AEM Students Studying Balas Atrium
Graduate Students Working on Fluid Mechanics Experiment
UMN Rocket Team Design and Build Rocket
Researcher Working on Fluid Mechanics Experiment
Students Collaboratively Work on Senior Design Team Project
Rocket Team Members Engineer Rocket Design
Undergraduate Student Works on UAV Model
Undergraduate Senior Design Student Work on Wing Structure
The AEM Department is home to high-caliber research laboratories that provide a place for research and training. The facilities below are organized by discipline.
Laboratory for Complex Flows: This lab focuses on investigating fundamental gas and liquid flows, using laser and camera equipment used for flow visualization and particle image velocimetry (PIV). 30B Akerman Hall
Turbulent Shear Flow Laboratory: This lab specializes in the study of turbulent shear flows using two large wind tunnels and one small portable wind tunnel that each contain a strain gauge balance that can measure three forces and the three related moments. 30 Akerman Hall
Turbulent Water Channel and Flying PIV System: This lab researches turbulent flows by using an in house dual stereo-PIV system to provide three-dimensional velocity field data. This lab is also involved with the development of multivariate visualization methods for the data sets of these experiments. 30A Akerman Hall
Computational Hypersonics Research Lab:The overall goal of the lab is to develop physics-based models and high-fidelity numerical methods to predict the operation of hypersonic flight vehicles and to discover new hypersonic flow physics. 230 Akerman Hall
Computational Fluids Lab: This lab focuses on research regarding modeling complex fluid flows by developing numerical methods and algorithms to analyze complicated turbulent flows and complex gas flows. 320 Akerman Hall
The Solid Mechanic and Materials labs allow students to gain hands on experience in studying active materials.
Active Materials Lab: This lab is used for the study of active materials, primarily shape memory, magnetostrictive, and multiferroic materials using multiple pieces of equipment including an in-situ Moiré microscopy, a magneto-mechanical testing machine, and more. 24 Akerman Hall
Single Crystal Growth Facility: This lab grows large, single crystals using the Bridgman method in order to prepare buttons of metal alloys of arbitrary composition as well as growing crystals of shape memory alloys, ferromagnetic shape-memory alloys, and other alloys. 20 Akerman Hall
Self Assembly and Energy Conversion Lab: This lab houses two main research projects: (1) self-assembly of objective structures and (2) ferromagnetic alloys which convert heat directly into electricity. 504 Shepherd Lab
The Aerospace Systems labs allow students to design and create aircraft pieces that relate to the guidance, navigation, and control algorithms.
The Guidance and Navigation Aerosystems Laboratory: This lab focuses on the guidance, navigation, and control algorithms within applications to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), cubesats, and wind turbines using software technologies created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, UC-Berkeley, and Caltech. 309 Akerman Hall Avionics Laboratory: This lab primarily centers around researching, designing, and developing algorithms and systems for navigation and guidance of vehicles. 404 Akerman Hall
The UAV Laboratory: This lab has the goal to support research activities within the department including control, navigation and guidance algorithms, embedded fault detection methods, and system identification tools. 19 Akerman Hall
Control, Robotics, and Intelligent Systems Laboratory: This lab, referenced as the CORIES Lab, aims at developing novel theory and algorithms for achieving efficient and resilient operation of autonomous robots in uncertain and dynamic environments, possibly in close proximity to other robots and human actors. 5 Akerman Hall Small Satellite Laboratory (Clean Room): These three labs allow faculty and students from various departments at the University of Minnesota to work on building two small satellites with the assistance of NASA and the U.S. Airforce. 502 Shepherd Lab Small Satellite Laboratory: These three labs allow faculty and students from various departments at the University of Minnesota to work on building two small satellites with the assistance of NASA and the U.S. Airforce. 508 Shepherd Lab Small Satellite Laboratory (#2): These three labs allow faculty and students from various departments at the University of Minnesota to work on building two small satellites with the assistance of NASA and the U.S. Airforce. 512/514 Shepherd Lab Aerospace, Robotics, Dynamics, and Control Laboratory: This lab develops and tests novel dynamic modeling and control theory with applications to unmanned aerial vehicles, spacecraft, and robotic systems. 130C Akerman Hall
Additional AEM facilities provide a space for students and faculty to collaborate on student projects, research, and instruction. These labs allow students to participate in research as undergraduates, as well as conduct research as graduate students.
