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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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Putting the Human First in Engineering Research


The HumanFIRST Lab helps engineer systems with people in mind. Learn more in this CSE News highlight on the lab and its director, ME faculty member Nichole Morris.

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ME Postdoc Wins 2022 UMN Postdoc Award


Saikat Mukherjee was awarded a 2022 UMN Postdoc Award. These awards recognize UMN researchers' valuable contribution to the University's mission and are given each year to postdocs who exhibit exemplary work.

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Pui Best Dissertation Award Winner


Ruitao Su (PhD, ‘20) is the recipient of the inaugural Pui Best Dissertation Award.

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Fourth Annual ME3MT Winners


We held our fourth annual Mechanical Engineering Three Minute Thesis (ME3MT) competition on 10/13/22, where graduate students have three minutes to explain their research in easy to understand language.

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ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award Goes to Rajesh Rajamani


ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani is the 2022 recipient of the ASME Charles Stark Draper Innovative Practice Award — given biennially for either excellent sustained contributions or for an outstanding major, singular contribution in innovative applications or dynamic systems, measurement, or control in engineering practice.

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2022 Plasma Roadmap Edited by ME Professor Peter Bruggeman


The 2022 Plasma Roadmap, edited by ME Professor Peter Bruggeman and Dr. Anne Bourdon (CNRS, Ecole Polytechnique, France), was recently published in Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics.

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McAlpine Group Designs Unique 3D-Printed Device to Help People with Lupus


ME Professor Michael McAlpine's group, along with doctors from the University of Minnesota Medical School, designed a unique 3D-printed light-sensing medical device that gives real-time feedback to correlate light exposure with disease flare-ups.

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45th Aerosol and Particle Measurement Short Course


Regents Professor David Y. H. Pui held the 45th Aerosol and Particle Measurement Short Course at the U in August, with 62 registrants from all over the world.

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ME PhD Student Receives Best Student Paper Award


ME PhD student Peng Zhou won the Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Manipulation, Automation, and Robotics at Small Scales. The conference was held in Toronto from July 25-29, 2022.

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ME Student Paths: Faculty Appointments in Top Programs


Former ME PhD student and postdoc Xuanting Hao will join the University of California, San Diego as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.