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Screenshot of RoadCoach app

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.

Ventilator prototype

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

Bionic humans aren't science fiction TEDx talk

"Bionic Humans Aren't Science Fiction" — TEDx Talk by Michael McAlpine

Posted February 4, 2020

Watch Professor Michael McAlpine's TEDx talk, "Bionic humans aren't science fiction"

Frank Kulacki

Professor Frank Kulacki Received the Donald Q. Kern Award

Posted February 4, 2020

Professor Frank Kulacki won the Donald Q. Kern Award for expertise in heat transfer research.

Zhijie Zhu

Materials Research Society Foundation Gold Award

Posted February 3, 2020

Congratulations to ME PhD student Zhijie Zhu for receiving the Materials Research Society Foundation Gold Award

Kedar Nawathe

Joachim and Yuko Heberlein Award

Posted February 3, 2020

ME PhD student Kedar Nawathe receives this year's Heberlein Award

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