Wind Tunnel Lab: This lab houses the two Departmental low speed wind tunnels. Both of these tunnels operate at maximum speed of about 30 meters/second and have large cross-section test sections. One is open return and the other is closed return. 430 Akerman Hall
Undergraduate ATK Aerospace & Design Lab: This lab is a space designed to accommodate the needs of a group of design teams. The design lab gives undergraduate students an opportunity to get their hands dirty and construct prototypes and proof-of-concept models.
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Aeromechanics Lab: This lab serves to give students an understanding of experimental methods and design in fluid and solid mechanics. Students learn wind tunnel and water channel experiments involving flow visualization, pressure, velocity, and force measurements.
25 Akerman Hall Instrumentation Laboratory:This lab is meant to give students a fundamental understanding of the measurement of a physical quantity using sensors, instrumentation amplifiers, and analog to digital converter which then interface with computers to record results. 3 Akerman Hall
Freshman Seminar Build Activities Student Project Room: Freshman students are given the opportunity to explore Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics as a major. The seminar classes give first-year students exposure to work in a small class environment. The freshmen seminar is conducted during fall and spring semesters. Students participate in flight testing field trips and course projects can range from stratospheric ballooning, model aircraft design flight, or high powered rocketry. 394 Shepherd Labs
Richard and Shirley DeLeo Undergraduate Student Lounge: serves as a resource and work space. The room allows AEM undergraduates and other University students with interests in aeronautics and astronautics a place to gather and participate in community-building activities such as student engineering projects and event planning (for outreach events, laboratory tours, etc). 130D Akerman Hall
MN Space Grant Stratospheric Ballooning & High Power Rocketry Build: The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is part of the NASA Funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program established by Congress in 1988. Nationally, Space Grant is a network of 52 university-based statewide consortia (all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico) with nearly 1000 affiliates.
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Teaching Assistant Support for Students: The AEM Department encourages its students to visit their teaching assistants if they have questions on their homework, need clarification on assignments, and or want to make connections with those in their field. 123 Akerman Hall
Faculty and students have access to additional University facilities for the purpose of research, student projects, and more. Many of these facilities are located on campus and are accessible to all CSE students during their open hours.
Anderson Student Innovation Labs: These three labs grant students access to over 20 3D printers, 4 laser cutters, an electronic assembly area, a 3D scanner for digitizing objects, a materials testing load frame, welding facilities, and a comprehensive collection of woodworking tools. Mechanical & Civil Engineering Buildings
Minnesota Supercomputing Institute: This lab provides access to High Performance Computing (HPC), storage, and visualization resources. MSI offers supercomputers and labs with a wide selection of software, application and database solutions, web and database hosting, and consulting 117 Pleasant St SE
CSE Shop: The University of Minnesota CSE shop provides a wide array of machine shop services for research, including fabrication, machining, welding, on-site inspection, and consulting. 161 Mechanical Engineering Building Mechanical Engineering Student Shop: The Mechanical Engineering Student Shop is available for approved students from Aerospace Engineering to assist on projects. 176 Mechanical Engineering Building Characterization Facility: This lab is a multi-user, shared instrumentation facility for materials research. Analytical capabilities include microscopy via electron beams, force probes and visible light, including cryogenic methods; elemental and chemical imaging including depth profiling; elemental, chemical and mass spectrometry; atomic and molecular structure analysis via X-ray, ion, or electron scattering; nanomechanical and nanotribological probes; and other tools for surface and thin-film metrology. 12 Shepherds Labs
Institute for Rock Magnetism: This lab was established as a national multi-user facility to provide state-of-the-art facilities and technical expertise to the greater geomagnetic community. Equipment includes various magnetometers, a magnetic properties measurement system, Mossbauer spectrometers, and magnetizers/demagnetizers. Institute for Rock Magnetism
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory: The St. Anthony Falls Laboratory is an interdisciplinary fluids research and educational facility that is focused on the intersection of fluid dynamics with major societal challenges in energy, environment and health. 2 Third Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis
Balas Atrium: This is a student study area for AEM Students to work on homework, collaborate on group projects, and socialize. This area also supports AEM student activities, and is the center for many of AEM's events. 130 Akerman Hall