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FEBRUARY 13, 2012
Three engineering faculty members honors as Vilas Associates

FEBRUARY 7, 2012
Smallest tools could yield biggest results in bone repair


MAY 2, 2011
Lynn earns New Investigator award

Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor David Lynn is one of eight investigators nationally who were recognized for outstanding, fresh and innovative work in their fields with the first-annual Edward C. Nagy New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). Lynn participated in the first NBIB New Investigator Symposium in Bethesda in April. He and the other awardees delivered lectures on the recent results of their National Institutes of Health-funded research.

MAY 2, 2011
Eom and colleagues create super-small transistor

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Chang-Beom Eom is part of a University of Pittsburgh-led team that has created a single-electron transistor, providing a building block for new, more powerful computer memories, advanced electronic materials and the basic components of quantum computers. The research was published February 2011 in Nature Nanotechnology and featured April 19 in R&D Magazine. Read the article at and the in-depth University of Pittsburgh release at


NOVEMBER 15, 2010
MSP graduate student earns nuclear energy poster honor

For his student poster, “Determination of radiation-induced segregation-resistant grain boundaries in candidate fuel-cladding steels,” Materials Science Program PhD student Kevin Field received a second-place award during the U.S. Department of Energy Nuclear Energy Fuel Cycle R&D annual meeting. A student under Engineering Physics Associate Professor Todd Allen, Field presented the poster as part of his PhD thesis. The poster examined how the microstructure of nuclear-reactor-grade steels affect the radiation response of the alloy. For the research, Field learned that the local structure of interfaces in a steel play a critical role in the local composition of the steel after irradiation.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
New nano techniques integrate electron bas-producing oxides with silicon

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Ogle team to apply stem cell fusion knowledge in breast cancer study

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded biomedical engineering Assistant Professor Brenda Ogle, Molecular Biology Assistant Scientist Kevin Eliceiri and Oncology and Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Caroline Alexander $563,000 to test whether cell fusion is a mechanism for breast cancer metastasis. Many breast cancer-related deaths are due to secondary tumors, or metastases, and the researchers hypothesize that metastasis occurs when tumor cells fuse with certain blood cells and create hybrids that lead to tumors. The team has developed technology to identify cells poised to fuse, and to track fusion products (hybrid cells) over time, and will apply this technology in this study of tumor cell fusion.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Turner receives manufacturing award

Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professor Kevin Turner will receive a 2011 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The award recognizes manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have make exceptional contributions in the manufacturing industry. Turner received the award for “significant achievements and leadership in the field of manufacturing engineering.” He is one of 12 recipients for the 2011 awards.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Abbott to receive award, earns funding

John T. and Magdalen L. Sobota Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Nick Abbott will receive the 2010 Charles M.A. Stine Award from the Materials Engineering and Science Division of AIChE at its November annual meeting. The award recognizes Abbott for pioneering and reducing to practice several key advances in the interfacial science and engineering of soft materials, including liquid crystals. He also received $390,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense to investigate fundamental issues related to interfacial phenomena and colloidal interactions. The program of research aims to unmask and understand the behaviors of molecular amphiphiles and micro/nanoparticles at the interfaces of structured liquids, namely liquid crystals. The knowledge emerging from this fundamental program of colloid and interfacial science has the potential to impact, in the long term, strategies for materials synthesis, stabilization of emulsions, design of stimuli-responsive materials, creation of tunable plasmonic metamaterials, as well as the interfacial design of chemical and biological sensors, among many other potential applications.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Entrepreneur translates research into real-world health solutions

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Murphy honored as bioengineering fellow

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering has inducted Smith-Bascom Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Regina Murphy into its College of Fellows. This elite group comprises 1,000 people who are the outstanding bioengineers in academia, industry and government. These leaders in the field have distinguished themselves through their contributions in research, industrial practice and/or education.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Kuech makes mark in Asia

Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Tom Kuech spent three weeks in Asia in summer 2010. In a ceremony in Nanjing, he was named an honorary professor of Nanjing University by the chancellor and the physics department. He also presented the plenary lecture at the International Conference on Crystal Growth in Beijing. In September, he traveled to Hong Kong as the Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Lecturer at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

NOVEMBER 1, 2010
Key Palecek paper cited

The American Heart Association identified Chemical and Biological Engineering Professor Sean Palecek’s 2009 paper in Circulation Research as one of the 10 most important papers on heart research for the year. His group demonstrated that functional heart muscle cells can be produced from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells in humans, which supports the concept that cardiac regeneration can be approached using iPS cells from the individual as a source of new tissue.

