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Duluth's Blatnik Bridge at sunset

Research. For safer bridges.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer.

Research and Creative Activity at UMD

At UMD, our shared passion for discovery fuels innovation and creativity across the five colleges. Faculty and students work together to produce high-quality research that benefits people in Minnesota and beyond. Whether they’re discovering new galaxies or composing original music for a theatre production, Bulldogs are changing the world.

Each year, UMD’s colleges and research institutions receive $20 million in external research funding. This support ensures UMD can continue to preserve Minnesota’s natural resources, build a strong regional economy, and foster global engagement among students.

Broader Impact

  • UMD’s Sustainable Agriculture Project produced 30 tons of organically-grown food in 2016/17

  • In 2015, the Natural Resources Research Institute delivered $7.7 million of research on the Great Lakes coastal zones.

Research Stories

Three people in a lift, under a bridge.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer

August 16, 2019

UMD's civil engineering researchers are working to improve aging roads and bridges.

Duluth Demonstration Fills City Potholes

August 16, 2019

What happens when you mix innovation with waste rock and potholes? Hopefully, a new road repair that lasts.

Researchers Work with Business to Decontaminate Boats

August 4, 2019

Leading by example, researchers work with local business to power up boat decontamination of aquatic invasive species.

Collaborations Bring Global Innovations to Minnesota

July 22, 2019

Even though Minnesota has ambitious renewable energy goals – and is well on its way to achieving them – there’s always more to learn.

Coleraine Lab Prepares For the Future

July 10, 2019

Train tracks running through NRRI’s busy Coleraine labs are a daily reminder of a busy 100-year history. But the past is long gone.

What’s Happening with Wild Rice?

July 9, 2019

UMD partners with national program offering undergrads an opportunity to dig in.

Currents in Motion

July 8, 2019

In an attempt to answer novel and complex questions, UMD’s LLO deploys equipment designed to take data from Lake Superior.

Jim Vileta Discusses Artificial Intelligence

June 25, 2019

Librarian Jim Vileta presents on the topic of AI at national conference.

Biochar: The Hot Material You Don't Know About

June 17, 2019

You know charcoal. (Summer picnic, anyone?) But do you know about the economic and environmental benefits of its close cousin, biochar?

New Sensors Keep Cars Safe

June 9, 2019

GPS-based system warns drivers about lane departures and curves.

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