CSE Golden Medallion Society Reunion

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2022 Golden Medallion Society Reunion
Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Huntington Bank Stadium (formerly TCF Bank Stadium)
2009 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis

U of M East Bank

Registration for the Golden Medallion Society Reunion is closed. To inquire about the availability of late registration, please email csealumni@umn.edu.

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). Pre-registration is required. Registration is now closed.

NOTE: At this time we are planning for in-person reunion festivities. CSE follows guidance from the University, local health departments, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ensure the health and safety of event attendees. Beginning March 21, masks are no longer required in most University facilities. As a community, however, we will continue to respect and honor the choices of all individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask, are immunocompromised, or who are taking additional steps to protect their families or others. Remember that being vaccinated and boosted, testing when needed, and taking other preventative measures, such as washing your hands and staying home when you are sick, are essential to keeping you and our community healthy.

Event Schedule and Session Descriptions

Huntington Bank Stadium (formerly TCF Bank Stadium)
2009 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis
U of M East Bank

9:30 a.m. Golden Medallion Society Check-in/Refreshments

10:15 a.m. Welcome and Keynote
"The Changing Landscape of Higher Education in STEM” 
Paul Strykowski, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

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

Choose one of the following presentations: 

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
“Biomaterial-Based Approaches for Cancer Vaccination”
Samira Azarin, Associate Professor
The majority of cancer deaths result from metastatic spread of the tumor. Azarin’s group has developed various biomaterial platforms that can recruit metastasizing tumor cells. This talk will describe efforts to couple these biomaterials with energy-based ablation techniques and immune modulation in order to kill the captured tumor cells while generating an immune response that can eliminate any remaining or recurring cancer within the body.

Department of Chemistry
“Development of Bacterial Resistance in Response to Nanoparticle Exposure”
Erin Carlson, Professor
Nanomaterials have been applied 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. Carlson will discuss her research to understand the impact of technologically-relevant nanomaterials on environmentally-vital bacteria, including the ability of these organisms to rapidly become resistant to these materials.

Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering
“Combating Challenging Pathogen Contaminants Using Nature’s Solution”
Boya Xiong, Assistant Professor
Contagious virus and bacteria pathogens in our food, water, and air pose severe public health risks and are evolving over time. While we rely on engineered nanomaterials and synthetic chemicals, nature has developed a defense solution by synthesizing antimicrobial proteins. Xiong will discuss her research to leverage natural proteins from the Moringa oleifera plant to protect our water and air from pathogens.

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Island Tinkerers: Emulation, Innovation and Transformation in the Making of Taiwan’s Computing Industry
Honghong Tinn, Assistant Professor
Taiwan is inhabited by a number of prominent firms such as Acer, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), HTC, and Foxconn, which are involved in the development or manufacture of desktops, laptops, cell phones, and semiconductors. In this talk, Tinn will describe a series of projects during the Cold War in which Taiwanese technologists and users made computers a workable, available, and manufacturable technology in Taiwan while coping with constraints including precarious international resources, limited domestic financial backing, and a burgeoning culture of electronic digital computing. Her presentation will focus on technologists, engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs’ strenuous effort to grapple with the newly available but “black-boxed” computers.

Department of Mechanical Engineering
“Heat Transfer Revolutionizing Biopreservation”
John Bischof, Distinguished McKnight University Professor; Carl and Janet Kuhrmeyer Chair; Medtronic-Bakken Endowed Chair for Engineering in Medicine; Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine; Director, NSF Engineering Research Center ATP-Bio
This talk will introduce our new National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio). Our ERC aims to “stop biological time” and radically extend the ability to bank and transport cells, aquatic embryos, tissue, skin, whole organs, microphysiological systems (“organs-on-a-chip”), and even whole organisms through a team approach to build advanced biopreservation technologies. From an engineering point of view, Bischof will present the growing number of opportunities for societal impact through use of innovative heat transfer to improve biopreservation.

12:15 p.m. Lunch
During this time, we will present medallions to members of classes prior to 1970 who have not previously been inducted into the Golden Medallion Society, as well as members of the Classes of 1970, 1971, and 1972 unable to attend Thursday’s brunch.

1:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Choose one of the following presentations: 

“Restoring Autonomic Function and Leg Movement in Spinal Cord Injury Patients with Electrical Stimulation of the Spinal Cord”
Tay Netoff, Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering; Director, Center for Neuroengineering 
There have been few treatment options for patients paralyzed by spinal cord injury. Recently, it was shown that electrical stimulation of the spinal cord below the level of injury restored both autonomic function, like blood pressure regulation, and the ability to move legs volitionally. Even in severe injuries, 10-20 percent of the spinal cord remains, carrying a lot of information from the brain. Electrical stimulation restores the ability of the spinal cord to listen to these signals. Netoff will discuss tools developed to assist physicians in selecting stimulation parameters to maximize the benefit to the patients based on preference between pairs of stimulation settings. 

Modeling the Evolutionary Dynamics of Cancer
Jasmine Foo, Professor, School of Mathematics
Cancer is driven by complex evolutionary processes occurring within populations of cells in the body. These evolutionary processes often lead to the emergence of drug resistance. In this talk, Foo will discuss how we can leverage mathematical models to describe cancer evolution, understand tumor response to therapies, and provide insights on optimizing treatment strategies.

3 p.m. Breakout Sessions
Choose one of the following presentations: 

“Big Data in Climate and Earth Sciences: Challenges and Opportunities for Data Science”
Vipin Kumar, Regents Professor and William Norris Endowed Chair, Department of Computer Science and Engineering; Director, CSE Data Science Initiative
The climate and Earth sciences have recently undergone a rapid transformation from a data-poor to a data-rich environment. In particular, massive amounts of data about Earth and its environment are continuously being generated by a large number of Earth-observing satellites as well as physics-based earth system models running on large-scale computational platforms. These massive and information-rich datasets offer huge potential for understanding how the Earth's climate and ecosystem have been changing and how they are being impacted by human actions. This talk will discuss various challenges involved in analyzing these massive data sets as well as opportunities they present for both advancing machine learning and the science of climate change in the context of monitoring the state of the tropical forests and surface water on a global scale.

“Driven to Innovate: Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in Scientists and Engineers”
Carla Pavone, Program Director, MIN-Corps; Associate Director, NSF I-Corps Great Lakes Region Hub; AND Mostafa Kaveh, Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; CSE Dean Emeritus
While the University of Minnesota is a research powerhouse that is “driven to discover,” it also takes an entrepreneurial mindset to translate discoveries into innovations that reach the market and achieve societal impact. Through our eight-year participation in the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, we have built commercialization and entrepreneurial awareness and skills among thousands of students and researchers. Using an array of CSE examples, we will discuss the “lean launchpad” approach and the innovator’s path from initial insight through to revenue-generating product.

4-5 p.m. Closing reception 
Close out the day with mingling over heavy appetizers and a cash bar.