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Students conduct experiments in CEE’s Environmental Engineering Mechanics class
March 13, 2023

One-of-a-kind environmental engineering class overflows with real-world examples

A new course in environmental engineering is teaching students how the materials they use in civil infrastructure can have broad, lasting impacts on the world around us. Mohan Qin, an…

Students Kate Nelson and Madison Noe practice drawing techniques with Kate Fu
March 9, 2023

Drawing on paper, computer modeling course puts design into perspective

When Kate Fu revamped ME 231: Geometric Modeling for Design and Manufacturing, she knew the new hands-on drawing exercises would take many students out of their comfort zones. After all,…

Students in hands-on power electronics lab course
March 8, 2023

Applying science to the art of teaching engineers

A sharper focus on the scholarly side of learning benefits not only students, but the discipline as a whole. “In research, taking risks is rewarded, because it may lead to…

Industrial engineering students Greyson Wainwright, Josie Beres and Rayne Wolf work on a desktop hydroponics system.
December 2, 2022

New industrial engineering course puts design, manufacturing into students’ hands

University of Wisconsin-Madison industrial engineering students Rayne Wolf, Josie Beres and Greyson Wainwright huddle around a desktop hydroponic system, inspecting the growth of alfalfa, mung beans and soybeans. Later in…

CBE plastic recycling class video still image
April 4, 2022

New CBE class gets students excited about the future of plastics recycling

Like many people, Dell Zimmerman, a PhD student in chemical and biological engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, assumed plastic recycling was an efficient, mature technology. Then he signed up…

Nimish Pujara works with faculty associate Jacob Zeuske to test a wavemaker
April 4, 2022

For undergrads, there’s an undercurrent of excitement in the renovated fluid mechanics lab

Upgrades in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering’s fluids teaching lab are bringing in new state-of-the-art learning tools for undergraduate engineering students. The Kenneth R. & Ruth M. Wright…

Students in NE 231: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering course work in the makerspace
March 22, 2022

Building community and shaping context: Unique new course offers real-world intro to nuclear engineering

A new undergraduate course is setting first-year UW-Madison nuclear engineering students up for success in their major by providing a hands-on introduction to technological aspects of nuclear engineering. Additionally, the…

Students working with a microscope system in lab course
March 2, 2022

New lab course shines light on optical principles

Walk through any of the buildings on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering campus and it won’t take you long to come across a microscope in a research lab….

Signal processing iStock image
January 18, 2022

Machine learning and data science option offers ECE undergrads in-demand skills

In the last couple of decades, technology has become very efficient at collecting information from the physical world, including wearable medical sensors, radar systems integrated into automobiles and satellites monitoring…

Hannah Blum with students
December 9, 2021

In a real-life class, civil engineering undergrads learn in a virtual world

Hannah Blum is blending the virtual with what’s real for students in her Steel Structures 1 class. Blum, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering and the Alain H….