College-wide events

ME-AN Event: "The Road to a Smart Transportation Future"

Please join us for our Summer 2023 ME-AN gathering. Join us via Zoom or in person to connect with other ME alumni and hear from three of our transportation researchers. For those attending in person, plan on seeing the HumanFIRST lab and our autonomous vehicle after the presentation. We hope to see you there!

UMN ME faculty members and researchers are working towards a revolutionized transportation future from a wide variety of approaches. Join us for a presentation on three of these projects and learn about what your department is doing to improve the transportation field.

RSVP for the event!

RSVP using the link above or by calling Jennifer Clarke at 612-626-9354.

Event Schedule:

  • 3:00-3:30 p.m. — Gather and enjoy light refreshments
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. — Faculty presentations and Q&A
  • 4:30-5:00 p.m. — After the presentation, in person attendees are welcome to tour the HumanFIRST Lab and see the University's autonomous vehicle prototype in the ME garage.

Sensory Friendly Saturday

This monthly series provides a welcoming and accessible environment for individuals, families, and children who have sensory sensitivities. Experience our Minnesota Journeys gallery, temporary exhibits, the Touch & See Lab, and a brief planetarium show at 8:45 am—all with lowered lighting, quieter sounds, and fewer visitors.

This is an in-person event at the Bell Museum and is included in the cost of regular admission.

Registration available at the link below.

Register here

Sensory-friendly resources

Visitors are welcome to check out additional resources like the quiet spaces, visual timers, weighted lap pads, and hearing protection if it helps make the visit more enjoyable. Read more about the museum’s other accessibility resources.

Accessibility resources

June Star Party

Recommended for all ages

Join us for our next in-person Star Party! Outside, we’ll have our telescopes set up to observe the Moon and our favorite deep space objects (weather permitting). Inside, you can explore hands-on activities, and our expert astronomy team will guide you through the night sky and highlight cosmic sights in our planetarium.

Planetarium Show: Your Sky Tonight
Showtimes: 10:10, 10:40, 11:10

Registration is requested to receive updates regarding this event through Eventbrite.

Register Here

Visit June Star Party for more information.

Presentation and Visit to Eolos Wind Turbine

Join the College of Science and Engineering and your fellow alumni at an exclusive free presentation about and visit to the Eolos Wind Turbine this summer. Space is limited, so register today!

6 p.m.—Presentation on Eolos Wind Research Field Station and light dinner
7 p.m.—Visit to the Eolos Wind Turbine

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Attendees will meet at the Rosemount Research and Outreach Center to hear a presentation about the history of the Eolos Wind Research Field Station and the research being done there. During the presentation, a light dinner will be served. Following the presentation, attendees will drive to the Eolos Wind Turbine and will be able to enter the base (weather permitting).

PLEASE NOTE: The visit to the Eolos Wind Turbine requires walking on gravel and uneven ground. Because the Eolos Wind Turbine is a working laboratory, children under 12 are not permitted.

For more information about the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station, please visit the station website.

Questions? Contact Joelle Larson, CSE Director of Alumni Relations at or 612-626-1802.

CharFac Summer Seminars and User Forums: CharFac’s X-ray scattering laboratory: from crystallography to nanostructural characterization

CharFac Seminars and User Forums - A series of open talks presented by CharFac scientists

Thursday, June 22

CharFac’s X-ray scattering laboratory: from crystallography to nanostructural characterizatio

Presented by: Javier Garcia-Barriocanal

Starting this summer, CharFac will be holding a series of seminars to foster interaction between internal users and CharFac staff scientists. This is a series of twelve seminars that we will offer as open forums, and will feature the latest results/updates of instrumentation, broad open discussions, and brainstorming between staff and user/faculty attendees. 

The one-hour long discussions/presentations will be held every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in room 212 of the Civil Engineering building, with an additional Wednesday session on August 16th. The first seminar will be held on June 22nd, and they will continue through the end of the summer.

Visit CharFac Seminars and User Forums for more information.


Please note: This experience is not appropriate for preschool audiences due to content and length of program.

Dates: July 21, 22, 23 and July 28, 29, 30

A musical grand tour of the solar system. 

In 1977, NASA launched a mission that changed humanity forever: Voyager. Two space probes were dispatched to explore the outer planets of our solar system, turning points of light into worlds more dynamic than ever imagined. The mission also carried The Golden Record–a message from the people of Earth to the distant future. This musical (infused with the danceable sounds of the 1970s and 80s) tells the far-out story of a team of scientists who made major discoveries about our solar system–and about what it means to be a human on a pale blue dot. This is a planetarium specific musical created in collaboration with Fiske Planetarium in Boulder Colorado–combining stunning immersive visuals with live musical theatre!



Ticket Pre-sale for Bell Members begin June 1-6.

Public ticket sales begin June 7.

Visit Bell Museum Voyagers webpage for more information.

Cellular Bioprocess Technology Short Course

July 24-27, 2023

The 2023 Cellular Bioprocess Technology short course will be held at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The 2023 Cellular Bioprocess Technology short course will also be offered virtually and professionally broadcast live virtually. Additional recorded course video will be available to the attendees for a period of time. The course covers fundamentals and practical analysis of cell culture technology and bioprocess engineering.

To register, please go to our registration page. The last day of registration is June 14th, 2023. 

For more information, visit the Cellular Bioprocess Technology website.

If you have questions, contact Madeline Osborne or Carissa Rungkittikhun, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota