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News and Newsletters

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Fetzer Prize Winning Engineering Professor Brings Breadfruit to Market in Haiti

Engineering professor Dr. Camille George demonstrates breadfruit flour enterprise in Port Au Prince Haiti.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

St Thomas Engineers Developing Robot for Building Mapping

Kelly Engerbretson / UST Newsroom 

Three St. Thomas electrical engineering students work to develop autonomous robot for mapping of buildings.  And it knows how to take the elevator!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

St. Thomas Professor's TED Talk on Squishy Circuits attracts Hundreds of Thousands

Dr. Ann Marie Thomas and her student's work on Playful Learning has attracted tens of thousands of views on the use of play-doh in teaching children about circuits and electricity.    The presentation was featured at the 2011 TED Talks.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2011 Engineering in Rome Blog

Though they were told it a thousand times, St. Thomas Engineers traveled to Rome to study just how Rome wasn't built in day!   Follow the students blog from the trip.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

UST Engineering Student Selected as US State Department Critical Language Scholar 

 Mechanical Engineering student Fuschia Ann Hoover one of only 575 scholars selected out of over 5,000 applicants.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Xcel Energy Engineering Internship provides Big Impact 

The journey is the reward.   From Uganda to St. Thomas to Xcel Energy... Senior Engineering student, Paul Nyombi, describes the impact of his internship at Xcel Energy on his engineering education @ St. Thomas.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Students tour Rosemount Nuclear Products group Chanhassen 

Students in ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment, an engineering course for non-engineering majors toured the Rosemount Nuclear Products group of the Emerson Company in Chanhassen.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Article Examines Impact of Engine Technology on Manufacturing 

Dr. Fred Zimmerman, School of Engineering (Emeritus Professor), authors “Engine Technology, Development: What it Means to Manufacturers,” in  Precision Manufacturing Journal.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Emeritus Professor Zimmerman weighs in on the state of manufacturing in Minnesota

Closing of Ford plant brings a big picture assessment from respected manufacturing expert.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Graduate Programs in Software joins Engineering

Dr. Susan Huber, executive vice president and chief academic officer, announces Graduate Programs in Software joins Engineering

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Dr. Jud King, UC Berkeley, Delivers Thwaits Lecture on Engineering Education

To remain valued and competitive in the global marketplace, Dr. King emphasized the need to develop engineers with a broad liberal arts foundation.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Mech Engineering + Baseball = A Great Leader in the Classroom

It’s May, it’s playoff time and Matt Olson is anxious to take the field. The senior rightfielder and ME major from Anoka was one of the sparkplugs who led St. Thomas to the national baseball title a year ago.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

UST Engineering Students present at the 2010 CHI conference

Dr. Ann Marie Thomas 

Monday, April 12, 2010

St. Thomas Mechanical Engineering Students Compete in ASME Student Design Contest

Dr. Mike Hennessey 

6 UST students participated in the ASME Student Professional Development Conference on April 14-16th, 2011, in Lawrence, KS.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

St. Thomas Engineering Students Win Best Paper Awards

Student research in machine vision systems and optical tweezers gets 1st and 2nd place at Twin Cities IEEE Conference. 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Answers in the Wind"

John Nemo, St. Thomas Magazine 

Engineering students work with faculty to develop small-scale wind turbines.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Sophomore Engineer Leads Team to 2nd Place in Fowler Business Challenge!

Simple Twitter communications device for elderly invented by UST engineer, Joey Nesbitt, inspires winning business plan.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Engineering Faculty and Students Engage in Wind Turbine Research

St. Thomas Magazine Winter 2010 - John Nemo 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

'Unique - Just Like Everybody Else'

Pat Sirek, St. Thomas Magazine 

Enhancement Program gives engineering student with disabilities an opportunity to soar.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Dr. Camille George helps author MN Clean Energy Roadmap

MN Office of Energy Security 

A project to identify Minnesota’s most promising R&D opportunities for achieving the state’s clean energy goals

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Three New Faculty Join School of Engineering

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Engr 320 Design Competition

Engr 320 "Ring Toss" robot competition ends fall semester with excitement!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Programs Spur Growth in Grad Engineering 

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Students Build Advanced Carbon Fiber Bike Frame in Lab

Advanced Composite Materials Research by engineering students Jim Portmann and Hans Pflaumer.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

2010 J-Term and Spring Semester Grad Registration Begins

Joyce Taylor 

Class schedules for 2010 J-Term and Spring graduate engineering classes are now available online.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

First Portable Biodiesel Production System Fit for a Pickup Truck

Rebekah Frank 

St. Thomas students and their professor have designed the first portable biodiesel production system, which can fit in the back of a pickup truck. Generation One, a biodiesel production system, can fit in the back of a pickup truck and could possibly fuel St. Thomas' shuttle buses.

