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Researchers celebrate achieving a plasma from the control room at the Wisconsin HTS Axisymmetric Mirror Project (WHAM) experiment
July 18, 2024

First plasma marks major milestone in UW–Madison fusion energy research

A fusion device at the University of Wisconsin–Madison generated plasma for the first time Monday, opening a door to making the highly anticipated, carbon-free energy source a reality. Over the…

Benedikt Geiger and PhD student Michael Gerard with HSX
June 5, 2024

How modifying magnetic fields can tame turbulence in fusion devices

In magnetic confinement fusion devices, an unruly plasma is a big obstacle to harnessing fusion as a clean energy source. This turbulence in the plasma, which isn’t fully understood, causes…

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…

Cody Falconer works on the molten salt loop in the laboratory
April 23, 2024

New technique pinpoints material corrosion in molten salt systems in real time

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new technique that allows them, for the first time, to see how materials corrode directly within a high-temperature flowing molten…

Steffi Diem speaking at UW–Madison’s 175th anniversary gala in October 2023
March 22, 2024

Q&A with Prof. Steffi Diem, a UW–Madison fusion scientist and 2024 U.S. Science Envoy

Steffi Diem, a University of Wisconsin–Madison assistant professor of nuclear engineering and engineering physics, has been selected to serve as a U.S. Science Envoy for the Department of State in…

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…

Southwest view of the outside of the new UW-Madison College of Engineering building
March 6, 2024

Wisconsin approves new UW-Madison engineering building

On March 6, 2024, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers gave final approval to fund a new College of Engineering building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “The approval of a new building…

UW Crest with engineering background
January 29, 2024

With collaboration, college and Midwest Tribes will accelerate community-led clean energy solutions

A new partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and the Midwest Tribal Energy Resources Association will help individual communities identify and implement clean energy projects that align…

UW Crest with engineering background
January 19, 2024

UW–Madison to transform STEM graduate education with Wisconsin Sloan Center for Systemic Change

With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the University of Wisconsin–Madison will establish a new hub called the Wisconsin Sloan Center for Systemic Change, or WiSC2, to transform graduate…

Evan Willing and Tyler Dabney working in cold spray lab
December 5, 2023

“Wonder” material gulps down hydrogen, spits it out, and protects fusion reactor walls

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have used cold spray coating technology to produce a revolutionary workhorse material that can withstand the harsh conditions in a fusion reactor. The advance, detailed in…