University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


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 Network (ME-AN)

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

Follow the Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network LinkedIn page here:

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Upcoming Events:

Please visit this page for upcoming ME Alumni events.  

Past Events:

The Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) Homecoming 2018 Alumni Event - ME Car Show - was held October 5, 2018 at the Thomas E. Murphy Engine Research Lab before the UMN Homecoming Parade.

A symposium for Mechanical Engineering Professor Richard Goldstein was held the weekend of October 12-13th, 2018, honoring his decades of commitment to the University of Minnesota and his dedication the the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Alumni Network (ME-AN) held an Open House/Meet & Greet Event for the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). Event hosts were Professor Kim A. Stelson and Professor Zongxuan “Sunny” Sun. Professor Stelson is the current CCEFP Director, and Professor Sun is the incoming Director of CCEFP.

ME-AN Event - Murphy Engine Research Lab Open House - Dec. 12, 2017

ME-AN Event - June 27, 2017
Building-integrated solar energy collecting windows, Mechanical Engineering Building, Room 1130 - Presentation with 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

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 - 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.