A new spin on computer technology

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Spintronic computers, featuring zero boot-up time, ultra-low energy use and high processing speeds, aren’t available to consumers yet. But the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) has been guiding a national “dream team” of researchers since 2013 to accelerate progress toward spintronic computing. Spintronic promise Here’s […]

Mapping the world: Stergios Roumeliotis

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When visitors arrive at Stergios Roumeliotis’ lab in the basement of Walter Library, they are apt to be greeted by graduate student Dimitrios Kottas holding a smartphone aloft. “Follow me,” he says with no further explanation. The experience that ensues is, in some ways, a step into the future. As the smartphone screen […]

I-35W ‘smart’ bridge stands the tests of time

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Though still basking in the gleam of youth upon turning 5 in September, the new I-35W St. Anthony Falls Bridge is, like most of us, coping with a little shrinkage and creep. But not to worry. Modern engineering technology finally may be able to provide the critical long-term maintenance strategies needed to […]

University students become entrepreneurs through MIN-Corps’ STARTUP

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It was clear early on that Shawn Wilhelm’s design for a new, highly efficient hydraulic pump had a lot of market potential. Hydraulic pumps are machines widely used in industrial settings to move liquids from one place to another. The only problem for Wilhelm, a mechanical engineering Ph.D. student, was that business […]

Flames, explosions and dancing bring 5,000 kids to campus for Energy and U shows May 19-23

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Brooke Dillon, University News Service, bldillon@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 Media Note: Members of the media should contact Rhonda Zurn at rzurn@umn.edu or Brooke Dillon at bldillon@umn.edu if planning to attend one of the shows to ensure that media permission slips are in place […]

What’s in your backpack?

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What’s in your backpack? “An Engineers Without Borders water bottle,” says Samantha Ehrenberg, ’14, a mechanical engineering major. As a freshman, she spent two weeks in Guatemala helping install a water filtration device the group had designed. “We had built a model of it, but in Guatemala, everything took longer than we […]

Two CSE faculty named McKnight Land-Grant Professors

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/04/2014)—Two College of Science and Engineering faculty members are among eight recipients of the 2014-16 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship, a program designed to advance the careers of the most promising junior faculty members who are at the beginning […]

University of Minnesota receives prestigious National Historic Chemical Landmark designation

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Brooke Dillon, University News Service, bldillon@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 Honor recognizes the research of Professor Izaak M. Kolthoff, the ‘father’ of modern analytical chemistry MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/31/2014) – The University of Minnesota announced today that the work of legendary chemistry professor Izaak […]

Antibacterial agent used in common soaps found in increasing amounts in freshwater lakes

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 University of Minnesota study raises new questions about use of triclosan MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/22/2013) —When people wash their hands with antibacterial soap, most don’t think about where the chemicals contained in […]

University of Minnesota engineers invent new device that could increase Internet download speeds

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Matt Hodson, University News Service, mjhodson@umn.edu, (612) 625-0552 Unique device uses light to control light MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/02/2012) — A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Minnesota has invented a unique microscale optical device that could […]