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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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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.

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Putting Plasmas on the Map


ME Professor Peter Bruggeman's plasma science research is driving groundbreaking developments in wound healing and electrochemistry.

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Three ME Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards


ME graduate students Arun Balakrishna, Matthew Kubala, and Cara Piazza all received 2021 Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers — prestigious awards given by the NSF.

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Attend the Spring 2021 Virtual Senior Design Show!


Support tomorrow's best engineers by attending the virtual Senior Design Show, the culmination of a semester-long capstone design course.

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Groundbreaking Device Gives New Insight Into Brain Function


ME Assistant Professor Suhasa Kodandaramaiah's lab developed a unique head-mounted mini-microscope device that allows them to image complex brain functions of mice — a groundbreaking study that provides new insight into fundamental research that could improve human brain conditions such as concussions, autism, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as better understanding the brain’s role in addiction.

ME faculty members Julianna Abel and Suhasa Kodandaramaiah

ME Faculty Members Receive McKnight Land-Grant Professorships


ME faculty members Julianna Abel and Suhasa Kodandaramaiah both received McKnight Land-Grant Professorships in the 2021 round.

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Allison Hubel Appointed Director of Technological Leadership Institute


ME Professor Allison Hubel has been named the new director of the UMN Technological Leadership Institute, the first woman to hold the position.

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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.