University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota: Department of Mechanical Engineering


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The departmental Mechanical Engineering Graduation Recognition Event was held on December 9th at Mayo Memorial Auditorium. View the ME Facebook page to see recognition event photos, as well as photos from the ME Senior Design Show and the ME Robot Show!

University of Minnesota had a record 17 start-ups in FY16! ME Professor Allison Hubel / MesoFlow, ME Professor John Bischof / Vigilant Diagnostics, Minnepura led by Paul Hansen, Professor Wackett & ME Professor Al Aksan, and Innotronics led by Mike Gust, Ryan Madson, & ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani. Learn more >

PLUS, Innotronics and Minnepura were named among the "Best University Start-ups 2016" by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university start-up officers. Learn more >!

College of Science and Engineering (CSE) Dean Samuel Mukasa’s delegation went to Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) January 8-10th to sign Joint-Lab agreement and discuss student exchanges. The delegation members consisted of Head of Mechanical Engineering Department Uwe Kortshagen, Professor David Pui, Professor Thomas Kuehn, and Charles Lo. Learn more >

uweehrenberg lab"Dream of Energy-Collecting Windows is One Step Closer to Realty" - The research of Professor Uwe Kortshagen, Mechanical Engineering Department Head, and PhD student Samantha Ehrenberg, was recently published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Nature Photonics titled "Highly efficient luminescent solar concentrators based on earth-abundant indirect-bandgap silicon quantum dots." Learn more: and


The latest research on food decontamination with cold plasmas, by Associate Professor Peter Bruggeman and College of Veterinary Medicine Professor, Sagar Goyal, PhD, was discussed in ScienceNews. The article: “Cold Plasma Puts the Chill on Norovirus” was presented at the "2017 ASM Biothreats: Research, Response and Policy" meeting in Washington, DC, February 7, 2017. Learn more: &



Professor Emeritus Thomas Kuehn is the recipient of the ASHRAE E.K. Campbell Award. This annual award is given to a current ASHRAE member in good standing who is associated with an institution of learning and teaches courses or conducts research in heating, ventilating, air-conditioning or refrigeration at the graduate and/or undergraduate level in an engineering or engineering technology program. Learn more:



Congratulations to four PhD students from the department of Mechanical Engineering who received fellowships or assistantships. Diego Escalante (advised by Professor Aksan), received a MNDrive PhD Graduate Assistantship. Leila Ghanbari (advised by Professor Kodandaramaiah), received a MNDrive PhD Graduate Assistantship. Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani (advised by Professor McAlpine), received an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18. Zhijie Zhu (advised by Professor McAlpine), received an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship for 2017-18. Learn more>


Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher was awarded the 2017-19 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship. Focus: Understanding Atmospheric Aerosol Particles through Models, Mimics, and Microfluidics. Learn more>


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, Richard C. Jordan Professor, Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor, and Director of UMN Medical Devices Center, will be presented with the 2017 ASME Savio L-Y. Woo Translational Biomechanics Medal... Learn more >

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This past semester numerous ME researchers and students received awards. The following are three awardees who received poster awards at the 2016 IEM Annual Conference & Retreat... Learn more>


Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor Michael McAlpine is a recipient of the PECASE Award. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers... Learn more >



Professor Francis Kulacki is the recipient of the Edwin F. Church Medal. In his 46 year career Professor Kulacki has exemplified outstanding and continuous contributions in mechanical engineering education, research and service... Learn more >


On behalf of the Council of University Transportation Centers, one of Professor Donath’s student’s PhD dissertation by student Chen-Fu Liao was recognized as the winner of the CUTC Milton Pikarsky Memorial Award for his dissertation prepared as part of his studies at the University of Minnesota.


Professor Allison Hubel invented a "microfluidics" device that "washes" thawed blood! Learn more in this Twin Cities Business article:

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As part of a new $317 million dollar national initiative, and the Legacy cover story, Assistant Professor Julianna Abel and Professor David Pui are the U of M's lead researchers who will advance innovations in fibers and fabrics for this nationwide "smart fabrics" initiative. View the article here >




A groundbreaking research by Ph.D. students Vu Nguyen and co-authors in Professor Rusen Yang's group has just been published in the journal Nature Communications... Learn more >



The Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) recently profiled the outstanding research underway by university faculty, and their position surrounding community engagement around grand challenges. ME Professor Sean Garrick was featured as a new IDEA Faculty Development Fellow in an impressive article. Learn more >

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Professor Rajesh Rajamani, Professor Max Donath and Research Associate Nichole Morris, together with Professor Loren Terveen from Computer Science received a $1 million research grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a smart bicycle that monitors distances to nearby vehicles and alerts them... Learn more >


Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor Susan Mantell, an accomplished scholar with 95 refereed publications on design of structures utilizing nontraditional materials, was awarded Fellow of the ASME for distinguished accomplishments in leadership, teaching, and research... Learn more >

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