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The ME Connect Seminars Series is a platform for graduate students and postdocs to connect and share their research. Seminars will be held Fridays starting February 8th at 1pm. The presentation schedule for spring semester is coming soon! Contact if you have questions - Previous fall seminar list can be found here>

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Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Traian Dumitrica was selected as a 2019-20 Fulbright Scholar. Under this award, Professor Dumitrica will develop complex scientific software to enable manufacturing of lightweight ultra-strong composites in a computationally-guided manner.





Mechanical Engineering doctoral candidate Yunli Shao (pictured center), advised by Professor Zongxuan Sun (pictured right), received the Matthew J. Huber Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education, demonstrating outstanding achievement in engineering, science, and technology fields. (Also pictured: Gina Baas, CTS Assoc. Dtr. of Outreach & Engagement)








Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Timothy Kowalewski received the National Science Foundation CAREER AWARD entitled “Scientific Foundations for Augmented Human Performance in Robotic Surgery.” This prestigious award is in support of junior faculty who exemplify their role through the integration of education and research. This project will study how skilled humans use handheld robots to accomplish precision manipulation tasks that demand speeds beyond typical human capabilities. More>




Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Cari Dutcher has received the George W. Taylor Career Development Award. This award recognizes exceptional contributions to teaching by a candidate for tenure during the probationary period.

Mechanical Engineering graduate students V.S. Santosh K. Kondeti and Joey Benson are recipients of the Joachim and Yuko Heberlein Award. This award generously provides support for students to either present their work at a conference abroad, or visit a laboratory abroad to do research.

Santosh Kondeti (advised by Prof. Peter Bruggeman) studies the mechanism of atmospheric pressure plasma-induced wound healing. Hydrogen peroxide plays a critical role for the viability of skin cells. With the support from the Joachim and Yuko Heberlein research travel grant, Santosh will perform infrared cavity ring down spectroscopy to in-situ measure the gas phase hydrogen peroxide in the research group of Dr. Jean-Pierre Van Helden at the Leib­niz In­sti­tu­te for Plas­ma Sci­ence and Tech­no­lo­gy, Greifswald, Germany.

Joey Benson (advised by Prof. Alptekin Aksan) will give an oral presentation on the germination and growth of spores encapsulated in different materials at the Sixth International Conference on Multifunctional, Hybrid and Nanomaterials. He will also present a poster on the formation of robust nanocomposites through self-assembly and biomineralization of synthetic fusion proteins. The resulting composite is ideal for use as a living material.

Professor Joachim Heberlein (1939–2014) was born in Berlin, Germany in 1939. He received his diploma degree in physics in 1966 from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He came to the University of Minnesota as a Research Associate, working in the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory on problems related to plasma propulsion. After enrolling as a graduate student, he received his Ph.D. in 1975 under the supervision of Professor Emil Pfender. After graduation he worked for 14 years at the Westinghouse R&D Center in Pittsburgh, PA, where he served as a manager of Applied Plasma Research, Lamp Research and Nuclear and Radiation Technology. In 1989 he was hired by the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor to work in the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory. In 1994 he was promoted to Full Professor and in 2000 he was appointed to the prestigious Ernst Eckert Professorship of Mechanical Engineering. For many years he served as Director of the High Temperature and Plasma Laboratory and he played a leading role in the Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing, and Engineering Research Center for Plasma-Aided Manufacturing funded by the National Science Foundation.





Mechanical Engineering Professor Sue Mantell has accepted appointment as Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering effective January 1, 2019.

In addition to providing strong and engaged leadership to the Design and Manufacturing division and teaching group, Professor Mantell served as an exceptional Associate Department Head for seven years. Her research focuses on the design and analysis of structures utilizing polymers and polymer composites, as well as the development of mechanics principles associated with design using orthotropic and anisotropic materials. Professor Mantell brings a positive and interactive vision for the department, with a deep commitment to research excellence and an outstanding student experience.





