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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.


Michael McAlpine's group is first to 3D print microfluidic channels on a curved surface

Researchers at the U are First to 3D Print Microfluidic Channels on a Curved Surface


Michael McAlpine is senior researcher on a groundbreaking new study that resulted in the first 3D printed unique fluid channels at the micron scale.

Array of headshots depicting the grad students participating in the ME 2020 3MT compeition

ME Graduate Students Impress at 3MT Competition


Mechanical Engineering’s Three Minute Thesis Competition 2020 was a great success. Twelve graduate students competed against time and each other for prestige and prizes. It was held virtually via Zoom, and had over 100 people in attendance. There were winners in three categories: 1st place - Daniel Thomas, 2nd place -Jeff Bies, and People's Choice - Adithan Kannan.

LEID Fellow Aduramo Lasode

ME PhD Student Wins Leadership in Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity (LEID) Fellowship


ME PhD candidate Aduramo Lasode was named one of The Graduate School's LEID Fellows, which recognize students who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and/or social justice through scholarly activity.

A researcher in Allison Hubel's group works with cells preserved in nitrogen.

ME-Led Startups Win the 2020 MN Cup


Two ME-led startups won the 2020 MN Cup in their divisions, and Professor Allison Hubel's BlueCube Bio won the grand prize!

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NEW: Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction with Cellular Imaging Core


Suhasa Kodandaramaiah will be co-leading the Cellular Imaging Core for the new Center for Neural Circuits in Addiction, funded by a $9.9 million grant from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse.

3D Printed Aortic Root Models

ME Partners with Medtronic to Develop 3D-Printed Aortic Valve


Professor Michael McAlpine's team developed a groundbreaking process to 3D print multi-material lifelike models of aortic roots.

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NSF Awards $26M for New Engineering Research Center, Led by ME Professor John Bischof


The National Science Foundation awarded the University of Minnesota Institute for Engineering in Medicine, directed by ME Professor John Bischof, $26 million over five years to create the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advanced Technologies for the Preservation of Biological Systems (ATP-Bio). The center aims to stop biological time by designing methods to cryogenically cool, hold and re-warm living materials without harm, extending our ability to bank and transport them.

Modeling airflow scenarios in classrooms

ME Faculty Study How COVID-19 Spreads Indoors


ME faculty members Jiarong Hong and Suo Yang are researching how COVID-19 particles float in indoor settings, hoping to answer questions about how the virus spreads in different spaces.

Illustration of ovarian cancer cell encapsulation

New Publication on Isolation of Chemoresistant Cancer Cell Populations


ME Professor Alptekin Aksan has a new paper on isolation of chemoresistant cancer cell populations using physical inhibition of proliferation.

Rendering of 3D printed heart pump

ME Professor and Postdoc 3D Print Functioning Human Heart Pump


ME Professor Michael McAlpine and postdoc Kaiyan Qiu are part of a team that 3D printed a functioning human heart pump.