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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…

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…

October 26, 2021

Work of College of Engineering students and faculty featured in 2021 UW Cool Science Image Contest

Ten images and two videos created by University of Wisconsin–Madison students, faculty and staff have been named winners of the 2021 Cool Science Image Contest. Among the winners are several…

Abhishek Gupta
October 21, 2021

Grad student honored for exceptional mentorship of undergraduate scholar

Mechanical engineering PhD student Abhishek Gupta has received an Exceptional Mentorship Award from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program for the 2020-2021 academic year. Gupta was recognized…

Photo of nuclear reactor
September 1, 2021

UW-Madison engineers receive $3.6M in DOE nuclear research awards

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded more than $48.8 million through its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) to support university-led nuclear energy research and development projects, including a total…

August 24, 2021

PhD students, postdoctoral researcher receive Thomas J. R. Hughes Fellowships

Three University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have earned Thomas J. R. Hughes Fellowships from the U.S. National Committee on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (USNC/TAM). The prestigious fellowship honors standout early career…

iStock image of space
May 5, 2021

Engineering advances are laying the groundwork for future exploration in space

On July 8, 2011, the space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center into a cloudy sky in the last launch of the three-decade-old program. In the 10…

Christian Franck and Harry Cramer in lab
December 14, 2020

Research effort driving advances to combat traumatic brain injuries

Many concussions don’t produce noticeable symptoms, leaving them likely to go undiagnosed and putting the injured at increased risk for lasting complications like brain damage. A team of researchers led…

Photo of the Karl brothers
June 24, 2020

Built for speed: UW-Madison engineering alumni making modern experimental aircraft

In fall 2020, a new, sleek cutting-edge aircraft will take its maiden voyage in the skies over Madison, Wisconsin, when the DarkAero 1 begins test flights at the Dane County…