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, February 3-April 28, 2021
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.

Virtual Dean's Lunch and Learn featuring the School of Physics and Astronomy

February 25, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. (central)
By Zoom - REGISTER NOW!

Join Dean Kaveh and department head Paul Crowell for a closer look at some of the innovations taking place in the School of Physics and Astronomy. Featured faculty presenters will discuss their work in high energy physics, as well as the future of physics.

FEATURED SPEAKERS: Andrew Furmanski, assistant professor; Nadja Strobbe, assistant professor

Alumni from all academic majors are welcome.

Impact through Innovation: Inside the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021
Noon (central)
By Zoom - REGISTER NOW!

Join Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (Bakken MDC) Director Art Erdman and Innovation Fellows Director Danny Sachs for a free webinar about the impact of the Bakken MDC on medical device innovation and improved healthcare outcomes in Minnesota and beyond. Learn about its impressive history, mission, and facilities—plus the unique Bakken MDC Innovation Fellows Program, which trains the next generation of medical device inventors.

The presentation will also highlight a few recent and ongoing projects, including the use of virtual and medical device technologies to aid in the successful separation of conjoined twins and the development of the Coventor (a low-cost ventilator designed to help treat COVID-19 around the world).

Virtual Dean's Lunch and Learn featuring the Department of Mechanical Engineering

March 25, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. (central)
By Zoom - REGISTER NOW!

Join Dean Kaveh and department head Sue Mantell for a closer look at some of the innovations taking place in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

FEATURED SPEAKER: Sungyon Lee, Benjamin Mayhugh Assistant Professor

"Hidden Complexity in Everyday Fluid Mechanics"

From water droplets on windshields to hand lotion, our everyday lives are filled with examples of one fluid interacting with another and with a solid substrate. While seemingly mundane, the science behind the interfacial dynamics of fluids is complex and understanding them can lead to new innovations, such as self-cleaning surfaces, and minimizing unwanted outcomes, such as aircraft icing.

Professor Lee’s research broadly considers fluid mechanics problems that involve the dynamics of fluid-fluid interface, such as droplets in airflow, gas migration in porous media, and flow of particles and liquid mixtures. Her group combines experiments and mathematical modeling to uncover the fundamental physical mechanisms at play. In this talk, Professor Lee will give a brief overview of her research, followed by a more in-depth look at gas migration patterns in soft sediments.

Alumni from all academic majors are welcome.

Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Giants of Earth and Space

April 14, 2021
Noon-1 p.m. (central)
By Zoom

Learn more about this event and register at the CSE Public Lecture webpage.

The Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series showcases CSE's top faculty in TED-style lightning talks. Join us for the next installment, which will highlight the work of two CSE professors who are unlocking the mysteries of a presence in our everyday lives, the Sun, and of our world's past, dinosaurs. 

FEATURING:

"The Star in our Backyard: The Science Behind Solar Storms" presented by Physics and Astronomy Assistant Professor Lindsay Glesener

"Peering Through a Microscope at Gigantic Dinosaurs" presented by Earth and Environmental Sciences Professor Peter Makovicky


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

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


Photos of past events:

Find other alumni photos on the CSE Flickr album.

Webcasts:

  • 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.