College-wide events

Friday, April 3, 2020, 8 p.m.

Presentation begins at 8 p.m. in John T. Tate Hall, 101; telescope observing around 8:30 p.m. in Tate 510

CANCELED: Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Telescope Viewing

Join us every Friday night during the University’s Fall and Spring semesters for rooftop observing through our historic telescope in the dome of the John T. Tate Hall. There will be a presentation followed by outdoor observing (weather-permitting). You will have the chance to observe some of the same celestial objects that have inspired sky-gazers throughout history!

Afterwards, if weather allows, attendees have the opportunity to view the sky through multiple 8-inch reflecting telescopes, operated by the staff and provided by the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics. Additionally, we provide free star maps (e.g. and are happy to show visitors how to use them. Throughout the evening, we encourage questions from the audience and enjoy discussing topics ranging from backyard astronomy to the latest scientific discoveries.

The presentation begins at 8:00pm in the Tate Laboratory of Physicsroom 101. Telescope observing usually begins around 8:25-8:30pm upstairs in Tate 510.

The presentation and outdoor observing are free for all to attend!

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Monday, April 6, 2020, 8 a.m. through Thursday, April 9, 2020, 3 p.m.

Graduate Minneapolis and McNamara Alumni Center

Minneapolis, MN

CANCELED: Design of Medical Devices Conference

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (part of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine), the College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering presents the 18th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, April 6, 7-9, 2020. The world's largest medical device conference will be held at the Graduate Minneapolis & McNamara Alumni Center, located on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus.

"The conference was excellent, like it is every year. We are extremely satisfied with our experience every year. The DMD Conference is a valuable asset to the Twin Cities community and the collaboration between academic research and the local medical technology industry."

- 2019 Conference Speaker -

Conference Goals

  • Provide a national forum to bring together world-class medical device designers, researchers, manufacturers, and the public sector to share perspectives and innovations in medical device design,
  • Showcase the University of Minnesota as a leader in the medical device community, and
  • Raise funds from corporate sponsorships to support medical device education at the University of Minnesota


Early Bird Registration Now Open

Early Bird Rates end March 31 and only On-Site Registration Rates will be available.

For more information visit

Monday, April 6, 2020, 8 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 5 p.m.

Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Center, 2231 6th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

CANCELED: Neuro-Oncology Symposium

The Fifth Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium: Innovation of the Mind

The mission of the Neuro-Oncology Symposium is to educate researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers, and community members on current and developing therapies for brain and nervous system tumors.

    • Suzie Baker, PhD, St Jude Children's Research Hospital
    • Renee Chambers, DVM, MD, University of Alabama, Birmingham
    • Michael Graner, PhD, University of Colorado
    • Marcel Kool, PhD, Hopp Children's Cancer Center
    • Valerie Weaver, PhD, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration
    • Forest White, PhD, MIT
    • outside_speakers_email_blast_pics.pdf 

Event Details

This two day event will feature presentations about Fundamental Brain Tumor Science, Translational Research, and Clinical Trials from leading brain cancer experts. This symposium will be of interest to researchers and students as well as physicians and other health care providers. 

We will also be hosting a concurrent program tailored specifically for patients/caregivers on the second day of the conference, in partnership with the American Brain Tumor Association. Attendees are welcome to attend presentations in both programs. 

IEM Innovation Week

This symposium is taking place alongside several other innovative events geared towards bringing together engineering and medicine, sponsored by the UMN Institute for Engineering in Medicine. Fine out more about these events at


  • Regular Registration
    • Early Registration (available until February 29): $200
    • Late Registration (March 1 - April 7): $250
  • Student/Resident/Fellow: $75
  • Patient/Caregiver*: $0.00 - Complimentary registration has been provided thanks to support from the American Brain Tumor Association. Please register on the ABTA website (link to be added in early 2020. Click here to be notified via email once the patient/caregiver registration is open.)

Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both days. 

Monday, April 6, 2020, 8 a.m. through Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

Lind Hall, Room 305

207 Church Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455

CANCELED: Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications/Physical Sciences Oncology Center Workshop

Quantitative Analysis and Mathematical Modeling to Capture Complex Dynamics of the Tumor Microenvironment

Cancers behave like complex systems and are comprised of multiple distinct cell populations and structural and chemical signaling components.  These elements of tumor microenvironments are not uniform across the tumor but instead vary in both space and time to sustain and promote disease as well as provide resistance to therapeutic interventions.  Over the past decade, engineering and mathematics have begun to make critical contributions to our understanding of the physical and molecular mechanisms by which tumor microenvironments, and in particular the extracellular matrix, vasculature, and immune cell populations, influence disease progression.  Thus, efforts to develop faithful quantitative approaches, mathematical models, and cutting edge technologies, which are critically needed to define elusive disease processes or address unmet clinical needs, has already begun.  Indeed, from these contributions new technologies and therapeutic strategies have emerged.  Yet, there remain critical gaps in our understanding of how heterogeneous tumor microenvironments drive disease and how we can successfully manipulate tumor microenvironments to bring novel therapeutic strategies.

