Alumnus Chad Furey credits solar car participation for his success – A story of giving

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Chad Furey (EE ’12) landed his dream job as an electrical engineer with Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, Calif., after he graduated, and credits his participation on the Solar Vehicle Project team. “I would not be here if it wasn’t for the solar car,” Furey said. Furey says his grades were “OK but […]

Jeffrey Dean and Heidi Hopper establish scholarship to honor professor Vipin Kumar

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As much as he loved being Goldy Gopher during his time at the University, Jeffrey Dean (CSci ’90) knew his future career probably wouldn’t involve being a costumed mascot. His future did, however, hinge on two important people he met at the University: his wife, Heidi Hopper (Psych ’90) whom he met […]

Alumnus Robert Hartmann believes in the value of education – A story of giving

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ROBERT HARTMANN (EE ’65) spent his freshman year of college playing football for Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn. He loved football, but soon realized balancing practices, games, and his course load was difficult. Plus, the expensive private liberal arts college didn’t offer a true engineering degree at the time. He transferred […]

PTC provides major support for CSE programs and students – A story of giving

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PTC, Inc., one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing software companies, is a major supporter of CSE’s innovation and entrepreneurship. “If we want America to continue to lead in the 21st century, there is nothing more important than a continued focus on innovation,” said Jim Heppelmann (ME ’87), PTC president and CEO. […]

CSE receives $1 million from Valspar – A story of giving

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The College of Science and Engineering has received a gift of $1 million over five years from Minneapolis-based Valspar Corporation to provide high-tech equipment for the new “Valspar Materials Science and Engineering Lab.” Located in the Gore Annex of Amundson Hall in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, the new […]

Engineering dream reached: A story of giving

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Had it not been for a job layoff, Lloyd Hilsgen, an electrical engineering student in the College of Science and Engineering, would still be juggling full-time employment along with his classes, studying, and being a husband and father. "It’s been a surreal journey," admits Hilsgen, who has been chipping away at his […]

Supporting student success: A story of giving

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Before April Peterson stepped onto the University of Minnesota campus as a freshman, there was one person supporting her success and easing the financial burden of tuition. Thanks to David Feinberg (ME ’48) and the David E. Feinberg Scholarship, Peterson’s tuition costs for her first year at the College of Science and […]

Endowing a fellowship: A story of giving

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Robert Sundahl faced many challenges while he worked toward his doctorate in metallurgical engineering. However, his greatest challenge occurred outside of the classroom—trying to balance a full class schedule while raising a family on limited resources. “Raising a family on a modest budget and working 60-70 hours on my degree was tough,” […]

Paying tribute: A story of giving

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After a successful career that took him all over the country, Dennis Longren’s heart never left his alma mater or his home state of Minnesota. Longren, who graduated at the top of his class with a degree in aeronautical engineering in 1956, died in 2002. His wife, Hazel, wanted to continue her […]

Building a resume for the future: A story of giving

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In addition to learning all the theory behind his mechanical engineering coursework, Christopher Flegel is building a resume with practical experience he’ll be able to apply to a variety of engineering careers in the future. Helping to achieve his career goals is the Robert and Margaret Bredeson Scholarship, which allows Flegel to […]