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).


The University's new President, Eric Kaler, and his wife, Karen Kaler, visited the LSCE-MSI Visualization Lab during their visit to the College of Science and Engineering on September 21. The Kalers saw a 3D virtual-reality demonstration that is part of a medical-device development project headed by MSI Principal Investigators and CSE Professors Fotis Sotiropoulos, Art Erdman, and Dan Keefe.

MSI participated with the Medical Devices Center (MDC) at the Minnesota State Fair on September 1. We showed off some of the work we do with the MDC. The University of Minnesota Building is at the corner of Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street. More information about the U's activities at the Fair, including a daily calendar, can be found at the U's State Fair website.

Twin Cities Public Television recently aired a documentary about the architect who designed the building in which MSI resides, Walter Library. An outtake from the show dealing with the renovation of Walter (scroll down to "Walter Library Renovation") also shows MSI's LMVL. The visualization of Rayleigh-Taylor instability at the end of the video clip is by Professor Paul Woodward (Astronomy, MSI Fellow).

MSI Associate Fellow Elizabeth Amin (Medicinal Chemistry) has been awarded the Hewlett-Packard Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2011 by the American Chemical Society. Professor Amin will receive the award at the ACS 2011 National Meeting. She will present her research as part of the Division of Computers in Chemistry poster session.