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Participants in the 2022 Plasma Summer School gather on the steps of Coffman Union

First U.S. Plasma Summer School Held at UMN ME

Posted July 13, 2022

Professor Peter Bruggeman, along with Professor Mark Kushner from the University of Michigan, held the first U.S. Low Temperature Plasma Summer School from June 13-17, 2022, at the University of Minnesota.

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First Female UMN ME PhD Becomes President of Oregon State University

Posted July 8, 2022

Dr. Jayathi Murthy, the first woman to receive a PhD in mechanical engineering at the University of Minnesota, was recently named President of Oregon State University — where she will be the first woman of color to lead Oregon's largest public university.

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ME Graduate Student Wins AIAA Award

Posted July 6, 2022

Hongyuan Zhang, a graduate student in Suo Yang's Computational Reactive Flow and Energy Lab, won the Martin Summerfield Graduate Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

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Vinod Srinivasan Receives NSF CAREER Award

Posted June 9, 2022

ME Assistant Professor Vinod Srinivasan received an NSF CAREER Award for his work on heat transfer research.

Winners of the 2020-2021 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards

Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award Goes to David Kittelson

Posted June 1, 2022

The California Air Resources Board awarded the 2020-2021 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Awards to six recipients, including ME Professor David Kittelson.

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Suhasa Kodandaramaiah Awarded NIH Grant for Recording Neural Activity

Posted May 27, 2022

The NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded $1.8 million to Suhasa Kodandaramaiah and Tim Ebner (Neuroscience) to develop better cranial exoskeletons for recording neural activity in mice.

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Two ME Students Win Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Posted May 4, 2022

ME PhD students Dingbin Huang and Guanyu Song have been awarded Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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Mike McAlpine Wins Excellence in Postdoctoral Advising Award

Posted April 26, 2022

ME Professor Mike McAlpine received a 2021-2022 Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Advising, which recognizes the central role that postdoctoral advising plays at the University.

Graduate student awards

2021-2022 Graduate Student Awards

Posted April 22, 2022

Our department is home to award-winning graduate students who are propelling the future of mechanical engineering. Here is a list of this academic year's award winners.

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Two ME Students Win Diversity Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Awards

Posted April 13, 2022

ME undergraduates Ann Nguyen and Asha Suvarna won awards for their DEI-focused contributions to advocacy, volunteer work, and engagement.

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