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Science Olympiad sponsors

Posted on 08. Dec, 2010 by .

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Thank you to these corporate sponsors!

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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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Celebrating 11 years of Camp Badger

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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For 11 years, Camp Badger has been at the core of College of Engineering efforts to interest young students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

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Competition invites students to invent the future of wireless technology

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A new competition at UW-Madison will challenge students to discover and build the next big idea in wireless technology, a field that continues to transform the way the world communicates. The Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize, slated for April 28, 2011, will have student teams develop and prototype new wireless hardware and software ideas and combine [...]

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Excellence in undergrad education

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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In the past, surviving “gate-keeper” engineering undergraduate courses in subjects such as statics, dynamics and general physics was somewhat of a rite of passage: Students who “got” the material generally continued their engineering education. However, some students who struggled in these courses simply dropped out of engineering—a trend College of Engineering Dean Paul Peercy calls [...]

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Profile: Carl Marschke

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A prolific northwoods inventor looks to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. For as long as Carl Marschke can remember, he’s kept five trusty pens in his shirt pocket, in black, blue, green, red and purple ink. When inspiration strikes for some kind of useful new machine, Marschke uses the color combinations to sketch out the concept in [...]

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The rising tide of science and engineering talent

Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by .

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On May 18-21, 2011, UW-Madison will take center stage in the national effort to nurture a new generation of talented scientists and engineers. More than 6,000 participants and visitors will descend on campus for the 27th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, the largest scholastic science competition in North America.Science Olympiad is one of the best [...]

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Environmental engineering, for stem cells

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Most stem cell researchers handle their samples very delicately. Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Sean Palecek prefers to pull them, add chemicals or pulse them with current. Palecek is using embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells to study how cells differentiate and how to guide that differentiation. Induced pluripotent stem cells are adult human [...]

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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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Breathing room

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Technology idea will treat lung ailments Teaching his first course in spring 2008 on biomedical engineering entrepreneurship, Matt Ogle quickly learned the downside of scheduling a class for three hours on a Friday afternoon. Competing against an early weekend, Ogle’s class began with six students and eventually settled into the semester with a die-hard roster [...]

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Improving the cutting edge

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Tiny tools—small enough to poke an individual lens on a ladybug’s eye—are getting more durable, thanks to ultrathin nanocrystalline diamond coatings developed by materials science graduate Patrick Heaney (MS ‘07, PhD ‘09) and his new company, NCD Technologies. Heaney is refining techniques he developed and patented as a graduate student to enhance the performance of [...]

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The collective power of giving

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Dear alumni and friends, When it comes to supporting the UW-Madison College of Engineering, a little simple math demonstrates the power of participation. Currently, about 7 percent of College of Engineering alumni donate annually to the Dean’s Fund for Excellence. Let’s say in 2011, an additional 5 percent of you—or about 2,000 people—decide to give [...]

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Building a culture of innovation

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Looking through recent patent disclosures from the UW-Madison College of Engineering provides a lesson in intellectual potential. Consider a few examples: Electrical and computer engineers Robert Blick and Minrui Yu developed a laser-drilling technique capable of drilling precise holes at the nanometer scale. Mechanical engineers Rolf Reitz and Reed Hanson created a “clean compression” process [...]

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College advisory boards

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Thank you, Industrial Advisory Board and Early Career Advisory Board members! These industry leaders draw on valuable engineering, business and academic experiences in their serviceto the college. Their insight helps College of Engineering administrators set priorities that advance college excellence in research and education and strengthen connections with alumni and industry. Ex-Officio: Paul S. Peercy, [...]

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College of Engineering facts and figures

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The UW-Madison College of Engineering is among the nation’s top colleges of engineering. Our entrepreneurial faculty and staff conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary research in myriad fields, including energy, the environment, nanotechnology, healthcare and medicine, among many others. College centers and consortia work directly with industry and government to identify and solve key engineering challenges. The Department [...]

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From sky and lake, researchers study blue-green algae

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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It’s an unseasonably warm, early-April Friday afternoon in Madison, Wisconsin, and the calm day polishes the Lake Mendota surface to a sheen that’s just shy of glass. A vintage flat-bottomed Boston whaler chugs slowly away from a dock adjacent to the famed University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Union Terrace. Soaking up the sun and expansive lake [...]

