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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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Remembering Richard Goldstein (1928-2023)

Posted March 21, 2023

Renowned mechanical engineer and educator Richard J. Goldstein passed away on March 6, 2023, at age 94. He came to the University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Department in 1950 to study for a master’s degree, eventually earning a PhD and then joining the faculty in 1961. In all, Goldstein was a part of the department — whether as a graduate student, faculty member, or researcher — for nearly 70 years.

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ME Professor Chris Hogan Part of $15M Donation for Research on Airborne Pathogens

Posted March 8, 2023

Chris Hogan will bring his aerosol expertise to the newly formed UC San Diego Meta-Institute for Airborne Disease in a Changing Climate ("The Airborne Institute") — established by a $15M cryptocurrency donation, the largest ever given for research on airborne pathogens.

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ME PhD Student Receives Best Paper Award

Posted February 22, 2023

Jeff Bies, an ME PhD student with a minor in materials science, won Best Paper Award at the 2022 BATH/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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2023 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Goes to Ognjen Ilic

Posted February 10, 2023

ME Assistant Professor Ognjen Ilic has received a 2023 McKnight Land-Grand Professorship, a program designed to advance the careers of assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives.

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Dean Alleyne Elected to the NAE

Posted February 8, 2023

ME faculty member and CSE Dean Andrew Alleyne has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering – the highest professional honor for an engineer.

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Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award Goes to Sayan Biswas

Posted February 2, 2023

ME Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas is the recipient of the prestigious Office of Naval Research 2023 Young Investigator Award, given to the best and brightest scientists and engineers from across academia.

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Ilic Lab Discovers New Method to Move Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

Posted December 8, 2022

ME Assistant Professor Ognjen Ilic's research group at the Laboratory for Nano Optics and Mechanics developed a contactless manipulation method that could allow devices to move without a built-in power source.

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Putting the Human First in Engineering Research

Posted November 30, 2022

The HumanFIRST Lab helps engineer systems with people in mind. Learn more in this CSE News highlight on the lab and its director, ME faculty member Nichole Morris.

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ME Postdoc Wins 2022 UMN Postdoc Award

Posted November 16, 2022

Saikat Mukherjee was awarded a 2022 UMN Postdoc Award. These awards recognize UMN researchers' valuable contribution to the University's mission and are given each year to postdocs who exhibit exemplary work.

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Pui Best Dissertation Award Winner

Posted November 2, 2022

Ruitao Su (PhD, ‘20) is the recipient of the inaugural Pui Best Dissertation Award.

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