Archive for 'Mechanical Engineering'

College welcomes new students in style

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Developing 3D-printed sheet music for the blind

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

0

When mechanical engineering graduate student William Aquite saw a video profiling Yeaji Kim, who was completing her PhD in the School of Music, he was intrigued. Kim, who is blind, plays piano using Braille scores. However, the scores are highly complex and yet can still lack some information traditionally included on sheet music. To address [...]

Continue Reading

Computing with grand demands

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Energy research for a stronger society

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

0

By Scott Gordon It’s hard to find an energy researcher in the College of Engineering who thinks only about one piece of the energy puzzle. Talk to an engine researcher about fuel efficiency, and pretty soon you’ll be discussing the engine as a bigger system. Ask an electrical engineer about power storage, and the conversation [...]

Continue Reading

F.M. Young Award still recognizing top students 64 years later

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

0

The F.M. Young Award was established so long ago that even those closest to it are unsure of details about how it began. “It started in 1950, but I really don’t know exactly how it started,” says Fred Young Jr. (top, center), who funds the award begun by his father, the late Fred M. Young. [...]

Continue Reading

Fellowships help undergrads turn pro

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

0

To earn an undergraduate research fellowship, mechanical engineering students need more than passion and a great technical problem to tackle. They also have to function like professionals in a research context. “We’re looking for clarity of thought in students’ fellowship proposals,” says Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Krishnan Suresh. “That reflects a clarity of process in [...]

Continue Reading

Lessons from an unlikely career

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

0

Bob Forbess began his UW-Madison education in mechanical engineering during World War II, then embarked on a career that spanned from rockets to education. Perhaps that’s why Forbess, now retired, takes such a broad view of the value of a mechanical engineering degree. He is leaving a portion of his estate to the mechanical engineering [...]

Continue Reading

Reinforcing design, honoring dedication

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

0

A Stirling engine built by a team of mechanical engineering undergraduates helped to inspire a mechanical engineering alumnus and his wife to make a $100,000 anonymous gift that will support hands-on design experience in the College of Engineering undergraduate curriculum. When the students presented their work to a group of ME alumni, the alum noted [...]

Continue Reading

Fuel simulation for the real world

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

0

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Mario Trujillo confidently predicts that liquid fuels are not going away, but understanding how they’ll behave in fuel-injection systems will become increasingly complex. “There is probably going to be a wide range of new fuels with different physical properties, which means liquid fuel injection is going to change,” he says. “There’s [...]

Continue Reading

‘Smart’ medical material aims to unfurl at 98.6 degrees

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

0

Mechanical Engineering Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng has a simple office demonstration of how shape-memory polymers work. He takes the material, which is formed into a compact flower bud, drops the bud in a cup of warm water, and voila: A daisy slowly blooms. A significant materials research advance by Turng and colleagues may help translate [...]

Continue Reading

Hot news: Campus spin-off keeps computers cool

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

0

For about a decade, Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Timothy Shedd has been exploring liquid-based cooling systems for data centers to address a simple but very costly problem. “Technology is developing faster than the air-conditioning systems that cool computers,” he says. Shedd also is chief technology officer of Ebullient, a company that hopes to install its [...]

Continue Reading

Beyond the Bucky Wagon

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

0

Pierce seeks to strengthen ties with engineering students Pierce Manufacturing wants College of Engineering students to know it as more than just the name on the front of the iconic UW-Madison Bucky Wagon. Mechanical Engineering Faculty Associate Glenn Bower began a partnership with the Appleton, Wisconsin-based fire-truck company in 2009 when he brought the company [...]

Continue Reading

A hull for Hoofers

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

0

Students in Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tim Osswald’s Introduction to Composites Processing (ME 601) course are redesigning a BadgerTech boat for the Hoofers Sailing Club as a lesson in the mechanics of composite resins and process optimization. The students, many of them Hoofers sailing enthusiasts themselves, must infuse the [...]

Continue Reading

It ain’t easy being green: Freshmen researchers tackle tough project

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

0

The 14 freshmen had almost no background in engineering—nor had they  conducted any research. Yet by the end of their first semester at UW-Madison, they had completed a seemingly daunting project: Coat a small diesel engine with a platinum catalyst, add extra hydrogen to the combustion process, and determine if those changes reduced vehicle emissions. [...]

