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4/11/2022

A penetrating gaze: System allows world’s first X-ray look at electron-beam 3D-printing process

One of the greatest areas of potential for 3D printing might be in the ability to realize geometrically challenging or one-of-a-kind designs—for example, a patient’s replacement scapula, designed from a…

John Bollinger
4/11/2022

John Bollinger, college’s longest-serving dean, dies at 87

As dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, John G. Bollinger sought to create a dynamic, innovative educational community. Those who knew Bollinger well describe him as a…

Student design for a custom gate and fence system
4/05/2022

Making a difference: Seniors’ design benefits Wisconsin company run by high schoolers

When people in the Strum, Wisconsin, area need a custom part machined or fixed, they often turn to a group of talented high school students to get the job done….

Students from the Wisconsin Autonomous team work in an automotive lab.
4/05/2022

In autonomous competition, students drive the solutions

For an autonomous vehicle, navigating a dense, busy urban environment presents almost limitless scenarios that require split-second reactions and accurate decisions. Designing such a vehicle that can operate safely is…

Lianyi Chen and PhD students Luis Escano and Minglei working in the lab
2/28/2022

Dramatically reducing defects, breakthrough opens applications for metal 3D-printed parts

Compared to conventional manufacturing methods, additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) is far better at producing metal parts with very complex geometries, and this ability makes 3D printing attractive…

iStock image of brain
2/21/2022

Modeling neuronal mechanics and injury to shed light on concussions

Concussions can occur without any immediately noticeable symptoms—and as a result, it’s easy for many of these mild traumatic brain injuries to go undiagnosed. That’s a problem, because detecting concussions…

Photo of Michael Wehner
2/17/2022

Focus on new faculty: Michael Wehner, devising ways for robots and people to work together

For anyone who has ever suffered a back injury while lifting something heavy, Michael Wehner’s research offers an exciting preview of a future where robots could assist humans with such…

UW Crest with engineering background
2/08/2022

Alumni elected to National Academy of Engineering

Two alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering were elected as members of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in February 2022. Election to the NAE is among…

Photo of the soft robot sensing system
1/27/2022

A robust, low-cost sensing method for soft robots

Soft robots can outshine their rigid counterparts in a whole variety of ways—for example, squeezing through tight spaces or sensing and carefully interacting with their surrounding environment. To be useful…

Image of Grand Prix starting line
1/26/2022

A ray of sunshine: Badgerloop team transitions to solar car competition

For over a century, engineers have dreamed of developing a vac-train, more recently called a hyperloop, in which a car or capsule zooms through a vacuum tube at high speeds…