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H3X co-founders Eric Maciolek, Jason Sylvestre and Max Liben
December 4, 2023

Power players: UW-Madison trio’s innovative electric motors land them on Forbes 30 Under 30 list

Electric cars and trucks are slowly but surely finding their way onto roads across the world. But when it comes to air travel, electric aviation still has a ways to…

cooling glass stock image
November 28, 2023

Computationally designed nanoparticle cuts building A/C costs while contributing to a healthier climate

About 10% of all the electricity produced in the world is used for air conditioning, and by some estimates that number is set to triple by 2050. So cutting down…

electrically tunable optical device
November 20, 2023

Nanoscale “metasurface” turns one special material into a multifunctional optical device

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has used the material vanadium dioxide to craft an optical device that is simultaneously an electrically tunable optical switch, optical limiter, and one-way…

Marleen Ram places a drawing by Rembrandt under the watermark imaging system’s camera along with Rick Johnson and Rob Fucci
November 6, 2023

Cracking the Da Vinci chronology: How a camera and sophisticated computing can finally bring order to the works of a Renaissance genius

Leonardo Da Vinci may have been a genius, but he was also a hot mess. When he died in 1519, he left behind 7,000 pages of undated drawings, scientific observations…

Ying Wang
October 19, 2023

Wang will use DOE career award to develop quantum materials to harvest WiFi energy

Ying Wang, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for a prestigious Early Career Research Program…

Students with dairy cows
October 18, 2023

Mooooo’s in distress? In the barn of the future, smart system will keep hot cows cool

As extreme heat gripped much of the world in summer 2023, many people struggled to stay cool. They weren’t the only ones: Using electricity-gobbling giant barn fans and misting machines…

PhD student Asmit Nayak working at a computer
October 17, 2023

From ********* to EZacces$! Your browser extension could grab your password and sensitive info

When you type a password or credit card number into a website, you expect that this sensitive data is protected by a system designed to keep it secure. That’s not…

Illustration of autonomous cars sensing
October 9, 2023

How a sensor based on the human eye could accelerate the reaction time of autonomous cars and drones

A new sensor inspired by the retina—the layer of cells in human and animal eyes that detects light and transmits signals to the brain—could improve the safety and performance of…

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…

Students critique data visualizations in ISyE 649: Interactive Data Analytics
September 29, 2023

ISyE data science courses instill skills, responsibility

When industrial engineering students hit the job market, employers are after candidates who can comfortably manage, analyze and act on data. The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the…