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Eriten and student with vibrometer
November 29, 2022

WARF Innovates finalists are testing the strength of soft materials

Written By: Caitlin Scott



Mechanical Engineering faculty Melih Eriten and Corinne Henak are finalists for the 2022 WARF Innovation Awards!

Corinne Henak WARF innovates project finalist

Eriten and Henak have developed a method for testing the mechanical and failure properties of soft materials using a non-contact, portable vibrometer that measures acoustic emissions. This can enable more accurate measurements in medicine, bioengineering, and food. Hear from the researchers about their product and the impact it can have via WARF’s video highlight.

Melih Eriten WARF innovates project finalist

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) receives hundreds of new invention disclosures each year and the finalists are selected based on potential for high long-term impact, presenting an exciting solution to a known important problem, and the opportunity to produce broad benefits for humankind. There are six finalists this fall and each of the two Innovation Award winners will receive $10,000, split among UW inventors.

Learn more about Associate Professor Melih Eriten and check out his ME Faculty video.

Learn more about Assistant Professor Corinne Henak and check out her ME faculty video.

Featured image: Prof. Eriten and post-doc Karthik Yerrapragada working with the multipoint vibrometer in Eriten’s lab.

Testing the strength of soft materials – 2022 WARF Innovation Awards Nominee