Visit by Representative Erik Paulsen


U.S. Congressman Erik Paulsen, who represents Minnesota's 3rd District, visited the LCSE-MSI Visualization Laboratory on September 26, 2011. Rep. Paulsen was on campus to meet with officials from the Office of Technology Commercialization and a start-up company spun out of the University to talk about the U's process for moving research innovations from the lab to the marketplace.

At the LMVL, Professor Dan Keefe (MSI Principal Investigator, Computer Science and Engineering) showed a 3D virtual-reality demonstration that was created using MSI's supercomputers and visualization equipment. The demonstration showed blood flow through an artificial heart valve. It is hoped that this kind of visualization will be approved by the FDA as a way to design medical devices. The project includes joint research by Professor Keefe, Professor Fotis Sotiropoulos (MSI Fellow, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory), and Professor Art Erdman (MSI Principal Investigator, Mechanical Engineering). Congressman Paulsen also met with University President Eric Kaler.

Below: Mr. Bill Hellriegel, Assistant to the Director, presents an overview of MSI to Congressman Paulsen (seated, white shirt).