College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota
College of Science and Engineering

CSE Events Calendar

Apr 23, 14

Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure for Epidemics

Foodborne diseases cause an estimated 48 million illnesses each year in the United States, including 9.4 million caused by known pathogens. Real time detection of cases and outbreak sources is one of the most important epidemic intelligent service that would decrease morbidity and mortality of foodborne illnesses, and allow optimal response based on the determination of causal pathways leading to contamination. Unfortunately, outbreak source detection is typically known at the end of epidemics.

Dr. Convertino emphasizes the linkage of patterns and processes, the positive role of uncertainty, and demystify the belief that information about the whole food supply chain is needed for traceback analysis focusing on the value of information for detecting the source.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 3 p.m.

Location: Cargill Building

FFI: Visit the website.

Apr 23, 14

Hyperbolic Embedding to the Rescue in Communication and Social Networks

John S. Baras, Lockheed Martin Chair in Systems Engineering, The Institute for Systems Research, University of Maryland, will present "Hyperbolic Embedding to the Rescue in Communication and Social Networks" at the DTC Seminar Series.

Baras will examine several challenging problems in complex networks; communication, social and hybrid. We use greedy hyperbolic embedding of such networks in hyperbolic space and the associated greedy routing that this embedding enables. We consider the following problems where this embedding provides high performance and efficient solutions. Professor Baras' research interests include control, communication and computing systems.

Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time: 3:30 p.m. reception; 4 p.m. seminar

Location: 401/402 Walter Library

FFI: Visit the website.

Apr 24, 14

Physics and Nanotechnology Building Open House and Public Tours

The University of Minnesota launches a new era of excellence with the Grand Opening of the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building, 115 Union St. SE, Minneapolis.

Enjoy self-guided tours with faculty, staff and students at various stations throughout the building to answer your questions.

Housing both the University College of Science and Engineering's School of Physics and Astronomy and the Minnesota Nano Center, the 144,000-square-foot building includes 40 new modern and highly flexible laboratories. More than 15,000 square feet is dedicated to nanotechnology research, including a 5,000-square-foot clean room facility and new labs for biological and nanomaterials research not found in any of the University's existing common-use nanotech labs.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 11 a.m.–2 p.m. or 4–7 p.m.

Location: Physics and Nanotechnology Building

Apr 24, 14

Healthcare Reform: Actuarial Problems and Solutions

Dr. Hans Leida, consulting actuarial, principal, Millman, will present "Healthcare Reform: Actuarial Problems and Solutions" at the MCFAM Actuarial Distinguished Lecture series.

In 2014, the most disruptive--or transformative, depending on your point of view--provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) take effect. This has plunged the U.S. healthcare system, which makes up roughly 1/6 of our economy, into a turbulent transitional period. Why is healthcare so expensive? How have actuaries modeled health insurance risks in the past, and what new techniques are needed as insured populations reshuffle in response to exchanges, subsidies, and mandates? This lecture will answer some of these questions, starting with an overview of pre-ACA healthcare markets and spending in the U.S.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time: 5 p.m. Tea; 5:30 p.m. Lecture

Location: Vincent Hall, Room 120 (Tea), Vincent Hall, Room 16 (Lecture)

FFI: Visit the website.

Apr 25, 14

Field Geology in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow on the Moon

Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Astronaut, Pilot, Geologist, and Politician -- "The the only scientist and last of 12 men to step onto the Moon" will present "Field Geology in the Valley of Taurus-Littrow on the Moon" at an Earth Sciences Special Seminar, sponsored by AirSpace Minnesota.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Bell Museum Auditorium

FFI: Contact Sharon Kressler.

Apr 25, 14

Polar Geospatial Center Speaker Series: Google Street View

Note: This presentation will be presented via webcast on Friday, April 25th from 2–3:30 p.m. CST at

Alex Starns, Google Street View operations Manager for the Asia/Pacific Region (plus Antarctica!) will give a talk about the origin, history and behind-the-scenes operations of Street View.

From it's earliest days almost 10 years ago as an experiment by Google's CEO and Founder Larry Page, Street View has grown into a mature and much-loved feature of Google Maps. It now encompasses several million miles of roads in over 50 countries. We're now expanding beyond roads to remote areas of the world including, thanks to the Polar Geospatial Center, Antarctica.

Tune in to hear about the product, our collaboration with the Polar Geospatial Center and other research groups, and where we hope to take the product in the future.

Cole Kelleher from the Polar Geospatial Center will present on unique challenges to capturing Google Street View in Antarctica immediately following Alex's presentation.

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Time: 2–3:30 p.m.

FFI: View the live webcast.

Apr 29, 14

Mathematics in Modern Architecture

Helmut Pottmann, Vienna University of Technology and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, will present "Mathematics in Modern Architecture" at the Arnold Family Lecture.

Many of today's most striking buildings are nontraditional freeform shapes. While using current modeling tools to digitally design freeform geometry is well understood, fabrication on the architectural scale is a big challenge, providing a rich source of research topics in geometry and geometric computing. Pottmann will provide an overview of recent progress in the emerging field of architectural geometry, discuss its relation to contemporary research in geometry and computer graphics, and illustrate the shift of mathematical research into architectural practice.

