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Concrete Canoe team members work together on building their 2023 competition boat.

Student Org Spotlight: UW-Madison Concrete Canoe

The UW-Madison Concrete Canoe team finished strong at the 2023 regional competition in Duluth, Minnesota this spring, taking second place overall, second place in prototype design, and second place in…

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Randy Homel CEO Foth
September 19, 2023

Spotlight on Badger Alumni: Mechanical Engineer Randy Homel

Randy Homel (BSME’85) is now the CEO and Chairman of The Foth Companies, but he was once a badger engineering student attending lectures and lab sections. Fun fact: there are…

Allison Mahvi
September 18, 2023

Mahvi awarded $2.5M from DOE for thermal energy storage solutions

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Allison Mahvi was recently awarded a $2.5M grant from the Department of Energy on developing HVAC-integrated thermal energy storage systems. In the project, Mahvi is collaborating…

Prof. Christian Franck
September 11, 2023

Faculty Focus: Christian Franck

Christian Franck is the Bjorn Borgen Professor of Mechanical Engineering and runs the Franck Lab for experimental soft matter and cell mechanics. His research specializes in cellular biomechanics and in…

SWE ETC ME faculty with students
August 18, 2023

Engineering Tomorrow’s Careers camp hosts 60 potential badger engineers

This summer, 60 high school students attended the annual Engineering Tomorrow’s Careers (ETC) camp program for aspiring people in STEM run by the UW Engineering Society of Women Engineers. During…

WI Robotics rover equipment servicing
August 17, 2023

Wisconsin Robotics returns to Mars Desert Research Station

The Wisconsin Robotics team traveled to the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Hanksville, Utah this summer to compete in the University Rover Challenge. The URC is an international competition…

Mike Wagner video screenshot
August 2, 2023

Faculty Focus: Mike Wagner

Michael J. Wagner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and runs the Energy Systems Optimization Lab. His lab seeks to improve the design, performance, and characterization…

Christian Franck futurum careers animation
August 1, 2023

Franck & PANTHER TBI research featured by Futurum Careers

Bjorn Borgen Professor of Mechanical Engineering Christian Franck and his research colleagues in the PANTHER program were recently featured by Futurum Careers. The Futurum article explores why traumatic brain injury…

Dills and Zinn world haptics best paper
July 25, 2023

Zinn and Dills win best technical paper at World Haptics Conference

Congratulations to mechanical engineering graduate student Patrick Dills and Professor Mike Zinn on winning the Best Technical Paper award at the World Haptics Conference in Delft, Netherlands! The IEEE World…

Ying Li NAE 2023 conference
July 24, 2023

NAE 2023 Japan-America Frontiers of Engineering symposium

Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Ying Li was one of sixty of the most promising early career engineers from Japan and the United States invited to the National Academy of Engineering…

Spaceport America Cup AIAA sutdents
July 17, 2023

UW AIAA students compete at Spaceport America Cup in New Mexico

Students from the UW-Madison chapter of American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently competed at the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (also known as Spaceport America Cup) in New Mexico….