Friday, October 23, 2009

UST IEEE Team places high in IEEEXtreme Coding Competition! 

A team of three juniors in UST’s Electrical Engineering program competed recently in the IEEEXtreme Coding Competition and placed 101st out of 800+ teams from all over the world.  The team known as "The Purple Programmers" consisted of Craig Martin, Angela McGehee and Joshua Kleven.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

“How to Change the World” Author Bornstein Speaks at UST Engineering Luncheon 

David Bornstein, author of the book, “How to Change the World:  Social Entrepreneurship and the Power of New Ideas” spoke at a luncheon sponsored by the St. Thomas School of Engineering and the Engineers for a Sustainable World student club.    Mr. Bornstein’s talk focused on the role of technology development and application in the work of social entrepreneurs.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

UST a.i.r. Project Wins “Design Distinction” Rating 

With delays, gate changes, and ever changing rules, an airport can be an intimidating place for all travelers, but particularly for those with visual, cognitive, or auditory difficulties.  Professor AnnMarie Thomas, undergraduate student John Gorman, and lab manager John Angeli proposed a new device that could alleviate some of the stress.  Their “a.i.r.: airport information relay” system was awarded “design distinction” in the Concept section of I.D. Magazine’s 2009 Annual Design Review. The project was featured in the July/August issue of I.D. Magazine, on I.D. magazine’s website ( , and in an exhibit at Material Connexion in New York City.  John Gorm

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas presents at FOO Camp 

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas was one of about 250 people invited by O’Reilly Media to attend their annual Friends of O’Reilly (FOO) Camp in Sebastopol, CA.

Friday, June 26, 2009

School of Engineering Partners with VA Yellow Ribbon Program for Military Personnel and Families 

Beginning in August for the 2009-10 academic year, University of St. Thomas will provide major tuition benefits to qualifying post-9-11 active duty service members, veterans and eligible dependents of military personnel under the federal government’s new Yellow Ribbon Program.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Synthetic Jets 

John Abraham and AnnMarie Thomas, School of Engineering, are co-authors of the paper, "Induced Co-Flow and Laminar-to-Turbulent Transition with Synthetic Jets," published in the journal Computers and Fluids, Vol. 38, 2009.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

IEEE Student Paper Contest Winners Announced 

At the IEEE Student Paper Contest on Saturday, April 25, 2009,  St. Thomas electrical engineering teams took First and Third place.  Congratulations to Andy, Phil, Paul and Martin!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Mechanical Engineering Students Compete in ASME Student Design Contest 

The District C ASME Student Professional Development Conference was held from April 16-18th in Milwaukee, WI and hosted by the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s ASME Chapter.  St. Thomas ME students participated in the annual Student Design Contest:  Mars Rocks.  The St. Thomas team (comprised of Thomas Bergner, Bryan Edlund, Benjamin Haselman, and Benedict Skemp) officially competed and was approximately 12th out of an initial field of 28 teams.  Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the conference (including William Johnson and James Pechasek)!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

"Engineers for Sustainable World" Club receives Exemplary Student Organization Award April 16, 2009


On April 16, 2009, the Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) club was presented the Exemplary Student Organization Award at the Spirit of St. Thomas award ceremony.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Fushcia-Ann Hoover selected for Women’s High-Tech Coalition Congressional Internship in Washington, D.C.

Nathaniel Minor 

Even when they don’t carry cameras, tourists stand out because of ever-present crowds of children swarming them. The kids, poor and excited to see new faces, usually ask for a water bottle or a pen – something small and easy to give away. And the tourists are happy to oblige.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas joins the board of "Leonardo’s Basement” 

Professor AnnMarie Thomas has been named to the board of Leonardo’s Basement in Minneapolis. “Leonardo’s Basement is an innovative educational organization for children and their families.  [It] create[s] imaginative learning environments where girls and boys ages 6 to 16 design and build their creative ideas, mixing art, science and technology.” 


Monday, February 9, 2009

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas presents at TED conference, Long Beach, CA, February 6, 2009 

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas presented at the 2009 TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) conference in Long Beach, CA on February 6, 2009. Dr. Thomas spoke about the importance of fun in education, and presented work done by her students in ENGR488 (Dynamics with Circus Lab).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

University of St. Thomas engineering students earn credits under the big top 

This January, ten students at the University of St. Thomas are swinging, twirling and flying their way toward earning course credits in an engineering class that uses circus acrobatics to teach dynamics, the study of forces and movement.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Jim Thwaits, UST Engineering Benefactor 1923-2009 

Please remember in your prayers James Thwaits, who served on the St. Thomas Board of Trustees from 1980 to 1986. Thwaits, 85, died Jan. 13 in Naples, Fla.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

ENGR 320 Fall 2008 Engineering Design Night and Machine Competition 

On Tuesday, December 2, 2008 the 3M auditorium was the location for the 2008 fall Engineering Design Night.  The evening included displays of student work from ENGR171, ENGR230 and ENGR220, as well as the highly anticipated Machine Design Competition.  The competition was part of the Machine Design and Synthesis course taught by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and Mr. Roy Jenson. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Professor Thomas gives Design Lectures at Johnson High School 

On Friday, October 10, Professor AnnMarie Thomas lectured to the Physics I, AP Physics, Drafting, Biotechnology, and Engineering classes at Johnson High School.  Her talk, on the Engineering Design Process, highlighted the “creative side” of engineering, while also illustrating the benefits of a structured design process.

