2004-2005 HIGHLIGHTS

Student honors and educational advances

Engineering EXPO

Derek Christianson, wearing safety glasses, with students at Engineering EXPO

In addition to faculty, staff and student exhibits, this year's student-organized Engineering EXPO featured some new competitions and twists on some perennial favorites. This year's robotics competition, for students in kindergarten through college, required competitors to build a remote-controlled robot — then navigate a maze while watching all the action on a big screen in another room. Mechanical engineering student Derek Christianson (pictured) demonstrates sublimation of dry ice to students. He also froze grapes with liquid nitrogen and smashed them with a hammer, and explained the fundamental operation of a refrigerator at his EXPO display, Fun with Freezin'.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience and Research Experience for Undergraduates (SURE/REU)

SURE/REU 2005 group

Students from around the country spend nine weeks conducting research at UW-Madison in the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience and Research Experience for Undergraduates (SURE/REU) program. The program provides them with opportunities that build on their interest in science and engineering careers. Under the direction of faculty mentors, these engineering students conduct a research project and work as members of laboratory research teams. At program's end, each student submits a research paper and presents his or her findings in an open forum.