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Christian Franck discusses traumatic brain injuries in an interview
June 7, 2024

Ask an expert: Franck breaks down blast and bump injuries to the brain

Christian Franck is the Bjorn Borgen Professor of mechanical engineering. He studies traumatic brain injuries and leads the multi-institutional, interdisciplinary PANTHER research initiative. PANTHER’s work focuses on understanding, detecting and…

Christy Remucal
June 5, 2024

Finding PFAS: New Center of Excellence will amplify ability to detect and identify ‘forever chemicals’

Federal support is helping the University of Wisconsin-Madison broaden its ability to study potentially harmful “forever chemicals” that are infiltrating our soil and water. Christy Remucal, a professor of civil…

May 29, 2024

Unique optical imaging approach sheds light on hidden information within cells

Randy Bartels, a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an investigator at the Morgridge Institute for Research on campus, is using optical imaging techniques to answer…

Diamond-embedded nanocoil Hai lab
April 10, 2024

Diamond-embedded nanocoils improve magnetic field detection

Neural engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a unique diamond-embedded, nanofabricated coil that expands their growing toolkit of noninvasive devices and methods for better monitoring and stimulating the…

A CEE student checks a concrete specimen for cracks
March 18, 2024

Cracks in the code: Parra-Montesinos tests structural code revisions in structures lab

One structural engineering professor’s research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may inform how concrete building codes are set for structures across the country. Professor Gustavo Parra-Montesinos has conducted a series…

Network of neurons
March 11, 2024

Reverse engineering the brain’s connections from fuzzy data

By better understanding the connections among different parts of the brain—from individual neurons all the way up to whole regions—neuroscientists could glean insights about how the brain works and what…

Students in the renovated mechanics of materials testing laboratory
February 27, 2024

Renovated materials mechanics lab enhances classroom, testing options

Renovations to the mechanics of materials testing laboratory in Engineering Hall will expand student understanding of materials deformation physics and demonstrate how materials choices affect every engineering discipline. Mechanical Engineering…

Daniel Rhodes
February 19, 2024

With NSF CAREER award, Dan Rhodes is searching for superconductivity in an unusual place

Superconductors are already changing the world—for example, they’re powering MRI machines and high-speed maglev trains. New types of superconductors promise even more advances in energy, transportation, computing and many other…

Wei Wang
February 6, 2024

Focus on new faculty: Wei Wang charts course for aquatic robots

An autonomous boat ferries passengers down the water, docking at their destination. Elsewhere, a similar vessel collects garbage from waterfront buildings. Still others converge to form a pedestrian bridge across…

Jennifer Choy
January 25, 2024

Choy will use an NSF CAREER award to create quantum-based navigation systems

One of the wonders of the late 20th century was the launch of the Global Positioning System, a constellation of 24 satellites that allows anyone with a GPS receiver to…