2014 Golden Medallion Society Reunion
Friday, May 16, 2014
University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering
REGISTER NOW! Register by Friday, May 2, 2014.
The Golden Medallion Society honors University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology) alumni who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation. With each passing year, all members of the Golden Medallion Society are invited back to campus to celebrate with new society members. Be sure to bring your medallion if you've previously been inducted.
The cost for this event is $24 per person (UMAA members) and $26 per person (non-UMAA members).
For more information, please contact Megan Orr, External Relations Special Events Manager, at email@example.com or 612-625-3767.
Schedule of Events
Friday, May 16, 2014 — All day
Registration—TCF Bank Stadium, M Club Room (use Benton County entrance)
Optional Stadium Tour
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.
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.
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.
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.
Free time to explore campus or attend department graduation receptions.
Reunion picnic—Mariucci Arena Club Room