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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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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.

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


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


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


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


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