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 1964
50-Year Reunion

Thursday, May 15, 2014 (evening only)
Friday, May 16, 2014 (all day)

University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering

REGISTER NOW! Register by Friday, May 2, 2014.

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. You will also receive a medallion and be inducted into the College of Science and Engineering Golden Medallion Society. In addition, the Class of 1964 will lead the 2014 Commencement procession.

All events are complimentary for you and a guest.

For more information, please contact Ann Terry, CSE Alumni Relations, at or 612-626-1802.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 15 — Evening

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

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 where you will receive your medallion. Dean Steven L. Crouch will give an update on the College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology), and students will showcase current projects. Heavy appetizers will be served. Cash bar will be available.

Friday, May 16 — All day

8:30–10 a.m.
Registration—TCF Bank Stadium, M Club Room (use Benton County entrance)

9 a.m.
Optional Stadium Tour

10:15–10:30 a.m.

10:45–11:45 a.m.
Department-hosted presentations—Choose one of the following:

  • Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
    Perry Leo, Professor and Associate Department Head, will give a department overview.
    “3D Printing and Imaging of Breathing Human Models” presented by Filippo Coletti, Assistant Professor
  • Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
    C. Daniel Frisbie, Professor and newly appointed Department Head, will give a talk on future directions of the department, as well as his work in printed, flexible electronics.
  • Department of Civil Engineering
    Joseph Labuz, Professor and Department Head, will give a department overview.
    "Challenges of Structural Monitoring: I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge" presented by Catherine French, Professor
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
    David Lilja, Professor and Department Head, will give a department overview.
    Professor Lilja will be joined by by students and Kyle Dukart (Department Administrator) to talk about the department's Exceed Lab—a collaborative design laboratory used by students to dream big, design intensely, and build exceptionally.
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Uwe Kortshagen, Professor and Department Head, will give a department overview and will discuss one of ME's powerhouses—engine and propulsion teaching and research with exciting second and third generation renewable fuels.

Noon–1:15 p.m.
Lunch with keynote presentation: “FYE—The First Year Experience for CSE freshmen students” 

    Join Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs Paul Strykowski, Frank Kelso, 3M Chair in Experiential Learning, and current CSE students for a presentation on the First Year Experience.

    I got in to CSE—now what? All freshmen in the College of Science and Engineering take part in the First Year Experience (FYE). FYE is an opportunity for them to discover their future in science and engineering. They can explore the many ways they can learn and grow as a student in CSE. They look at the road ahead and get themselves ready for a successful trip to their destination!

    The First Year Experience course is a one-credit required course focused on experiential learning taught by professional staff, CSE upperclass students, and CSE faculty at the University of Minnesota. The FYE course is made possible through the financial support of a 3M Experiential Learning gift.

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

  • “Physics and Nanotechnology Building Tour”
    Jim Marti, Assistant Program Director, Minnesota Nano Center
    The University launches a new era of excellence with the Grand Opening this spring of the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building. Housing both the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Minnesota Nano Center, the 144,000-square-foot building includes 40 new modern and highly flexible physics laboratories. More than 15,000 square feet is dedicated to nanotechnology research, including a 5,000-square-foot, clean room facility, plus new labs for biological and nanomaterials research not found in any of the University's existing common- use nanotech labs. This new building allows for the expansion of interdisciplinary research, as the University simply didn't have that space available in the past. Accommodating 200 faculty, post doctorate and graduate students, and visiting researchers, the Physics and Nanotechnology Building will make a significant impact in increasing the University's ability to solve world challenges with breakthroughs that will advance research and educate the next generation of high-tech workers in the state.

  • “Sustainable Polymers: The Future of Plastics”
    Marc Hillmyer, Chemistry Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers
    Professor Hillmyer will share research highlights from the Center for Sustainable Polymers focused on the design, discovery and development of next-generation renewable and degradable polymeric materials. Learn how combining the chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science of sustainable polymers, U of M scientists and engineers are helping define the future of plastics.

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

  • “Computer Visualization and Simulation: Changing the Face of Medical Device Design"
    Art Erdman, Director of the Medical Devices Center, and Dan Keefe, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
    The U of M Medical Devices Center and Department of Computer Science & Engineering are teaming up to see inside the heart and evaluate patient-specific medical device designs, all using computers. The researchers combine medical imaging and “big data” with touch screens and computer graphics technologies that are right out of the movies. The result is a new virtual design environment that enables engineers to seemingly do the impossible—interact in 3D with patient-specific models of organs and implantable devices.
  • "The Gemini Project: Building Better Engineers and Formulating Better Scientists”
    Kirk Froggatt, Gemini Chair and Senior Fellow, Technological Leadership Institute
    Technical expertise is absolutely necessary, but not sufficient to excel as a technical professional in today's dynamic, globally connected and competitive world. Employers are looking for engineers and scientists who can add real value, right away, by collaborating effectively in cross functional teams, leading key product and process improvement initiatives, adapting quickly to continuous changes, and developing customer solutions that generate profitable growth. This goes beyond technical discovery and invention. This is innovation leadership. This is what distinguishes the best from the rest. Learn how the Gemini Project helps motivated CSE students "jump-start" their careers as innovation leaders by broadening their mind set, expanding their tool set, and developing the "soft skills" and business acumen needed to optimize their contribution and impact.

4–5 p.m.
Free time to explore campus or attend department graduation receptions.

5 p.m.
Reunion picnicMariucci Arena Club Room; Caps and gowns will be distributed.

7 p.m.
Commencement ceremony—The Class of 1964 will lead the Class of 2014 procession into Mariucci Arena.