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UMN ME Students Receive 2 of 5 Student Awards at International Conference on Plasma Science

Posted December 17, 2020

ME PhD student Gaurav Nayak and visiting scholar Jianan Wang received two of the available five student awards at the 47th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Sciences.

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Fall 2020 Virtual Senior Design Show

Posted December 9, 2020

Support tomorrow's best engineers by attending the virtual Senior Design Show!

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Visit the 2020 Virtual Robot Show

Posted December 8, 2020

This year's Robot Show will take place on Flipgrid, with students submitting videos of their robots for viewing. Take a look!

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ME Drives Tool to Help Integrate Electric Vehicles Into Truck Fleets

Posted December 1, 2020

ME Associate Professor Will Northrop received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop a tool that aims to enable large-scale electric vehicle adoption in regional trucking.

ME Professors Peter Bruggeman and Mike McAlpine

Profs. Peter Bruggeman and Mike McAlpine Receive Grant from NSF's Big Ideas Program

Posted November 18, 2020

Peter Bruggeman, along with collaborator Mike McAlpine, received a five-year Growing Convergent Research (GCR) grant to study.

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Xiaojia Wang Publishes New Research in Science Advances

Posted November 12, 2020

Associate Professor Wang and members of her research group along with collaborators in ECE published research that explores the possibility of manipulating spin using strain-spin coupling at ultra-high frequencies.

Research team member tests aerosol dispersal from orchestral instruments

The Minnesota Orchestra is Working with ME Faculty to Maximize Safety

Posted November 10, 2020

ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong leads a research team that is studying how far wind instruments spread aerosols. Assistant Professor Suo Yang will then model patterns of airflow and exchange in Orchestra Hall.

Kevin Eschen and Rachael Granberry won ASME awards at the 2020 conference

2020 ASME Award Winners

Posted November 5, 2020

Two students and their advisor, Assistant Professor Julianna Abel, won two ASME awards at the 2020 annual conference.

Jiarong Hong's new NSF-funded grant will study large-scale air flow phenomena

Jiarong Hong Leads $1M+ NSF MRI Grant for Eolos

Posted October 28, 2020

ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong is the PI on a new NSF-funded study that will work to quantify large-scale flow phenomena using the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station as a base.

Michael McAlpine's group is first to 3D print microfluidic channels on a curved surface

Researchers at the U are First to 3D Print Microfluidic Channels on a Curved Surface

Posted October 16, 2020

Michael McAlpine is senior researcher on a groundbreaking new study that resulted in the first 3D printed unique fluid channels at the micron scale.

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