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William Doniger
10/03/2022

Cutting edge: How an internship led one student from the factory floor to a national lab

Lawnmower blades and molten-salt nuclear reactors have little in common. But for recent PhD graduate William Doniger (PhDMS&E ’22), who currently researches corrosion-resistant materials and electrochemical sensors for next-generation molten…

Joel Baraka and Anson Liow
9/29/2022

A quest to learn: Baraka and Liow create educational African card game

Joel Baraka and Anson Liow his newest game can take its players on an educational quest across the African continent. Baraka is working with his longtime friend and fellow civil…

microscopic image of 3D-printed 17-4 stainless steel
9/22/2022

Researchers uncover how to 3D-print one of the strongest stainless steels

For airliners, cargo ships, nuclear power plants and other critical technologies, strength and durability are essential. This is why many contain a remarkably strong and corrosion-resistant alloy called 17-4 precipitation…

microparticle shown via scanning electron microscopy
9/20/2022

mRNA therapy could break down treatment barriers for patients with chronic spinal cord injuries

In the wake of a spinal cord injury, a protective scar forms to allow the central nervous system to heal. It’s not unlike the body’s reaction to a run of…

Group shot with Max Beal in Kenya
9/14/2022

Analyzing an ‘Erie’ algae similarity with Kenya’s Kisumu Bay

When spring comes around, freeing Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, from its annual deep freeze, environmental engineer Paul Block and his students study the season’s climate conditions to predict what…

Researchers working on geothermal exchanges at Epic Systems
9/13/2022

Going underground to heat and cool top-level facilities

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are helping the U.S. government improve energy efficiency at an array of federal buildings. James Tinjum, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and director…

9/12/2022

CRISPR-produced CAR T cells could better treat solid tumors

Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells are biological assassins: white blood cells that are specifically engineered to attack cancer cells. Over the past five years, they’ve become an established therapeutic…

Whitney Loo
9/12/2022

Focus on new faculty: Whitney Loo wants polymers to be part of a sustainable future

Polymers are all around us—for most people, literally. Clothing, electronics, food packaging, cars and even medical devices are made from the long-chain molecules, which include things like plastic, nylon and…

Robert Jacobberger
9/08/2022

Focus on new faculty: Robert Jacobberger is designing next-gen electronics with atomic precision

Robert Jacobberger is no stranger to the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. He earned his PhD in 2016 working with Michael Arnold, a professor of materials science and engineering,…

Sikai Chen
9/08/2022

Focus on new faculty: Sikai Chen aims to drive safety, efficiency improvements with automated vehicles

When Sikai Chen thinks about “smart” connected driving in the world of tomorrow, three factors come to mind. Chen focuses his research on these three areas: connected and automated transportation,…