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Dennis Hong

Dennis Hong (BS ’94) has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects as heavy as a can of food or as delicate as a raw egg, while dexterous enough to gesture for sign language, according to a May 27 article at Hong, who now leads the Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory at Virginia Tech, has won several awards for his robotics work. To learn more about his latest project, read the full article at:

Mike Casper (BS ’04) took third place in the advanced manufacturing category at the 2009 Governor’s Business Plan Contest for FLEx Lighting, a company Casper founded with other UW-Madison alumni. FLEx Lighting offers a new type of LED-to-film lighting method that evolved from Caper’s 2004 entry in the UW-Madison Innovation Day competition. Winners of the Governor’s Business Plan Contest were announced June 9 at the Wisconsin Entrepreneurs’ Conference in Milwaukee and will share more than $200,000 in cash and prizes from 33 sponsors.

Daniel A. Japuntich (BS ’71) has received a 2009 senior scientist award from the American Filtration and Separations Society. Japuntich, who is a corporate scientist for 3M, is recognized for his many impressive contributions in the field of filtration, including numerous publications, inventions and global recognition for advancing technology in aerosol physics, air filtration and respiratory protection products.


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