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

CSE Events Calendar

For September 2014

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

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 17, 14

Robust Transmission Expansion Planning

Antonio J. Conejo, Integrated Systems Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, from The Ohio State University will address the problem of transmission expansion planning under uncertainty in an electric energy system. Conejo will consider different sources of uncertainty, including future demand growth and the availability of generation facilities, which are characterized for different regions within the electric energy system. An adaptive robust optimization model is used to derive the investment decisions that minimizes the system's total costs by anticipating the worst case realization of the uncertain parameters within an uncertainty set.

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Time: 2:45 p.m. reception; 3:15 p.m. seminar

Location: 401/402 Walter Library

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.

Sep 22, 14

2014 IEM Conference

The Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) is hosting its annual all-day retreat where IEM members, industrial partners, and University faculty across multiple disciplines of life sciences and engineering from both Academic Heath Center and College of Science and Engineering, to discuss recent advances in IEM members' research and interdisciplinary research collaborations.

The event will consist of plenary keynote talks in imaging and neuroengineering, cell and tissue engineering, and medical devices and translation by national leaders, break-out sessions with faculty presentations and collaboration discussions, and poster sessions.

Date: Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Cost: Free

Sep 23, 14

Creating and Managing Intellectual Property

University of Minnesota students, faculty and researchers are invited to attend a free seminar about protecting intellectual property. This educational event is part of the Minnesota Innovation Corps (MIN-Corps) workshop series intended to increase innovation and entrepreneurship University-wide. It encompasses the goals of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Office for Technology Commercialization, and College of Science and Engineering.

A panel of knowledgeable experts will share their expertise and advice on developing strong intellectual property, as well as answer questions on how to protect innovation at the University of Minnesota.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Time: 8–10 a.m.

Location: McNamara Alumni Center, Maroon and Gold Room

FFI: Visit the website and register online.

Sep 29, 14

A River Runs Through It—Understanding Himalayan Tectonics Through River Systems

Geological Society of Minnesota Lecture Series

Jeni McDermott, Ph.D., St. Thomas University, will present "A River Runs Through It—Understanding Himalayan Tectonics Through River Systems."

This event is free and open to the public.

Date: Monday, Sept. 29, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Keller Hall, Room 3-210

FFI: Visit the website.

Sep 30, 14

IMA Public Lecture: How to Use Geometry to Get Rich Playing the Lottery*

The Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) will welcome Jordan Ellenberg, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, for a public lecture on the connection between geometry and playing the lottery (*that sadly will not help you get rich playing the lottery). For seven years, a group of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploited a loophole in the Massachusetts State Lottery's Cash WinFall to win game after game, eventually pocketing more than $3 million. Ellenberg will reveal how they did it, why they got away with it, the mathematical notions of expected value and variance, and the surprising relationship of all this with projective geometry.

Ellenberg is the author of the New York Times bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking and the novel The Grasshopper King. Both books will be available for purchase and signing at the lecture.

Date: Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: 2-650 Moos Tower

Cost: Free

FFI: Visit the website.