Google taps career fair for top collegiate talent

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By Parker Lemke, Minnesota Daily

“A familiar name in the computing realm made an appearance on campus last week — for the first time, representatives from Google camped out at the College of Science and Engineering’s career fair.

Besides wooing University of Minnesota computer science students, the company engages in research and participates in other campus-wide events — efforts Google and school officials say reflect the company’s growing presence in recent years.”

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U of M receives $300k NSF grant for student startups

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“The University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a National Science Foundation I-Corps Site award, a grant aimed at helping science and engineering students and faculty to identify the commercial potential of their discoveries and test those ideas in the marketplace. The University of Minnesota will join a select group of only 14 other I-Corps sites across the country, including MIT, Carnegie-Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.”

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MIN-Corps aims to catalyze U of M CSE, Carlson and OTC

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“The University of Minnesota has launched a new program aimed at helping science and engineering students and researchers identify the commercial potential of their discoveries and test those ideas in the marketplace.

Named Minnesota Innovation Corps (MIN-Corps), the program seeks to bolster the university’s entrepreneurship infrastructure and accelerate the development of new technologies that grow businesses, fuel the economy and create better trained talent.”

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University of Minnesota researchers develop thought-controlled robots

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By Richard Chin, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Robots are a step closer to reading our thoughts, thanks to researchers at the University of Minnesota. Biomedical engineers in the U’s College of Science and Engineering have developed a non-invasive system that allows people to control flying robots using only their minds.

The engineers created a skullcap fitted with 64 electrodes that can track the electrical activity of a subject’s brain. The brain signals were sent to a computer, which translated them into Wi-Fi commands to a four-blade flying robot.”

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U of M CSE & design students partner to redesign lab space

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By Elizabeth Ryan, Minnesota Daily

“Engineering and design may seem like an unlikely partnership, but for a group working to redesign lab space for student groups, it’s the coolest part of their project.

University of Minnesota students from the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Design have been working on a project to redesign and renovate three rooms in Keller Hall for student groups’ use. Renovations should start this summer and be finished before fall semester starts.”

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Steve Blank’s University of Minnesota CSE 2013 Graduation Commencement Speech

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By Steve Blank

“I am honored to be with you as we gather to celebrate your graduation.  This school has a distinguished roster of graduates… Earl Bakken, the founder of Medtronic, was an Electrical Engineering grad, and Bob Gore of Gortex, and your current president are both alums of your Chemical Engineering program.

In fact, I feel very connected to another one your grads. I’m sure you’ve heard of Seymour Cray, he built a supercomputer company in Chippewa Falls that made the fastest computers in the world. These were very expensive supercomputers. They cost 10’s of millions of dollars and filled two tractor-trailers worth of space.”

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U of M awarded $28m microelectronics grant

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“MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/17/2013) – The University of Minnesota announced today that it has been awarded a $28 million grant over five years to lead a new national research center focused on developing the next generation of microelectronics. About one-third of the grant will support research in Minnesota.

The grant was awarded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation, a global research collaboration of private companies, universities and government agencies, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Minnesota is one of only six lead universities to receive funding through the Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research network (STARnet) initiative aimed at supporting continued growth and leadership of the U.S. semiconductor industry.”

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U of M computer science student engineers K’NEX masterpiece

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By Richard Chin, St. Paul Pioneer Press

“What would happen if you never quite outgrew that construction toy that first fascinated you as a kid? The answer to that can be found in Austin Granger’s bedroom.

Like many 21-year-old college students, Granger’s room has space for a bed, desk, computer and closet, but that’s about it. Because the rest of the room is filled from floor to ceiling with a 40,000-piece Rube Goldbergesque kinetic sculpture that the St. Paul man spent about eight months building.”

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U of M researchers find cell networks easy to hack and track

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“MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/16/2012 ) – Cellular networks leak the locations of cell phone users, allowing a third party to easily track the location of the cell phone user without the user’s knowledge, according to new research by computer scientists in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering.

University of Minnesota computer science Ph.D. student Denis Foo Kune, working with associate professors Nick Hopper and Yongdae Kim, and undergraduate student John Koelndorfer, described their work in a recently released paper “Location Leaks on the GSM Air Interface” which was presented at the 19th Annual Network & Distributed System Security Symposium in San Diego, California.”

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