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ME: The Mechanical Engineering Department Newsletter

FALL / WINTER 2010-11

Featured articles

Computers and people work in parallel at new center

Friction stir welding fuses engineering research and Wisconsin industry

Engineers team up with Trek for cycling research

ME alums honored

Regular Features



Vehicle teams reach out to Madison community and other student news

ME scholarship recipients

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A student gives out tire-shaped cookies to raise awareness about fuel efficiency
A student gives out tire-shaped cookies to raise awareness about fuel efficiency.

Vehicle teams reach out to Madison community

Decorative initial cap Tearing hrough the summer and fall, the five UW-Madison hybrid vehicle teams have hosted multiple outreach events. In August, the EcoCAR, hybrid snowmobile and hybrid Formula racecar projects were on display at the state Capitol at an event co-hosted with the American Le Mans Series. The event emphasized the parallels between technologies and alternative fuels being researched at UW-Madison and other universities and those being developed by Le Mans Series manufacturers and teams.

In September, the hybrid vehicle team checked and inflated tires, pit-stop-style, for patrons of a parking ramp located adjacent to the ME building. The event was part of an effort to raise awareness of ways to increase vehicle fuel efficiency, and students distributed tire pressure gauges, information packets and tire-shaped cookies at the event.

The events were concurrent with an initiative to raise funds to endow the vehicle teams. Learn more about the teams and the Undergraduate Student Automotive Excellence Fund at


Undergraduate student Aaron Olson is part of an interdisciplinary UW-Madison team that will participate in the first NASA and National Space Grant Foundation inflatable loft competition, called the eXploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge. During a course led by Engineering Physics and ME Adjunct Professor Fred Elder, the team will design and build an inflatable habitat that will integrate with an existing NASA prototype. Read more at

A team including students Nathan Armstrong, Matt Carlson, Nathan Ip, Sunho Baik, Kenneth Roggow, Fred Tsai and Jared Van Dam was selected as a finalist in the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) Student Design Competition. The students created an advanced powered wheelchair system as part of a class taught by Professor Jay Martin. The team was recognized at the RESNA annual conference in Las Vegas June 27-29. For more about the UW-Madison team’s project:

Undergraduate student John Kenney represented UW-Madison as one of 30 students worldwide invited to attend the G8 University Summit in Alberta, Canada, held May 20-22, 2010. The theme of the summit meeting was “Universities and Communities: Transition to a Sustainable Future,” with a focus on sustainable health, energy and higher education.




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