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Hantang Qin

Focus on new faculty: Qin taking 3D printing to new heights

To test the 3D printing technology he hopes will one day reach the International Space Station or even Mars, Hantang Qin loads his novel equipment onto an airplane for a…

Tony McDonald

Focus on new faculty: McDonald integrates human factors into machine learning

Tony McDonald has a vision for bridging the fields of human factors engineering and machine learning, allowing them to inform each other and work in concert to create a safer…

Grad student Anna Konstant examines a collaborative robot

In manufacturing jobs, robot workers could become human helpers

A future in which robot-powered automated manufacturing lines endlessly pump out products across industries sounds like a boon for efficiency and productivity. It also feels more than a little dystopian,…

UW Crest with engineering background

Personalized disease screenings for patients with chronic conditions could save lives, money

Current healthcare guidelines focus on management of one disease and ignore some patients’ underlying, chronic conditions. New research in the journal Management Science finds that if personalized disease screening recommendations…

Assistant Professor Justin Boutilier

Special delivery: Drone-delivered defibrillators could save lives

As a kid, Justin Boutilier would sometimes get roped into helping his dad, a paramedic and firefighter, perform automated external defibrillator demonstrations in and around his hometown of Niagara Falls,…

Collin Nelson with Scott Breidigan

Peer mentorship program creates connections in industrial engineering

As a first-year industrial engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tess Vasilakos got an early lesson in the value of having an older student as a mentor. Not only…

Students examine an anesthesia delivery unit at GE Healthcare

Industrial engineering undergrads get glimpse of real-world challenges in senior design

Less than a month away from the conclusion of their senior design project, University of Wisconsin-Madison industrial engineering students Josie Beres, Conner Boldt, Jasmine Brewer and Will Gallagher uncovered a…

Photo of Jeff Linderoth and Jim Luedtke

Optimization researchers earn best paper award for open-source software package

Jeff Linderoth and Jim Luedtke, professors of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have earned a best paper award from the journal Mathematical Programming Computation for their…

Kaibo Liu

Liu mines data to meet industry needs

In a manufacturing plant, a nuclear reactor, a traffic network and a host of other complex systems, millions of sensors are constantly collecting torrents of data. But that data, in…

Photo of Jacob Breit adapting a toy

UW-Madison students tune toys to work for children with disabilities

For many kids, the holidays are indeed the most wonderful time of the year—especially when it comes to tearing through wrapping paper to reveal toys they’ve had their hearts set…