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Assistant Professor Filiz Yesilkoy and PhD student Samir Rosas show one of their lab's engineered plasmatic metasurfaces mounted with brain tissue.
May 30, 2023

Small nanoengineered surface shows big picture of tissue changes

When pathologists examine tissue samples for signs of disease, they rely on their trained eyes to spot changes in specific biomarkers that indicate abnormalities. Before those alterations become visible on…

Members of ARC Lab test drone
May 24, 2023

With NSF CAREER Award, Xiangru Xu aims to improve safety of autonomous systems

Despite years of development, truly autonomous technologies such as self-driving vehicles and delivery drones continue to remain elusive, largely due to safety and reliability concerns. Meanwhile, thanks to advances in…

Assistant Professor Gabriel Zayas-Caban (right) works with PhD students Valerie Odeh-Couvertier (left) and Fernando Acosta-Perez.
May 24, 2023

Zayas-Caban industrious in efforts to open STEM doors

When Gabriel Zayas-Caban arrived at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering in 2017, he was already familiar with the campus. His sister, Teresa,…

Banani Lake in Dhaka, Bangladesh
May 5, 2023

Untreated wastewater implicated in elevating world’s methane emissions

Oil and gas systems, livestock and landfills top the global list of large methane emitters. However, new research has shown that urban areas release significantly more methane than previously thought—and…

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April 19, 2023

Informed by mechanics and computation, flexible bioelectronics can better conform to a curvy body

Today, foldable phones are ubiquitous. Now, using models that predict how well a flexible electronic device will conform to spherical surfaces, University of Wisconsin–Madison and University of Texas at Austin…

Tyler Bennett lifts a case overhead with help from an exoskeleton
April 18, 2023

Exosuits may ease strain on construction industry

The construction industry workforce is aging and facing major shortages to keep pace with demand across the United States. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors, almost a quarter of…

fertilizer production iStock image
April 6, 2023

New atomic-scale understanding of catalysis could unlock massive energy savings

Catalysts are materials that accelerate chemical reactions without undergoing changes themselves. They are critical for refining petroleum products and for manufacturing pharmaceuticals, plastics, food additives, fertilizers, green fuels, industrial chemicals…

Suyash Bhatt and Emily Masterson
April 5, 2023

Tiny antennas open door to injectable electronics for brain monitoring

By creating a miniscule device that translates brain activity into radiowaves, University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroengineers have taken a key step toward enabling injectable sensors for wireless, localized recording in the…

Students Everett Cartier, Xiangfei Wang, Isaac Krause and Ryan Meekin present their research on an advanced arm prosthetic
April 4, 2023

For entrepreneurial students, medical device class is good for business

As Everett Cartier prepared for his group’s venture capital pitch in support of an advanced arm prosthetic, he knew he’d be facing a tough audience. Never mind that it was…

semiconductor device
April 4, 2023

Advancing the next generation of semiconductor research and education

In August 2022, Congress passed the bipartisan Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (CHIPS) and Science Act, a package that authorizes tens of billions of dollars to boost the U.S….