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UW Crest with engineering background
June 14, 2024

Researchers distill the facts of a chemical separation process (and upend a decades-old theory)

Since it was developed a few decades ago, the chemical separation process of organic solvent nanofiltration (OSN), has drawn attention for its potential to revolutionize vital industries, including those in…

Christian Franck discusses traumatic brain injuries in an interview
June 7, 2024

Ask an expert: Franck breaks down blast and bump injuries to the brain

Christian Franck is the Bjorn Borgen Professor of mechanical engineering. He studies traumatic brain injuries and leads the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary PANTHER research initiative. PANTHER’s work focuses on understanding, detecting and…

WiscWind team members demonstrate their wind turbine during 2024 Collegiate Wind Competition
May 21, 2024

Offshore wind: UW–Madison undergrads win national award with design for floating wind turbines on Lake Michigan

Winds on the Great Lakes could provide more than enough clean energy to meet the needs of the eight bordering states, yet logistical, social, and environmental challenges have stymied development…

PhD student Mitchell Josvai works in the lab
May 7, 2024

New model will help researchers connect dots at the intersection of our joints

The myotendinous junction is a key connective point in the human body, where skeletal muscle meets tendon. When muscles contract, the junction transmits the force to tendons, facilitating movement. As…

Image of gear mesh with a tangled element
May 1, 2024

A game-changing solution to a knotty problem in computational engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a remarkably easy-to-implement solution for handling tangled computational meshes—a major computational engineering challenge that can garble an object’s shape. To predict how various structures…

Student Ben Levy makes an adjustment to his haptic glove
April 29, 2024

Undergrad’s ambitious research project produces novel haptic glove design

As a high school student in the San Francisco Bay Area during COVID pandemic lockdowns, Ben Levy had a lot of free time on his hands while being stuck at…

Jennifer Franck
April 25, 2024

With NSF CAREER award, Jennifer Franck aims to advance renewable marine energy

When it comes to renewable energy, wind and solar are the most prominent technologies. But marine energy—energy harvested from moving water in rivers, tidal channels and oceans—could provide another source…

Luca Mastropasqua in his lab with a high-temperature electrolysis testing station.
April 17, 2024

Slashing the carbon footprint of steel production

Manufacturing iron and steel is an extremely energy-intensive process, and the industry is one of the highest greenhouse gas-emitting sectors. Luca Mastropasqua, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the…

Graphic of a highly magnified surface of a water filtration membrane as a mountainous landscape
April 11, 2024

Nothing is everything: How hidden emptiness can define the usefulness of filtration materials

Voids, or empty spaces, exist within matter at all scales, from the astronomical to the microscopic. In a new study, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of…

UW Crest with engineering background
March 22, 2024

Accelerating nuclear materials discovery through AI is key in achieving climate goals

Adrien Couet, an associate professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is creating a platform to speed up development of materials for advanced fission and…