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Here comes the rain: Managing stormwater runoff

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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As we build and pave more of the world, we create surfaces that encourage, rather than manage, runoff, says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Howard Rosen. “With increased development and climate change, the issue of managing stormwater runoff in an environmentally sound and cost-effective way has become a crucial challenge for hydraulic engineers,” he says. [...]

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Go with the flow: Protecting potable water

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Whether it’s in a residential, commercial or industrial facility, keeping drinking water separate from waste- water seems as straightforward as Plumbing 101. It turns out, however, that the process is anything but simple, and cross-connections, which could contaminate the potable water supply, can occur in a variety of ways. The engineers, plumbers, sprinkler fitters and [...]

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The royal treatment: Improving wastewater engineering

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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We don’t often think about it, but in our homes, workplaces and communities, each of us typically uses more than 100 gallons of clean water each day,” says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Ned Paschke. Finding that water, treating it, delivering it, collecting the used wastewater, cleaning that, and returning it safely to the environment [...]

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Engineers receive $3.7 million for nuclear research

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded UW-Madison engineering researchers nine of 42 total grants distributed through its Nuclear Energy University Program. The researchers received $3.7 million to advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. The research includes projects in fuel cycle research and development, generation IV reactor research and development, [...]

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Salt of the earth

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Extracting oil, with heat With a material as simple as salt, engineering physics scientists and students are testing ways to store and transport heat for applications as diverse as storing solar energy and extracting oil. Their expertise is useful for oil companies such as Shell, which someday could use the powerful heat-transferring properties of molten [...]

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Fusion for energy—and medicine

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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The UW-Madison Fusion Technology Institute and Middleton, Wisconsin-based Phoenix Nuclear Labs (PNL) share an ambitious long-term goal: clean, abundant and affordable nuclear fusion power. To fund the pursuit, PNL is developing nuclear technologies into near-term solutions for modern-day global problems, including mitigating the risk of nuclear attack, producing state-of-the-art high-voltage power systems, and generating critical [...]

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The future of water … now

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Using a leading-edge forecasting method called nowcasting, water resources managers can use real-time data to monitor, evaluate and respond to changes in everything from algae blooms to water levels in the streams, rivers and lakes under their watch. While forecasts rely on models built with past data, a nowcast draws on current observations and measurements [...]

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Kings of the road

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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With gleaming stainless-steel equipment, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Hussain Bahia’s third-floor Engineering Hall laboratory feels much like a high-tech kitchen. There, he and his students meticulously develop and test “recipes” for asphalt mixes that can help contractors make the most of their material. Among their ingredients are polymer additives developed by Honeywell Specialty Additives [...]

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Nano coatings show big potential for energy storage

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Sitting in his office, Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson picks up a small vial of clear liquid and shines a laser pointer through it. A deep green line bisects the vial, evidence of nanoparticles suspended in the liquid. This liquid is Anderson’s platform technology. With it, he can dip or spray oxide-based nanoparticle [...]

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Fast fix

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Bioactive coatings promote cell growth For people who suffer excruciating back pain due to injury or disc degeneration, relief often comes in the form of spinal fusion and disc replacement. Metallic implants are the current standard, and while these devices mechanically fix tissue or replace vertebrae, they don’t heal the problem. Responding to patients’ need [...]

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Spot-treating cancer

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Founders of UW-Madison spin-off company NeuWave Medical are improving microwave ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that could expand the number of treatment options for people with certain types of cancer. To perform microwave ablation, radiologists use ultrasound imaging or computed tomography to guide a thin antenna into the body. The antenna radiates enough energy to [...]

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A Trojan horse for tumors

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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With their flowing, tentacle-like arms, Associate Professor Shaoqin (Sarah) Gong’s polymer nanoparticles can locate, infiltrate and annihilate cancerous tumors—currently, in mice. Someday,  tiny drug-delivery tools could be an alternative to chemotherapy as a targeted method for cancer drug delivery. Because it often grows quickly, tumor tissue is “sloppy” tissue, with leaky vasculature. “Nanoparticles are unique [...]

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