Archive for 'Industrial and Systems Engineering'

College welcomes new students in style

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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On August 29, 2014, the college hosted the first annual event to warmly welcome more than 1,500 new engineering students to the College of Engineering community. This full day of activities included breakfast, lounging in the green space alongside Engineering Hall, a trek en masse to the chancellor’s convocation at the Kohl Center, lunch on [...]

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Computing with grand demands

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Wisconsin engineers find meaning in big data For all the scale and promise the term “big data” evokes, the exploding field of big data research really comes down to constraints. Even as high-throughput computers become increasingly powerful, it’s not feasible for them to simply brute-force their way through every massive set of information that might [...]

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Math + Power Grid = Extra Efficiency

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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As technology has made public infrastructure more efficient, some areas, like electricity transmission systems, have been slow to keep up. Part of the problem, says Industrial & Systems Engineering Professor Jeffrey Linderoth (pictured), boils down to math. And as part of a Department of Energy initiative, Linderoth and ISyE Associate Professor Jim Luedtke are developing mathematical [...]

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Alumnus built a legacy of generosity

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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In recent years, one of Andrew Johnson’s pleasures in life was to read letters of gratitude from College of Engineering under-graduates who received Great People Scholarships. “Every time he got a letter, he was exuberant about it, and he was happy to do so much good for those students,” says Johnson’s son, Robert. Andrew passed [...]

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Under construction: Revamped process speeds DOT project closeouts

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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For a state department of transportation, concluding a construction project isn’t simply a matter of dropping a final check in the mail to the contractor. Rather, the highly administrative closeout process includes such tasks as ensuring the project objectives have been met, auditing labor and payroll records, and reviewing and reconciling material tests and material [...]

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Centers work for state business and industry

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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The Wisconsin Idea was created as a way to keep the benefits of UW-Madison education from being an isolated island of knowledge and technological advances. In 2013, the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) and the UW E-Business Consortium (UWEBC)—two of the biggest bridges connecting university research and Wisconsin industries—are celebrating anniversaries. For the past [...]

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Laying the groundwork for safer air aid

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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It’s 1 a.m. and heavy fog cover has caused a terrible accident on the Interstate. A highly trained medical team climbs aboard the medevac chopper and a highly trained pilot flies the team to the scene. The problem, heading into a potentially life-threatening situation, is that these teams train in isolation and often have competing [...]

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Her response: Increase the ‘reward’ in high-risk scenarios

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Laura McLay’s research canvas is massive data—banks of millions of emergency 911 calls, commercial airline flights and ship cargo deliveries—which she uses to tease out the risk factors in these high-stakes endeavors. As a data challenge, it might seem like searching for the proverbial needle in the haystack, but [...]

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Silicon Valley Badger: Tom Werner

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Helping solar energy’s future shine bright Thomas Werner’s solar energy company, SunPower Inc., in San Jose, has been keeping some pretty high-profile company these days. Take the San Francisco 49ers: The franchise is partnering with SunPower this year to make the new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium the greenest in the National Football League. It [...]

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Virtual internship, real engineering

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Applying the role-playing and problem-solving conventions often employed in video games, a computer simulation called Nephrotex enables engineering undergrads to assume the role of biomedical engineering interns working at a fictional company, giving them an early peek at what it’s like to apply math and science skills to a real-world problem. “It’s about learning to [...]

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Silicon Valley Badger Engineers: How the West was won

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Here’s a story that could aptly be titled, “Only in Silicon Valley.” Three young entrepreneurs come to Inspovation—a Los Altos, California, venture firm—with a cool idea to create a cheaper alternative to renting cars at airports. The team has an impressive lineage from Harvard, MIT and Princeton. As the conversation continues, the investors find the [...]

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Advanced manufacturing research conference in Madison, June 10-14, 2013

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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The largest manufacturing research gathering in the Americas will take place June 10-14, 2013, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The event will draw nearly 500 international academic and industrial leaders to two conferences: the 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the 2013 [...]

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Five questions with Frank Pfefferkorn about manufacturing systems education

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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  Frank Pfefferkorn is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program at UW-Madison. Q: What is the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program? A: The Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) program is an interdisciplinary master’s degree-granting program that was founded in 1983. The MSE program is part of the College of [...]

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Gustafson named to National Academy of Engineering

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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In February, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) named David Gustafson to its 2013 class of new members. Gustafson is director of the UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies and a professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering. The academy cited Gustafson for industrial and systems engineering methods to improve care for aging patients [...]

