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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 invest over $25 million in research and development. This external support from federal and state agencies, as well as the private sector, ensures that UMD continues to preserve Minnesota’s natural resources, to build a strong regional economy, and to foster global engagement among students.

Research Stories

Duluth Demonstration Fills City Potholes

October 2, 2019

What happens when you mix innovation with waste rock and potholes? Hopefully, a new road repair that lasts.
Three people in a lift, under a bridge.

Making our infrastructure safer, longer

October 2, 2019

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

Forest Carbon Capture Opportunities

September 24, 2019

There's growing interest in monetizing the natural process of carbon capture in forests. NRRI is hosting a workshop to start conversations.

Researching First-Year Weight Gain

September 19, 2019

As a fresh-faced college student, it’s easy to slide into unhealthy eating habits. 

Meeting Consumer Demand for Fish

September 18, 2019

Great Lakes Sea Grant programs awarded $1 million for aquaculture collaborative.

A Blue-green Algae Threat to Lake Superior

August 22, 2019

This dangerous bloom may be a harbinger of things to come.

Fast-growing Tree Research Expands Across Midwest

August 19, 2019

Anticipating growth in markets for biomass resources, NRRI ramps up hybrid poplar research.

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.

Currents in Motion

August 1, 2019

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

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.

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