Continue Reading

Virtual internship, real engineering

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Our global footprint

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

0

Bob Lorenz walks eagerly to a favorite spot—a wall of photos of faculty, staff and students associated with Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC)—in the Mechanical Engineering Building. Among those photos are the faces of international students and visiting scholars, and Lorenz traces invisible lines between himself, former students who have returned as [...]

Continue Reading

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

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Five questions with Frank Pfefferkorn about manufacturing systems education

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

0

  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 [...]

Continue Reading

Video tool could help active workers avoid injury

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Alumnus gives back by advancing Wisconsin innovation

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

0

When Frederick Mancheski spent 35 years building Echlin Inc. into one of the world’s largest automobile parts companies, he would frequently employ a secret weapon in his quest for new technology: The engine experts at the UW-Madison. As Echlin CEO, the 1948 mechanical engineering alumnus oversaw the Connecticut-based company’s growth from $10 million in annual [...]

Continue Reading

Sharing the Badger pride

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading

Dream it, design it, build it

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

0

$1.5 million alum gift helps ME department better prepare students for dynamic industry If you ask Mechanical Engineering Professor and Chair Roxann Engelstad how engineering in the 21st century has evolved, her answer is one of both challenge and opportunity. “It moves so fast, it is hard to keep up,” says Engelstad, who holds the [...]

Continue Reading

After ACL reconstruction, finding small motions that cause big problems

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

0

People who tear their anterior cruciate ligament, a ligament in the knee that provides stability to the connection between the tibia and femur, usually must opt for a complete ACL reconstruction with a portion of another ligament. However, about 90 percent of people who undergo reconstructive ACL surgery develop osteoarthritis—knee pain, swelling and stiffness—within 20 [...]

Continue Reading

A tool to test seafaring biofuels

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

0

Because fossil fuels are a limited resource largely controlled by other nations, the U.S. Navy—the largest user of diesel fuel in the country—understandably is interested in alternative fuels that can be produced in the United States. However, the Navy has some unique needs for powering its fleet of ships, submarines, aircraft carriers, and other marine [...]

Continue Reading

Building the virtual laboratory

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

0

Everything in physics is governed by equations, which can be solved to predict, for example, how grains of sand collide, how a tablecloth falls across a flat surface, or how water flows around obstacles. And as computing power becomes cheaper and more accessible to universities, the potential for research applications with large computers is skyrocketing. [...]

Continue Reading

Insights on innovation

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

0

UW-Madison is recognizing 2012-13 as the Year of Innovation, offering a chance to reflect on what this concept means to the university and to society. With $136 million in research and more than 100 patent disclosures annually, the College of Engineering has worked to cultivate innovation as standard operating procedure in our classrooms and labs. [...]

Continue Reading

Tom Gerold: Passionate innovation—pesticide, nitinol and a broken leg

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

0

“Innovation. The very word evokes mental images of complex turbo-machinery, nanoscale robots and iPads. Our brains are tuned to think of people like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and the Wright Brothers when the word reaches our ears. Something innovative is something desired—celebrated even—in our society. Imagine a world where the common cold is a life-threatening [...]

Continue Reading

The eight-month interview: Engineering co-ops hit the ground running

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

0

For UW-Madison students who take an eight-month engineering co-op with Nelson Global Products in Stoughton, Wisconsin, their first adjustment is working without a formal job description. “We give students the job description of the person they will be working next to,” says Rob Schellin, Nelson Global Products director of engineering. “We give co-ops the same [...]

Continue Reading

Optimizing internal combustion

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

0

For decades, engineers have studied low-temperature combustion as a means of creating engines with diesel-like efficiency and no pollutant emissions. Yet, the very nature of low-temperature combustion involves a reaction with little active control: inject the fuels, mixing occurs, and then some time later, combustion starts. To investigate a new technique for measuring the temperature [...]

Continue Reading

Gifts that last for life

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

0

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 [...]

Continue Reading