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Senior Design Show

Fall 2020 Virtual Senior Design Show


Support tomorrow's best engineers by attending the virtual Senior Design Show!

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Visit the 2020 Virtual Robot Show


This year's Robot Show will take place on Flipgrid, with students submitting videos of their robots for viewing. Take a look!

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ME Drives Tool to Help Integrate Electric Vehicles Into Truck Fleets


ME Associate Professor Will Northrop received a grant from the Department of Energy to develop a tool that aims to enable large-scale electric vehicle adoption in regional trucking.

ME Professors Peter Bruggeman and Mike McAlpine

Profs. Peter Bruggeman and Mike McAlpine Receive Grant from NSF's Big Ideas Program


Peter Bruggeman, along with collaborator Mike McAlpine, received a five-year Growing Convergent Research (GCR) grant to study.

ME Associate Professor XJ Wang

Xiaojia Wang Publishes New Research in Science Advances


Associate Professor Wang and members of her research group along with collaborators in ECE published research that explores the possibility of manipulating spin using strain-spin coupling at ultra-high frequencies.

Research team member tests aerosol dispersal from orchestral instruments

The Minnesota Orchestra is Working with ME Faculty to Maximize Safety


ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong leads a research team that is studying how far wind instruments spread aerosols. Assistant Professor Suo Yang will then model patterns of airflow and exchange in Orchestra Hall.

Kevin Eschen and Rachael Granberry won ASME awards at the 2020 conference

2020 ASME Award Winners


Two students and their advisor, Assistant Professor Julianna Abel, won two ASME awards at the 2020 annual conference.

Jiarong Hong's new NSF-funded grant will study large-scale air flow phenomena

Jiarong Hong Leads $1M+ NSF MRI Grant for Eolos


ME Associate Professor Jiarong Hong is the PI on a new NSF-funded study that will work to quantify large-scale flow phenomena using the Eolos Wind Energy Research Station as a base.

Michael McAlpine's group is first to 3D print microfluidic channels on a curved surface

Researchers at the U are First to 3D Print Microfluidic Channels on a Curved Surface


Michael McAlpine is senior researcher on a groundbreaking new study that resulted in the first 3D printed unique fluid channels at the micron scale.

Array of headshots depicting the grad students participating in the ME 2020 3MT compeition

ME Graduate Students Impress at 3MT Competition


Mechanical Engineering’s Three Minute Thesis Competition 2020 was a great success. Twelve graduate students competed against time and each other for prestige and prizes. It was held virtually via Zoom, and had over 100 people in attendance. There were winners in three categories: 1st place - Daniel Thomas, 2nd place -Jeff Bies, and People's Choice - Adithan Kannan.