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The scientists and staff of UMD's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) invite the public to board and tour the research vessel Blue Heron and indulge in science. During 2016 we will continue to offer the popular "LLO Science On Deck," with presentations on scientific topics on a Friday in each of the spring, summer and fall months. This year the dates for "LLO Science On Deck" will be May 27th, July 22nd, August 26th and September 23rd. (more)

Congratulations Graduates


On Saturday, May 7th at the DECC, 1,975 UMD students took part in commencement ceremonies. Senator Al Franken was on hand as commencement speaker and personally congratulated the more than 400 Swenson College grads that participated in the ceremony as they walked across the stage.

Congratulations to all of our undergraduate and graduate students for this major milestone. To see more photos from the afternoon ceremony with Swenson College and LSBE students, visit our Flickr page.

New Members of the Order


One quick way to identify an engineer is to look for a stainless steel band on one of their pinky fingers. The ring is a sign that someone has taken a special oath and joined the Order of the Engineer. On May 6, 2016, 94 Swenson College of Science and Engineering students and one faculty member took part in a ceremony welcoming them to the Order. A big crowd of UMD faculty, staff and students as well as the participants’ family and friends gathered in the Marshall Performing Arts Center to mark the occasion.

The Order of the Engineer in the United States began in 1970 and is modeled after a Canadian program. It is not a membership organization with meetings or dues, rather it is intended to encourage pride and responsibility in the engineering profession. Those that decide to join the Order, take an oath called the “Obligation of the Engineer” and are presented with a stainless steel ring to be worn on the pinky finger of the dominant hand. The oath is a solemn obligation to oneself “to uphold devotion to the standards and diginity of the engineering profession” and to turn to “practical use, the principles of science and the means of technology . . . to serve humanity by making the best use of Earth’s precious wealth.”

Swenson College Dean Joshua Hamilton was there to congratulate each participant. There were 37 students participating from the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Department, ten from Civil Engineering, 16 from Electrical Engineering and 32 from Chemical Engineering.

To see more photos from the ceremony, visit our Flickr page

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Air Force Officers Commissioned at UMD

Congratulations to the University of Minnesota Duluth students recently commissioned as second lieutenants in the United States Air Force. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, ten graduating seniors were awarded officer commissions for successfully completing the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) and attaining a bachelor’s degree.

Completing ROTC is no small task as students must stay in good physical condition, participate in a four-year training program that teaches leadership skills, and finish the courses required to attain their degree. At the ceremony, the graduates are sworn in and receive their first salute. Family members are also given the chance to pin gold bars denoting the second lieutenant rank onto the new officers’ uniforms. This year’s ceremony included two World War II veterans on hand to salute the students and congratulate them on their new rank.

The AFROTC program is hosted within UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering due to its emphasis on related fields of study. From here, the graduates will receive training for their career field and be on active duty in the Air Force for at least four years.

The newly designated USAF officers, their majors and postings are: Samantha Bowman from Civil Engineering – unmanned aerial vehicle pilot at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas; Tyler Brunjes from Mechanical Engineering – civil engineer at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana; Gage Buchli from Criminology – unmanned aerial vehicle pilot at Randolph Air Force Base in Texas; Britian Conley from Management Information Systems – cyberspace operations officer at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi; David Kirkland from Finance – contracting officer at Beale Air Force Base in California; Lauren Novak from Mechanical Engineering – intelligence officer at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas; Nathan Meyer from Mechanical Engineering – pilot at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas; Nolan Myre from Criminology – financial management at Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho; Riley Snyder from Psychology – pilot at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas; and Zachary Weaver from Civil Engineering – pilot at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas.

Congratulations to all of these graduates and here’s wishing you all the best in your new role!



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