University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering
http://www.me.umn.edu/

Alumni

The Department of Mechanical Engineering has over 11,000 alumni. If you would like to engage with others, please consider attending Homecoming (Fall) and ME-AN sponsored events (throughout the year). For more information contact: me-alumni@umn.edu.

ME Alumni Network (ME-AN)

Jim Rutzick (ME 1966) has volunteered to head this group. If you would like more information,
please send Jim an email: jrutzick@allinc.com.

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Upcoming Events:

Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) Event
Building-integrated solar energy collecting windows
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
5 p.m. - Meet and Greet
5:30 p.m. - Presentation
Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 1130
University of Minnesota
111 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

Register by Friday, June 23 by sending an email to Jennifer Clarke at jclarke@umn.edu or call (612) 626-9354.

ABOUT THE EVENT:

Join fellow alumni to meet Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor and Head Uwe Kortshagen and two of his graduate students, Samantha Ehrenberg and Katharine Hunter, who are using high tech silicon nanoparticles to bring the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality. Their discoveries could lower the cost and expand the possibilities for building-integrated solar energy collection.

The Kortshagen Group has developed technology to embed silicon nanoparticles into what they call efficient luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs). These LSCs are the key element of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy. When light shines through the surface, the useful frequencies of light are trapped inside and concentrated to the edges where small solar cells can be put in place to capture the energy.

Windows that can collect solar energy, called photovoltaic windows, are the next frontier in renewable energy technologies as they have the potential to vastly increase the surface area of buildings suitable for energy generation while not impacting the building architecture. LSC-based photovoltaic windows do not require any bulky structure to be applied onto their surface, and as the photovoltaic cells are hidden in the window frame, they blend invisibly into the built environment.

Graduate students:

 


Samantha Ehrenberg
Ph.D. candidate – 2019
Research: Luminescent solar concentrators


Katharine Hunter
Ph.D. candidate – 2019
Research: Core/Shell Nanocrystals from nonthermal plasmas


Past Events:

Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) Fall Event - Tour and Tasting at 56 Brewing
November 10, 2016, — 56 Brewing, 3134 California St. NE, Suite 122, Minneapolis 55418

Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) St. Anthony Falls Lab Gathering Registration - Facebook Photos
May 6th, 2015, St. Anthony Falls Lab

Gold Medallion Society Reunion — May 15th, 2015

Mechanical Engineering 2015 Spring Recognition

May 15, 2015 — Mayo Memorial Auditorium

Mechanical Engineering Spring 2015 Senior Design ShowMay 5, 2015 — Coffman Great Hall

Mechanical Engineering Fall 2014 Senior Design ShowDecember 9, 2014 — Coffman Great Hall

Mechanical Engineering Robot Show 2014December 8, 2014 — McNamara Alumni Center

Mechanical Engineering 2014 Fall Recognition

December 5, 2014 — Mayo Memorial Auditorium

Gold Medallion Society Reunion — May 16th, 2014 — TCF Bank Stadium

ME-AN Tour of Boston Scientific — January 30, 2014

ME-AN Steering Committee Meeting — November 14, 2013

Thomas Murphy Engines Lab Grand Opening — October 4, 2013

Cummins Plant Tour — Wednesday April 24, 2013

 

Giving Opportunities

Explore the many ways you can give to the Department of Mechanical Engineering. All gifts at any level are very much appreciated. The support of our alumni and friends is essential for the department to achieve its goals.