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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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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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For alum, innovation is a full-time hobby

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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Although he grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny, central-Wisconsin community—rather than a small coal-mining town in West Virginia—Dennis Bahr sees elements of his childhood in the movie October Sky, a film based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal-miner’s son who ultimately became a NASA engineer. Hickam’s passion was rocketry; [...]

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Insights on innovation

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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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. [...]

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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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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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‘Great people’ in the College of Engineering

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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The UW-Madison Great People Scholarship Campaign and funding through the College of Engineering Dean’s Fund for Excellence help keep the university accessible to students who have the intellectual ability, curiosity and tenacity to achieve their educational goals. Great People scholarships are need-based grants. Donor gifts and pledges total nearly $14 million since the campaign was [...]

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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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Retaining quality faculty

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Collective giving effort keeps star prof on board The offer was expansive: a chance to join the leadership of a new center for environmental technology in a brand-new building and a brand-new lab, collaboration with one of the leaders in the field of environmental engineering, and a chance to work in a state—Arizona—with huge support [...]

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Nine to five in two

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Funded research project lands grad student a full-time job Many College of Engineering students complete internships during their tenure at the college, hoping to gain work experience that will make them better equipped to find jobs in their fields. But, sometimes the benefits are more direct. Take Anshuman Sharma, a materials science graduate student who [...]

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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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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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Through bequest, Professor Obert remains a champion for undergrads

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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He was passionate about his students—yet known as a severe taskmaster. He had a unique teaching style, but had no qualms about flunking students who didn’t pass muster. He was a prolific author. He was unwaveringly ethical. He did not suffer fools. He thought highly of UW-Madison. And he had an excellent relationship with chipmunks—all [...]

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Conduit from Rufus King to Madison: Scholarship attracts top students

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Normally, the student transition from high school senior to college freshman means adjusting to a faster pace, a deeper curriculum and ramped-up expectations. Not so much for Korey Jasper, who experienced all those things as a 2010 graduate of Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School in Milwaukee. “They have high standards; they throw everything at [...]

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Preparing kids for college

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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The Engineering Summer Program When a group of high school students gets together to decide the best way to text while riding a bicycle, the expected result would probably involve mangled spokes and a broken limb or two. But during the UW-Madison Engineering Summer Program (ESP), high school juniors and seniors approach such problems as [...]

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They dig the outdoors

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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Geological engineers live and work for the environment Most of the people who were in the Geological Engineering Program (GLE) with me got involved because we enjoy the outdoors,” says Sam Freitag (pictured). “We liked all the time we got to spend on camping trips for geology and doing outdoor field work, but we also [...]

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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 the Menominee Forest to Madison

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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Engineering a path for American Indian transfer students If a UW-Madison faculty member is late to work, it’s likely due to traffic. When Diana Morris, dean of instruction at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN), was late one morning, it was because a bear was sitting on her car. CMN is located at the southern [...]

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EXPO, olympiad, student exchange

Posted on 29. Sep, 2011 by .

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THOUSANDS EXPERIENCE SCIENCE AT SUCCESSFUL ENGINEERING EXPO Standing anywhere in the Engineering Centers Building atrium April 14, 15 and 16, it was impossible to ignore the bass thundering out of a very large stereo speaker located at the north end of the building. This was no ordinary speaker. “Just last night,” said electrical engineering PhD [...]

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Friction stir welding fuses engineering research and Wisconsin industry

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Economic impact: 10 naval ships 10 years 5,000 jobs American naval ships usually conjure images of aircraft carriers or other large vessels far out to sea. The USS Freedom (LCS 1), however, is able to enter water as shallow as 14 feet, giving sailors unprecedented access to regions where the U.S. military is present, such [...]

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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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UW-Madison economic impact statewide hits $12.4 billion

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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UW-Madison’s profound impact on Wisconsin’s economy—one that totals $12.4 billion annually—is detailed in a late-March report that underscores the importance of the university to the state’s economic well being. The findings indicate that UW-Madison, along with its affiliated organizations and startup companies, supports 128,146 Wisconsin jobs and generates $614 million in state tax revenue. The [...]

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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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‘Cooking up’ a competitive future

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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Few university vehicle teams can attribute their success to hamburgers— lots and lots of hamburgers. Yet that’s exactly what future members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison vehicle teams will be able to do. At the 2009 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Wisconsin competition, in Burlington, Wisconsin, team members raised $10,000 by running a food [...]

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Industry partnership fuels nuclear education

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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Back in 1980, the UW-Madison Department of Nuclear Engineering was among 65 U.S. university departments that offered nuclear engineering educational programs. Today—despite a worldwide resurgence of interest in nuclear energy—less than half those educational programs still exist. That shift began in the late 1970s, when the cost to build nuclear plants soared and energy companies [...]

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Study. Serve. Excel.

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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During a typical day, sophomore chemical and biological engineering student Benedetta Cannestra attends class, leads hands-on engineering activities with elementary students, participates in a few outreach committee meetings, and, if she has a spare hour, plays an intramural soccer game. Her active involvement in campus organizations would not be possible if she had to make time to work—which, she says, would be necessary to attend UW-Madison if it weren’t for her Rockwell Automation scholarship.

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The chemistry of memory: New strategies for battling brain disease

The chemistry of memory: New strategies for battling brain disease

Posted on 18. Oct, 2010 by .

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It has taken more than a decade for Regina Murphy and her colleagues to determine that sometimes it’s actually better to rush things. At least that’s the case when those things are protein processes in the brain that can lead to devastating neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s. Murphy, the Smith-Bascom Professor of Chemical and [...]

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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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Less pain, more gain

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Silver-lined bandages prevent infection and promote healing A scientist trained for eight years in the medical field and a native of developing India, Ankit Agarwal has seen his fair share of pain. Shadowing numerous doctors, Agarwal has witnessed firsthand patient pain and discomfort, especially in those suffering from chronic wounds—burns or ulcers that could take [...]

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