Archive for 'Research'

Collaboration aims at longer-lasting roads for northern states

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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By Scott Gordon More than 80 percent of major roads in the United States are still surfaced with asphaltic mixtures—and the liquid asphalt, a byproduct of oil refining, remains a bit of a chemical mess, an inconsistent, complex mix of hydrocarbons. So to understand how different kinds of asphalt will hold up under the weight [...]

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System alerts Great Lakes swimmers of dangerous currents

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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By Scott Gordon The history of the Great Lakes is one of people who underestimate their destructive power, often with tragic results. From two massive waves that smashed into Chicago’s harbors in 1954 to a rip current that drowned a young swimmer in Port Washington, Wisconsin, in 2012, Lake Michigan and its neighbors have a [...]

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Undergrad finds his passion by jumping into the deep end

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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By Scott Gordon When Arjun Seshadri decided to study engineering, he wasn’t necessarily thinking about medical applications. That changed when he discovered the UW-Madison Lab for Molecular Scale Engineering. Before his freshman year was over, he became a research assistant in the lab under former Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Robert Blick and his graduate [...]

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Developing 3D-printed sheet music for the blind

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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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 [...]

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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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Five questions with Dane Morgan about big data

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Dane Morgan and his students use atomic-scale computer modeling to understand and design new materials. As co-director of the Wisconsin Materials Institute, he is part of an effort to leverage computational, experimental and data analysis infrastructure and expertise at UW-Madison—ultimately to help increase the speed with which the U.S. [...]

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Energy research for a stronger society

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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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 [...]

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Water works: Breakthrough opens a crucial door in chemistry

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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A multi-institutional team has resolved a long-unanswered question about how two of the world’s most common substances interact. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Manos Mavrikakis, the Paul A. Elfers professor of chemical and biological engineering, and his collaborators report fundamental discoveries about how water reacts with metal oxides. The paper opens [...]

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Understanding how ovarian cancer spreads

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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With approximately 22,000 diagnoses annually in the United States, ovarian cancer isn’t among the most commonly occurring cancers. Yet, the mortality rate for women who have ovarian cancer hovers above 60 percent. For Pamela Kreeger (pictured), an assistant professor of biomedical engineering, that number is needlessly high. Kreeger is among a group of exceptionally forward-thinking [...]

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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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Assessing the economics of bioenergy

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Biofuels researchers are increasingly thinking about how the energy market is changing, which challenges them to balance the basic science of new fuels with a more holistic view of the most commercially viable ways to produce them. So when a group of UW-Madison researchers began looking at how to make jet fuel from biomass, they [...]

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Noninvasive intestine imaging

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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A multi-institutional team of researchers has developed a new nanoscale agent for imaging the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This safe and noninvasive method for assessing the function and properties of the GI tract in real time could lead to better diagnosis and treatment of gut diseases. Illnesses such as small bowel bacterial overgrowth, irritable bowel syndrome [...]

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Honing in on the elusive atom

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Using a state-of-the-art microscope and new methods in image processing, a multi-institutional team of researchers has devised an inventive way to measure the positions of single atomic sites in materials more precisely than ever before. In a paper published in the journal Nature Communications, the team demonstrated the ability to locate atoms in high-resolution images [...]

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See-through sensors open new window into the brain

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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Developing invisible implantable medical sensor arrays, a team of UW-Madison engineers has overcome a major technological hurdle in researchers’ efforts to understand the brain. The team described its technology, which has applications in fields ranging from neuro-science to cardiac care and even contact lenses, in the online journal Nature Communications. Neural researchers study, monitor or [...]

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The chemical and biological engineering graduate program: Ongoing advancements in education and research

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Graduate students have played a crucial role in making the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering one of the strongest and most enduring programs in the field. CBE grad students are integral to research, of course, but also to mentoring the department’s undergraduates. The department is ensuring that grad students will get an even stronger [...]

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Fellowship allows BME grad students to find their passion

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Danielle Bourgeois’ love of science is contagious. “If you can show people how much you love it and how excited you are,” she says. “It will inspire them to stay in science and engineering, and continue doing what they love as well.” Bourgeois’ inspiration comes from studying the signaling pathways of two proteins that have [...]

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Honoring a Wisconsin materials science visionary

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Richard (Arthur) Dodd understood the future of materials science before just about anyone else at UW-Madison. The English-born Dodd arrived on campus in 1959 as an associate professor of mining and metallurgy, having previously served in engineering roles in industry and academic roles in South Africa and the University of Pennsylvania. Beginning in the late [...]

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A life-saver: Fellowship helps PhD student move MRSA models forward

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Born in the Ukraine to two engineer parents, Nataliya Batina admits with a smile that she didn’t expect to become an engineer herself. With a master’s degree in mathematics, Batina credits many industrial and systems engineering faculty members for her career shift to health systems engineering when she came to UW-Madison for a master’s degree [...]

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Professorships keep CBE on global stage

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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UW-Madison’s reputation as a center for chemical and biological engineering has a lot to do with someone who graduated from the department nearly a century ago. Milton J. Shoemaker earned his UW-Madison chemical engineering degree in 1921, and went on to found Research Products Corporation, which operates in Madison. In the late 1980s, Shoemaker and [...]

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$25 million gift creates unique institute

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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A new trans-disciplinary research institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering will drive technological breakthroughs that will enhance the success of U.S. industries and fuel economic growth in the nation. Funded with a $25 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation, the Grainger Institute for Engineering will foster new discoveries and build the university’s [...]

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In gratitude for your pride in and passion for our college of engineering

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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On June 16 at approximately 11:45 a.m., I had the honor and privilege of making a very special announcement. In front of a crowd of nearly 350 engineering faculty, staff and students and members of the media, I revealed news of the largest gift in UW-Madison College of Engineering history. That $25 million commitment—from The [...]

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Fellowships help undergrads turn pro

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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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 [...]

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Natural resources: Support helps faculty become self-sustaining

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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When a department hires a new faculty member, funding from the College of Engineering and the UW-Madison Graduate School helps to pay that person’s salary. However, new faculty also need a way to start research programs. Private gifts provide the initial support for faculty startup packages, which cover stipends, scholarships, and fellowships for students to [...]

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A big future for structural engineering

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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For Jun Lee, structural engineering is more than a professional field. It’s a multigenerational force. It runs in the family for Lee, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in civil and environmental engineering at UW-Madison. His mother, Florence Lee, who graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, ran her own building-design [...]

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Unique expertise and education for the world

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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Known as the nature isle of the Caribbean, Dominica features waterfalls, mountainous rainforests and an abundance of rare plant, animal and bird species, many of which are protected in an extensive natural park system. Because of its location in the eastern Caribbean, this island nation is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. This combination of weather, nature [...]

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Fuel simulation for the real world

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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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 [...]

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‘Smart’ medical material aims to unfurl at 98.6 degrees

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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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 [...]

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Hot news: Campus spin-off keeps computers cool

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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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 [...]

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Advancing industry through materials research and education

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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For members of the Advanced Materials Industrial Consortium, some of the greatest benefits of membership include access to world-class research—and to the students at all educational levels who conduct that research. “The research we have here is five years or more ahead of the things our members are doing, and they want to know about [...]

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Future looks bright for carbon nanotube solar cells

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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In an approach that could challenge silicon as the predominant photovoltaic cell material, UW-Madison materials engineers have developed an inexpensive solar cell that exploits carbon nanotubes to absorb and convert energy from the sun. The advance could lead to solar panels just as efficient, but much less expensive to manufacture, than current panels. The proof-of-concept [...]

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