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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.


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


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


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


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

Frank Kulacki

Professor Frank Kulacki Received the Donald Q. Kern Award


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

Zhijie Zhu

Materials Research Society Foundation Gold Award


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

Kedar Nawathe

Joachim and Yuko Heberlein Award


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