College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

CSE 50-Year Class Reunion

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Class of 1965 50-Year Reunion

Thursday, May 14, 2015 (evening only)
Friday, May 15, 2015
(all day)
U of M East Bank Campus
(various locations)
Catch up with classmates, reconnect with faculty, and look ahead at new initiatives, exciting research, and the students of today as they become leaders of tomorrow.

All events are complimentary for 50-Year attendees and their guests, however registration is required.

Online registration is now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please contact Ann Terry at 612-626-1802 or

Hotel information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Please call 1-800-822-6757 by April 14 and ask for the CSE Reunion block to book your reservation, or make reservations online.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Ann Terry, Director of Alumni Relations at or 612-626-1802.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 14 — Evening

6 p.m., Reception; 7 p.m., Program
McNamara Alumni Center, University Hall

Reconnect with your former classmates and celebrate 50 years since graduation. This reception features your induction into the College of Science and Engineering Golden Medallion Society, and you will receive a commemorative medallion in honor of the occasion. Additionally, Dean Steven L. Crouch will give an update on the College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology). Complimentary heavy appetizers and cash bar will be offered.

Friday, May 15 — All day

8:30–9:45 a.m.
Registration—TCF Bank Stadium, M Club Room (use Benton County entrance)

9 a.m.
Optional Stadium Tour

9:45 a.m.
Welcome and keynote speaker
“Curiosity Drives Progress: From the Classroom to the Workplace,” featuring Jenna Ronquillo ('14 Materials Science and Engineering).

11 a.m.
Department-hosted presentations—Choose one of the following:

    • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
      Samira Azarin, Assistant Professor, presents “Engineering Approaches for Detection and Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastasis.”
      Breast cancer is a leading cause of death for women worldwide, with the majority of deaths resulting from metastasis. Typically, metastasis remains undetected until metastatic cells have colonized one or more sites and affected organ function, at which point the disease is incurable. This talk will describe our efforts to use biomaterial scaffolds as platforms for early detection and treatment of metastatic disease.
    • Department of Chemistry
      Thomas Hoye, Professor, presents “Natural Products as Drivers of Discovery.”
    • Department of Civil Engineering
      Raymond Hozalski, Professor, presents “There’s More than Just Water in our Water Mains: An Investigation of Bacteria and Biofilms in Drinking Water Distribution Systems.”
      Despite our best efforts to keep them in check, bacterial biofilms are omnipresent in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS). These biofilms can have a number of possible detrimental consequences including: increasing metal corrosion rates with impacts on water main integrity, decreasing residual disinfectant levels, and providing a safe harbor for pathogens and other water quality-compromising bacteria. DWDS biofilms, however, have not been well characterized, in part due to the inaccessibility of underground water mains. Detailed quantification (i.e., how much is there?) and characterization (i.e., which bacteria and what are they doing?) of DWDS biofilm communities is needed to determine the risks these biofilms pose to water consumers and the water supply infrastructure. In this lecture, Prof. Hozalski will discuss the results from an investigation of water mains collected from two distribution systems in Minnesota and one in Norway.
    • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
      David Lilja, Professor and Department Head, gives a department update. Professor Paul Imbertson, joined by student presenters, will present senior design projects.
    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
      Faculty and students who work in the Human/Machine Design (H/MD) Lab present a department update and discuss their work. The H/MD efforts are related to the design and control of systems including the biomechanics and neuromuscular physiology of human movement, human-machine interactions and design education.

12:15–1:15 p.m.
Lunch—TCF Bank Stadium, Indoor Club Room

1:45–2:40 p.m.
Breakout session 1—Choose one of the following presentations:

  • “Plague, Ebola: Spillover Diseases”
    Susan Jones, Professor and Director of the History of Science and Technology program
    With the ongoing Ebola epidemic and other infectious disease outbreaks, scientists around the world are racing to understand "why now"? Using both historical and scientific data, Professor Jones will present her research and argue that the "spillover" of diseases from animal to human populations has stimulated the re-emergence of infectious diseases in our time.
  • “3D Printing - Applications and Innovations”
    Lorraine Francis, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    3D printing or additive manufacturing methods transform a computer model into a 3D part in a matter of minutes to hours. They offer designers, hobbyists, artists, educators and innovators of all types the opportunity to bring their ideas to life. This presentation features an overview or some 3D printing methods with interesting examples of applications and innovations, including some made by CSE students!

3–4 p.m.
Breakout session 2—Choose one of the following presentations:

  • “Advancing the Treatment of Brain Disorders through Neuromodulation Technology”
    Matthew Johnson, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
    Brain disorders and their treatments remain a significant challenge for society. Bridging engineering and neuroscience disciplines, this breakout session will cover recent work on targeting electrical stimulation within the brain to treat various neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease and Essential tremor.
  • “Identifying the Role of Gut Bacteria in Autoimmune and Metabolic Disorders”
    Dan Knights, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
    Trillions of bacteria live in our guts, protecting us from infection, aiding our digestion, and at times contributing to the risk of autoimmune and metabolic disorders. This talk discusses how we can use data mining to detect when a person has a pathogenic mixture of bacteria, and how we can treat microbial imbalances. 

4–5 p.m.
Free time to tour the newly renovated Northrop or the new Gore Annex of Amundson Hall, explore campus, or attend department graduation receptions.

5 p.m.
Reunion dinner—Mariucci Arena Club Room; Caps and gowns will be distributed.

7 p.m.
Commencement ceremony—The Class of 1965 will lead the Class of 2015 procession into Mariucci Arena.

Online registration is now closed. If you are still interested in attending, please contact Ann Terry at 612-626-1802 or