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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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U.S Army Collaborates with ME to Improve Combat Medicine for Female Soldiers


Nichole Morris and Tim Kowalewski have been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to improve the quality of combat medicine training for female soldiers.

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McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award Given to Suhasa Kodandaramaiah


ME Assistant Professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah is the recipient of a 2021 McKnight Technological Innvoations in Neuroscience Award from the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience.

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Frontera Fellowship Goes to ME PhD Student


ME PhD candidate Hongyuan Zhang is one of four fellows chosen across the U.S. to compute on the most powerful academic supercomputer in the world.

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Xiaojia Wang's Group Develops New Method for Measuring Thermal Properties of Microparticles


A new method reported by ME Associate Professor Wang's group shows some deviations between bulk and microscale thermal conductivity for inorganic particles embedded in epoxy resin.

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ME-Led SmartSpout Sensor Project Deployed in South Africa


ME Assistant Professor Natasha Wright's latest publication details sensor research that was successfully deployed in a large-scale field trial in South Africa.

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2021 Minnesota Futures Award Goes to Research on Sustainable Approaches to Minnesota's Titanium Resources


ME Professor Uwe Kortshagen is serving as co-investigator on an award-winning project that stands to maximize untapped renewable energy sources within Minnesota in a sustainable way.

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Will Northrop Wins 2021 Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award


The Robert C. Johns Research Partnership Award is presented annually to a team of individuals who have collaboratively drawn on their diverse experience to achieve significant impacts on transportation.

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Developing Sensor Technology for Treating Parkinson's Disease


ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani is changing the way doctors treat Parkinson's disease by developing sensor technology to fill a gap in existing treatments.

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ME Leads the Way: Meet Postdoc Li Zhan


ME Postdoc Li Zhan is using the skills he learned during his doctoral study at UMN ME to improve human health.

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Four ME Students Win 2021 President's Student Leadership & Service Awards


Two ME undergrads and two PhD candidates were recognized for their leadership efforts on behalf of the University and the Twin Cities community.