Archive for 'Civil and Environmental 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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Engineers testify about coal combusion products, nuclear safety

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Nuclear expert testifies about U.S. reactor safety In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Japan and the effects of the resulting tsunami on the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, Wisconsin Distinguished Professor of Engineering Physics Michael Corradini presented testimony April 6, 2011, to a U.S. House subcommittee about the state of U.S. nuclear plants and [...]

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Matthew Kirk: From cutting class … to cutting-edge entrepreneur

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Matthew Kirk graduated high school with a 1.0 grade point average and assumed his career destiny was in retail or manual labor. Almost 10 years later, Kirk is now an accomplished UW-Madison electrical and computer engineering student with a different credential to his name: award-winning environmental entrepreneur. Kirk was part of an undergrad student team [...]

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UW football standout Gabe Carimi applies team concept to engineering success

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Wisconsin Badgers left tackle Gabe Carimi (#68) experienced nothing short of a dream senior year. Consider this stellar resume: Co-captain of the Big Ten championship team that played in the Rose Bowl; Big Ten Lineman of the Year and winner of the Outland Trophy recognizing the nation’s best interior lineman; And days away from an [...]

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100-year study mirrors U.S. history of concrete

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Almost since the beginning of recorded history, people have used concrete substances in everything from infrastructure to artwork. Yet, recently as the early 1900s, there had been little scientific research of concrete and only a few standards existed to guide its modern-day mixing and implementation. UW-Madison Mechanics Professor Owen Withey recognized this deficit and, in [...]

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New simulator puts UW-Madison on the map for driving research

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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There’s only one place in Wisconsin where a driver can send text messages, speed or engage in other risky behaviors with no risk of an accident: the new UW-Madison Driving Simulation Laboratory. Drivers not only are certain to survive the experience, but the consequences of their actions could be safer vehicles and roads around the [...]

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From sky and lake, researchers study blue-green algae

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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It’s an unseasonably warm, early-April Friday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin, and the calm day polishes the Lake Mendota surface to a sheen that’s just shy of glass. A vintage flat-bottomed Boston whaler chugs slowly away from a dock adjacent to the famed University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. Soaking up the sun and expansive lake [...]

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The future of water … now

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Using a leading-edge forecasting method called nowcasting, water resources managers can use real-time data to monitor, evaluate and respond to changes in everything from algae blooms to water levels in the streams, rivers and lakes under their watch. While forecasts rely on models built with past data, a nowcast draws on current observations and measurements [...]

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Kings of the road

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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With gleaming stainless-steel equipment, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hussain Bahia’s third-floor Engineering Hall laboratory feels much like a high-tech kitchen. There, he and his students meticulously develop and test “recipes” for asphalt mixes that can help contractors make the most of their material. Among their ingredients are polymer additives developed by Honeywell Specialty Additives [...]

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Nano coatings show big potential for energy storage

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Sitting in his office, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson picks up a small vial of clear liquid and shines a laser pointer through it. A deep green line bisects the vial, evidence of nanoparticles suspended in the liquid. This liquid is Anderson’s platform technology. With it, he can dip or spray oxide-based nanoparticle [...]

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