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April 27, 2022

Kris Dressler Rocks Dresslerfest

Written By: Caitlin Scott



Mechanical Engineering hosted a very special lecture event – Dresslerfest – on Tuesday, April 26th.

Kris Dressler is an Assistant Teaching Professor in ME and was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma (GDM) in fall 2021. At the Dresslerfest event, he shared insights from his re-evaluation of life with engineering students and engineering grads.

The future, especially Dress’ future in Mechanical Engineering, is uncertain. Engineers don’t plan on things going right, but the engineering community is grateful for a very entertaining evening with a guy who asks really good questions.

At the end of the event, ME Department Chair Darryl Thelen announced the new Kris Dressler STAR Scholarship Fund. It is Strategic Targeted Achievement Recognition (STAR) funding that will be awarded to exceptional engineering undergraduates beginning in fall 2022. Donations are being matched dollar for dollar by the Grainger Foundation.

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Watch the lecture recording here.

Kris Dressler at ME dresslerfest
Standing ovation for Kris Dressler at Dresslerfest
faculty and audience at Dresslerfest
Faculty and students listening at Dresslerfest 2022
faculty and students at Dresslerfest
Kris Dressler kept faculty and students entertained
Dressler after show
Family, friends and students chatting with Kris Dressler at Dresslerfest 2022
Kris Dressler at Dresslerfest 2022
Coffee flowers and temporary tattoos
Dressler’s friends provided themed temporary tattoos for the event
temporary tattoos in action
Temporary tattoos in action at Dresslerfest 2022