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SPRING/SUMMER 2002

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Renovation, addition set for ME building

The Chancellor and the FutureTruck

Polymer Engineering Center receives NSF recognition

GM gives Engine Research Center $500,000 grant for clean fuel studies

Two ME professors win NSF early career awards

Mini-Baja team battles rain/mud at nationals

Formula team races to second-place finish in national competition

ME alum elected to top engineers group

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Professor Tim Osswald was recently named an outstanding instructor by students enrolled in the National Technological University (NTU). The awards honor effective use of the remote learning environment and responsiveness to the needs of students at remote locations throughout the country. NTU is a consortium of more than 50 U.S. universities offering graduate-level degree programs and for-credit courses in engineering, management, and computer-related fields, as well as non-credit professional development courses.

Assistant Professor Tim Shedd was given the 2002 Teaching Award by the UW-Madison chapter of Pi Tau Sigma, the Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Tim Shedd received his award at the annual Pi Tau Sigma banquet held in May in Madison.

Assistant Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng has received a $280,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation to study an innovative process for producing complex injection-molded parts. This research is aimed at developing the scientific basis for a novel co-injection molding process that combines the aesthetic and processing advantages of injection molding with the property attributes and benefits of micro-cellular plastics (MCPs). By integrating solid plastics with MCPs via co-injection molding, synergistic benefits, such as increased productivity, reduced energy consumption, additional design freedom in part geometry, and control of the microstructure and properties of the molded products, can be realized. Furthermore, this environmentally benign process is a perfect candidate for recycling of post-consumer plastics.

Weijia Zhou, associate scientist and director of the Wisconsin Center for Space Automation and Robotics (WCSAR), has received an $87,000 grant from the NASA Advanced Life Support Program to support the development of active imaging spectroscopy tools for in-vivo detection of green fluorescent protein and monitoring plant health for space and terrestrial applications.

In other WCSAR-related news, the WCSAR administrative, life science research and payload development offices and laboratories have moved to University Research Park, 545 Science Drive, Madison, WI 53711. The move provides the center with new and better-equipped laboratory space for its biotechnology and life science research activities. The WCSAR payload operation center and robotics lab remain at 101 Mechanical Engineering.

 

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