Archive for 'Electrical and Computer Engineering'

Residential community helps science-minded college women succeed

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Some of my classes can be daunting when I’m the only—or one of a few— female members,” says Jessica MacAllister, a UW-Madison undergraduate studying computer engineering. As a woman pursuing a degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) field heavily dominated by men, MacAllister isn’t the only female who sometimes feels out of [...]

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Military communications on the QT

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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While tall, bulky antennas seem like relics in an era of sleek smartphones, they’re still an unfortunate necessity for American soldiers. “One of the problems that many military communications systems have is that they use low frequencies—anywhere from 2 MHz to below 1 GHz,” says Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Nader Behdad. “As a [...]

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A legacy of lessons learned

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Professorship advances educational excellence When Duane Bluemke completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in 1955, he was grateful for the professors who had instructed him. He particularly appreciates the lessons he learned from the late Olaf Hougen. “He was an especially good teacher,” Bluemke says. “He taught so that you would understand how to [...]

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Gifts that last for life

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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The College of Engineering is preparing globally competent engineers for the 21st century. Engineers today require both great disciplinary technical depth and interdisciplinary and cultural breadth to tackle the complex global challenges we all face. Alumni and friends are vital to this goal. Your gift will provide us with the resources to prepare the next [...]

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Entrepreneur rolls profits into higher ed

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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  Dan van der Weide knows all about risks. Understanding the risk profile of the products sold by each of his start-up companies has been a key component of the electrical and computer engineering professor’s success in the private sector. But knowing the risks isn’t something that’s limited to the business world. “People entering higher [...]

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With second company, laser researchers are seeing new light

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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Two professors have formed a startup company to commercialize a nanoscale laser structure that could benefit a wide range of industries. Intraband LLC was co-founded in 2008 by Philip Dunham Reed Professor Dan Botez and Professor Luke Mawst and has received recent funding from the U.S. Army and Navy Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Botez [...]

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New ‘wave’ of energy research

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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A renewable energy source that could serve the majority of the U.S. population often flows by unnoticed, even as it continuously rolls and crashes onto the shores of a country searching for petroleum alternatives. Electrical and Computer Engineering PhD student Jennifer Vining has brought the attention of Wisconsin Electric Machines & Power Electronics Consortium researchers [...]

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Nanoscale silicon: A really cool hot spot

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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Silicon’s ability to dissipate heat, a property called high thermal conductivity, is part of the reason it is a popular material for electronics applications. Yet when silicon is reduced to the nanoscale, it displays a very different property, becoming an efficient thermoelectric material that can convert heat into electricity (a process called energy harvesting) or [...]

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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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Field report … Matt Younkle: From crazy ideas to career entrepreneur

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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We decided to catch up with one of the early champions of our Innovation Days competitions: Matt Younkle (BSECE ’97). Younkle parlayed his success in the 1996 Schoofs Prize into the highly successful TurboTap, a fast-pouring beer dispenser used in sports stadiums across the globe. Now, he’s launching a new venture called murfie.com. One of [...]

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Field report … Mark Scheuer: Engineering an American dream

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Mark Scheuer (BSECE ’82) has turned a lifelong fascination with electronics into a dream company building audio control systems for the aerospace industry. Yet, it was hardly a straight path from tinkering in his grandfather’s basement workshop to a degree in electrical engineering. Scheuer is sharing his story of overcoming academic challenges in the hopes [...]

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Monroe manufacturer partners with UW-Madison on electric truck

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Monroe, Wisconsin, is a small city with a big reputation for its cheese. Now, a partnership between manufacturer Orchid Monroe and UW-Madison engineers may expand the city’s expertise to include clean vehicle technology. Orchid Monroe is providing support for researchers from the Wisconsin Electric Machines & Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) to develop a particularly rugged [...]

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Beyond the classroom: Experimental environment promotes undergrad learning

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Traditional lecture-style classrooms date back to the 1000s, when the earliest papal universities were established in Europe. Students would listen and take notes as an instructor read verbatim from one of very few copies of a hand-written manuscript. Though the goals of higher education have changed in the past millennium from producing more clergy members [...]