Monday, October 13, 2008

ENGR 123 Students Tour Great River Energy 

Students in the inaugural engineering course for non-majors (ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment) visited the Great River Energy Cooperative in Maple Grove MN. Dr. Camille George teaches this course.

Friday, October 10, 2008

6th Annual Engineers of the Future Reverse Job Fair a Success! 

The University of St. Thomas School of Engineering held its 6th annual Meet the Engineers of the Future event on October 10th, 2008

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Dr. Greg Mowry Describes Current Research Activity 

Breast cancer is devastating and affects many women. Dr. Greg Mowry and D. Deepa (shown at right in the lab) are part of a research team working with the Mechanical Engineering Department at University of Minnesota on breast cancer surgery. The goal of the research is to evaluate the feasibility of conducting in situ MRI guided, minimally invasive laser surgery to remove breast tumors in breast cancer patients. With this method we hope to extract breast tumors with intact borders and no leakage of tumor cells to the lymphatic and circulation system. We also hope to minimize both the surgical procedure and the recovery process. Deepa is a 4-year Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota while Dr. Greg Mowry is an assistant professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dr. Camille George to serve on 2009 Opus Award Committee 

The University of St. Thomas will serve as a partner with the Opus Prize Foundation to award a $1 million gift next year to an individual or organization whose faith-based, entrepreneurial leadership helps people in need to transform their lives.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Engineering Board member Larry Jodsaas in first class inducted to Minnesota's Science & Technology Hall of Fame

Larry Jodsaas dedicated his professional career to advancing the computer technology industry in Minnesota, through his able helmsmanship of major high-tech corporations, service to professional and civic organizations, and his support of education

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dr. Camille George appinted to Governor's Clean Energy Collaborative

Governor Tim Pawlenty on September 12, 2008, announced his appointments to the Governor’s Clean Energy Technology Collaborative. The Governor created this 15-member collaborative by executive order (Executive Order 08-04) to identify the most promising research and development relating to clean energy technology that may be beneficial to Minnesota and identify the primary issues related to effective current or future implementation of the technologies.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Engineering Students present 2008 summer research results 

On September 30, 2008, engineering students presented research results as part of poster session sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Collaborative Scholarship program at the University of St. Thomas.  These posters highlighted work that was done in collaboration with faculty.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Iceland: The 'Hot Spot' for Spring Break

Kevin Theissen/UST CAS Spotline Magazine 

Iceland is among the most dynamic geological settings in the world and a spectacular outdoor classroom. The Island nation straddles the boundary between two of the Earth's massive crustal plates, which are spreading apart at a rate of two centimeters per year. Known as the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, most of this extensive plate boundary lies on the deep ocean floor.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Dr. John Abraham receives UST Distinguished Educator Award 

John Abraham was awarded the Distinguished Educator Award at the University of St. Thomas.  This award is granted to one faculty member per year and is in recognition for excellence in teaching

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Local Companies Contribute to Strong UST Engineering Co-op Program 

Since its inception two years ago, the University of St. Thomas Engineering Co-op program has grown quickly as new companies from wide-ranging industries join the endeavor.  Approximately 15 students have participated in the program which enables students to earn academic credit for their work with engineering companies during the academic year.  Among the companies that have enrolled in the program are St. Jude Medical, Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., Remmele Engineering, Eaton, Truth Hardware, Mclean Thermal, Caterpillar, Emerson, and Food Systems Design.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Welcome Engineers of 2012! 

Welcome to the University of St. Thomas' newest students to campus. On September 2, 2008, new first-year students, transfer students and international students gathered on the Summit Avenue side of the arches. After a welcome from Father Dennis Dease, university president, they walked through the arches and into Schoenecker Arena for the New Student Convocation. As students walked through the arches, they were applauded by faculty, staff and students.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dr. AnnMarie Thomas named NAE/CASEE Fellow 

Professor AnnMarie Thomas was named a National Academy of Engineering Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education new faculty fellow.  This honor was based on her paper, “Brain-Machine Interfaces: A Team-Taught Seminar Bridging Disciplines and Fostering Discussions,” coauthored by Dr. Roxanne Prichard from the UST Psychology department