboratory tests. McAlpine says, "I can envision a library of scanned nerves available to hospitals for their patients. It's an exciting possibility."

SUE MANTELL is Driven to Discover Better Ways to Teach
Mechanical Engineering (ME) faculty, such as Professor Mantell, continuously seek ways to enhance student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Working closely with professionals from the University's Center for Educational Innovation, ME faculty employ research-based approaches to introduce principles of active learning and effective uses of technology in the classroom. As stated by Mantell, "Active learning approaches have changed the way I structure my courses. Every day that I teach I learn more about our students and their enthusiasm for engineering."

More ways we are driven... Fluid Power, Energy, Environment, Heat Transfer, Human Health, Transportation Safety

Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP)
Professor KIM STELSON, Director of the CCEFP, was elected College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Distinguished Professor! This professorship honors exceptional faculty for their teaching, scholarly research and genuine commitment to the CSE and its activities.

Associate Professor ALPTEKIN AKSAN is part of a team of scientists and business experts, brought together by a ‪#‎MNDRIVE effort to clean up water pollution through remediation. Learn more in the INQUIRY

Heat Transfer
ME Professor FRANK KULACKI was awarded the 2015 ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award for fundamental contributions to the understanding of convective heat transfer; particularly that resulted in the development of heat transfer correlations and data sets that have impacted engineering for nuclear reactor safety and geologic disposal of high-level nuclear waste.

Human Health
ME Professor ALLISON HUBEL has been selected as part of a team that will lead the strategic framework promoting commercialization and technology transfer in the life sciences and biomedical technology. Learn more —

In a June article from WIRED, ME Professor JOHN BISCHOF and his colleagues have proposed a solution to the preservation of organs during vitrification. Learn more —

Transportation Safety Research
Researchers at the U of M's HumanFIRST Laboratory have developed a smartphone-based device mounted on the vehicle's dashboard, to provide warnings to the teen driver (and their parent). Learn more —

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