Q&A with two award-winning faculty

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Professors give new insight into what it takes to succeed as a scientist Two CSE professors recently received major national awards. School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Mikhail “Misha” Shifman was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for his work in theoretical physics, and Department of Chemistry Professor Christy Haynes was awarded a […]

Tu Chen: A series of fortunate events

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University of Minnesota alum leaves homeland; becomes pioneering researcher in computer memory storage The vast amount of information computers can now retrieve would be impossible without a place to store it all. For that storage, thank Tu Chen, a pioneer in the evolution of thin film magnetic media. “Storage is so important,” […]

Ieva Ogriņš Hartwell: Displaced by World War II

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Chemistry alumna finds a home and success in the United States Sometimes immigrants carry perspectives that allow them to see possibilities others don’t. As a girl from Latvia, Ieva Ogriņš Hartwell (Chem ’63), never questioned her interest in math and science. In 1963, just after graduating with distinction from the University of […]

Land of opportunity

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Leaving their homelands behind, CSE alumni who immigrated to the United States experience opportunity and success When Tu Chen (MetalEng M.S. ’64, Ph.D. ’67, ChemE Ph.D. ’67) left Taiwan to study at the University of Minnesota, he thought he would get his doctorate, earn some money in the United States and return […]

In their own words: Women’s History Month spotlight

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The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) asked students, faculty and staff on campus to talk about the importance of Women’s History Month, in their own words, through the lenses of their identities and experiences.  Meet Sasānēhsaeh Pyawasay Pyawasay is the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Diversity Coordinator. In her role, […]

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 […]

Amy Abouelenein: Serving the world by making food people love

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Written by Greg Breining If Amy Abouelenein’s experience is any indication, women excel in engineering fields when they work for institutions that value having women in their workforce and place them in key positions. At General Mills, “there are a lot of benefits that are not specific to women, but I think in terms of creating an […]

Nancy Daubenberger: Building bridges

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Written by Greg Breining Since she was good at math and enjoyed building things, Nancy Daubenberger (CivE M.S. ’97) thought becoming an architect would be a good fit. Soon she discovered architecture had a big aesthetic component, and she enjoyed the nuts and bolts better. So she switched to civil engineering. “That […]

Michele Brekke: Aiming higher

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Written by Greg Breining Michele Brekke (Aero ’75, M.S. ’77) was just 16 years old when Apollo 11 landed on the moon in 1969. She had been mildly interested in space previously, “but not with the passion that I watched the first moon landing. As I watched the astronauts bounding on the […]

Jeannette Brown: Compounding chemicals

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Written by Greg Breining Jeannette Brown (Chem M.S. ’58) confounded two stereotypes of scientists—not only was she a woman but, she was also an African-American woman. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with a master’s in chemistry in 1958, Brown attended in an era when few women or African-Americans entered science. In […]