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‘Great people’ in the College of Engineering

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Entrepreneur rolls profits into higher ed

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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

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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

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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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We all have a stake in college excellence

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Message from John Berndt, Chairman College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board As fellow alumni, I am sure you appreciate the privilege 
afforded to us who studied and graduated from the 
College of Engineering at UW-Madison, one of the world’s premier universities. The university and college represent a great asset to Wisconsin, an important contributor to [...]

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College of Engineering advisory boards

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Industrial Advisory Board Richard Antoine President National Academy of Human Resources Cynthia Bachmann Vice President Engineering, Kohler Kitchen & Bath William C. Beckman CEO, X-nth John E. Berndt–IAB CHAIR President (retired) Sprint International Vincent S. Chan Director Theory & Computational Science Energy Group, General Atomics Kim Christopher Senior Vice President Product Management and Development, OptumHealth [...]

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College of Engineering by the numbers

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Facts and Figures The UW-Madison College of Engineering is among the most innovative and consistently highly ranked U.S. colleges of engineering. We are internationally renowned for our leading-edge research and widely recognized for our ability to transfer technological advances into real-world applications via myriad partnerships with industry. Through our world-class undergraduate, graduate- and professional-level educational [...]

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Cold enough to see clearly

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Astrophysics instruments that measure very faint, distant sources of light need to be very cold to be sensitive enough to detect individual photons. These detectors work by measuring the change in temperature that occurs when a single photon hits the detector and deposits energy. Because this temperature rise is extremely tiny, only a very cold [...]

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Casting a nano future for the metals industry

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Aluminum and magnesium alloys hold great potential for manufacturers, as these alloys are much lighter than traditional high-strength materials such as iron and steel. However, most high-strength aluminum and magnesium alloys are difficult to cast because these materials tend to crack as they solidify in casting molds. This “hot tearing” is a major barrier to [...]

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Power steering: A system for more capable catheters

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Atrial fibrillation is a condition where the upper chambers of a patient’s heart beat irregularly, which can cause blood to pool and increase the risk of stroke-causing clots. Treatment is difficult: A physician has to maneuver a catheter around a patient’s chest cavity to the diseased regions of the heart, which are then frozen or [...]

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Strengthening bonds with the welding industry

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An engine block cast from aluminum or magnesium-matrix nanocomposites can be much lighter than one cast from aluminum alone. Similarly, a power-plant pressure vessel made from advanced steel that can withstand higher temperature and pressure without deforming could burn more efficiently and produce less pollution. Researchers continue to create new materials with properties that promise [...]

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Slippery concepts: Tiny interactions explain massive phenomena

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An earthquake conjures images of massive tectonic plates shifting and ocean waves heaving across the planet. To understand such interactions  better, Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Izabela Szlufarska is looking at them on the molecular level. Szlufarska researches the phenomena that result from coupling chemistry and mechanics, with specific focus on adhesion and friction. [...]

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Nanomembranes promise new materials for advanced electronics

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The camera in your phone collects light on silicon and translates that information into digital bits. One of the reasons those cameras and phones continue to improve is that researchers are developing new materials that absorb more light, use less power, and are less expensive to produce. Recent innovations by a team of materials science [...]

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Smooth transitions: CHSRA and Zimmerman will expand expertise

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As its 40th anniversary approaches, the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA) is at the beginning of new era. Professor David Zimmerman, who directed the center for more than 20 years, retired in summer 2011. Yet that doesn’t mean he or CHSRA are slowing down; as Zimmerman focuses on new projects, CHSRA researchers [...]

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Collaborative optimization simplifies real-world problems

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Of the 10 themes that make up the core research program at the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery (WID), the mathematical optimization group is especially well positioned to have a multidisciplinary impact at the institutes and beyond. The team is a blend of industrial and systems engineering and computer sciences faculty and will expand to [...]

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Bringing best practices to Wisconsin manufacturers

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Wisconsin is home to approximately 10,000 small to medium manufacturers, which provide approximately 430,000 jobs. UW-Madison has a long history of manufacturing research, education and outreach, and the UW E-Business Institute (UWEBI) and its corporate membership arm, the UW E-Business Consortium, are especially active with the manufacturing industry. Directed by Robert A. Ratner Undergraduate Chair [...]

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When process equals progress: Building blocks for biotech businesses

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You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know where to look,” says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Frank Rath (left). Rath is working to bring the same benefits of industrial engineering enjoyed by traditional manufacturers to the biotech industry. “It’s very fertile ground,” he says. “For the most part, scientists don’t view processes the [...]

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Close ties among online classmates overcome geographic distance

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Graduation ceremonies for the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) and Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) draw people from all over the world. The 40 or so graduates often bring their children, parents, grandparents and significant others to celebrate. “It is not unusual to have 200 people at the combined graduation ceremonies. [...]

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Hands-on engineering, the Camp Badger way

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For six weeks in summer 2011, more than 200 kids and more than a dozen facilitators, many of them area teachers and UW-Madison engineering students, hiked, bussed to, and generally scoured the UW-Madison campus, local attractions and area companies. These educational excursions were all part of the 14th annual Camp Badger, a one-week residential program [...]

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To deter nuclear terrorism, should we inspect all incoming freight?

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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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DOE awards UW-Madison engineers $5.6 million for future reactor technology

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The U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy University Program awarded five out of 51 grants nationwide to researchers in the Department of Engineering Physics. In total, DOE awarded $39 million in research grants aimed at developing cutting-edge nuclear energy technologies, and training and educating the next generation of leaders in the U.S. nuclear industry. Izabela [...]

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Materials engineer applies education to stem cell challenges

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The more Engineering Physics and Biomedical Engineering Professor Wendy Crone (pictured with Professor of Medicine Tim Kamp) worked with biologists, chemical engineers, medical professionals and others, the more she realized she wanted to go back to school. Now Crone is studying polymeric hydrogels, a class of polymeric materials that incorporate 10 to 100 times more [...]

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Does ‘green’ behavior occur in a green building?

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Completed in December 2010, the UW-Madison Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building marries majestic light-filled public spaces with state-of-the-art scientific facilities. But while a hallmark of the building is its visual appeal, equally important to its users are the mechanical, electrical and other systems that operate behind the scenes. In each of these systems, building designers [...]

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Revealing the chemical fingerprints of a crime

Posted on 05. Oct, 2011 by .

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On September 4, 2006, Mark Wangler’s wife Kathy died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the couple’s Bath Township, Ohio, home. Yet, Wangler, who was sleeping in another bedroom, survived. Detectives who visited the home as a matter of protocol began to wonder why only one spouse died—particularly since Wangler claimed the carbon monoxide accumulated because [...]

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Keeping U.S. transportation investments on track

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In the finance world, ROI, or return on investment, is a common performance measure that essentially tells investors whether their money was well-spent, or not. In Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Teresa Adams’ case, the investors were U.S. citizens, and the money they spent funded transportation projects via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. On [...]

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Making drug development less of a gamble

Posted on 04. Oct, 2011 by .

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The models Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Christos Maravelias develops are somewhat like a crystal ball that pharmaceutical companies can use to make research and development decisions about which drug formulations to develop. Drug development is an expensive, highly risky, long-term endeavor. There might be hundreds of candidate compounds, for example, for just one [...]

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