OCTOBER 19, 2010
New nano techniques integrate electron gas-producing oxides with silicon

OCTOBER 8, 2010
UW-Madison research spending tops $1 billion

Nealey earns AIChE award

Milton J. and A. Maude Shoemaker Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering Paul Nealey has earned an award for his contributions to the understanding of the nanoscopic properties and patterning of polymeric materials in ways that enable future generations of microelectronics, photonics and biotechnologies. Nealey will receive the 2010 Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and deliver a plenary lecture November 8 at the AIChE meeting in Salt Lake City.

MSP student wins Art in Science Award

Material Science Program graduate student Joshua Slane has been recognized at the 12th biennial ESM2010 Conference on Dynamic Load Distribution in Biomechanics with a $5,000 Art in Science Award, sponsored by novel GmbH, for the best scientific manuscript in the field of load distribution measurement. Slane is co-advised by Mechanical Engineering Professor’s Heidi Ploeg and Darryl Thelen. Slane’s research, “Hypothenar Pressure Mapping Provides Insight for Reducing Ulnar Nerve Compression in Cyclists,” was funded by Trek Bicycle Corporation, Waterloo, WI and has been used in the development of a new cycling glove which was introduced in August at Trek World 2010, Trek’s annual trade show held at Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

JUNE 15, 2010
UW-Madison engineers in “diligent dozen”

Mechanical engineering graduate student Chris Meyer and recent materials science PhD graduate Patrick Heaney placed in the top 12, known as the "diligent dozen," at the 2010 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Contest. Meyer placed for Sector 67*,* a non-profit center for technology, prototyping and advanced manufacturing for people in southern Wisconsin interested in creating innovative technology and working with the community. Heaney placed for NCD Technologies, which specializes in applying ultra-thin nanocrystalline diamond coatings to micro cutting tools. The contest started with 284 entries in January

MAY 11, 2010
It’s a small world — for small people — after all

MARCH 12, 2010
Scavenging energy waste to turn water into hydrogen fuel


NOVEMBER 15, 2009
Nanotube/chromophore hybrid material receives $1 million DOE grant

Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professor Padma Gopalan and Physics Professor Mark Eriksson received a four-year $1,070,000 grant from the Department of Energy to study optical and electro-optic modulation of biomimetically-functionalized nanotubes. They will combine elements of photoswitchable molecules and carbon nanotubes to create the design and fundamental study of nanotube/chromophore hybrid material. Their system will translate knowledge about the optical switching behavior of these molecules to a system where direct electrical read-out is possible in a field effect transistor configuration. Inspired by the biological process of vision, their research will focus on the development and understanding of functionalization for optimizing electro-optic properties through a combination of a new functionalization of chemistry, device physics and modeling.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
Interdisciplinary group awarded $4.5M for computer game studies

SEPTEMBER 17, 2009
Catalyst simulations could lower fuel cost

FEBRUARY 25, 2009
Models present a new view of nanoscale friction

FEBRUARY 20, 2009
Four faculty awarded prestigious Sloan Fellowships

JANUARY 13, 2009
Can you see me now? Flexible photodetectors could help sharpen photos


DECEMBER 23, 2008
UW-Madison engineer receives presidential award

DECEMBER 3, 2008
Uncovering the real dirt on granular flow

NOVEMBER 1, 2008
Beebe named scientific editor of new biology journal

Biomedical Engineering Professor David Beebe will serve on the international editorial board of Integrative Biology, a new publication from the Royal Society of Chemistry that will launch in January 2009. No single discipline can address the complexity of biology; this journal aims to provide a home for integrative approaches to providing insights into biology. Covering topics that include cell study using micro and nanofluidics, synthetic biology, biomimetic systems, biological phenomena and processes at the nanoscale, and many more, the monthly journal will publish a mix of research articles, including full papers, reviews and perspectives. Beebe’s current research centers around creating and using microfluidic tools to study cancer biology and improve cancer diagnosis and monitoring. He is one of two scientific editors on the board, which includes recent Nobel Prize recipient Roger Tsien and is chaired by Mina Bissell.

NOVEMBER 1, 2008
Pfefferkorn and Zinn awarded Phase II STTR

In collaboration with Friction Stir Link, Inc. (Waukesha, Wisconsin), Mechanical Engineering Assistant Professors Frank Pfefferkorn and Mike Zinn received a three-year, $556,171 Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) award from the Office of Naval Research. Their project, “Portable friction stir welding technology for aluminum fabrication,” will develop, qualify and validate various robotic friction stir-welding processes and hardware to enable a portable friction stir welding system for naval construction and repair applications.

