Archive for 'Beyond Boundaries'

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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Our global footprint

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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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 [...]

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Dream it, design it, build it

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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$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 [...]

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Wisconsin engineering: Support, retain and grow

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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When I joined the UW-Madison College of Engineering as dean in 1999, I was determined to address a persistent problem: Too many students who begin undergraduate life aspiring to be engineers end up leaving engineering. As I look back on nearly 14 years of college leadership, I can say confidently that we’re turning that problem [...]

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Active, engaging education. Anywhere. And right here.

Posted on 28. Aug, 2012 by .

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In every building on the College of Engineering campus, there are classrooms and lecture halls packed with students listening to lectures. Yet, increasingly, that very traditional way of learning is not the only way UW-Madison engineering students are learning. “The 50-minute lecture is one of the most inefficient methods for human learning to occur,” says [...]

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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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Learning to be leaders

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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As professionals whose work often involves making changes to highly technical systems, engineers need to be able to work harmoniously in teams with other engineers—and with non-engineers—if they are to solve problems and persuade others to implement solutions. But there’s a disconnect between today’s engineering curriculum and the leadership and teamwork skills companies are looking [...]

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A career … made in China

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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The prospect of living and working in Beijing for a summer made Dhina Susanti a little nervous, but her internship in China turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. “I thought that the biggest barrier was going to be the language, but in the end, it wasn’t that much of a challenge,” says [...]

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Better health by design

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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Biomedical engineering undergrads expect to spend a large chunk of their education working on products that solve real-world medical problems. From admission to the department all the way through to graduation, they take a series of design courses that help them apply a suite of skills and knowledge necessary for devising solutions to challenges that [...]

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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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Creating pathways to engineering success

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by .

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As the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrates the “Year of the Wisconsin Idea,” recognizing a century of contributions to the greater public good, it’s worth reflecting on how ingrained that tradition has become in engineering. The Wisconsin Idea drives us to extend the benefits of UW-Madison work to the citizens of the state and beyond. We [...]

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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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Living and learning in China: Engineering students travel to Hangzhou

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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They visited public gardens, climbed mountains, navigated a megacity, attended the World Expo, and toured factories. On top of all that, the 17 College of Engineering students who spent summer 2010 in China also took college courses. (The 2011 trip runs May 30 through July 23 and, with 22 students, is filled to capacity.) The [...]

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