Mechanical Engineering student Rachel Anderson is the recipient of the 2018-19 Sharon L. Doherty Award. This award is presented annually to University of Minnesota students who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. Read more about Rachel here>

In recent research reported in the Annals of Biomedical Engineering, a compact water content sensor based on a wearable instrumented elastic band has been developed by ME PhD student Song Zhang and Professor Rajesh Rajamani. Fluid accumulation in the lower extremities is an early indicator of disease deterioration in cardiac failure, chronic venous insufficiency and lymphedema. At-home wearable monitoring and early detection of fluid accumulation can potentially lead to prompt medical intervention and avoidance of hospitalization. More>

A United States Patent US 10,144,474 B2 on "Collision Detection" was awarded in December to Mechanical Engineering Professor Rajesh Rajamani and Research Associate Woongsun Jeon. The patent is assigned to the University of Minnesota and is related to a collision prevention system that protects bicyclists.



Mechanical Engineering PhD student Yingying Zhang, advised by Professor Xiaojia "XJ" Wang, won the travel grant (highest cash award) for attending the Micro/Nano Forum at the ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE 2018) in Pittsburgh, PA. She presented her work on Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Thermal Interfaces and Experimental Study of Thermal Transport in ZnO-based Nanocomposite Systems.

The Fall 2018 Mechanical Engineering Robot Show was held December 10th at McNamara Alumni Center. A very impressive show was presented by ME students with the task of designing and building a robot that does something useful. View photos>

The Fall 2018 Mechanical Engineering (Course 4054) Sr. Design Show was held December 11th. Students presented a great display of their semester projects in the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall. Project teams were judged by a jury of industry professionals. View photos>

The Mechanical Engineering Recognition Event was held December 7th in the Phillips-Wangensteen Building, providing a small venue to honor the graduating ME seniors. View photos>





Undergraduate student Ben Hamlen had a class project assigned in his Introduction to Mechanical Engineering course with the purpose of making an autonomous robot that does something for 20-60 seconds. He created a “Target Practice Robot” that shoots from various positions and includes a demo mode and a user interactive mode. Watch the video here>





The Department of Mechanical Engineering held an open house on November 16th for its new Spray Wind Tunnel facility, graciously donated by Winfield United, a subsidiary of Land-O-Lakes. This research will help farmers target crop-protection products to prevent over-spraying and minimize product waste. Read more about future spray research in the Mechanical Engineering Department at this link> and view this 11/16/18 Farm Industry News article.




The research of Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and his team was recently featured in WIRED. The article highlighted his 'Frankensteining alternatives' of bionic body part prototypes with nice, soft components — some of them alive! More>



Leila Ghanbari was awarded the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) MnDrive Graduate Assistantship for her research titled, Transparent skulls for mapping cortex-wide neural activity during behavior. The research is connected with the Biosensing & Biorobotics Laboratory and advised by Professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah. Leila is developing neurotechnologies for large-scale mapping and manipulation of brain activity during behavior. During the course of the fellowship, she will develop complementary technologies for recording activity of the whole mouse brain surface and develop new informatics tools for analyzing and visualizing these massive datasets.



Kevin Eschen was awarded the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) MnDrive Graduate Assistantship for a part of his research on the Multiscale Mechanics of Shape Memory Alloy Knitted Actuators titled, Active Textile Modeling & Experimental Characterization Data Management Infrastructure. The research is connected with the Design of Active Materials and Structures Laboratory, advised by Professor Julianna Abel, and focuses on the implementation and population of a data infrastructure that connects multiscale model components and experimental data.




With their advisor Professor Peter Bruggeman, ME PhD student Gaurav Nayak, and ME MS student Ankit Moldgy, in collaboration with the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab - UMN-CVM, combine plasma technology used for food decontamination, with swine barn air filtration research, to attack bacteria and viruses, while promoting safety in the food industry at large. Learn more:




Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Traian Dumitricã delivered the Warren Lecture "The Mesoscopic Distinct Element Method for Computationally Guided Structural Nanomaterials Design" November 2nd in the George Schroepfer Conference Theater, Civil Engineering Building.






