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

CSE Events Calendar

Aug 22, 14

CSE at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair

A variety of College of Science and Engineering exhibits will showcase the relevance of science, engineering, and mathematics to people's everyday lives at this year's Minnesota State Fair. The University of Minnesota exhibit on Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street will feature students and faculty in a wide range of fields. College of Science and Engineering faculty and students will also be featured during STEM Day at the Fair in Carousel Park near the Grandstand.

Dates: Thursday Aug. 21–Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Location: University of Minnesota exhibit, Crossroads Building, Minnesota State Fairgrounds

FFI: Visit the website.

Aug 25, 14

High-speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Signal Processing Perspective

Leslie Ying, Department of Electrical Engineering , Department of Biomedical Engineering , University at Buffalo, will present "High-speed Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Signal Processing Perspective" at the DTC seminar series.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has developed into a premier biomedical imaging modality by virtue of its ability to reveal the structure, metabolism, and function of internal tissues/organs of human or any biological objects. However, MRI is known to be slow in data acquisition, which limits its practical application where imaging speed is important, such as in cardiac imaging, dynamic contrast-enhanced cancer imaging, and functional neuroimaging. To address this issue of speed, we have focused on parallel imaging technique, a hardware breakthrough to acquired data using phased array coils, and compressed sensing theory, a mathematical breakthrough to reconstruct signals using very few measurements. Both have the potential to significantly speed up MRI by reducing the data need to be acquired.

Date: Monday, Aug. 25, 2014

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

Location: 401/402 Walter Library

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 4, 14

Acara Showcase and Open House 2014: Outcomes & Opportunities

The Institute on the Environment is delighted to invite you and a guest to attend the Acara Showcase and Open House 2014: Outcomes & Opportunities. The event is Tuesday, September 9th, at IonE on the St. Paul Campus.

Acara prepares young leaders to take on the greatest environmental challenges through coursework, entrepreneurial training and guidance, and on-the-ground ventures throughout the world. Many people participate in Acara programs during the year, including students, mentors, judges, guest instructors and other supporters and volunteers. Please join us in taking some time to catch up with friends and events from this past summer, and to meet the students and mentors participating this fall.

Help us share the story...

Come share in the story of Acara with directors Fred Rose and Julian Marshall, as well as recent Acara scholars. Learn about their experiences in the program and how they are inspiring change through their creative social ventures.

Great cuisine catered by Acara Challenge alum Emily Torgrimson (Eat for Equity) and great conversation will make this an evening to remember!

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Time: 5–7:30 p.m.

Location: Learning and Environmental Sciences Building

FFI: RSVP online.

Sep 10, 14

University of Minnesota Entrepreneur/Start-Up Alumni Network Kickoff Breakfast

Join fellow University of Minnesota alumni for the launch of the University of Minnesota Entrepreneur/Start-Up Alumni Network featuring a panel of top Twin Cities entrepreneurs.

The Entre/Start-Up Alumni Network helps University of Minnesota alumni build connections and share ideas around entrepreneurial endeavors. The Network builds pride for both the entrepreneurial community in Minnesota and the University. A light breakfast will be served.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Time: 8–9 a.m.

Location: Carlson School Atrium

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Sep 11, 14

2014 Clean Water Summit

Green Infrastructure for Clean Water: Costs & Benefits to Our Communities

In Minnesota, water is an important yet vulnerable resource we need to protect. Using green infrastructure to manage runoff in the urban landscape plays an important role in cleaning our water and provides multiple benefits to our communities. Yet widespread use on public and private property still isn't the norm. The 2014 Clean Water Summit will focus on both the costs and benefits of green infrastructure in development projects, including the economic, social, and ecological factors. Participants will learn how we currently value clean water, why we need to change the way we think about water as a finite resource, and tools and strategies that have been used to develop green infrastructure projects, leading to more partnerships, more implementation, greater acceptance, and cleaner water in our communities.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN

Cost: $60 members and conference affiliates. $70 general registration
Fee includes lunch and Arboretum admission

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 13, 14

CSE Chemical Engineering Reunion-Class of 1985

Join fellow University of Minnesota Class of 1985 Chemical Engineering alumni for a class reunion! We will start with a tour of the newly renovated Amundson Hall by new Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Head C. Daniel Frisbie and Professor Jeffrey Schott. Following the tour, we will head to Stub & Herbs for an informal dinner and social.

Plan to meet in Amundson Hall via the east entrance (near the metal Crucible sculpture and the closest entrance to the building from the Washington Ave. Ramp). The group will meet in Room 150.

To ensure we have an accurate headcount for both the tour and gathering, please register. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 5.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Time: 5–6 p.m.—Tour of Amundson Hall
6–8 p.m.—Class Gathering at Stub & Herbs, 227 SE Oak St., Minneapolis

Location: Amundson Hall, Room 150

FFI: Register online.

Sep 16, 14

2014 Robotics Alley Conference

More than 500 global leaders in robotics research, design, business development, investment, law, and policy will share their insights into the worldwide explosion of robotics and autonomous systems at the Fourth Annual Robotics Alley Conference and Expo.

Businesspeople, media, investors, academics, and policy professionals interested in the future of the Midwestern robotics industry will hear from internationally known keynote speakers and many other presenters in nine robotics tracks.

Dates: Tuesday, Sept. 16–Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Location: Minneapolis Marriot Northwest

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 16, 14

Fall 2014 Science and Engineering Career Fair

The career fair will connect companies with current science and engineering students and recent alumni. The career fair is open to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Minnesota which will allow employers to network with science and engineering students seeking full-time positions, part-time positions, co-ops, and internships.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Mariucci Arena

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 16, 14

CSE Alumni Event at Tin Whiskers

Join your fellow University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) alumni for an exclusive event at Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. Jeff Moriarty (EE '08), president, brewer and 1/3 founder, will attend to discuss his journey from CSE student to entrepreneur and brewer.

