Archive for 'Chemical and Biological Engineering'

Teaching the societal side of engineering

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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Outreach initiative engages middle-school students and teachers When Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Amy Wendt (right) was in ninth grade, her teacher asked the class if anyone liked math. Sitting in the front row, Wendt eagerly put up her hand. Then she realized she was the only one. Now, Wendt is helping math and science [...]

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WAA Forward under 40 recipients

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Three engineers are among 13 young Badgers to receive prestigious Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward under 40 awards. Anthony Eggert (ME ’96) serves America’s most populous state by looking for solutions to climate change, energy security and clean, renewable sources of energy. Eggert is the deputy secretary for energy policy at the California EPA, where he [...]

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Air Force honors young researchers

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Three UW-Madison engineers are among 43 researchers to receive prestigious Air Force Young Investigator Research Program funding through the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). The program is designed to foster creative basic research in science and engineering, enhance early-career development of outstanding young investigators, and increase opportunities for those investigators to recognize the [...]

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Early-career engineers honored

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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The National Science Foundation has recognized three promising young faculty members with prestigious CAREER awards. Funding from the awards supports their leading-edge research in communications technology, chip optimization, and bacterial engineering. Insect hearing inspires new approach to small antennas Ormia ochracea is a small parasitic fly best known for its strong sense of directional hearing. [...]

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Study. Serve. Excel.

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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During a typical day, sophomore chemical and biological engineering student Benedetta Cannestra attends class, leads hands-on engineering activities with elementary students, participates in a few outreach committee meetings, and, if she has a spare hour, plays an intramural soccer game. Her active involvement in campus organizations would not be possible if she had to make time to work—which, she says, would be necessary to attend UW-Madison if it weren’t for her Rockwell Automation scholarship.

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Growing solar, at the speed of light (almost)

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Drawing on somewhat of an “old-school” crystal-growth method, Milton A. and J. Maude Shoemaker Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Tom Kuech and graduate student Kevin Schulte are studying how rapid synthesis affects the chemistry and electrical properties of gallium arsenide. Their results could point the way to faster, less costly manufacturing processes for solar cell [...]

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Environmental engineering, for stem cells

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Most stem cell researchers handle their samples very delicately. Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Sean Palecek prefers to pull them, add chemicals or pulse them with current. Palecek is using embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to study how cells differentiate and how to guide that differentiation. Induced pluripotent stem cells are adult human [...]

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Power plants: Technologies for green fuel

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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California bay trees and clumps of Cladophora algae in the shallows of Madison’s Lake Mendota may not, at first glance, appear to have much in common. However, both species are seeding the future of biofuels research at UW-Madison. Assistant Professor Brian Pfleger (pictured, with Botany Professor Linda Graham) is working to turn sugars from biomass [...]

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Less pain, more gain

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Silver-lined bandages prevent infection and promote healing A scientist trained for eight years in the medical field and a native of developing India, Ankit Agarwal has seen his fair share of pain. Shadowing numerous doctors, Agarwal has witnessed firsthand patient pain and discomfort, especially in those suffering from chronic wounds—burns or ulcers that could take [...]

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