Mechanical Engineering researchers from the The McAlpine Group have made steps toward creating a "bionic eye" by fully 3D printing for the first time an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. More>

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Tim Kowalewski with co-PIs ME Professor James Van de Ven, Professors Christopher Ellison (CEMS), Emmanuel Detournay (CEGE), and Kota (U Michigan) was awarded a $1.98M National Science Foundation EFRI grant entitled: "EFRI C3 SoRo: Strong Soft Robots-Multiscale Burrowing and Inverse Design." Their team will study how soft robots of different sizes tunnel through materials. These discoveries may provide access where access wasn’t possible, such as inoperable brain tumors, or buried pipes. (L-Kowaleski, R-Van de Ven) More>






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






Mechanical Engineering Professor Uwe Kortshagen has been elected as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). The number of APS Fellows elected each year is limited to no more than 1/2 of 1% of the membership! Professor Kortshagen is being honored "for contributions to our fundamental understanding of non-linear electron transport and plasma-nanoparticle interactions in low temperature plasmas and the development of plasma based synthesis of nanoparticles."





Mechanical Engineering Professor Rajesh Rajamani is a Co-PI on a $1.999M NSF EFRI Award entitled "EFRI C3 SoRo: Magneto-electroactive Soft, Continuum, Compliant, Configurable (MESo-C3) Robots for Medical Applications Across Scales." Professor Jake Abbott from the University of Utah is the PI on the project while Rajamani's lab will receive $550k from the project.

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Mechanical Engineering Professor Perry Li and his co-PIs Professors James Van de Ven and (ECE) Professor Ned Mohan were awarded a $1.5M grant from the Department of Energy for the research and development of fluid-power systems in off-road vehicles. The project also involves the University of Wisconsin, as well as Eaton, Toro, and Bobcat. (L-Li, R-Van de Ven) More>


August 2018

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Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and The McAlpine Group are among a team of pioneering UMN engineers and medical researchers who've 3D-printed living nerve cells on a 3D-printed scaffold guide. This groundbreaking device could someday be custom printed and surgically implanted into a patient's spinal cord. The guide "bridges" the living nerve cells on each side of the injury that could help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries regain some function. Learn more>


The Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) will feature the multiphase flow research of Mechanical Engineering Professor Sean Garrick and his research group, along with lead researcher ME PhD candidate Everett Wenzel. Each year fewer than 20 researchers are featured from across the country. The team uses a unique set of mathematical techniques to efficiently and accurately describe details of the liquid and simulate the complicated dynamics as the liquid flows and breaks up. This work won the grand prize at the MSI Research Exhibition in 2017.

Top large image: A computational fluid dynamics simulation of liquid fuel breakup and heating. The cooled fuel breaks up as hot air flows from left to right. Some small droplets form directly from the large, dome-like structure, while others are produced from the breakup of long threads of fuel. As the droplets break away, they are carried downstream and heated by the flowing air. The small droplets are hot while the larger droplets remain cooler. Smaller image of four: The time progression for a different droplet breakup mechanism that was simulated with the same numerical methods.

Additionally, in Spring 2018 Everett Wenzel and McKenzie Robida (ME undergraduate researcher in the CTPL) won grand prize for their work on how the lack of gravity affects the smoke generated on spacecraft.



Published this year by Springer International Publishing, AG., Mechanical Engineering Professor FRANK KULACKI is the Editor-in-Chief of the Handbook of Thermal Science and Engineering. This handbook features an expanded treatment of the field, including:
• heat transfer in plasmas
• biology and biological systems
• phase change
• porous and particulate systems
• thermal transport in micro- and nano-scale systems


Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP), and Mechanical Engineering Professor Zongxuan “Sunny” Sun, along with postdoctoral researcher Chen Zhang, won the Best Paper Award from ASME Automotive and Transportation Systems Technical Committee for their paper "Optimization of Trajectory-Based HCCI Combustion."


