Death investigation at U of M Mechanical Engineering building

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A death investigation is underway at the University of Minnesota's Mechanical Engineering building, according to a U of M media official Tuesday night.

Representatives from the Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed that 74-year-old mechanical engineering Professor Barney Klemecki died from what appears to be natural causes around 6:10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Klemecki's university profile says he received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1973, specializing in three subject areas:

  1. Signal analysis
  2. Magnetic treatment of manufactured parts
  3. Polymeric materials

There is no threat to campus at this time, according to Evan Lapiska, the U of M Public Relations Director.

This story will be updated as more information is released.