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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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MSME Graduate Leads Volunteer Mask-Kit Assembly


Laura Bartels earned her master's degree in engineering and helped assemble 500 kits for the MNMask project.

3D Printing a sensor on lungs

Groundbreaking New Research Allows 3D Printing Directly on Organs


ME Professor Michael McAlpine is serving as senior researcher on a team that has developed a groundbreaking 3D printing technique to print electronic sensors directly on organs that are expanding and contracting.

Suo Yang

ME Assistant Professor Leads Research Team on Virus Transport in Respiratory Systems


Suo Yang's team will investigate the transport of virus aerosols and nasal medicinal droplets in order to help develop effective treatments for COVID-19.

Jiarong Hong

Aerosol Research at the Center of Answering Questions About COVID-19 on Surfaces


ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong has been working to answer questions about how COVID-19 droplets survive on surfaces, finding that droplets do not disappear upon evaporation

M Health Fairvew testing booth for COVID-19 patients

ME Helps Design COVID-19 Testing Booth, Allowing for Twice as Many Tests Per Day


The Hogan Group research team and ME staff built booths with positive pressure HEPA filtered air to allow healthcare workers to safely test COVID-19 patients without the need for PPE, which allows for twice as many tests per day.

Respiratory procedure box

New Protective Device for Healthcare Professionals


ME Professor Chris Hogan is part of a research team that developed a respiratory procedure box that has been distributed to M Health Fairview hospitals.

MDC Coventor ventilator

"Coventor" Becomes First of Its Kind to Get FDA Approval


The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center, directed by ME Professor Arthur Erdman, helped create a low-cost ventilator alternative for emergency use curing the COVID-19 outbreak.

ME Professor James Van de Ven

ME Professor Wins Faculty Teaching Award


Professor James Van de Ven received CSE's Bowers Teaching Award in recognition of his innovative and inspirational teaching.

Peter Bruggeman in Scholar's Walk

Distinguished Research Award Goes to ME Professor


Professor and Associate Department Head Peter Bruggeman won the George W. Taylor Award for Distinguished Research.

ME Assistant Professor Tim Kowalewski

ME Assistant Professor Receives McKnight Presidential Fellow Award


Timothy Kowalewski is the recipient of the University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Fellow Award.