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CPT/OPT Information Session

If you are an international students, and want to know more about CPT/OPT options, or ask questions about them, please attend the virtual information session. 

Please note: These sessions are for informational purposes only. Applicants must still complete the CPT/OPT Virtual Workshops linked from the ISSS website prior to submitting their application to ISSS.

Spring 2022 Global Gopher events

International Students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events on January 12!

During Global Gopher Events, you will learn how to succeed academically at the University of Minnesota and how to prepare for a career after graduation! Most of all, we hope to welcome you to the University of Minnesota and the international community. Get more details about the event.

ECE Senior Design Show

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering hosts a Senior Design Show twice per year.  The pandemic changed the look of the show over the last few semesters, but we are excited to announce that the fall 2021 show will be in person and will feature the work of electrical and computer engineering students. We invite you to come see the exciting projects created by ECE seniors who have worked together in teams for one semester to design, develop, and deliver projects that utilize novel engineering solutions.
WHO: All ECE Faculty and Staff are invited
WHAT:  ECE Senior Design Show featuring ECE senior students
WHEN:  Tuesday, December 14, from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
WHERE:  Armory Building, Room 116

IoT Project Showcase

Professor John Sartori will be hosting the Internet of Things (IoT) Project Showcase for the EE1301 class in the third floor atrium of Keller Hall tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 12/14) from 1:45 - 3:45pm. Students will be showing off the IoT devices that they have created over the course of the semester. Stop by, check out the projects, and talk to the students about their work. 


Personal statement consultation for undergraduate students

Personal Statement Consultations for International Undergraduates

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process, so we have arranged opportunities for undergraduates to get advice from experienced graduate students! Interested students can meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have your statement reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and they are available virtually. You can also request video recorded feedback and comments to review on your own time. The consultants are either current graduate students or staff who work in UMN Career Services.

Personal Statement Consultations are available December 13-January 14. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. 

Visit to learn more about the program, the Personal Statement Consultants, and to register for an appointment.

Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations.

December destress with SASE

Finals week can be rough, so let SASE help you destress! Join the student group for this casual event where you can participate in making snow globes, playing board games, or simply doing your own thing with your friends! There will be pot stickers and bao to help you gain energy to battle finals week!

Study Night with HKN

IEEE UMN is cohosting a study night with HKN on Thursday, December 9 from 6-8 pm at the ECE Learning Center (Keller Hall 2-276). ECE students of all years are welcome to come hang out, study, or receive tutoring for related coursework. Insomnia cookies will be provided! You can also join via the HKN Discord. 

Professor Chris Myers at the Wilson Lecture Series

Design of Asynchronous Genetic Circuits

Researchers are now able to engineer synthetic genetic circuits for a range of applications in the environmental, medical, and energy domains. Crucial to the success of these efforts is the development of methods and tools for genetic design automation (GDA). While inspiration can be drawn from experiences with electronic design automation (EDA), design with a genetic material poses several challenges. In particular, genetic circuits are composed of very noisy components making their behavior more asynchronous, analog, and stochastic in nature. This talk presents our research in the development of GDA tools that leverage our past experiences in asynchronous circuit synthesis and formal verification. These tools enables synthetic biologists to construct models, efficiently analyze and visualize them, and synthesize a genetic circuit from a library of parts. Each step of this design process utilizes standard data representation formats enabling the ready exchange of results. 

Biography of professor Chris Myers

Chris J. Myers received a BS in EE and Chinese history from Caltech, and MSEE and PhD degrees from Stanford. Before becoming Chair of ECEE at CU Boulder in 2020, he was a professor and associate chair in ECE at the University of Utah. Myers is the author of over 200 technical papers and the textbooks Asynchronous Circuit Design and Engineering Genetic Circuits. He is also a co-inventor on four patents. His research interests include asynchronous design, formal verification, and genetic circuit design. Myers received an NSF Fellowship in 1991, an NSF CAREER award in 1996, best paper awards at the 1999 and 2007 Symposiums on Asynchronous Circuits and Systems, and is a fellow of the IEEE. He is a leader in the development of standards for systems and synthetic biology. In particular, he has served as an editor for the SBML standard, is the chair of the steering committee for the SBOL standard and is the chair of the COMBINE coordination board. 

Minnesota NeuroSpin Initiative Workshop

Minnesota NeuroSpin Initiative's inaugural workshop brings together neurologists, neuroscientists, and engineers to solve medical challenges, advance knowledge of neuron cells and their networks, and discover novel approaches for neuromorphic computing and memory using micromagnetic and spintronic innovations.

Meeting location: Beacon Room, University Recreation and Wellness Center, 123 SE Harvard St, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Registration link

Dr. Margaret Martonosi at the Wilson Lecture Series

Virtual campus visit with NSF CISE AD Dr. Margaret Martonosi

The National Science Foundation (NSF) supports a majority of US academic research in the Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) topic areas.  Since February 2020, Dr. Margaret Martonosi has served as NSF CISE AD, stewarding the CISE directorate's $1B annual budget on behalf of research, education, workforce and infrastructure funding in CISE topic areas and for science as a whole. Martonosi is conducting a series of virtual campus visits to engage in conversation about a vision for CISE research going forward, and to field Q&A from the CISE community. Please join us for this highly-interactive session and please bring your input and questions!

Biography of Dr. Martonosi

Margaret Martonosi is the US National Science Foundation's Assistant Director for Computer and information Science and Engineering (CISE). With an annual budget of more than $1B, the CISE directorate at NSF has the mission to uphold the Nation's leadership in scientific discovery and engineering innovation through its support of fundamental research and education in computer and information science and engineering as well as transformative advances in research cyberinfrastructure. While at NSF, Dr. Martonosi is on leave from Princeton University where she is the Hugh Trumbull Adams '35 Professor of Computer Science. Her research interests are in computer architecture and hardware-software interface issues in both classical and quantum computing systems. Dr. Martonosi is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.