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electrically tunable optical device
November 20, 2023

Nanoscale “metasurface” turns one special material into a multifunctional optical device

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has used the material vanadium dioxide to craft an optical device that is simultaneously an electrically tunable optical switch, optical limiter, and one-way…

UW Crest with engineering background
November 15, 2023

How machine learning can accelerate the design of next-gen nuclear reactor materials

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has developed machine learning models that can predict changes in the mechanical behavior of materials…

Team Wendy helmet liner system prototype
November 8, 2023

With $15M in new grants, engineers will help prevent traumatic brain injuries

With new funding from the U.S. Office of Naval Research, an interdisciplinary research initiative led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison will continue to grow its research on concussions and other…

Marleen Ram places a drawing by Rembrandt under the watermark imaging system’s camera along with Rick Johnson and Rob Fucci
November 6, 2023

Cracking the Da Vinci chronology: How a camera and sophisticated computing can finally bring order to the works of a Renaissance genius

Leonardo Da Vinci may have been a genius, but he was also a hot mess. When he died in 1519, he left behind 7,000 pages of undated drawings, scientific observations…

Carley Schwartz works in a biosafety cabinet as part of Biomedical Engineering 602: CRISPR Genome Editing and Engineering Laboratory
November 6, 2023

CRISPR lab course puts revolutionary gene editing tool into students’ hands

As a researcher in a genomics lab, Carley Schwartz is much more familiar with the gene-editing tool CRISPR than the vast majority of the roughly 4,800 undergraduate students in the…

Quentin Dudley
November 3, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Quentin Dudley is engineering plants to produce medicine, fuels and more

Most of today’s pharmaceuticals and chemicals are produced from petroleum products or refined from natural materials, often using energy-intensive and costly methods. But as it turns out, we’re surrounded by…

UW Crest with engineering background
November 3, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Sebastian Kube is using automation to accelerate materials discovery

Much like baking a cake, when making an alloy the recipe matters: Adding just a few percent of a metallic element to the mixture, or “baking” the alloy at different…

Adelle Wright
November 2, 2023

Focus on new faculty: Adelle Wright is bridging the gap between fusion science and real-world energy technology

In her highly interdisciplinary research, Adelle Wright brings together cutting-edge insights from plasma physics, applied mathematics and computer science to enable the development and deployment of fusion as a clean…

Hyunseok Oh
October 24, 2023

Unusual alloys are a key step in next-gen nuclear energy

As the world gets serious about transitioning to carbon-free energy, one option gaining more interest is nuclear energy such as generation-IV nuclear reactors. Compared to their aging counterparts, these new…

Ying Wang
October 19, 2023

Wang will use DOE career award to develop quantum materials to harvest WiFi energy

Ying Wang, an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy for a prestigious Early Career Research Program…