Helmut Pottmann is a professor of applied mathematics at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and a professor of geometry at Vienna University of Technology. His research interests are in applied geometry and visual computing with a recent focus on geometric computing for architecture and manufacturing.

Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 2-650 Moos Tower

FFI: Visit the website.

May 1, 14

CSE Public Lecture - St. Croix Crossing: Balancing Construction, Environment, and Community

The St. Croix Crossing bridge will connect Oak Park Heights, Minn., with Houlton, Wis., and replace the aging Stillwater Lift Bridge. Minnesota Department of Transportation Project Director Jon Chiglo will discuss how the project team balances an aggressive construction schedule with design requirements, two-state collaboration, environmental standards and an extremely engaged stakeholder community that has been anticipating this new bridge for decades.

Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location: Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 150

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

May 2, 14

Arts, Sciences, and Engineering Graduate Commencement

Graduate students from the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science and Engineering, and the Medical School Basic Science Departments will be recognized at a combined commencement ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: Noon Graduates assemble, doors open; 1 p.m. Commencement

Location: Mariucci Arena

FFI: Visit the website.

May 2, 14

2014 Sehlin Lecture: Managing the Risk of Triggered Seismicity

Mark D. Zoback, Professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, will present "Managing the Risk of Triggered Seismicity" at the 2014 Sehlin Lecture.

Zoback will discuss the management of earthquake risks associated with shale gas and tight oil development. It is well known that there has been a great deal of controversy in some regions surrounding the development of shale gas resources because of a variety of potential environmental impacts. Adding to this has been concern in the past few years about earthquakes triggered during shale gas development.

The Katherine and Arthur Sehlin Memorial Lectures are supported by a fund established in 1986 by the Sehlin family to reflect the values expressed by Katherine and Arthur Sehlin in their professional and volunteer activities. The yearly lecture alternates between the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Social Work.

RSVP's required.

Date: Friday, May 2, 2014

Time: 3:30 p.m. Lecture; 5 p.m. Open House

Location: Civil Engineering Building, Room 210

FFI: RSVP by Monday, April 22 to Nicole Pilman at

May 5, 14

Mapping Minnesota's Precambrian Bedrock

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Mark Jirsa, Senior Geologist, Minnesota Geological Survey, will present "Mapping Minnesota's Precambrian Bedrock: Primer, History, Methods, Examples, and Relevance" in conjunction with the GSM Spring Banquet.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, May 5, 2014

Time: 5:30 p.m. Dinner; 7 p.m. Lecture

Location: U Garden Restaurant, 2725 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis (

FFI: Visit the website.

May 15, 14

CSE Class of 1964 Reunion

The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering Class of 1964 will reconnect with classmates and faculty as they enjoy campus tours, a reunion picnic, and participate in the 2014 College of Science and Engineering Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Registration is required.

Dates: May 15–16, 2014

Location: Various campus locations.

Registration: Register by Friday, May 2, 2014

FFI: Visit the website.

May 16, 14

Golden Medallion Society Reunion

College of Science and Engineering alumni who have graduated more than 50 years ago join the Class of 1964 for a reunion. This year's gathering includes various tours and a reunion picnic. This is an opportunity to catch up with classmates, reconnect with faculty, and take a look ahead--at new initiatives, exciting research, and the students of today as they become the leaders of tomorrow. Registration is required.

Dates: Friday, May 16, 2014

Location: Various campus locations.

Registration: Register by Friday, May 2, 2014

FFI: Visit the website.

May 16, 14

CSE Undergraduate Commencement

More than 800 undergraduate students who have completed bachelor's degrees over the last year in the areas of engineering, physical sciences, computer science, and mathematics will be recognized at the College of Science and Engineering's annual commencement ceremony.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets are not required. Graduates are asked to assemble one hour before the ceremony.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Friday, May 16, 2014

Time: 6 p.m. Graduates assemble, doors open; 7 p.m. Commencement

Location: Mariucci Arena

FFI: Visit the website.

May 19, 14

Energy and U public show

Flames, rock music, and screaming gummy bears--they're all part of a unique and fun University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering outreach program that aims to interest young people in science.

Reservations are required to attend the performances. Space is limited.

Date: Monday, May 19–23, 2014

Time: TBD

Location: Smith Hall, Room 100

FFI: Visit the website, and contact Eileen Harvala for more show reservations.

Aug 18, 14

Aerosol and Particle Measurement Short Course

This course will provide basic aerosol measurement and sampling skills for individuals entering the aerosol and particle field. It is also a good refresher course providing updated information for individuals that are already in the field. The course includes hands-on laboratory experiences at both the TSI laboratory and the University of Minnesota laboratory where participants will be able to discuss their own projects with the instructors and other attendees.

Dates: August 18–21, 2014

Location: Mechanical Engineering

FFI: Visit the website.