Students from Xi'an Jiaotong University in China who attended the ME 4090 High-Powered Rocketry and Stratospheric Ballooning course held a public exhibit in the Balas Atrium to display their high-power rockets and stratospheric ballooning payloads. View photos here>


For the 11th year the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) hosted the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. This year CCEFP hosted 24 students across six universities for a 10-week undergraduate research experience. Throughout the program the exposure in these particular fields of technology excite and motivate students considering a PhD in engineering. This expererience led up to a poster expo at McNamara Alumni Center where their excitement was shared with the public. View some photos here>


Mechanical Engineering Director of the HumanFIRST Lab Nichole Morris leads team on a quest for safer roads, & it's working! Learn more in this StarTribune article:

July 2018


Mechanical Engineering Professor
John Bischof has been appointed Director of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM). More>

JUNE 2018

Gaurav Nayak (advisor Prof. Peter Bruggeman) was invited to present at the 45th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS 2018) held June 24-28, 2018 in Denver, CO. His research topic was "Interaction of Plasma with Liquid Micro-Droplets: a Model for Plasma-Induced Reactivity in Liquid Water."



Eveline van Doremaele received the Best Poster Presentation Award at the 7th International Conference on Plasma Medicine, held in Philadelphia, June 17-22, 2018. She presented her research conducted in the group of Professor Peter Bruggeman as part of her master degree studies at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. (Pictured L-R: Prof. Fridman, Eveline van Doremaele, Professor Zdenko Machala)



Science and engineering merge, as shared by Associate Professor Michael McAlpine in the Spring 2018 issue of Legacy magazine. The research of Professor McAlpine and The McAlpine Group involves 3-D printing directly on the skin with limitless possibilities. More>





The research of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and The McAlpine Group was recently featured on the covers of Extreme Mechanics Letters and Advanced Materials. The Extreme Mechanics Volume 21, May 2018 cover image depicts a fully 3D printed electrically-driven soft actuator. The Advanced Materials Volume 30, No. 23, June 6, 2018 cover depicts 3D electronics printed directly on the skin.



The Gopher Motorsports - UMN Formula SAE Team took home the 4th place trophy at the Formula SAE competition in Lincoln, NE, while also finishing 3rd in the endurance race!





"Our Department Head, Professor Uwe Kortshagen, leads by example, including bike commuting!" The Engineering Wheelers Team from the Department of Mechanical Engineering was awarded 2nd Place in Division 3 of the Spring Commuter Challenge. Pictured L-R: Hokan, Sarah Chapman, Professor Uwe Kortshagen, Professor Sue Mantell, and Researcher Brandon Hathaway. Unavailable for photo: Professor Tom Chase and Professor Steven Girshick. Learn more about joining the team - email: and Twitter: @UMN_Zap




The Department of Mechanical Engineering mourns the passing of Professor Emeritus Edward A. Fletcher. More>


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.

MAY 2018

As rookie contenders, the UMN Northstar Robotics Team student group had great success at the 2018 NASA Robotics Mining Challenge held at Kennedy Space Center. They brought home an Honorable Mention and a Golden E-stop Award! Mechanical Engineering Professor Perry Li is the team adviser. Pictured from L-R: Badriya Mohammed, Laura Irvine, Jimmy (James) Donadio, Ryan Reich, Eric May, Molly (Amalia) Schwartzwald, Karl Olson, Jude Suave, and Logan Jones. View the challenge here: View Northstar Robotics site here>

A group of graduate students - the Aelios Technology team - will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Cleantech (UP) startup competition in Washington, DC in June. Aelios Technology develops intelligent switches to maintain critical infrastructure in developing nations. Pictured are (L-R): UMN CSE graduate student Shreyas Bhaban, electrical engineering; MBA student Atul Fotedar, Carlson School of Management; CSE graduate student Saurav Talukdar, mechanical engineering; and CSE graduate student Sourav Patel, electrical engineering. Learn more>

Mechanical Engineering Professor and Director of the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, Art Erdman, who coached the UMN men's crew club team for three years in the mid 70s, had an 8-person crew shell named in his honor at the May 18th christening. The group photo includes UMN crew team members who were on the maiden voyage of the Dr Art Erdman. Years ago Prof. Erdman was an essential part of building the beautiful Minnesota boathouse, now the Irene Claudia Kroll Boathouse.

