Tag College of Engineering

New approach for breaking plastics down shows promise for ‘upcycling’ them

June 25, 2020

“Thirty percent of our plastic is ending up in the environment," says chemical and biological engineering Professor George Huber. "The current plastic infrastructure is not sustainable right now.”

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order drove changes in state’s traffic volume

June 2, 2020

Interstate travel in Wisconsin bottomed out the week of March 25 at a 40% reduction for weekday traffic and a 60% reduction on weekends — knowledge that could help with future highway planning and construction.

Schauer leads COVID-19 testing efforts at hygiene lab

May 22, 2020

James Schauer holds a unique position as both an air pollution expert and a leader in the state’s response to the pandemic.

Nanomaterial bests all others in blocking speeding projectiles

May 21, 2020

In the future, these new types of armor could potentially be used as a shield on military vehicles to provide enhanced protection from bullets, as well as on spacecraft to mitigate impacts from meteorite debris.

Educational engineering games take stay-at-home kids to the next level

April 23, 2020

UW–Madison engineers and Field Day Lab game designers have developed options for productive screen time for kids at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

UW–Madison engineer works with local health leaders to develop COVID-19 prediction models

April 17, 2020

The models use a swath of relevant, research-based parameters to predict the number of cases of in the region.

Advance could enable remote control of soft robots

April 16, 2020

UW-Madison researchers demonstrated a method for using magnetic fields to remotely induce soft composite materials to rearrange their internal structure into a variety of new patterns.

Chilling concussed cells shows promise for full recovery

April 3, 2020

“You can’t cool too little; you can’t cool too much; and you can’t wait too long following an injury to start treatment,” says mechanical engineer Christian Franck. And when the researchers identified that sweet spot, the results were striking.

Answering the call: Engineering alum races from Utah to Wisconsin to contribute ventilator expertise

April 1, 2020

“It didn’t hit me until I got back to the facility and saw how many people are coming to volunteer. There are so many people who are giving up a lot to do this. It’s really, truly amazing to be a part of it.”

UW–Madison engineers, local manufacturers race pandemic to protect healthcare workers

March 23, 2020

The group has built prototypes and launched a website where it's encouraging healthcare facilities, manufacturers and donors to fill out an intake form to help assess need and build more connections while production capacity is rapidly expanded.

New engineering professor outsmarted doubters, and Twitter loves it

February 19, 2020

Steffi Diem's viral tweet has been liked by nearly 50,000 people and retweeted more than 2,000 times, and hundreds are sharing their own stories of succeeding despite the doubts of others — and themselves.

Crystal-stacking process can produce new materials for high-tech devices

February 5, 2020

To grow layers of single-crystal oxides for electronic components requires neighboring layers to interlock like Lego blocks. A new method throws out that limitation, producing new capabilities for data storage, sensing, energy technologies, biomedical devices and many other applications.