CSE 50-Year Reunion

Official CSE Reunion wordmark

College of Science and Engineering
Class of 1970 and 1971
Virtual 50-Year Reunion

Thursday, May 6, 2021
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Central)
Via Zoom

A link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent automatically from "CSE Alumni Relations" following registration.

Congratulations on reaching the 50th anniversary of your graduation from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (formerly the Institute of Technology)! While we are unable to gather on campus for this year’s 50-Year Reunion, we look forward to celebrating the graduate and undergraduate classes of 1970 and 1971 virtually.

During the festivities, you will be inducted into the College of Science and Engineering Golden Medallion Society—a special distinction bestowed upon alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago. We will mail commemorative medallions to all new inductees. Current Golden Medallion Society members will also be in attendance to enjoy reunion and welcome the classes of 1970 and 1971.

Don’t forget to wear your maroon and gold!

This event is complimentary, but requires pre-registration. We will mail commemorative medallions to all first-time reunion attendees, but can only guarantee delivery in time for the event if you register by April 15.

If you have questions, please e-mail us at csealumni@umn.edu.

What to Expect:

  • College updates from Dean Mos Kaveh
  • News of new initiatives, innovative research, and the students of today as they become the leaders of tomorrow
  • Your induction into the Golden Medallion Society
  • Time to chat with classmates and fellow alumni in breakout rooms

Keynote Presentation: “Critical Partnerships Drive Innovation: The Road to Responsive Medicine”
Presented by Brenda Ogle, Professor and Department Head, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Professor Ogle will introduce the concept of responsive medicine as the development and clinical implementation of therapies that respond to the response of the patient to therapy. She will describe how responsive medicine will require innovation in electromechanical devices, machine learning, artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and cell-based therapies. Her own work is focused on developing living cardiac muscle to repair the damaged heart and she will share the most recent advances of her lab. Finally, she will share a new framework to establish the University of Minnesota as a leader in responsive medicine.

Share your photos and memories

Complete this brief form to share your favorite University of Minnesota memory and let classmates know what you’ve been up to for the last 50 years! We will compile responses and distribute them to the Classes of 1970 and 1971.

If you have photos from your time at the University of Minnesota that you’d like to share, please email them to csealumni@umn.edu.

Not sure how to use Zoom?

We are available to help. The week prior to the event, we will send an email invitation to all registrants for an optional practice Zoom session on Tuesday, May 4 at noon (Central).

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Fun Facts

The safety and well-being of our entire community, including event attendees, is a top priority for the College of Science and Engineering and the University of Minnesota. While your class likely didn’t predict reuniting in 2021 via screens, we hope to continue the festivities in your honor in person in 2022!

In the meantime, here are a few science and technology predictions for this decade that didn’t come to fruition:

  • Personal helicopters “small enough to land on your lawn” will serve as “simple, practical, foolproof” modes of transportation. (Popular Mechanics)
  • Every road and street in America will be replaced by a network of pneumatic tubes. (Popular Mechanics)
  • Inches-deep rooftop lakes will be commonly utilized for air-conditioning homes and offices. (Popular Mechanics)
  • Houses will be able to fly by 2020. (Arthur C. Clarke, author of 2001: A Space Odyssey) 
  • The “unnecessary” letters C, X, and Q will no longer exist in our everyday alphabet. (John Elfreth Watkins Jr., Smithsonian curator of mechanical technology)