Therefore, the time is right to bring together a collection of multidisciplinary experts in cancer biology, cancer bioengineering, and applied mathematics to develop novel quantitative approaches and frameworks directed at surmounting critical barriers that have limited our ability to fully understand and effectively treat cancer.  We will collectively catalogue critical questions in the field that have defied elucidation, identify the barriers that have limited us to date, and work together to identify and define paths where integrated multidisciplinary teams can uniquely overcome these barriers.

Program Application CLICK HERE!

Tentative List of Speakers

  • Alexander Anderson (Moffitt Cancer Center) (confirmed)
  • David Beebe (University of Wisconsin, Madison) (confirmed)
  • Daniel Billadeau (Mayo Clinic) (confirmed)
  • Rolf Brekken (UT Southwestern Medical Center) (confirmed)
  • Edna Cukierman (Fox Chase Cancer Center) (confirmed)
  • Eugene Koay (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center) (confirmed)
  • Paul Macklin (Indiana University) (confirmed)
  • Shelley Peyton (University of Massachusetts) (confirmed)
  • Katarzyna (Kasia) Rejniak (Moffitt Cancer Center) (confirmed)
  • Kaylee Schwertfeger (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities) (confirmed)
  • Elizabeth Wayne (Carnegie Mellon University) (confirmed)

Monday, April 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m. through Monday, April 6, 2020, 5 p.m.

TCF Bank Stadium (DQ Club Room & Surrounding Spaces)
420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455

CANCELED: Manufacturing Needs for Biofabrication of Engineered Tissues and Organs

Bioprinters - Bioreactors - Sensors

Breakthroughs in cell technologies, materials science, and biofabrication methods, particularly 3D bioprinting, have laid a foundation for large-scale manufacturing of tissues and tissue-related products. Attendees of this conference will learn from industry and academic experts on what will be needed to bring biofabrication from its current prototype stage to reproducible, manufactured tissue products. Short talks, discussions, a poster session, and brainstorming sessions will include topics covering bioprinters, biofabricators, bioreactors, and sensors for real-time, monitoring. Afternoon sessions offer choices in industry-related talks and discussions, and the symposium sponsored by the UMN Stem Cell Institute and College of Science & Engineering.


2020 Early Bird Registration Rate - $225* (ends March 20, 2020)
UMN Faculty and Staff - $100
Non-UMN Students / Trainees - $75
UMN Students / Trainees - Free

For event questions, contact Emily Kukacka (

*If you are an ARMI|BioFabUSA member reach out to your Member Support Manager (MSM) for the ARMI member discount code.

Monday, April 6, 2020, 9 a.m. through Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 4 p.m.

University Recreation and Wellness Center, Beacon Room

123 Harvard Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455

CANCELED: Institute for Engineering in Medicine BioSciTech Symposium

The BioSciTech Symposium is part of IEM’s Innovation Week and will explore the frontiers between engineering, biological science, and biotechnology through academic talks and collaborative activities. We will hear from thought leaders in Immune Engineering, Cancer Bioengineering, Species Cryopreservation, Regenerative Medicine, and Genome Engineering, and we will build new relationships with potential collaborators through small group activities, Bodystorming (see here), and social events.


Register no later than Friday, March 27, 2020

The Symposium’s Sessions:

Session 1: Immune Engineering (Monday April 6, 2020, 9:00am–11:45am*)
Chaired by Kristin Hogquist, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Immunology

Session 2: Cancer Bioengineering (Monday April 6, 2020, 1:15pm–4:00pm*)
Chaired by Paolo Provenzano, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Session 3: Aquatic Species Cryopreservation (Tuesday April 7, 08:30am–10:00am*)
Co-Chaired by Mary Hagedorn, Ph.D., Research Biologist, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and John Bischof, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Session 4: Regenerative Medicine: Cryopreservation of Cells to Organs (Tuesday April 7, 10:30am–12:00pm*)
Co-Chaired by Mehmet Toner, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, Center for Engineering in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Allison Hubel, Ph.D., Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Session 5: Genome Engineering (Tuesday April 7, 2020, 1:15pm–4:00pm)
Chaired by David Largaespada, Ph.D., Director, Brain Tumor Program and Center for Genome Engineering

* Final session times are to be decided and are subject to change.

Because science doesn’t just happen in presentations, this Symposium will also feature a Networking and Social Event at Surly Brewing in Minneapolis on Tuesday evening.

