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Grad student Anna Konstant examines a collaborative robot
October 4, 2023

When UW-Madison engineering ideas make their way across Wisconsin, everybody wins

Engineers play a critical role in solving challenges, whether they’re devising technology for the smart farms of the future, building fusion reactors to drive new sustainable energy possibilities, or creating…

A student talks with a recruiter at the fall 2023 Engineering & STEM Career Fair.
September 15, 2023

Hungry for engineering talent, employers flock to UW-Madison

Badger Engineers are in demand. Just ask some of the more than 320 employers who descended upon the College of Engineering Sept. 11-14 for the fall 2023 Engineering & STEM…

Patrick Sullivan (left) and Xiu Liang Lyu working on designing and synthesizing new organic molecules.
August 3, 2023

For the sustainable grid of the future, the right battery chemistry matters

Renewable energy is ramping up quickly; in 2022, wind and solar power accounted for 12 percent of global energy output according to climate think tank Ember. But for these intermittent…

Yuan Ping
July 13, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Yuan Ping creates powerful tools to study quantum materials

Silicon transistors have made the modern electronics world possible over the last 50 years. In the next few decades, processors will need a new technology to improve computing power and…

PhD student Michael Patton working in lab
July 11, 2023

A unique material twist could expand spintronic memory devices

Materials science researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new way of making materials key to smaller, faster and more powerful next-generation computer memory devices. In the materials…

Izabela Szlufarska and graduate students Xuanxin Hu and Nuohao Liu conducting research
June 29, 2023

With sheer determination, researchers can make tough materials that bend without breaking

Shear band formation is not typically a good sign in a material—the bands often appear before a material fractures or fails. But materials science and engineering researchers at the University…

Jason Kawasaki working in his lab
June 27, 2023

Major NSF-sponsored materials research center funded for $18 million

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received $18 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for interdisciplinary exploration of fundamental questions in…

Eric Tervo, Jennifer Choy and Dakotah Thompson doing research in thermal photonics lab
June 26, 2023

New center aims to expand the role of semiconductors

Unlike any other in the world, the new Wisconsin Center for Semiconductor Thermal Photonics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will combine research in photonics, thermal science, and quantum science to…

College of Engineering graduate recognition celebration 2023
May 15, 2023

In festive form, college honors hundreds of Badger engineering grads

On Saturday, May 13, 2023, nearly 700 of the college’s 1,200 total engineering graduates—bachelor’s, master’s and PhD—packed the Kohl Center for the college’s annual graduate recognition celebration. Even after a…

Kyle Sprecker
May 12, 2023

MS&E transfer student made the most of his time at UW-Madison

Kyle Sprecker grew up in Madison, just a few miles from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. When he was younger, the university felt distant and he rarely visited. “It always…