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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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Student Spotlight: ME Graduate Matthew Brown


Mechanical engineering senior Matthew Brown is well-prepared for a career in industry after graduation.

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DARPA Director's Fellowship Award Goes to Suo Yang


ME Assistant Professor Suo Yang has been awarded the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Director's Fellowship, an award given to top performers in the DARPA Young Faculty Award (YFA) pool.

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Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students Across the U Starts at ME


ME Professor Will Durfee Helps Create Experiential Learning Opportunities for Students Across the U

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Emerita Professor Wins ASME Heat Transfer Memorial Award — ART Category


The Heat Transfer Memorial Award, established in 1975 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, is bestowed on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of heat transfer through teaching, research, practice, design, service, leadership, inventions, or a combination of such activities.

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ME Professor Perry Li Awarded 2023 ASME Robert E. Koski Medal


The Robert E. Koski Medal, established in 2007 by the The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, recognizes individuals who have advanced the art and practice of fluid power motion and control through education and/or innovation. The honoree does not have to be a member of ASME.

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ME Researchers Perform First Successful Transplant of Functional Cryopreserved Rat Kidney


ME Professor John Bischof and Researchers Perform First Successful Transplant of Functional Cryopreserved Rat Kidney

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Assistant Professor Jun Li Wins the 2023 James Joule Young Researcher Award


ME Assistant Professor Jun Li wins the 2023 International Institute of Refrigeration’s James Joule Young Researcher Award.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Ph.D. students Yingying Zhang and Chi Zhang conduct measurements using a home-built system involving ultrafast laser pulses to study the lanthanum strontium cobaltite devices

Wang Group Discovers New Method for Controlling Heat Flow


A team led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers discovered a new method for tuning the thermal conductivity of materials, achieving a record-high range of tunability that will open a door to developing more energy-efficient and durable electronic devices.

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ME PhD Student Wins 2023 Mestenhauser Student Award


Akash Dhotre, a PhD student advised by Sayan Biswas, recently won a 2023 Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization. This award recognizes outstanding student contributions to international education.

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The Future of ME: Eden Prairie High School Student Wins State Science Fair


Yash Dagade, an 11th grade student taking classes at the University through the Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program, spent the last few months working with Assistant Professor Sayan Biswas’ Plasma Power Propulsion Lab group to conduct research on high-altitude wind energy. The result? A vertical airborne wind farm that earned him five awards at the regional science fair and two awards at the state science fair.