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May 14, 2024

Zavala helps develop educational video game tackling algae blooms

The latest video game from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Field Day Lab and Victor Zavala, the Baldovin-DaPra Professor in chemical and biological engineering, teaches high school students how to harness…

Kangwook Lee
May 6, 2024

Through his CAREER award, Kangwook Lee is looking for ways to make AI more adaptable

The reason generative artificial intelligence models like ChatGPT or Gemini can fix computer code in just seconds, compose a sonnet in the style of Shakespeare, or explain the physics of…

Image of gear mesh with a tangled element
May 1, 2024

A game-changing solution to a knotty problem in computational engineering

University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have developed a remarkably easy-to-implement solution for handling tangled computational meshes—a major computational engineering challenge that can garble an object’s shape. To predict how various structures…

PhD student Yizhou Yao working in the lab
April 30, 2024

An electrifying discovery may help doctors deliver more effective gene therapies

In an effort to improve delivery of costly medical treatments, a team of researchers in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a stimulating method for making the…

Jennifer Franck
April 25, 2024

With NSF CAREER award, Jennifer Franck aims to advance renewable marine energy

When it comes to renewable energy, wind and solar are the most prominent technologies. But marine energy—energy harvested from moving water in rivers, tidal channels and oceans—could provide another source…

Cody Falconer works on the molten salt loop in the laboratory
April 23, 2024

New technique pinpoints material corrosion in molten salt systems in real time

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers has developed a new technique that allows them, for the first time, to see how materials corrode directly within a high-temperature flowing molten…

Ian Robertson talking with students
April 22, 2024

Robertson to step down as College of Engineering dean

After more than 11 years at the helm of one of the nation’s top engineering programs, Ian Robertson, Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison, announced…

Xudong Wang and graduate student Wenjian Liu show off the dendrite-inhibiting membrane
April 18, 2024

Self-flattening membrane will power a smooth transition to next-generation batteries

The anodes, or negative electrodes, in most rechargeable batteries are currently made of graphite. But the next generation of high-capacity, fast-charging, low-cost batteries will use metal anodes instead, which will…

Luca Mastropasqua in his lab with a high-temperature electrolysis testing station.
April 17, 2024

Slashing the carbon footprint of steel production

Manufacturing iron and steel is an extremely energy-intensive process, and the industry is one of the highest greenhouse gas-emitting sectors. Luca Mastropasqua, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the…

Students discuss a low-frequency magnetic beacon
April 15, 2024

There’s no substitute for real engineering: In underwater localization class, design students aim for new technology

When Joe Berg, a senior in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was deciding which classes to take for the fall semester 2023, one offering caught his…