University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering

History of Mechanical Engineering The 1960s - 2000...

The 1960's saw the early stages of growth of Biomedical Engineering, founded at Minnesota by Professor Perry Blackshear, and Professor Kenneth Keller in Chemical Engineering. Professor Blackshear's research in blood cell fragility has gained wide recognition; his artificial organ contributions showed the surprising complement between alternative energy sources and biomedical engineering.

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The strong engineering science base laid in the 1960's across the entire department accelerated the growth of graduate degrees which has sustained to the present. The Master of Science output grew by over 60% betwen the 1960's and the 1980's; the PhD degrees more than doubled in the same era.

During the era of Regents' Professor Richard Goldstein's role as department head (1970-1990), the faculty grew to 47 in mechanical and industrial engineering. Selecting talented faculty has produced a thriving unit of research and education. The 1970's saw the rise of thermofluid modeling (Professors Avram Bar-Cohen, Charles Scott, Terence Simon, and Paul Strykowski.

Combustion including numerical and optical diagnostic techniques (Professors John Abraham and David Hofeldt); pollution, aerosol, and building energy studies (Professors Jane Davidson, Thomas Kuehn, Virgil Marple, Peter McMurry, David Pui, and James Ramsey); heat and mass transfer in biological systems at supra- and subphysiological temperatures (Professor John Bischof); intelligent machines, sensors, and controls (Professors Max Donath, Kim Stelson, and Rajesh Rajamani); computer graphics and database management (Professors Thomas Chase and Donald Riley); numerical prediction techniques in fluid and solid systems (Professors Suhas Patankar and Kumar Tamma); manufacturing automation and machining theory.