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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.


2020 Clean Snowmobile Competition

UMN Clean Snowmobile Team Takes 8th in SAE Challenge

Posted April 22, 2020

The ME student group designed a clean snowmobile from a Polaris Switchback.

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Over 150 Engineering Undergraduates Volunteer on COVID-19 Projects

Posted April 9, 2020

The power of ME undergraduates helps push COVID-19 research forward at an unprecedented speed.

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ME Faculty Receive Department of Defense MURI Awards

Posted April 3, 2020

Two Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) Awards were given to ME faculty members' research projects.

ME students who received NSF fellowships

Two ME Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Posted April 2, 2020

ME students Nyssa Capman and Judith Dominguez are both recipients of the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship award from the National Science Foundation.

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HumanFIRST Lab Director Develops App for Older Drivers

Posted April 2, 2020

Nichole Morris — director of ME's HumanFIRST Laboratory — led a research project that resulted in RoadCoach, an app that gives senior drivers warnings when they engage in risky driving behaviors.

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UMN Respirator Mask Design Projects Led by ME Professors

Posted March 31, 2020

ME Professors John Bischof and David Pui are each leading teams that designed two respirator mask prototypes from filter material donated by Cummins and bendable components from Bedford Industries.

Gilliam McDonald wins teaching award

ME PhD Candidate Wins Campus-Wide Graduate Teaching Award

Posted March 27, 2020

Gillian McDonald was given "Aaron and Anna Beek Graduate Student Teaching Award" to honor her excellent teaching.

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Medical Devices Center Creates New Ventilator

Posted March 26, 2020

ME professor Arthur Erdman joins the fight against COVID-19 through the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center.

Atomic-scale details from transmission electron microscopy showing the porous structure of an MFI nanosheet, with MEL intergrown in it.

Atomic-Scale Imaging Reveals Secret to Thin Film Strength

Posted March 12, 2020

In a recent Nature Materials paper, ME Professor Traian Dumitrica and his collaborators report that one-dimensional intergrowths in two-dimensional zeolite nanosheets — as revealed by experiment and atomistic simulations — allow for world-beating xylene separation performance.

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ME Professor Wins Minnesota Partnership Award

Posted February 20, 2020

Tianhong Cui will partner with Mayo Clinic to work on early detection of pancreatic cancer

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