A team including Professor Xiaochun Li has designed a way to harvest small amounts of waste energy to turn water into usable hydrogen fuel. The simple and efficient process was published March 2 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. The team is led by Xuifang Xu, a UW-Madison assistant professor of geoscience and crystal specialist.
Universitatea Stefan cel Mare (Steven the Great University), in Suceava, Romania, has awarded Mead Witter Foundation–Consolidated Papers Professor of Controls Engineering Bob Lorenz with an honorary doctorate in recognition of his contributions to the development of electrical drives and power converters. Lorenz visited the university in late May to receive the degree and deliver a keynote address at the International Conference on Development and Application Systems.
Mechanical engineering faculty will participate in a project spearheaded by Delphi Corp that has received an almost $7.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. Faculty from the Engine Research Center and members of the Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants, founded by Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz and Professor Chris Rutland, will work with Delphi, Hyundai America Technical Center, and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, to demonstrate a new high-efficiency vehicle concept of a low-temperature gasoline combustion system that could significantly improve light-duty vehicle fuel economy.
Researchers in the Multiphase Flow Visualization and Analysis Laboratory working under the direction of Professor Tim Shedd have been recognized by the journal Measurement Science and Technology. Their paper, titled “Two-zone analysis of wavy two-phase flow using micro-particle image velocimetry (micro-PIV),” was selected as one of the top 25 papers in 2009.
DuWayne Schubring, a nuclear engineering PhD graduate and now an assistant professor at the University of Florida, led the effort, working with the results from experiments initiated by mechanical engineering PhD graduate Daniel Rodriguez and extended by mechanical engineering master’s degree graduate Rory Foster.
In April, the fifth International Conference on MicroManufacturing was held on campus. The conference generated 86 technical papers from 20 companies and captured the attention of a record number of companies that attended and displayed products and services. Associate Professor Frank Pfefferkorn served as the conference chair. View a video about the conference at tinyurl.com/2ex3jn7.