Zsolt Rumy: Fleeing the Soviet government

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Ambition drives chemical engineering alumnus to global business in carbon fibers Zsolt Rumy (ChemE ’66) was 14 when his family fled Hungary. The destruction of World War II had plunged the country into poverty. During the subsequent decade of Soviet rule, Rumy’s father, a university graduate with an agriculture degree, was imprisoned. When […]

Trang Bui: What Drives Your Curiosity?

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CSE graduate Trang Bui overcame adversity to become the first in her family to earn a college degree In her heart, Trang Bui knew the key to a better life was getting a college education. But her Asian cultural values of placing family obligations before individual pursuits turned a typical four-year journey […]

CSE alumni receive University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award

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DeMaster and Rutzick give generously of their time and talents to CSE MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (6/27/2017)—Two CSE alumni have been awarded the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award. The award is given to University of Minnesota alumni by the Board of Regents in recognition of their service to the University or […]

Kakalios uses View-Master presentation for teach-in on National Mall

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Event was part of national March for Science When Professor James Kakalios was invited to give a talk on The Physics of Superheroes at the teach-in as part of the March for Science on April 22, 2017, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., he planned on using his usual powerpoint presentation, but […]

Q&A with GOFIRST President Pratheeksha Mallikarjun

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U of M’s GOFIRST plays critical role in success of Minnesota high school FIRST Robotics teams This past spring, the University of Minnesota hosted thousands of high schoolers on campus for the the North Star and 10,000 Lakes Regionals FIRST Robotics Regional Competitions. GOFIRST, a University of Minnesota student group working to support robotics […]

Breaking through the gender gap

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The number of women faculty in CSE has grown slowly In order to move forward, it’s good to  look back to see how far women faculty have advanced in the College of Science and Engineering. Even though change comes slow, the early female faculty helped to break barriers, overcome stereotypes, and chart […]

Five things you didn’t know about the new CSE Dean

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He’s a “rock star”…literally. Renowned for his research in geochemistry, geochronology and petrology, Dean Mukasa’s work on the origin and evolution of rocks in Antarctica, the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean regions has helped shed light on the evolution of continents and climate change.   He’s been to the ends of the […]

Balancing the equation

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Written by Kermit Pattison Working to address the gender imbalance among CSE faculty Connie Lu remembers the day she looked into the audience and imagined a place for herself. It happened during her recruiting visit to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Lu—who boasted an impressive CV with degrees […]

Rhonda Franklin: Reaching out

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Written by Kermit Pattison Rhonda Franklin is living proof that outreach efforts have a real effect. Franklin, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, is a microwave and radio frequency engineer. She seeks to innovate new ways to “make novel communication circuits today that we could only talk about in theory yesterday.” […]

Maria Gini: Encountering imbalance

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Written by Kermit Pattison Maria Gini, professor of computer science and engineering, encountered gender imbalance first-hand. When she came to Minnesota in 1982, there were no other women in her department. The gender imbalance, typical at American universities, came as a shock. Raised in Italy, Gini was inspired by a young math […]