A new method to measure how strain affects semiconductors

In a finding that could lay the foundation for faster flexible electronics, a team of researchers led by Erwin W. Mueller and Bascom Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Max Lagally has developed a method that enables researchers to directly measure the effects of strain on the electronic structure of silicon. The team can induce uniform strain in extremely thin, flexible silicon nanomembranes. The researchers drew on the powerful X-ray source at the UW-Madison Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC), which allowed them to measure conduction bands in strained silicon. By measuring nanomembranes with different percentages of strain, the researchers have determined the direction and magnitude of shifts in the conduction bands. The group published their findings in the October 10 online edition of Physical Review Letters.

Knezevic receives AFOSF YIP award

Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Irena Knezevic has received a 2009 Air Force Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) award for her proposal, “Semiconductor nanowire and nanoribbon thermoelectrics: A comprehensive computational study.” Knezevic will use this three-year, $395,190 award to study nanostructured thermoelectric (TE) elements that offer tremendous potential for refrigeration and conversion of heat waste into electricity. Knezevic will perform a large-scale, comprehensive computational study of the TE properties on semiconductor nanowires and nanoribbons over a large parameter space of materials compositions, dimensions, surface roughness parameters, doping densities, and temperatures, with focus on SiGe and GaN-based structures. Knezevic is among 39 researchers chosen for their exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research while still in the first five years of their careers.

Chesler receives Fulbright Scholarship to study pulmonary hypertension
With funding from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, Biomedical Engineering Associate Professor Naomi Chesler will conduct research at the University of Ghent, Belgium, from February through June 2009. Chesler and University of Ghent collaborator Patrick Segers will combine their knowledge of and expertise in pulmonary hypertension to develop computational models of this life-threatening disease to better understand and predict right ventricular failure. In addition, Chesler is the 2008 recipient of the Denice D. Denton Emerging Leader Award. Presented by the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, the award recognizes a junior faculty member who is pursuing high-quality science or engineering research while significantly promoting diversity in his or her environment. Chesler, who is the second recipient, will accept the award at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in October.

Spiraling nanotrees offer new twist on growth of nanowires


UW 2nd in science, engineering funds

Team launches advanced-reactor materials study
Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Todd Allen, Materials Science and Engineering Assistant Professors Izabela Szlufarska and Dane Morgan, Engineering Physics Research Professor Kumar Sridharan, Associate Scientist Mark Anderson and Assistant Scientist Lizhen Tan have received approximately $890,000 from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to study the emissivity of metallic structures and fission product transport in TRISO (tristructural isotropic) fuels—both in relation to advanced very-high-temperature nuclear reactor designs. The researchers hope to determine the role of emissivity on decay heat transfer from plant structures via radiative heat loss and to predict the transport of noble and metallic fission products through the TRISO fuel form.

Chang-Beom Eom wins Ho-Am Prize

World-record speed for thin-film transistors could revolutionize flexible electronics


Autonomous lenses may bring microworld into focus

UW team invents fast, flexible, low-power 3-D comput er chips on plastic

Scientists fashion semiconductors into flexible memb ranes

Study explains unexpected conductivity of nanoscale silicon


New technologies target food-borne illnesses

Engineers help turn science into interactive exhibits

Researchers squeeze atomic arrangements to create superior memory material

Nanoscale electron island could lead to new efficient flat-panel displays


Single electron transistor created with tiny mechanical arm

New UW-Madison NSF center investigates nanotechnology

Paper explains ferroelectrics memory losses

Method eases nanowire manipulation

ECE research advances wireless communication technology

MS & E faculty member wins NSF CAREER award

Perepezko elected to National Academy of Engineering

Engineering professor devises cutting-edge way to cut cheese better


Engineering students win two places in the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition

Nanotechnology in local news

A story from Channel 3 [Real Player movie] features the Nanoworld Discovery Center, a hands-on exhibit produced by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) that celebrates the excitement and potential of nanotechnology. MSP Associate Professor Wendy Crone is interviewed in the story.

Diamond film may enable critical new sensors for bioterror — View a local broadcast by WKOW-TV, Madison channel 27

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Larbalestier named to National Academy of Engineering

Development vaults semiconductor technology eight years into the future

Research gives ligaments a real workout

Advance may lead to practical quantum computing

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