Thanks to recent funding from government and industry, UW-Madison is emerging as a powerhouse in wind-energy research, technology transfer, and education. Photo: David Nevala.
Todd R. Allen — Nuclear engineering, materials science and energy
James Blanchard — Fusion reactor technology, nuclear batteries
Glenn R. Bower — Automotive powertrains, including hybrids and electrics, fuels, emissions, vehicle testing
Michael Corradini — Thermal hydraulics and multiphase flow for nuclear safety
Robert J. Hamers — Nanotechnology, surface and interface science
Yehui Han — Power electronics and renewable energy
Tracey Holloway — Air pollution, climate change, environmental policy, sustainability science
Christopher J. Kucharik — Ecological modeling, field measurements, carbon sequestration, climate change
Gerald L. Kulcinski — Design of magnetic/inertial fusion reactors, nuclear materials, space technology
Robert D. Lorenz — Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium
Dane Morgan — Molecular modeling and simulation for energy technologies
Douglas T. Reindl — Industrial refrigeration systems and building heating, HVAC systems
Rolf D. Reitz — Diesel and gasoline engine performance and emissions, and spray technology
Giri Venkataramanan — Electric power applications, especially sustainable energy use
Francesco A. Volpe — Nuclear fusion, plasma physics, magnetohydrodynamics, microwave diagnostics
Xudong Wang — Nanomaterial synthesis and characterization, piezoelectric nanostructures, semiconductor nanodevices, nanoelectronics, nanosensors, renewable energy
Paul H. Wilson — Sustainable nuclear energy, energy policy, radiation transport in nuclear systems
Clean, affordable energy is the key to sustaining and improving our quality of life. At the College of Engineering, we are researching, creating and improving global energy supplies from a wide variety of angles.
Because energy efficiency is the fastest and least expensive way to meet increasing energy demands, our power systems engineering researchers are creating smart-grid technologies to take the aging electric power infrastructure into the future. At the same time, we’re training new generations of engineers who can serve as knowledgeable decision-makers on critical energy policy issues. Our Engine Research Center is a major research and educational institution investigating the fundamentals and applications of internal combustion engines with a unique combination of modeling and experimental capabilities. The UW Energy Institute, based in the College of Engineering, pools the expertise of more than 50 UW-Madison faculty and staff in disciplines that range from chemistry, physics and engineering to geology, life sciences, environmental studies, public policy, business and law. The institute is leveraging renowned UW-Madison energy education and research programs in its unique, multidisciplinary approach to understanding and addressing key global energy issues.
We are key players in the only academically-based U.S. Department of Energy Center: The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and have pioneered new technologies to efficiently harvest energy from biomass. The College of Engineering Solar Energy Lab (SEL) is the oldest of its kind in the world and is recognized internationally for accomplishments in practical applications for solar energy. Today, 20 percent of electricity in the U.S. comes from nuclear power. At the College of Engineering, our researchers are designing new materials and processes in order to build the next generation of safe, clean nuclear reactors. Our Fusion Technology Institute investigates and assesses technological problems posed by controlled thermonuclear fusion reactors and is a leader in conceptual design including those based on the tokamak, tandem mirror, laser fusion, heavy ion and light ion beam fusion, and torsatron concepts.
Energy Independence News
- Scientific American: Recycled biofuel byproducts could make biofuels even greener
- Ludois to develop motor without rare-earth metals
- Wisconsin nuclear researchers receive $4 million in DOE grants
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: UW-Madison awarded $4 million for nuclear power R&D
- To the moon and beyond
- Wisconsin Public Radio: UW-Madison engineers develop new, extremely fuel-efficient car engine
- Wisconsin Public Radio: Biofuels for aviation
- Quest: Microgrids: Electricity goes local