Congratulations and thank you to these CSE Retirees for their dedication and commitment to the University of Minnesota. (Photo on left, L-R) Christopher Ellis - St. Anthony Falls Lab, Albert Marden - School of Mathematics, Arkady Vainshtein - School of Physics and Astronomy, ME Regents Professor Richard Goldstein, and Terry Jones - School of Physics and Astronomy. (Photo on right) Center - ME Retiree Professor Goldstein, with ME Department Head Uwe Kortshagen, and CSE Interim Dean Mos Kaveh.

Congratulations to these ME Fellowship Recipients. Gaurav Nayak (advised by Prof. Bruggeman) is the recipient of the Kermit and Ione Ebeltoft 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Fellowship. The title of Gaurav's research is, A Novel Technology to Prevent the Spread of Airborne Infections. Mark Gilbertson (advised by Prof. Kowalewski and Prof. Van de Ven) received a 2017-18 Interdisciplinary Fellowship. The title of Mark's research is, Inverse Design of Soft Robotic Actuators with Application in Medicine. Kevin Mallery (advised by Prof. Hong) received a 2017-18 MNDrive Informatic Fellowship. The title of Kevin's research is, Holographic Image Processing for Robotics Applications. (L-R - Nayak, Gilbertson, Mallery)

The Mechanical Engineering Graduation Recognition Event was held late in the afternoon on May 11th in Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony was held in the evening at the 3M Arena at Mariucci. Visit the CSE website for information, view commencement video here, and view commencement photos here. The Mechanical Engineering Department graduation recognition event provides a smaller venue to honor the graduating seniors. Photos from the ME Recognition Event can be viewed here>



An impressive exhibition of work at the ME4054 Senior Design Show, held May 1st in the Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall. View photos here>

A HumanFIRST quest - Based on averages provided by St. Paul Police, every other day a pedestrian or cyclist is struck in St Paul. The UMN Center for Transportation Studies & the CSE Mechanical Engineering HumanFIRST lab, along with Director Nichole Morris and team, are on a quest for solutions. View Kare 11 news feature here>



The Gopher Motorsports - UMN Formula SAE team is at Michigan International Speedway May 9-13th competing against 120 teams from all over the world! What an experience! More to come!



Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor Michael McAlpine will be a keynote at the American Urological Association 113th Annual Meeting. ME Assistant Professor Tim Kowalewski and Department of Urology Associate Professor Rob Sweet are Chairs of the event.


Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Guanglin Yu received the WITec Bronze PaperAward. This award recognizes exceptional scientific publications based on results acquired with a WITec microscope. Learn more about award here> The research of Guanglin Yu and Mechanical Engineering Professor Allison Hubel was also featured on the cover of Biophysical Journal here.

The UMN Doctoral Research Showcase was held last month and two mechanical engineering fellows participated. Xuewang Wu presented on "Thermal Management and Solid-State Energy Conversion Enabled by Micro/Nanostructured Materials" and Zhijie Zhu presented "3D Printing Functional Materials on Moving Freeform Surfaces." 

The goals of the showcase are to help doctoral fellows share research presentations outside of their disciplines, and share innovative university research with the community. Learn more about the 3D Printing Research here>, featured on KARE11 here> and in Nature here>

(Photos are representational of showcase): L-Xuewang Wu with his poster / Right: Zhijie Zhu with his poster


