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UMD Engineering Summer Camp

Big Success for Middle School Girls


“I have never really enjoyed science class at school, but here you learn more stuff and it’s more hands on … it’s much more enjoyable and you learn more,” said Freja Johnson, who will be a freshman at Esko High School in the fall. (more)

Math Prep Program:
Gives New Students A Jump Start

Swenson Math Prep

The Star Tribune featured a story on our summer math prep program led by Instructor Rachel Breckenridge. The program helps freshmen from under represented groups prepare for their first year in college. (more)

Bilin Tsai Elizabeth Minor
Bilin Tsai
Elizabeth Minor

Dear SCSE Colleagues -

I am pleased to announce that Elizabeth Minor has accepted the position of Department Head for the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry effective this month. Liz is taking over for Bilin Tsai, who is stepping down as part of her phased retirement. Liz and I are also pleased to announce that Steve Berry has accepted the position of Associate Department Head. I look forward to working with Liz and Steve in their new roles.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Bilin for her outstanding service as Department Head. Bilin has worked tirelessly on behalf of the department and has been an excellent role model for professional leadership. She has also served in several other important leadership roles in her tenure here including as Associate Vice Chancellor and as Interim Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Bilin will continue contributing to the department including teaching and working on the Building Committee for the new Chemistry and Advanced Materials Science Building next year. I also want to thank Liz for her role as Associate Department Head, working with Bilin over the past several years.

Please join me in welcoming Liz and Steve to their new leadership roles and in thanking Bilin and Liz for their prior leadership.

Best, Josh

Joshua W. Hamilton Ph.D.
Dean of the Swenson College of Science and Engineering

2015 Commencement

UMD's commencement ceremony took place on Saturday, May 16, 2015. A total of 2,325 students graduated from UMD this year. Senator Amy Klobuchar was the commencement speaker and encouraged students to make the most of whatever comes next in their lives. For additional photos of our graduates.
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Toothpick Bridge Competition

(Highspeed Video)

Hundreds of students from high schools in northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin recently gathered at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) to see how much weight a toothpick and glue structure could support. (read more)


Byron SteinmanByron Steinman Published in Science Magazine

A faculty member new to University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), Byron Steinman, has already distinguished himself as the lead author of a research paper published by Science Magazine. (read more)


UMD Named Outstanding University by American Concrete Institute

The American Concrete Institute has named the University of Minnesota Duluth a “2014 Outstanding University”. Only 12 Universities are receiving this honor at an upcoming national convention in Kansas City, MO. (read more)

UMD students compete to keep service members cool


An equipment prototype that would cool down U.S. troops in hot weather, created by University of Minnesota Duluth students, will get a test run by military officials today in Boston. (read more)


It's official - UMD now has a cutting-edge space that is incredibly unique for a University setting. The new Motion + Media Across Disciplines (MMAD) Lab incorporates a high definition video production studio with 3D motion capture technology and a pristine chroma key setup. (read more)

Looking Up: New Wind Turbine at UMDUMD Windmill

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Clean Snowmobile Team
Top Innovators

Team Captain Dylan Dahlheimer explained how the Innovation award came from their development of a chassis dynamometer testing technique. “We set up a big water tank, about 8 feet by 3 feet, and would run the snowmobile track in it to test our modifications,” said Dahlheimer.
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The Power of Technology in Creation

Darrell Anderson woring with MasterCam and Soldiworks

Darrell Anderson, a staff member with MIE at Swenson College of Science & Engineering is creating a tool path using MasterCam & SolidWorks software. This automates the milling machine process, creating a part to precise specs. (click image to enlarge) MIE Info Call SCSE at (218) 276-6397

Experiments In LearningFaculty within the University of Minnesota Duluth’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE) recently received three of the four grant awards to UMD for learning innovation from the University of Minnesota Provost’s Office and their Center for Educational Innovation (CEI, formerly the Center for Teaching and Learning). (more)

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