Upcoming alumni events

Featured upcoming alumni events

  • Dean's Lunch and Learn featuring the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering

Monday, Nov. 18, 2019

11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Walter Library, Room 101

Join Dean Kaveh and department head Joe Labuz for a closer look at some of the innovations taking place in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geo- Engineering. Professor Miki Hondzo will discuss his work in the area of “Ecological Fluid Mechanics,” which is the study of the interaction between moving fluids in nature and the physiology/metabolism of organisms. His research group at the University of Minnesota conducts laboratory and field measurements to quantify the interaction between moving fluids and freshwater aquatic organisms, including various types of algae, bacteria, macro-invertebrates, and fish. Professor Hondzo will present a sample of his research group’s laboratory and field measurements with the focus on ecological fluid mechanics.

Alumni from all academic majors are welcome. Register.

 
  • Curiosity Drives Progress Lecture Series: Transforming Energy Systems to Address Climate Change 

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019

6 p.m. (doors open)

6:30-7:30 p.m. (lecture)

Mayo Auditorium

Energy is the lifeblood of modern societies. A successful global future energy system will provide energy security, economic security, and health and environmental security. Addressing the challenge of climate change offers an opportunity to make progress on those broad goals with energy technologies that are clean, deployable at large scale, and fully cost-competitive.

During this lecture, Lynn Orr—former Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Stanford University professor, and CSE
alumnus—will examine options for meeting those challenges, outline the need for additional energy innovation, and explore research and development pathways that offer important opportunities for continued progress toward those goals.

Lecture is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-served the day of the event. Learn more and register.

 
 
  • Dean's Lunch and Learn featuring the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Walter Library, Room 101

Join Dean Kaveh and department head Donna Whitney for a closer look at some of the innovations taking place in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Assistant Professor Peter Kang will discuss “Understanding and Predicting Groundwater Flow Processes through Visualization.” Kang Research Group advances our fundamental understanding of fluid flow and reactive transport in porous and fractured media. His research combines theory, high-performance numerical simulation and visual laboratory experiments to understand how the coupling between physical, chemical, and biological processes controls fluid flow and reactive transport in the subsurface environment. Based on improved understanding, Kang’s group develops predictive models for environmental applications such as groundwater management, contaminant transport, aquifer storage and recovery, and groundwater and surface-water interactions.

Associate Professor Cara Santelli will then present, “Mineral-making microbes enhance remediation and metal recovery in contaminated waters.” Research in the Santelli Geomicrobiology Lab examines the interactions between minerals and microorganisms, including fungi, to understand how biomineralization, biocorrosion, and metabolic activity influence the fate and distribution of metals, nutrients, and pollutants in the environment. The lab’s specific research objectives are driven by conducting fundamental scientific research on environmentally relevant biogeochemical processes and key elements in nature that are further influenced by anthropogenic activities, such as mining and agriculture. In addition to answering key questions on the mechanisms, metabolic pathways, and geochemical impact of mineral-microbe interactions, the Santelli lab seeks to inform and improve strategies for remediating inorganic pollutants to improve the quality and health of water and soil environments.

Alumni from all academic majors are welcome. Register.

 
  • CSE Winter Light Show

Dec. 5-7 and 14, 2019

Civil Engineering Building, Courtyard
 

Light show performances are held on each date at 5:30, 6, and 6:30 p.m.

The CSE Winter Light Show is a student-designed 3D outdoor experience featuring more than 250,000 LED lights set to music written and recorded by University of Minnesota students. Now in its ninth year, the CSE Winter Light Show has become an annual campus tradition. The CSE Winter Light Show is presented by the Tesla Works student group and sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering.

Learn more.

 

For more upcoming activities, visit our CSE college-wide events list.

Photos of past events:

Find other alumni photos on the CSE Flickr album.

Webcasts:

  • 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.