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.
Posted August 5, 2020
The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine, directed by ME Professor John Bischof, $26 million over five years to create the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio). The center aims to stop biological time by designing methods to cryogenically cool, hold and re-warm living materials without harm, extending our ability to bank and transport them.
Posted July 29, 2020
ME faculty members Jiarong Hong and Suo Yang are researching how COVID-19 particles float in indoor settings, hoping to answer questions about how the virus spreads in different spaces.
Posted July 16, 2020
ME Professor Alptekin Aksan has a new paper on isolation of chemoresistant cancer cell populations using physical inhibition of proliferation.
Posted July 15, 2020
ME Professor Michael McAlpine and postdoc Kaiyan Qiu are part of a team that 3D printed a functioning human heart pump.
Posted June 26, 2020
Laura Bartels earned her master's degree in engineering and helped assemble 500 kits for the MNMask project.
Posted June 22, 2020
ME Professor Michael McAlpine is serving as senior researcher on a team that has developed a groundbreaking 3D printing technique to print electronic sensors directly on organs that are expanding and contracting.
Posted June 17, 2020
Suo Yang's team will investigate the transport of virus aerosols and nasal medicinal droplets in order to help develop effective treatments for COVID-19.
Posted June 5, 2020
ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong has been working to answer questions about how COVID-19 droplets survive on surfaces, finding that droplets do not disappear upon evaporation
Posted May 8, 2020
The Hogan Group research team and ME staff built booths with positive pressure HEPA filtered air to allow healthcare workers to safely test COVID-19 patients without the need for PPE, which allows for twice as many tests per day.
Posted April 29, 2020
ME Professor Chris Hogan is part of a research team that developed a respiratory procedure box that has been distributed to M Health Fairview hospitals.