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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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Uwe Kortshagen Wins 2024 IonE Impact Goal Grant


ME Professor Uwe Kortshagen is leading one of 12 new projects funded by the Institute on the Environment's Impact Goal Grants.

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Professor Emeritus Publishes New Book


Professor Emeritus Steven Girshick is the author of a new book, Nucleation of Particles from the Gas Phase, published in June 2024 by Cambridge University Press.

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Professors Will Northrop and Jim Van de Ven Elected ASME Fellows


ME Professors Will Northrop and Jim Van de Ven were recently elected ASME Fellows, an honor given to "worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements."

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Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Grand Prize Goes to ME PhD Student


Surya Ramachandran, a PhD student advised by ME Assistant Professor Suo Yang, was awarded the Grand Prize in the Physical Sciences and Engineering Category at the 2024 Minnesota Supercomputing Institute's Research Computing Exhibition. This is awarded to only one UMN student per year across all engineering disciplines.

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Announcing the 2023-24 Goldstein Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award Winners


Mechanical Engineering graduate students Thiruvasakan Perumal and Ryne Juidici have been selected as the 2023-2024 winners of the Goldstein Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. The title comes with a $3500 honorarium, certificate, and their names immortalized alongside previous winners on a plaque in the ME Student Services Office.

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Breakthrough Twin Cities Students Visit ME Lab


A group of students from Breakthrough Twin Cities, an academic enrichment program for historically underrepresented middle and high school students, toured ME's HumanFIRST lab as part of a recent visit to the University of Minnesota.

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2024 Pui Best Dissertation Award Goes to ME PhD Peng Zhou


Peng Zhou (PhD, ‘23) is the recipient of the 2024 Pui Best Dissertation Award, created by Professor David Pui to recognize the time and effort required to pursue a doctorate of the highest caliber.

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Department of Defense Award Goes to ME Faculty Member


ME Assistant Professor Marien Simeni submitted a winning proposal which was selected by the Department of Defense for the fiscal year 2023 Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) competition.

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ME Graduate Student-Led Research and Startup Unlocks New Potential for Genetics Research


ME graduate students Andrew Alegria and Amey Joshi co-led research that resulted in a robot that uses machine learning to fully automate a complicated microinjection process used in genetic research.

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Professor Chris Hogan Named Incoming Department Head


We are pleased to announce Professor Chris Hogan as the new department head! He will begin a five-year term on July 1, 2024.