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Electronic stent deployment system wins top prize at 2011 Innovation Days

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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A system that could widely expand stent treatments for patients with diseased arteries won the top prize in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity, one of a pair of competitions that make up Innovation Days. The event, which offers more than $28,000 in total prizes, rewards UW-Madison students for innovative and marketable ideas. For the first [...]

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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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Runner tracking app wins inaugural wireless competition

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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The Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize, sponsored by the San Diego, California-based mobile technology company, rewards students who present creative wireless technology products and well-developed business plans to make those products profitable. The inaugural competition was held April 28, 2011, in Union South. “We have a lot of outstanding UW-Madison graduates at Qualcomm, and we felt [...]

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UW-Madison fusion experiments earn nearly $11 million in grants

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Dating back nearly a half-century, the UW-Madison programs in plasma physics and fusion technology are among the oldest, broadest, largest and most productive programs of this kind in the nation. On campus, they include approximately 75 faculty and staff members, 60 graduate students and 30 undergraduate students whose education and research frequently cross departmental and [...]

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Inside the box

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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New method for breast cancer imaging Every woman over the age of 40 receives the same initial screening for breast cancer: a mammogram. Yet no two women are identical and neither are their breast cancer risks, so a team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers is developing a system better tailored to women with a particularly [...]

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Five questions about sustainability with Giri Venkataramanan

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Giri Venkataramanan uses this Aldo Leopold quote to sum up the idea of sustainability—yet notes that sustainability is much like an onion, with many layers [...]

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Three UW-Madison award winners

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Philip Dunham Reed Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering Susan Hagness is one of 11 winners of the 2011 Kellet Mid-Career Award, supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. The award recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty members who are five to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured position. Each winner, chosen by a [...]

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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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Competition invites students to invent the future of wireless technology

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A new competition at UW-Madison will challenge students to discover and build the next big idea in wireless technology, a field that continues to transform the way the world communicates. The Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize, slated for April 28, 2011, will have student teams develop and prototype new wireless hardware and software ideas and combine [...]

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Profile: Carl Marschke

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A prolific northwoods inventor looks to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. For as long as Carl Marschke can remember, he’s kept five trusty pens in his shirt pocket, in black, blue, green, red and purple ink. When inspiration strikes for some kind of useful new machine, Marschke uses the color combinations to sketch out the concept in [...]

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A Bright Idea

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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At age 15, Dan Ludois tried to convince his grandparents that the best way to run electricity to a shed in the corner of their farm was to use recycled parts from a microwave. At the time, his grandparents weren’t entirely convinced of the teenager’s technical credibility, but Ludois kept the idea in the back [...]

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Eagle eye: Bioinspired optics provide new views of the body

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Inspired by the eyes of various animals, Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor Hongrui Jiang (right) and his collaborators are creating innovative optical technologies for surgical tools, surveillance and electronic devices. “Instead of just duplicating natural designs, we want to understand what features are beneficial in what way and combine those benefits to create something [...]

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Engineering the future of energy policy

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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On August 14, 2003, transmission lines in Ohio drooped into trees, causing a chain reaction that resulted in a record blackout across the Northeastern United States and part of Canada, affecting more than 50 million customers. Prompted in part by the blackout, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Policy Act in 2005, which included a [...]

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Smart tech for smart comm

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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As smart phones and other wireless devices become ever more prevalent, the amount of data flowing through wireless networks is rapidly increasing. This data flow eventually connects back to the Internet, typically via cell towers that connect to base stations through fiber optic cables. As demand increases, bottlenecks in the base stations can occur and [...]

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Spot-treating cancer

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Founders of UW-Madison spin-off company NeuWave Medical are improving microwave ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that could expand the number of treatment options for people with certain types of cancer. To perform microwave ablation, radiologists use ultrasound imaging or computed tomography to guide a thin antenna into the body. The antenna radiates enough energy to [...]

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