Archive for 'Security'

A tool to test seafaring biofuels

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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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 [...]

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Building the virtual laboratory

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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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. [...]

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Military communications on the QT

Posted on 19. Apr, 2012 by .

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While tall, bulky antennas seem like relics in an era of sleek smartphones, they’re still an unfortunate necessity for American soldiers. “One of the problems that many military communications systems have is that they use low frequencies—anywhere from 2 MHz to below 1 GHz,” says Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Nader Behdad. “As a [...]

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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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With second company, laser researchers are seeing new light

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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Two professors have formed a startup company to commercialize a nanoscale laser structure that could benefit a wide range of industries. Intraband LLC was co-founded in 2008 by Philip Dunham Reed Professor Dan Botez and Professor Luke Mawst and has received recent funding from the U.S. Army and Navy Small Business Technology Transfer Programs. Botez [...]

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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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CQPI: Celebrating 25 years of quality research

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The offices of the Center for Quality and Productivity (CQPI) are housed in the UW-Madison Engineering Centers Building, but the center’s real work happens in hospitals, intensive care units, nursing stations and other healthcare settings around the country. Founded in 1985 by Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus George E.P. Box and the late Professor [...]

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Engineering the future of energy policy

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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On August 14, 2003, transmission lines in Ohio drooped into trees, causing a chain reaction that resulted in a record blackout across the Northeastern United States and part of Canada, affecting more than 50 million customers. Prompted in part by the blackout, the U.S. Congress passed the Energy Policy Act in 2005, which included a [...]

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