Applied and Contract Research

With diverse scientific and technological backgrounds, the Applied Research & Engineering Team prioritize real-time problem solving and real-world innovations.

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Katie Kemmitt collecting friction data on permeable pavement using a portable friction tester

The Minnesota Department of Transportation tasked researchers with evaluating the use of permeable pavements, to potentially reduce road salt use. 

Permeable pavement study

Photo of an eagle in front of the Eolos wind turbine

Could acoustic deterrents be used to prevent eagle and raptor collisions with wind turbines? Researchers from a range of backgrounds worked together to research eagle hearing ranges and behavioral responses to sounds.  

Eagle auditory responses

Photo of a storm drain

Researchers evaluated the effectiveness of different pretreatment devices in Minnesota, using a common method to allow for comparisons across devices.

Pretreatment device evaluation

Acoustic noise measurement equipment in front of the Eolos wind turbine

A common public concern about wind energy farms is wind turbine-generated noise. This study was conducted to evaluate wind turbine noise and human responses to exposure. 

Wind turbine noise study

photo of wake boat waves

The University of Minnesota's Saint Anthony Falls Lab is researching the potential impacts of boat-generated waves and propeller wash on Minnesota’s lakes.

Healthy Waters