CSE Golden Medallion Society Reunion

2023 Golden Medallion Reunion banner

Thursday, May 11, 2023
Huntington Bank Stadium (formerly TCF Bank Stadium)
2009 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis

U of M East Bank

The Golden Medallion Society honors alumni who have reached the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Each May, as new members are inducted into the society, existing members are invited back to join the celebration.

Catch up with classmates, reconnect with faculty, and take a look ahead at new initiatives, innovative research, and the students of today as they become the leaders of tomorrow. You will receive a medallion if you are attending this event for the first time. Bring your medallion if you've previously been inducted.

The cost per person for the day is $30 (including meals, refreshments, and all activities).

Registration is now closed. To inquire about the availability of late registration, please email csealumni@umn.edu.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have questions, please e-mail us at csealumni@umn.edu or call Joelle Larson at 612-626-1802.

Event Schedule & Session Descriptions 

THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2023

All events at Huntington Bank Stadium (formerly TCF Bank Stadium)

9:30 a.m. Check-in/Light refreshments

10:15 a.m. Welcome by Dean Andrew Alleyne and Keynote

The University's Memory: Inside the University of Minnesota Archives
Kris Kiesling, Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections; Erik Moore, University Archivist, Director, University Digital Conservancy

The University of Minnesota Archives is the official home for the University's valuable historical documents, collections, data, photographs, publications, and websites. Learn about the archives and the unique caverns carved into the Mississippi River's limestone bluffs that house them. You will also hear stories from the University's history, see photos showing how campus has changed over time, and see examples of Institute of Technology (now the College of Science and Engineering) history preserved in the archives.

11:15 a.m. Department-Hosted Research Showcase Sessions

Chemical Engineering and Materials Science—“Emerging Semiconductor Materials for Widespread Solar Energy Harvesting”
Russell Holmes, Distinguished McKnight University Professor

Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering—“No Two Snowflakes Fall Alike...”
Michele Guala, Associate Professor, Associate Director of Research, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Electrical and Computer Engineering—“DNA Storage: The World's Data in a Teacup”
Marc Riedel, Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering—“From Desalination to Kidney Disease: Engineering Design in Resource Constrained Contexts”
Natasha Wright, Richard and Barbara Nelson Assistant Professor

12:15 p.m. Lunch

During this time, we will present medallions to members of classes prior to 1973 who have not previously been inducted into the Golden Medallion Society, as well as members of the Class of 1973 unable to attend Wednesday's welcome reception.

1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Choose one of the following presentations:

"High Tech Trash: What Happens to Beneficial Bacteria in the Environment when Nanomaterials are Disposed of?"—Erin Carlson, Professor, Department of Chemistry

Nanomaterials are tiny structures that are used in a wide range of new technologies, such as cell phones and car batteries, because of their novel and powerful properties. Despite the use of enormous quantities of these materials, little is known about how they may affect the environment after disposal. Professor Carlson will discuss her research to understand the impact of these useful and widely used nanomaterials on bacteria that are vital to the environment, including the ability of bacteria to quickly become resistant to these materials.

"Progress on Sustainability of Energy and Materials"—Paul Dauenhauer, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Hear about new processing technology to manufacture the sustainable materials of tomorrow including biorenewable soaps and detergents, biodegradable plastics, and acrylate chemicals derived from corn and trees for paints, coatings, and diapers. These ingredient chemicals will serve as the foundation of an entirely new materials industry that can be produced renewably as well as be recycled or composted at the end of life. Professor Dauenhauer will also speak about his Department of Energy research center focused on creating new chemical technology that can store wind and solar power as carbon-free liquid fuels that will allow the complete transition to zero carbon energy at low costs and abundant supply.

3 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Choose one of the following presentations:

"Engineering Intranasal Vaccines to Better Combat Infectious Diseases"—Brittany Hartwell, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

To combat evolving threats of global pandemics such as SARS-CoV-2, new immunization strategies are needed that activate immune protection in the nasal passage where traditional vaccines have not succeeded. We are developing an intranasal vaccine that hitchhikes on a naturally occurring protein to bypass the nasal tissue and mucosal barriers in the nose in order to promote a stronger immune response.

"Early Science Results from the James Webb Space Telescope"—Evan Skillman, Director, Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics (MIfA), Professor, School of Physics and Astronomy joined by fellow MIfA faculty

The James Webb Space Telescope (Webb) is now NASA's most powerful observatory in space. Through a highly competitive selection process, several U of M researchers obtained observations from Webb during its first few months. Hear about the telescope’s capabilities, its very successful launch, and some of the results of programs conducted by U of M researchers.

4-5 p.m. Closing reception 

Close out the day with mingling over heavy appetizers and a cash bar.