Upcoming alumni events

As you know, universities and other institutions across the country are making efforts to address the significant challenges presented by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 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. As such, all events for the time being are virtual and will not have an in-person component. 

Universe @ Home

Every other Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Dec. 16, 2020
8-9 p.m. (central)

Back by popular demand, the Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics is continuing this family-friendly series on YouTube Live. Each event includes a short talk on astronomy or space science, a Q&A session, and an activity you can try at home. Learn more on the MIfA webpage.

Behind the Scenes at the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory: A historic research facility that helps solve today's environmental challenges

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020
Noon-1:15 p.m. (Central)
This webinar by St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) staff and researchers will give attendees an appreciation of SAFLs history and unique setting while showcasing the ongoing research and experiments that address many of society's major environmental challenges.  Advance registration is required.  Register now on the SAFL event page.

Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Impacting Communities

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020
6:30 p.m. (Central)
The Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series is going virtual to continue showcasing CSEs top faculty in TED-style lightning talks. Join us for the next installment, which 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. View full presentation descriptions and register on the CSE public lecture webpage.

For CSE community resources during the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 response webpage.

For more information on college events, visit our CSE Events Calendar.

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  • Virtual Tour of Ecolos Wind Energy Research Station: June 25, 2020
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Alumni and Friends Virtual Town Hall: June 18, 2020  
    View recorded webcast
  • Dean's Lunch and Learn: May 28, 2020
    Department of Computer Science and Engineering
    View recorded webcast 
  • CSE Public Lecture: April 9, 2019
    "Curiosity Drives Progress: Sustainability and the Environment"
  • View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: Sept. 20 2018
    "Curiosity Drives Progress: Enabling Technologies"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: June 12, 2018
    "Curiosity Drives Progress: Enhancing Safety and Security"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: March 22, 2018
    "Curiosity Drives Progress: Advancing Human Health"
    View recorded webcast
  • Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture: April 10, 2017
    "Exploring the Mysteries of the Sun: Explosions on our Closest Star"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: April 4, 2017
    "How Do We Tell Facts From Myths About Climate Change"
    View recorded webcast
  • Karlis Kaufmanis Lecture Series: April 21, 2016
    "Supernovae and the Discovery of the Accelerating Universe"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: Oct. 20, 2015
    "NASA’s Path Forward and the Transformation of the Kennedy Space Center"
    View recorded webcast
  • Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics Public Lecture: Sept. 17, 2015
    "To the Stars We Will Go:  The Worlds of Exoplanets"
    View recorded webcast
  • Misel Family Lecture: Sept. 10, 2015
    "Spacetime Versus the Quantum"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: April 16, 2015
    "No News is Big News: Adventures in Science Journalism"
    View recorded webcast
  • CSE Public Lecture: Oct. 29, 2013
    "High Performance Computing: Then and What's Next" By SRC Computer co-founder D. James Guzy
    View recorded webcast.
  • CSE Public Lecture: Oct. 17, 2012
    "Disruptive Tech: What's New, What's Coming, and How it Will Change Everything" By New York Times tech columnist David Pogue
    View recorded webcast.
  • CSE Public Lecture: June 20, 2012
    "The Low Life of River Deltas: How Mud Can Save (part of) the World" By earth sciences professor Chris Paola
    View recorded webcast.
  • CSE Public Lecture: June 16, 2011
    "Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II" By best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff
    View recorded webcast.
  • CSE Public Lecture: April 5, 2011
    "SUNgas: A Vision for Renewable Fuels" By mechanical engineering professor Jane Davidson
    View recorded webcast.