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Video tool could help active workers avoid injury

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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Video of workers performing tasks such as assembling a manufactured part or packing boxes could help assess the likelihood that those people will develop common repetitive-motion injuries. Repeatedly performing the same motions and exertions can lead to injuries in which the body suffers strain from even tiny actions—for example, handling small parts, operating a machine [...]

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Sharing the Badger pride

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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By the time you are reading this message, I will have completed a tremendous chapter in my life. I am a December 2012 graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering, and I’m very proud to join the ranks of more than 45,000 UW-Madison engineering alumni around the globe. As a four-year member of the [...]

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The science of the assembly line

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Once a powerhouse of manufacturing, the United States now faces stiff competition from Asian companies that, with a cheaper workforce, can afford to keep prices low. However, says Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Jingshan Li, boosting productivity, as well as quality and the flexibility of a manufacturing operation allows profitability even with a well-paid [...]

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For older drivers, technology isn’t a distraction

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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While technologies such as navigation systems, cell phones and MP3 players can distract a driver’s attention to the road, those same technologies can help older adults be safer drivers. Accident risk follows a distinct pattern over a person’s lifetime. It’s high for young people, then lessens as they gain experience and reach middle age. Then, [...]

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It’s the stuff of dreams: Better healthcare at home

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Tucked away in a deep corner of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus, a six-sided room (pictured) called the “CAVE” uses coordinated computer projections to create immersive, virtual-reality world in which virtually anything is possible. “Almost anything we dream, we can actually make,” says Moehlman Bascom Professor of Industrial and Systems [...]

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New engineering podcast series launches with e-business, sustainability experts

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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In the inaugural edition of the Badger Engineering Perspective podcast, Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Raj Veeramani talks about how new information technology can allow businesses to implement innovative new processes for getting work done. He also discusses the role of the University of Wisconsin E-Business Consortium in allowing companies to share their innovations and [...]

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How industrial engineers improve healthcare

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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During an intensive three-month period in fall 2011, UW-Madison graduate students Renaldo Blocker (left) and  Sacha Duff (right) worked long hours in the emergency department of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Whenever a victim of a car accident, stabbing or other incident arrived, they would accompany trauma teams from the moment patients arrived until [...]

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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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Connect for Life

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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A new program is helping spark a conversation with students about how private giving is transforming the UW-Madison College of Engineering. Connect for Life,” launched in fall 2011 by Engineering External Relations, is providing a variety of ways to illustrate how alumni and friends directly contribute to student success inside and outside the classroom. Connect [...]

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Smooth transitions: CHSRA and Zimmerman will expand expertise

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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As its 40th anniversary approaches, the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) is at the beginning of new era. Professor David Zimmerman, who directed the center for more than 20 years, retired in summer 2011. Yet that doesn’t mean he or CHSRA are slowing down; as Zimmerman focuses on new projects, CHSRA researchers [...]

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Collaborative optimization simplifies real-world problems

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Of the 10 themes that make up the core research program at the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID), the mathematical optimization group is especially well positioned to have a multidisciplinary impact at the institutes and beyond. The team is a blend of industrial and systems engineering and computer sciences faculty and will expand to [...]

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Bringing best practices to Wisconsin manufacturers

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Wisconsin is home to approximately 10,000 small to medium manufacturers, which provide approximately 430,000 jobs. UW-Madison has a long history of manufacturing research, education and outreach, and the UW E-Business Institute (UWEBI) and its corporate membership arm, the UW E-Business Consortium, are especially active with the manufacturing industry. Directed by Robert A. Ratner Undergraduate Chair [...]

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To deter nuclear terrorism, should we inspect all incoming freight?

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Inspecting ship containers for nuclear weapons is a daunting task. More than 11.6 million cargo containers enter U.S. ports each year, with 32,000 maritime containers entering ports each day. Ninety percent of containers enter through 10 of the highest-volume ports, but there are more than 300 ports operating in the United States. The United States [...]

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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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From patient to scientist: Improving cancer communication

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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When the doctor came in, he pressed on the tumor in Neeraj Arora’s chest and said Arora had lymphoma. As he recoiled in pain from the pressure on his chest, all Arora could think was, “Dave, you were so right.” Arora was thinking about his graduate advisor, Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus Dave Gustafson, [...]

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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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