UMN professor dies at Mechanical Engineering building

Barney Klamecki, a University mechanical engineering professor, appeared to die of natural causes Tuesday night.

The exterior of the Mechanical Engineering building on East Bank in 2013.

Bridget Bennett

The exterior of the Mechanical Engineering building on East Bank in 2013.

Madeline Deninger

Updated at 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6.

A University of Minnesota professor was found dead at the school’s Mechanical Engineering building on East Bank Tuesday. 

Barney Klamecki, a 74-year-old University mechanical engineering professor, appeared to die of natural causes Tuesday at 6:11 p.m., according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.

According to the University’s website, Klamecki received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1964 and a master of science degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1966.

The University of Minnesota Police Department and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner initially responded to the scene, said University spokesperson Evan Lapiska.

At 8:18 p.m. Tuesday, the UMPD sent out a tweet that said they were investigating the incident.

Lapiska said no foul play is suspected.