Congratulations to six PhD students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering who received Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2018-19 academic year. Qingfeng Cao (advised by Professors Pui and Shen) - research topic: "SALSCS - A Pollution Cleaning System for Urban Air Remediation". Jesse Fosheim (advised by Prof. Davidson) - research topic: "Solar Fuels via Solar Chemical-Looping Methane Reforming". Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani (advised by Prof. McAlpine) - research topic: "3D Printing Soft Electromechanical Transducers and their Application in the Development of Organ Models with Integrated Functionalities". Vighneswara Siva Santosh Kondeti (advised by Prof. Bruggeman) - research topic: "A Novel Plasma Approach to Green Chemical Processing, Synthesis and Wound Healing". Yunli Shao (advised by Prof. Sun) - research topic: "Integrated Vehicle Dynamics and Powertrain Operation Optimization for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles". Everett Wenzel (advised by Prof. Garrick) - research topic: "Developing Sufficiently Affordable and Accurate Spray Simulation Techniques for use in Fundamental Research and Engineering Applications".

APRIL 2018

The 2018 Gopher Motorsports UNVEIL was April 27th! Visit the UMN Gopher Motorsports FSAE Facebook page here to learn more!



Professor Peter Bruggeman received the 2018 AVS Peter Mark Memorial Award. The award was established in 1979 as a memorial to Dr. Peter Mark, who served as Editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology from 1975 until his death in 1979, and recognizes the outstanding theoretical or experimental work by a young scientist or engineer. The award consists of a cash award, a plaque, and an honorary lectureship at the AVS International Symposium.


Corey Cruttenden has been selected to receive a MnDRIVE Neuromodulation Graduate Fellowship for 2018-2019. This fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students working in the area of neuromodulation. Corey's research focuses on development of neural sensors and estimation algorithms for improved understanding of brain function. Corey is co-advised by ME Prof. Rajesh Rajamani and Professor Wei Chen from the UMN Department of Radiology.

U.S. Army could enlist robots inspired by Invertebrates and UMN Research. The research of Associate Prof. Mike McAlpine, lead author and graduate student Ghazaleh Haghiashtiani, and post doctural student Sung-Hyun Park, was featured in ARL News, ScienceDirect and c|net sci-tech.


CSE Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, Kim Stelson, was awarded Fellow of the ASME, an organization promoting the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering.

Professor Yoshio Otani from Kanazawa University visited the Mechanical Engineering department as a lecturer for the 15th Annual Fingerson/TSI Distinguished Lecturer Series. Professor Otani received the Fingerson/TSI Distinguished Lecturer Award. Pictured left-right: TSI representative Beau Farmer, CSE Interim Dean Mos Kaveh, Professor Yoshio Otani, ME Department Head Uwe Kortshagen, TSI representative Jerry Bark, and ME Professor David Pui.



Congratuations to Mechanical Engineering undergraduate sophomore Judith Dominguez who received the 2018 Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarship.


Mechanical Engineering Professor and Department Head Uwe Kortshagen was awarded a $6.4M Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant funded by the Department of Defense, for the project "New Materials from Dusty Plasmas." Learn more>

MARCH 2018

Patent Roll Call — Spring 2018 - Professor Aksan, Professor Bischof, Professor Erdman, Assoc. Prof. Hogan, Professor Rajamani, and researcher Harishankar Natesan recently received patents for their discoveries. Learn more about these patents and view all patents received>

Mechanical Engineering Professor David Pui and PhD student Qingfeng Cao presented the Solar-Assisted Large-Scale Cleaning System (SALSCS) concept and it's predicted performance over the Beijing urban area in a series of two papers (Aerosol and Air Quality Research, 2015; Science of the Total Environment, 2018). The prototype model with 60 meter high tower set up by Prof. Junji Cao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has received wide coverages in dozens of TV news and newspapers. Recently, it was reported by Nature, U.K. Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report, Digital Trends, and NBC Universal." Learn more about the SALSCS>


Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Xiaojia Wang was selected for the 2018 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. This award is administered by 3M Research and Development in partnership with the Corporate Giving Program. It recognizes outstanding junior faculty and encourages the pursuit of new ideas among non-tenured professors, giving them the opportunity to interact with their peers and 3M scientists.

