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

CSE Events Calendar

For April 2014

Apr 17, 14

MnDRIVE Kick-off

MnDRIVE, Minnesota's Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy is presenting a kick-off event featuring robotics, sensors and advanced manufacturing.

Presentations by Academic and Industry Leaders

  • Vijay Kumar, UPS Foundation Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Matt Mason, Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Henrik Christensen, Executive Director of the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Paolo Pirjanian, CTO, iRobot
  • Richard Voyles, Associate Dean for Research, College of Technology, Purdue University and Assistant Director, Robotics and Cyber-Physical Systems, The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Including Panel Discussions

  • Industrial Automation and Education
  • Environmental Monitoring and Agricultural Automation

Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

Time: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Location: Walter Library, Room 401/402

FFI: Visit the website to register online, or contact Joslyn Biever at or 612-625-6798.

Apr 21, 14

Decay of Polar Ice and its Environmental Impact

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Michelle A. LaRue, Research Fellow, Polar Geospatial Center, University of Minnesota, will present "Decay of Polar Ice and its Environmental Impact."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, April 21, 2014

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.

Apr 22, 14

Department of Chemistry Public Lecture: Renewable Plastics: Step One in Breaking Our Oil Addiction

George Huber, chemical and biological engineering professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present "Renewable Plastics: Step One in Breaking Our Oil Addiction" at the Bayer Lecture in Sustainability, a Department of Chemistry Public Lecture.

Our challenge: Producing synthetic plastics from renewable resources. With the advent of synthetic polymers (plastics), the field of materials was revolutionized. The challenge of the 20th century was how to tune the polymer properties and create new types of plastics that could be used in a wide range of applications. A challenge for the 21st century is how to sustainably produce synthetic plastics from renewable resources. Renewable plastics can be produced from abundant feedstocks that include carbon dioxide, carbohydrates, and waste/non-edible biomass.

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Bell Museum of Natural History, Auditorium

FFI: Visit the website.

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 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 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.