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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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Ford Partners with Jiarong Hong to Create Air Filtration Kits


ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong worked with Ford Motor Company to create air filtration box fan kits that can be assembled at homes or schools to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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Suo Yang Helps School of Music Reduce Virus Spread Using Air Purifiers


ME Assistant Professor Suo Yang is working with the University of Minnesota School of Music to make in-person music lessons, instruction, and rehearsals safer for students and faculty using portable air purifiers, masks, and social distancing.

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Dutcher Lab Paper Chosen for ACS Editors' Choice


The Dutcher Lab's recent paper on phase-dependent soluble surfactant transport was selected for ACS Editors' Choice.

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


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


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

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Visit the 2020 Virtual Robot Show


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


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.

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


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


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.

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The Minnesota Orchestra is Working with ME Faculty to Maximize Safety


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.