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Spring-Summer 2007

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During the televised Badger basketball game January 24, ESPN Local featured the UW Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (UW-CREATe), directed by Professor Jay Martin. The video clip mentioned several UW-CREATe projects, including hip replacement and hamstring injury, among others.

Among the interviews, Assistant Professor Heidi-Lynn Ploeg and graduate student Julie Sauer explained their project involving bicycle seat design. “It’s important to me that my research has a human application, where we will affect specific people in a very positive way,” said Ploeg.



The Bone and Joint Biomechanics Laboratory, directed by Assistant Professor Heidi-Lynn Ploeg, recently announced the addition of two new research fellows. Mariana Kersh has been awarded a three-year NSF Fellowship for her research, “A Numerical Knee Joint Ligament Model with Robot Validation.” This project focuses on a virtual tool for total knee joint replacements with the long-term goal of developing the virtual knee model as a clinical tool for surgeon training, pre-operative planning, post-operative assessment, and computer aided surgery.

Also, Travis Burgers has been awarded a one-year Seireg Fellowship for his research “Press-fit Fixation and Viscoelastic Response of a Bone-Implant Interface.” His project will develop patient-specific finite-element models of the femoral bone-implant interface to better understand the stress distributions, to predict the best surgical procedure for the patient, and ultimately, to increase implant survival rates.

Professor and Chair Neil Duffie has been elected president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) for 2008. He currently is vice-president. SME, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2007, represents more than 70 countries in its 28,000-strong membership. Its mission is to be an internationally recognized source of information, education and networking for manufacturers and companies. He has been a member of SME since 1981.

Phil and Jean Myers Professor David Foster received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Soichiro Honda Medal for outstanding contributions in the field of personal transportation. The award recognizes Foster’s research in diesel engine combustion as well as his nationwide public service and international education efforts. He received the honor at the ASME President’s Luncheon November 6 in Chicago.

Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Sanford Klein received an honorary doctorate from the University of Liege, Belgium, in a ceremony on March 29. This honor recognizes his research in solar energy systems and design methods. Klein developed a software program and an equation solver for thermal system design and analysis, which students and professionals use worldwide. His visits to the University of Liege have culminated in this great honor.

Associate Professor Xiaochun Li has been appointed Vilas Associate. The Vilas Trustees award this honor to faculty in the physical sciences in support of their research and scholarly work and provide summer salaries and flexible research funding. Li plans to develop a class of multifunctional metallic materials that can operate in harsh environments by integrating nanophotonic sensor elements into aerospace metallic materials.

A new UW-Madison research center, Center for Structurally Integrated Micro/Nano-Systems (SIMNS Center), will create an interdisciplinary paradigm for micro/nano-system research for extreme environments. The center will focus on manufacturing, energy conversion and biomedical applications of SIMNS. The SIMNS Center, which includes faculty from five research universities and industry companies, is directed by Professor Xiaochun Li.

The UW-Madison Polymer Engineering Center and one of its partners, SIMTEC Silicone Parts, LLC, received the Society of Plastics Engineers Innovation in Thermoset Processing Award for 2006. The award honored liquid silicone overmolding that SIMTEC developed, made possible by the Polymer Engineering Center’s computer simulation of the curing process. It was one of four awards given during the Thermoset Moulding Conference held in Madison November 2-3.



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