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Assistant Professor Justin Boutilier and undergraduate student Katherine Breen
January 23, 2023

New program helps industrial engineering undergrads explore research

Over the course of three years spent working on the same research project, University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate Katherine Breen made a fundamental self-discovery that went beyond any data she’ll publish….

graphic showing the research team's design for an integrated nuclear and concentrating solar power plant
January 19, 2023

Combining nuclear and solar tech could make a powerful pair

In energy policy debates, nuclear energy and renewable energy technologies are sometimes viewed as competitors. In reality, they could be better, together. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ben Lindley, an…

Grace Stanke with the HSX fusion experiment
December 16, 2022

Nuclear engineering student crowned Miss America 2023

When people meet University of Wisconsin-Madison senior Grace Stanke, they’re often surprised to learn she’s a nuclear engineer. She doesn’t fit the stereotypical image in a field where men far…

Steffi Diem in the Pegasus-III Lab
December 14, 2022

UW–Madison has long been a leader in fusion research and education

On Dec. 13, 2022, U.S. Department of Energy scientists announced a crucial advance in the quest to mimic the nuclear fusion that powers the Sun — a long-held goal of…

A technician works with radioisotopes
November 21, 2022

From isotopes to internships, UW-Madison partnership energizes growing Wisconsin company

In late 2019, staff at Beloit, Wisconsin-based company NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes opened a package filled with radioactive materials. The delivery sparked an ongoing research collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison…

Komal Chawla working in the lab
November 17, 2022

New carbon nanotube-based foam promises superior protection against concussions

Developed by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, a lightweight, ultra-shock-absorbing foam material could vastly improve helmets designed to protect people from strong blows. The new material exhibits 18 times higher specific…

October 31, 2022

UW-Madison a partner in $15 million effort to commercialize more university advances

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is among 14 Midwest universities to join the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) network—a program designed to move more discoveries from research laboratories into the…

Kailee Buttice working in the lab
October 26, 2022

Partnering with industry and national labs, Couet aims to accelerate advances in clean energy technologies

When the Palo Alto Research Center was looking for a way to test how its new ceramic material would perform in the harsh, high-temperature environment of a concentrated solar power…

William Doniger
October 3, 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…

Juliana Pacheco Duarte
August 30, 2022

Focus on new faculty: Juliana Pacheco Duarte, enhancing the safety of nuclear reactors

As an undergraduate student majoring in physics, Juliana Pacheco Duarte participated in a nuclear engineering workshop, and toured a nuclear power plant and a research reactor. That experience and her…