Tin Whiskers Brewing Co. was founded in 2011 by all University of Minnesota CSE electrical engineering graduates--Jake Johnson '07, Jeff Moriarty '08 and George Kellerman '07. In May this year, they opened their taproom. You can learn more about them and the brewery at

Cost includes hors d'oeuvres, a beer flight, and optional tour of the brewery.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Time: 6–8 p.m.

Location: Tin Whiskers Brewery, 125 E 9th St., St. Paul, MN (map)

Cost: $20 ($18 for UMAA members)

FFI: Visit the website or contact Ann Terry at or 612-626-1802

Sep 16, 14

2014 Misel Family Lecture: Universe or Multiverse

The 2014 Misel Family Lecture will feature Andrei Linde, Stanford University, who will present "Universe or Multiverse."

Cosmological observations show that the universe is very uniform on the largest scales accessible to our telescopes, and the same laws of physics operate in all of its parts that we can see now.

The best theoretical explanation of the uniformity of our world was provided by the theory of inflation, which was proposed about 30 years ago. Rather paradoxically, this theory also predicts that on a very large scale, much greater than what we can see now, the world may look totally different. Instead of being a single spherically symmetric balloon, our universe may look like a "multiverse", a collection of many different exponentially large balloons ("universes") with different laws of physics operating in each of them.

Refreshments will be served after the lecture in the McNamara Atrium.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 17, 14

Inflation and cosmological attractors

Andrei Linde, Stanford University, will present ""Inflation and cosmological attractors" at the Physics and Astronomy Colloquium.

Refreshments will be served in Physics, Room 216 after the lecture.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Time: 3:35 p.m.

Location: Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 131

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 18, 14

AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium

The AVS MN Chapter Annual Symposium 2014 theme is "Development and Analysis of Surfaces, Thin Films & Nanomaterials." Sponsored in part by Medtronic and Physical Electronics.

Date: Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Time: 1–8 p.m.

Location: Continuing Education and Conference Center

FFI: Visit the website.

Oct 13, 14

Fluid Power Innovation and Research Conference

Manufacturers, OEMs, researchers and media from around the nation will convene in Nashville, TN, from October 13-16 for an extended series of educational events hosted by the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP). The event will feature collaborative technical breakout sessions, networking opportunities, tours of local research laboratories, and panel-discussions on the technologies and workforce skills transforming the fluid power industry.

Event Highlights:

  • Premier fluid power technical conference

  • High caliber panel on public-private partnerships in innovation, teaching and learning and research to marketplace

  • Meet one-on-one with fluid power experienced students

  • Over 40 fluid power technical research posters and presentations

  • Tour of Vanderbilt University fluid power laboratories

  • Special visit to Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dates: Oct. 13–16, 2014

Location: Nashville, TN

FFI: Visit the website.

Oct 17, 14

CSE Homecoming Alumni Celebration

Please join us for the Eighth Annual College of Science and Engineering Alumni Homecoming Celebration. A casual, fun-filled barbecue will be followed by the University-wide Homecoming Parade on University Avenue.

This event is FREE for CSE alumni and families!

At the Homecoming Celebration, you will network with other alumni, experience interactive demonstrations, and enjoy fun activities for kids and adults of all ages. Show your Homecoming spirit by wearing your maroon and gold!

Date: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Time: 5–7 p.m. Barbecue; 7 p.m. Homecoming Parade

More details to follow.

Oct 18, 14

Homecoming Football Game

Celebrate 100 years of Homecoming at the premier all-alumni pregame celebration.

Ski-U-Mania features fun for the whole family with food, entertainment, and special appearances by the U of M Spirit Squads, Goldy, and the Alumni Band along with coronation of the Homecoming king and queen.

Be a part of the fun for only $10. Registration includes:

  • $15 in vouchers to any D'Amico concession within the event

  • Commemorative Goldy bandanna/rally rag

  • Access to exclusive seating within McNamara

  • Purchasing Ski-U-Mania tickets also entitles you to buy a Homecoming football game ticket in the alumni section. Just follow the Ski-U-mania registration link and the football ticket option will appear.

Date: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Time: 8–11 a.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Oct 21, 14

Cyber Security Summit 2014

The Cyber Security Summit seeks to change the paradigm of how we look at digital space and security, focusing on demystifying the impact that cyber security has on our nation's government and business operations. The mission of the Summit is to establish a multi-stakeholder consortium that brings together industry, government, and academic interests in an effort to improve the state of cyber security on both a domestic and international level.

The 2013 Cyber Security Summit is open to representatives of public sector organizations, private sector organizations, and those interested on this topic. Great savings are available for faculty and staff from any college or university who register before Sunday, Sept. 15. Cost: Rates vary; Discounts for faculty and staff before Sept. 15 and students before Oct. 18.

Date: Tuesday, Oct. 21–Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Time: 7 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Nov 19, 14

CSE Alumni Gathering and Tour at Stratasys

CSE Alumni Gathering and Tour at Stratasys

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

Nov 22, 14

Math & Science Family Fun Fair

Fascinating activities, hands-on exhibits and entertaining presentations showcasing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics add up to a day of fun and learning.

Date: Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Location: Coffman Memorial Union

FFI: Visit the website.

Dec 11, 14

CSE Public Lecture

CSE Public Lecture featuring Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer, Director of the Center for Sustainable Polymers

Date: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014