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Engineers Without Borders students in Puerto Rico

Energy surge: ECE students lead Engineers Without Borders back into the field

One of the reasons University of Wisconsin-Madison students join Engineers Without Borders is to cross some actual borders—in most cases, participants travel abroad to help implement water, power or other…

Grad student Anna Konstant examines a collaborative robot

In manufacturing jobs, robot workers could become human helpers

A future in which robot-powered automated manufacturing lines endlessly pump out products across industries sounds like a boon for efficiency and productivity. It also feels more than a little dystopian,…

Jian Liu testing new cathode material

From virtual to reality: Novel material identified by computers makes fuel cells more efficient

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison materials scientists have shown that a material they discovered via advanced computational simulation can, in real life, improve the performance of electrodes in solid…

Wireless nano antenna illustration

Wireless nano antennas amp up brain sensing

To record brain activity, neuroscientists and physicians must choose between electrodes that require wires running through the skull or noninvasive options like electroencephalography (EEG) or magnetoencephalography (MEG) that track signals…

Carlos Pérez De Jesús

Graduate student Carlos Pérez De Jesús feels at home in CBE

When Carlos Pérez De Jesús first traveled from Puerto Rico to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) program in 2014, he was excited to attend…

exceptional point-based accelerometer device

Signal boost: Advance enables hyper-sensitive sensors

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wesleyan University has developed a new accelerometer that can take extraordinarily precise measurements. The advance opens the door to new…

iStock image of melting glass

Hopping atoms help predict how liquid silica cools into good glass

Despite millennia of glass making, the physics of what happens when silica sand is melted and cooled is still something of a mystery to researchers. Now, in a groundbreaking window…

Randolph Ashton and Gavin Knight at Summerfest Tech

Ashton lab spinoff safeguards developing brain, spinal cord from toxic threats

Amid his usual day-to-day of meeting with students, writing research papers and grant proposals, and overseeing experiments in a productive lab at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery on the University…

Jason Kawasaki in lab with PhD student Sebastian Manzo

The whole story: Promising thin film growth technique is the result of microscopic holes

Materials researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have revealed some of the atomic-scale mechanisms behind remote epitaxy, an emerging method for synthesizing extremely thin films and membranes—and the process is…

Electric power lines

Power to the people

Three ways our nation’s electrical grid must change for a brighter future The world is on the cusp of a renewable energy tipping point; with recent technology advances, green energy…