Partnership for Innovation kicks off
Collaboration among the College of Engineering, UW-Stout, the Office of the Governor and numerous partners in the Wisconsin printing and packaging industry officially kicked off February 15. The Partnership for Innovation (PFI) in the Wisconsin Packaging and Printing Industry Cluster is made possible by a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Nationwide, Wisconsin is ranked first in plastic film packaging, first in paper, fourth in metal cans packaging, ninth in corrugated and fiber board packaging, and 11th in folding cartons packaging. The PFI will create, transfer and apply advanced packaging and printing technology, leading to the development of new packaging and printing products and processes. UW faculty involved include Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Raj Veeramani (also business), Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Marc Anderson, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Dan van der Weide (also biomedical engineering), and College of Engineering Dean Paul Peercy.
Researchers receive MURI for silicon nanomembranes
A College of Engineering team will work with researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Texas-Arlington on a multimillion-dollar Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. MURIs provide long-term support for science and engineering research vital to national defense. Led by Erwin W. Mueller Professor and Bascom Professor of Surface Science Max Lagally (materials science and engineering), the team will investigate various photonic and electronic applications for silicon nanomembranes, flexible single-crystal sheets of silicon. The researchers will explore such applications as flexible electronics, sensors, NEMS, low-temperature systems, thermoelectric devices and 3-D stacked electronics. The UW-Madison team also includes Lynn H. Matthias Professor II in Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert Blick, Physics Professor Mark Eriksson (also materials science and engineering), Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Zhenqiang (Jack) Ma and Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Kevin T. Turner.
DOE funds microgrid collaboration
In a $14 million project, UW-Madison engineers will collaborate with industrial and government partners to implement a microgrid-power backup system at the fifth-largest incarceration facility in the United States—the Santa Rita Jail. The collaboration is among nine U.S. Department of Energy-funded projects to share in up to $50 million to increase the efficiency and reliability of the U.S. electricity grid. At UW-Madison, Grainger Professor of Power Electronics & Electrical Machines Thomas Jahns and Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Emeritus Robert Lasseter will provide technical input for implementing Lasseter’s microgrid concept, which will allow the jail to switch between utility-connected and independent operation.
Osswald and Turng named SPE fellows
Mechanical Engineering Professors Tim Osswald and Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng were named Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) fellows for their leadership and dedication in plastics education, research and industry. The SPE elects fewer than 10 of its 35,000 worldwide members to fellow status every year.
Haimson named ARMA fellow
Materials Science and Engineering Professor Emeritus Bezalel Haimson has been named a fellow in the American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA). The fellows program is a new ARMA initiative to reward individuals who have achieved outstanding accomplishments in the area of rock mechanics, and have been of exceptional service to ARMA and the rock mechanics community.
Bier receives achievement award for risk analysis
Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Vicki Bier was honored with the 2007 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Risk Analysis. The award recognizes her contributions to risk science, which range from the military to the workplace to healthcare and beyond.
Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot inducted into hall of fame
The national fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma has inducted Chemical and Biological Engineering Professors Emeritus R. Byron Bird, Warren Stewart (posthumously) and Edwin Lightfoot into its hall of fame for their efforts in promoting chemistry as both a science and profession, and for their contributions to the success of generations of chemical engineers.