We very much look forward to seeing you at the IEM BioSciTech Symposium on April 6 and 7, 2020.

David J. Odde, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Strategic Research Initiatives, Institute for Engineering in Medicine

John C. Bischof, Ph.D.
Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 8 a.m. through Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 8 p.m.

For more information related to the PSOC Brain Tumor Working Group Workshop, contact Click Here!

CANCELED: Physical Sciences Oncology Network Brain Tumor Working Group Workshop

For more information related to the PSOC Brain Tumor Working Group Workshop, contact Click Here!

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

Coffman Memorial Union, Theater
300 Washington Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN

CANCELED: Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Impacting Communities

6 p.m. - Doors open

6:30 p.m. - Lecture featuring three faculty members


The Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series showcases CSE's top faculty in TED-style lightning talks. The next installment will highlight the work of three distinguished CSE professors who are quantifying the social impacts of science and technology, empowering citizens to participate in scientific discovery, and encouraging civility.

  • Saif Benjaafar, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, "The Rise of Global Online Platforms: The Promise and Peril of the Sharing Economy"
  • Lucy Fortson, School of Physics and Astronomy, "To the Zooniverse and Beyond: How Crowdsourcing Science is Solving Big Data Problems for UMN Researchers"
  • Ellad Tadmor, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, "Can Truth Save Democracy? We're Trying in Science Court"
Lecture is free and open to the public. Visit the CSE Public Lecture webpage for detailed presentation overviews.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 5:30 p.m. through Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 7:30 p.m.

University Hall & Thomas H. Swain Room, McNamara Alumni Center

CANCELED: 2020 IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference

The Design of Medical Devices Conference, in cooperation with the Institute for Engineering in Medicine and, will be hosting a unique opportunity, for those seeking employment or internships, to network with medical device industry professionals and companies. The IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference will be held Wednesday, April 8 and is open to the public, registration is required. Onsite registration will begin at 5:30pm on April 8 in University Hall & Thomas H. Swain Room, McNamara Alumni Center.

Company Participants & Job Seekers are Required to Register
Non-Conf Sponsors= $300; 2020 DMD Sponsors = $200; Job Seekers= $0

There is NO FEE for career seekers to attend but YOU MUST REGISTER specifically for this event. Registration will close on April 3 but onsite registration will be available. (The IEM Career Mixer at the Design of Medical Devices Conference is open to the public.)

For more information and to register for the DMD Conference CLICK HERE!


Thursday, April 9, 2020, 2 p.m. through Friday, April 10, 2020, 4 p.m.

Graduate Minneapolis 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414, (612) 379-8888

CANCELED: Eighth Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium

Welcome to the Neuromodulation Symposium organized by the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) and MnDRIVE Brain Conditions. Neuromodulation is a rapidly-growing field, encompassing a wide spectrum of implantable and non-invasive technology-based approaches for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Advancing the field of neuromodulation represents challenges in:

  • Developing engineering methodologies
  • Understanding mechanisms of neuromodulation at cellular and system levels
  • Clinical translation to treat patients
  • Shaping the regulatory process for emerging technologies and approaches

This symposium is aimed at bringing together basic scientists, engineers, clinicians, industrial practitioners and entrepreneurs to discuss challenges and opportunities in neuromodulation. The symposium will consist of plenary presentations by leaders in academia, industry and government, and poster presentations to exchange ideas in this exciting field. The Symposium will be held immediately following the Design of Medical Devices Conference. We look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis on April 9-10, 2020.

For registration and more information click HERE!

Themes for this year are:

  • Next generation targets for deep brain stimulation. Session Chair: Matt Johnson
  • Multimodal and behavioral therapies paired with Neuromodulation. Session Chairs: Ziad Nahas, Hubert Lim
  • Neuromodulation for Pain Treatment. Session Chairs: Carolyn Fairbanks, Lucy Vulchanova, George Wilcox
  • Spinal cord stimulation for restoration of volitional and autonomic control in spinal cord injury. Session Chair: David Darrow

Key Dates:

  • February 1: Early Bird Registration Opens
  • February 14: Travel Awards due. Submit travel grant applications here
  • February 21: Travel Award Announcements
  • March 9: Early Bird Registration Closes
  • March 9: Poster Abstract Submission deadline

Symposium Planning Committee

  • Tay Netoff, PhD (Chair)
  • Matt Johnson, PhD
  • Ziad Nahas, MD/PhD
  • Hubert Lim, PhD
  • Carolyn Fairbanks, PhD
  • Lucy Vulchanova, PhD
  • George Wilcox, PhD
  • David Darrow, MD

Contact Information:

For general questions, please email or call:, (612) 624-8483

For potential sponsors, please contact:

Gregory Molnar, PhD at (612) 801-0307 or