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ME PhD Student Wins 2023 Mestenhauser Student Award

Posted May 3, 2023

Akash Dhotre, a PhD student advised by Sayan Biswas, recently won a 2023 Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. This award recognizes outstanding student contributions to international education.

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The Future of ME: Eden Prairie High School Student Wins State Science Fair

Posted April 6, 2023

Yash Dagade, an 11th grade student taking classes at the University through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, spent the last few months working with Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas’ Plasma Power Propulsion Lab group to conduct research on high-altitude wind energy. The result? A vertical airborne wind farm that earned him five awards at the regional science fair and two awards at the state science fair.

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Goldstein Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Awards 2022-2023

Posted March 30, 2023

Mechanical engineering graduate students Kevin Hartoyo and Berik Kallevig have been unanimously selected as the 2022-2023 winners of the Goldstein Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award.

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Remembering Richard Goldstein (1928-2023)

Posted March 21, 2023

Renowned mechanical engineer and educator Richard J. Goldstein passed away on March 6, 2023, at age 94. He came to the University of Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Department in 1950 to study for a master’s degree, eventually earning a PhD and then joining the faculty in 1961. In all, Goldstein was a part of the department — whether as a graduate student, faculty member, or researcher — for nearly 70 years.

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ME Professor Chris Hogan Part of $15M Donation for Research on Airborne Pathogens

Posted March 8, 2023

Chris Hogan will bring his aerosol expertise to the newly formed UC San Diego Meta-Institute for Airborne Disease in a Changing Climate ("The Airborne Institute") — established by a $15M cryptocurrency donation, the largest ever given for research on airborne pathogens.

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ME PhD Student Receives Best Paper Award

Posted February 22, 2023

Jeff Bies, an ME PhD student with a minor in materials science, won Best Paper Award at the 2022 BATH/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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2023 McKnight Land-Grant Professorship Goes to Ognjen Ilic

Posted February 10, 2023

ME Assistant Professor Ognjen Ilic has received a 2023 McKnight Land-Grand Professorship, a program designed to advance the careers of assistant professors at a crucial point in their professional lives.

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Dean Alleyne Elected to the NAE

Posted February 8, 2023

ME faculty member and CSE Dean Andrew Alleyne has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering – the highest professional honor for an engineer.

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Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award Goes to Sayan Biswas

Posted February 2, 2023

ME Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas is the recipient of the prestigious Office of Naval Research 2023 Young Investigator Award, given to the best and brightest scientists and engineers from across academia.

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Ilic Lab Discovers New Method to Move Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

Posted December 8, 2022

ME Assistant Professor Ognjen Ilic's research group at the Laboratory for Nano Optics and Mechanics developed a contactless manipulation method that could allow devices to move without a built-in power source.

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