University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering


We are engineers and scientists who are adventurers at heart. We explore pathways to implement entrepreneurial pursuits for the good of the patient. We relish the opportunity to impact real lives through both academic and commercial adoption of our innovation and design. Working closely with industry and business, we actively develop and share our output through the creation of nascent companies that provide opportunities throughout Wisconsin and the United States. Our curriculum offers diverse, multifaceted learning opportunities that provide students with a wide variety of career paths in engineering and other fields—be it within a business or company,in postgraduate education, or through volunteer service.


Bringing the Wisconsin
Idea to life ...

Bill Murphy with graduate students Travelle Franklin-Ford and Jae-Sung Lee. Photo: Jim Beal.

Associate Professor Bill Murphy (center), with graduate students Travelle Franklin-Ford (left) and Jae-Sung Lee. Photo: Jim Beal.

Fast fix: Bioactive coatings promote cell growth


For people who suffer excruciating back pain due to injury or disc degeneration, relief often comes in the form of spinal fusion and disc replacement. Metallic implants are the current standard, and while these devices mechanically fix tissue or replace vertebrae, they don’t heal the problem. Responding to patients’ need for faster, more effective healing is one of the reasons Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Pharmacology Associate Professor Bill Murphy and colleagues from the University of Michigan founded Tissue Regeneration Systems. More »


Breathing room: Technology idea will treat lung ailments


Teaching his first course in spring 2008 on biomedical engineering entrepreneurship, Matt Ogle quickly learned the downside of scheduling a class for three hours on a Friday afternoon. Competing against an early weekend, Ogle’s class began with six students and eventually settled into the semester with a die-hard roster of four. But what the course lacked in numbers it more than made up for in chemistry: A class this small — and this motivated — proved capable of doing something truly extraordinary. All four of those UW-Madison students — plus their instructor — are now business partners. The team formed RespiCure, a company based on a potentially transformational technology in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which affects more than 12 million people annually. More »


Autonomous lenses may bring the microworld into focus


Researchers can tune a hydrogel to be responsive to just about any stimulus parameter, including temperature and pH. As the hydrogel "senses" the substance of interest, it responds with the programmed reaction. More »