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UND geologist unearths world’s oldest ice

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And you thought the crusty ice in your freezer was old. A UND geologist has ice in his freezer that’s potentially up to 5 million years old — which likely makes it some of the oldest ice ever discovered on the planet. Jaakko Putkonen, associate professor of geology at UND’s Harold Hamm School of Geology & Geological Engineering, doesn’t actually store that ancient ice in his home freezer. Rather, it’s safe and sound in a commercial freezer at the Energy & Environmental Research Center on the east side of campus. It comes out only occasionally if he needs to thaw out a chunk to get at the sand and dirt particles inside, in which case, he temporarily stores it in a small, office freezer.

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Plenty of phish in the sea

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Once upon a time, automotive security involved locking the door and taking the keys. But these days, there’s a reason why that statement sounds like the first line of a fairy tale.

New idea for New Town, N.D.: Geothermal energy

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A team from the UND College of Engineering & Mines will be in New Town, N.D., on Friday, Nov. 4, to introduce a geothermal energy project to the community. Taking place from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northern Lights Community Building, the event is meant to raise awareness about geothermal district energy generation, as well as provide a forum for discussion among local leaders to consider renewable energy sources. The idea of a combined heat and power geothermal system for the New Town area won a national award in 2021. A team from UND, in partnership with Reykjavik University, took first place in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Collegiate Competition.

Jaakko Putkonen, associate professor of geology at UND’s Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, adjusts equipment in Spitsbergen, Norway.

UND geologist takes part in multinational climate-change research

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Jaakko Putkonen, associate professor of geology at UND’s Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, adjusts equipment in Spitsbergen, Norway.

Over a period of five years until 2021, Jaakko Putkonen, associate professor of geology at UND’s Harold Hamm School of Geology and Geological Engineering, spent months at a time doing field work in the tundra in Spitsbergen, in northern Norway. His goal: studying the effects of the warming climate on permafrost and reindeer.

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Biomedical Engineering Symposium brings together experts, industry leaders

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On October 8th, the 2022 North Dakota Biomedical Engineering Symposium was held at UND Center for Innovation. This symposium started five years ago to promote the joint Biomedical Engineering programs at UND and NDSU, strengthening the collaborations among faculty, students, and industries. Providing new opportunities to broaden relationships, the event cultivates the development of BME collaborative research projects and proposals that require interdisciplinary participation, especially from industry.

CEM’s Alumni Academy welcomes three newest members

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The College of Engineering & Mines celebrated the achievements of three alums during the annual Alumni Academy Induction Ceremony. Hosted in the Memorial Union, family, friends, and colleagues gathered to celebrate the induction into the Academy, the highest honor bestowed by the College of Engineering & Mines to alums. This year’s group of inductees include Scott Boe (Electrical Engineering, ’83), Kristine H. Brindle (Chemical Engineering, ’78) and Leslie R. Honeyman (Geology, ’69, ’78, posthumously).