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Alumnus gives back by advancing Wisconsin innovation

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When Frederick Mancheski spent 35 years building Echlin Inc. into one of the world’s largest automobile parts companies, he would frequently employ a secret weapon in his quest for new technology: The engine experts at the UW-Madison. As Echlin CEO, the 1948 mechanical engineering alumnus oversaw the Connecticut-based company’s growth from $10 million in annual [...]

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Sharing the Badger pride

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By the time you are reading this message, I will have completed a tremendous chapter in my life. I am a December 2012 graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering, and I’m very proud to join the ranks of more than 45,000 UW-Madison engineering alumni around the globe. As a four-year member of the [...]

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Love of big ideas led inventor to Wisconsin project

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Fourteen years ago, Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering Gerald Kulcinski sat down for lunch with a fellow member of the National Academy of Engineering during a Washington, D.C., event. The two had never met, but had an enthusiastic exchange of ideas about their respective research interests. That’s common at big scientific meetings, but this was [...]

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From canvas to CAD

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Memorial gift encourages students to solve problems creatively across disciplines Leonardo Da Vinci had his flying machine. George Dergalis had his spaceship sculpture–a sphere 40 feet tall and 30 feet around, adorned with a domed glass skylight and filled with murals dedicated to the potential impact that space travel and biotechnology could have on human [...]

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The Engineering Summer Program

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Building support that lasts a lifetime Although he spent his career traveling all over the world, Kevin Bell says that in some ways, a summer in 1980 spent in Madison felt particularly lonely and foreign—yet overwhelmingly exciting. That summer, on the offhand recommendation of a Washington, D.C., neighbor who had attended the University of Wisconsin [...]

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Looking up

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Prestigious professorship is the impetus for a structural engineering renaissance at UW-Madison In our built environment, it seems even the sky’s not the limit. Over the past eight years, countries in the Middle East and Asia have completed the world’s five tallest skyscrapers. At 163 floors and 2,171 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai [...]

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Just one simple word: Thanks!

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This issue of Perspective magazine highlights the transformational impact our alumni and friends have on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. We have some exceptional stories of giving in 2012. Major gifts are helping us infuse the curriculum with innovative design projects. They are helping expand our base of great faculty. They are helping [...]

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Dream it, design it, build it

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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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Wisconsin engineering: Support, retain and grow

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When I joined the UW-Madison College of Engineering as dean in 1999, I was determined to address a persistent problem: Too many students who begin undergraduate life aspiring to be engineers end up leaving engineering. As I look back on nearly 14 years of college leadership, I can say confidently that we’re turning that problem [...]

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College of Engineering interdisciplinary degree programs

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program Marc Anderson (chair) Tel: 608/263-3264 • Fax: 608/262-0454 mcpossin@wisc.edu www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/ect Geological Engineering Program Craig H. Benson (chair) Tel: 608/890-2420 • Fax: 608/890-3718 gle@engr.wisc.edu www.gle.wisc.edu Limnology and Marine Science Program Steve Loheide (chair) Tel: 608/263-3264 • Fax: 608/262-0454 mcpossin@wisc.edu www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/limnology Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program Frank Pfefferkorn (director) Tel: 608/262-0921• Fax: 608/265-4017 [...]

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College of Engineering student achievements

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Engineering Professional Development impact In 2011, students who participated in EPD continuing-education courses came from 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 82 countries around the world. 7–Distance-delivered master’s degrees 11–Certificate series 25–Technical and professional subject areas ranging from the basics to high-level topics 75–Faculty and support staff 800–Course instructors 3,000–Short courses per year [...]

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College of Engineering facts and figures

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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 programs, we enable [...]

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After ACL reconstruction, finding small motions that cause big problems

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People who tear their anterior cruciate ligament, a ligament in the knee that provides stability to the connection between the tibia and femur, usually must opt for a complete ACL reconstruction with a portion of another ligament. However, about 90 percent of people who undergo reconstructive ACL surgery develop osteoarthritis—knee pain, swelling and stiffness—within 20 [...]

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A tool to test seafaring biofuels

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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

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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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Jackets for jet engines: Coatings help parts withstand the heat

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Without high-temperature coatings, the metallic parts of a jet engine would melt away in a crucible of 2,500-degree Fahrenheit heat. Materials Science and Engineering Professor John Perepezko and his team have developed a new, molybdenum-silicon-boron coating that could allow engines to operate at even greater temperatures, promising more efficiency and longer life for parts operating [...]

