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The Department of Mechanical Engineering is an active research hub at the forefront of developments in human health, the environment, robotics, manufacturing, energy, and more. Our faculty, researchers, and students work on everything from designing clean engines to curing cancer. Read about what ME is doing to change the world right here in Minnesota.


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First UMN-Led NSF Convergence Accelerator to Develop Water Quality Sensor Platform Enabled by AI


ME Professor Tianhong Cui is part of a team of scientists and engineers selected as NSF Convergence Accelerator Phase 1 awardees for chemical water sensing.

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ME Professors Part of $4.1M Green Energy Initiative Funded by The Kavli Foundation


ME faculty members Marien Simeni and Chris Hogan are part of an international team of scientists working to drive the green energy transition by providing more sustainable alternatives to materials dependent on heavy industry.

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ME Professor James Van de Ven Wins Graduate Teaching Award


James Van de Ven is the recipient of a 2024 University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Teaching Award in recognition of his contributions to the mechanical engineering graduate program.

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Three ME PhDs Awarded 2024 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships


ME PhD students Arun Cherkkil, Ibrahim Oladepo, and Reza Yousofvand are recipients of 2024 Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships, given to outstanding mid-career Ph.D. students who are engaged in interdisciplinary research to support their work at one of the University’s centers or institutes.

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ME PhD Student and Postdoc Win Poster Award at International Conference


A poster by ME PhD student Yingming Xu and postdoc Peng Zhou has been selected as one of the fifteen finalists (among top 2.5% papers) for the Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award at the 37th International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems.

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ME Professor Tianhong Cui to Co-Lead Great Lakes Water Innovation Engine


Tianhong Cui will co-lead a University of Minnesota team that is part of an NSF-funded Regional Innovation Engine award, with a potential $160 million in support to grow a water-focused collective of more than 200 water experts in the Great Lakes region.

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2024 Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Program Goes to Suo Yang


ME Assistant Professor Suo Yang is one of 48 scientists and engineers to receive an award through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (ASOFR) Young Investigator Program (YIP).

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Novel Process for More Sustainable Mining Methods


ME Professor Al Aksan is co-PI on an NSF-funded project to investigate designing a bacterial system to extract critical minerals from mining for valuable metals, making conventional mining methods more sustainable.

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2024 Heberlein Travel Award Winners


Congratulations to Kimberly Gustafson and Jeremy Simmons, the 2024 Joachim and Yuko Heberlein Travel Grant Award winners! The awards support ME PhD students by providing funding to attend an international conference in their field.

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2023 Pui Best Dissertation Award Winner: Tianyi Li


UMN ME PhD Tianyi Li ('21) is the winner of the 2023 Pui Best Dissertation Award, created by Professor David Pui to recognize the time and effort required to pursue a doctorate of the highest caliber.