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First Place Win from Air Force Research Lab
UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering

Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering


UMD Rocketry Team Soars Above Competition

Rocket Team

Bulldog Rocketry Team May 2016

The Bulldog Rocketry team placed first in the 2015-2016 NASA Space Grant Midwest High Power Rocketry Competition. The team was graded on a combination of written reports, oral presentations, and competition flights. Out of the 5 graded categories, the team scored the highest in 4. In addition to the graded categories, the Bulldog rocket was voted “best air-brake design”. Over 16 teams from across the country were in attendance and UMD proved that our engineering students could hold their own against Division 1 aerospace schools.

During the competition flight the rocket was able to reach the target altitude to within 45 meters which was the closest of any team. Although multiple attempts were allowed, UMD was able to achieve their target in just one attempt.

This year’s competition is very similar to last year's and we are confident we can win again in 2017. Many students will be returning from last year’s team and we hope to grow the team large enough to bring two rockets to the competition. As you know our team is inclusive and is seeking students from all backgrounds so please feel free to send your students our way.


Click here to see this Bulldog rocket fly (video)


Brian Fretschel, 2010 MIE graduate writes:

Dear Professors,

Not sure if you remember me or not but I went through the ME program at Duluth and graduated in December of 2010. I just wanted to extend a big Thank You for everything you did for us going through the program. Your work and attention to your students definitely paid off and made all of our experiences at UMD great and helped prepare us for the working world. It is definitely an ever-changing industry out there and the broad skill set we developed at UMD could not have helped more.


The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering proudly prepares graduates to succeed in industrial careers. The department offers four degrees, the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME), Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (BSIE), the Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM), and the Master of Environmental Health & Safety (MEHS). Check the Program Educational Objectives and Student Outcomes for the BSME program here or the BSIE program here. You also check enrollment and degree statistics here.



The UMD Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) will be internationally recognized as the premier engineering department in the Great Lakes Region for its high quality undergraduate education, applied masters' level programs in Environmental Health and Safety and Engineering Management, integrated outreach activities in regional economic development, international partnerships, and applied research; thus enabling the growth of our students, faculty, alumni, industry, and economy.




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