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Nanoscale piezoelectric materials could shake up chemistry

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Pollution controls, fuel cells, pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturing all rely on catalysts to facilitate the chemical reactions that create useful products from raw material. Although not consumed in those reactions, catalysts can be limited, deactivated or otherwise destroyed in the process. Finding plentiful, durable low-cost catalytic material can create new pathways to sustainable, efficient production [...]

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In thermoelectrics, vibrations are key

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More and more, researchers are finding that things behave differently when observed on the nanoscale. Materials Science and Engineering Associate Professor Paul Evans has devised an x-ray analysis technique that allows researchers to study vibrations or how electrons travel in nanoscale samples of silicon crystal. Researchers knew the vibrations were occurring, but 99 percent of [...]

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The science of the assembly line

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Once a powerhouse of manufacturing, the United States now faces stiff competition from Asian companies that, with a cheaper workforce, can afford to keep prices low. However, says Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Jingshan Li, boosting productivity, as well as quality and the flexibility of a manufacturing operation allows profitability even with a well-paid [...]

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For older drivers, technology isn’t a distraction

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While technologies such as navigation systems, cell phones and MP3 players can distract a driver’s attention to the road, those same technologies can help older adults be safer drivers. Accident risk follows a distinct pattern over a person’s lifetime. It’s high for young people, then lessens as they gain experience and reach middle age. Then, [...]

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It’s the stuff of dreams: Better healthcare at home

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Tucked away in a deep corner of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery Building on the UW-Madison campus, a six-sided room (pictured) called the “CAVE” uses coordinated computer projections to create immersive, virtual-reality world in which virtually anything is possible. “Almost anything we dream, we can actually make,” says Moehlman Bascom Professor of Industrial and Systems [...]

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New standards take strategic view of asset management

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 standard for quality management, which has now been adopted by more than 1.25 million companies, has had many positive effects on investment, market share, sales growth, sales margins, competitive advantage, and avoidance of litigation. ISO is now preparing ISO 55000, a new standard for asset management. “ISO 55000 [...]

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Through new online master’s degree, sustainability engineers will add value to industry

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Geared toward practicing engineers, the new online Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering program prepares students to understand and inspire change within their organization relating to complex systems and their effect on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics and society. “This degree program will provide engineers with the skills to lead change [...]

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Talent assessment and training give company competitive edge

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Through an ongoing partnership with the Johnson Controls North America building efficiency business, Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Carl Vieth (left) and Faculty Associate Thomas Smith have created a benchmarking tool called a competency model that will enable the business to make more informed, strategic talent-management decisions. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the business focuses on [...]

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UW nuclear engineering: A 50-year history of excellence

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In 1942, in a reactor known as Chicago Pile-1, physicist Enrico Fermi and his team achieved the world’s first sustained nuclear reaction. Three years later, in the final weeks of World War II, the United States exploded two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, demonstrating to the world the destructive power of nuclear. After [...]

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In theory, plasma heals itself

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The world’s largest stellarator uses external magnetic coils to generate fields that can contain the extreme conditions required to fuse nuclei. The Large Helical Device (LHD) operating in Japan creates a magnetic bottle that can hold hot plasma with the intention of re-creating conditions for nuclear fusion akin to those on the sun. Shaping and [...]

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Scanning the sky: Lasers monitor wind turbine health

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Thousands of wind turbines across the United States generate an estimated 48,000 megawatts of cumulative power. Blades on these massive systems can reach 50 yards in length and represent one of the biggest maintenance challenges to keeping turbines under power. “These turbines are interesting machines because they are so large, they are quite flexible and [...]

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Safer trains and automobiles: It’s all in the math

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Travelers aboard high-speed passenger trains aren’t fond of being flung across the train car each time it rounds a corner, so the cars come equipped with tilting suspension systems that allow them to lean into each turn to compensate for centripetal force. As passenger trains gets faster and faster, demand for more adaptive, reliable suspension [...]

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Exploring whitespace for wireless in public spaces

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For morning bus commuters, a reliable Internet connection can transform dead time in traffic into a jump on the day’s tasks. But between their high cost and low data caps, smartphone data plans are a less than ideal solution for riders hoping to get serious work done in transit. Electrical and Computer Engineering Associate Professor [...]

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