Aelios Technology
, a team comprised of UMN graduate students, received grand prize in the Acara Challenge graduate division. The Acara Challenge is a business venture competition that highlights UMN student ideas that have potential to change the world. Their device, iPlugD, is intended to help hospitals extend power life by redirecting supply from non-critical devices to more critical ones. Learn more>

mcalpineBenjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor Michael McAlpine has won the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research. This award recognizes younger faculty members who have shown outstanding ability in research.

Professor Michael McAlpine will be a featured speaker at the upcoming DEVICETALKS Minnesota conference June 4-5, 2018. DEVICETALKS is a networking event for industry leaders. This event provides exclusive insights in medicine coupled with a technology showcase featuring the hottest med tech companies in the marketplace. Registration information>

The research of Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and team was featured on the cover of Advanced Materials Technologies. The feature article is titled "Bioprinting: 3D Printed Organ Models with Physical Properties of Tissue and Integrated Sensors." Learn more>

Two major research grants were awarded to Mechanical Engineering faculty. Professors James Van de Ven, Thomas Chase and Perry Li, along with a team from Milwaukee School of Engineering, Eaton, and Bobcat, were recently awarded a $1.85M grant from the Department of Energy to develop a variable displacement hydraulic motor to improve the efficiency of off-highway vehicles. Professor William Northrop won a $1.1M grant to study higher efficiency natural gas engines. Learn more>

A Sea Life care team worked with a team of UMN students, led by Mechanical Engineering graduate student Davis Fay, and used data collected from the U’s Veterinary Hospital to create an exoshell for Seemore, a 100-pound turtle. They used equipment from the U’s Institute for Engineering in Medicine 3-D Printing Core to print a 3-D prototype exoshell. Learn more>

Mechanical Engineering doctoral candidate Woongsun Jeon, advised by Professor Rajesh Rajamani, received the Matthew J. Huber Award for Excellence in Transportation Research and Education, demonstrating outstanding achievements in engineering, science, and technology fields.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Zongxuan "Sunny" Sun has been appointed to become Director of the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) effective July 1, 2018. Professor Sun will succeed the current director, Professor Kim Stelson, who has led the CCEFP since it's founding in 2006.

Professor Sun has been active in highly innovative research projects in fluid power including free-piston engine pumps, hydrostatic dynamometers, rapid compression and expansion machines, and connected vehicles. He has led the successful effort to create a DOE program in fluid power systems research for commercial off-road vehicles.

february 2018

The Aelios Technology team was named one of two runner-up startup companies in the 2018 Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP) Midwest Showcase in Chicago. This honor wins a place in upcoming national competitions! Aelios Technology develops intelligent switches to maintain critical infrastructure in developing nations. Pictured are (left to right): UMN CSE graduate students Shreyas Bhaban, electrical engineering; Saurav Talukdar, mechanical engineering; and Sourav Patel, electrical engineering. The fourth member of Aelios Technology, Atul Fotedar, MBA student in the Carlson School of Management, is not pictured. Learn more>

TSI Incorporated has entered into an agreement with the UMN Foundation and Regents to endow a fund establishing a Chair in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The Benjamin Y.H. Liu - TSI Applied Technology Chair in Mechanical Engineering recognizes University alumnus Dr. Benjamin Liu. Dr. Liu is an award-winning researcher and entrepreneur who has dedicated his career to aerosols and particles research. Learn more>

Distinguished McKnight University Professor Tianhong Cui was awarded Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his distinguished accomplishments on micro and nano electro mechanical systems (M/NEMS).


The Department of Mechanical Engineering mourns the passing of Professor Barney Klamecki. A highly respected teacher, scholar, and expert in manufacturing processes, Professor Klamecki is remembered for his positive personality, inspiring humor, and willingness to serve his department. Learn more>


The Department of Mechanical Engineering has acquired a 23' Wind Tunnel donated by WinField United, greatly expanding research capabilities for the department and the work of Associate Professor Hogan and team.

Mechanical Engineering Professor
Rajesh Rajamani was one of three plenary speakers at the 2018 Indian Control Conference held in IIT Kanpur, India, January 4-6th. This is an annual conference co-sponsored by the IEEE Control Systems Society. Learn more>



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