Current News (2012-2013)
Professor Wei Li develops laser simulation software for private-sector use.
Working with Engineering Physics student Austen Schultz, Professor Wei Li developed a computer design tool to simulate the lasing spectrum of a distributed feedback (DFB) laser diode.
The software has undergone more than 10 revisions and is now complete with graphic user interface (GUI) and functions robustly enough for use in industry, greatly simplifying
the design of laser diodes with desired parameters.
This accomplishment is the direct result of a UW System Wisconsin Applied Research Grant awarded to Professor Li.
The simulation tool has been demonstrated to the industry collaborators, and Professor Li presented the results of the research at the Wisconsin Science & Technology Symposium at Marshfield, WI in July 2012.
Professor Li is continuing this research in collaboration with industry partners and supported by The WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc..
Professor Yan Wu co-authors journal article with EP alumnus Rick Jackson and student Jay Emmerich.
Professor Yan Wu co-authored the article Electrical
and thermal characterization of a ferroelectric thin film with an electro-thermal nanoprobe published in Review of Scientific Instruments in
July, 2012. The article describes research carried out at UW-Platteville by Professor Wu's group. The lead author of the article was UW-Platteville Engineering Physics alumnus Rick Jackson and UW-Platteville student Jay Emmerich was also a
co-author. The research project is supported by a $454,282, three-year grant from NSF for advancing nanotechnology education and research in UW-Platteville with a multifunctional atomic force microscope system.
- Professor Hal Evensen promotes new MSNT Engineering major at ASEE in San Antonio.
- Professor Hal Evensen presented the paper "A New Undergraduate Major in Microsystems and Nanotechnology
Engineering" at the 2012 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas in June 2012. The paper describes the
Microsystems & Nanotechnology Engineering major, which is
new to UW-Platteville as of April, 2011. The major is interdisciplinary, but Engineering Physics is playing a central role with Professors Evensen, Yan Wu and
Wei Li all serving as part of the steering committee and Evensen serving as program coordinator.
- Professor Thomas Scaife co-leads ENGAGE-funded project.
- Professor Thomas Scaife is working with Kimberly Sargent to study whether providing supplemental instruction about spatial-reasoning skills
will increase retention of engineering students at UW-Platteville. The team was awarded a mini-grant by the NSF-funded ENGAGE project
to allow them to identify and provide support for incoming engineering freshmen with poor spatial-reasoning skills.
- Professor Hal Evensen among EMS faculty mentors of Texas high school students interested in engineering.
- In April 2012 Professor Hal Evensen, Associate Dean Lisa Riedle and a UW-Platteville student
served as judges for an invention contest held at the George Washington Carver High School for Applied Technology, Engineering & The Arts. This event was the
culmination of a year-long project, with Professor Evensen and several other UW-Platteville faculty serving as a technical advisors (via teleconferences) for Aldine students who wanted to participate in the contest.
This effort was the latest in a long-term relationship that has resulted in several Aldine students choosing to attend UW-Platteville.
- UW-Platteville hosts WAPT meeting.
- The UW-Platteville Physics program hosted the annual meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Physics Teachers on
October 26 - 27, 2012. Professor Phil Young, the meeting coordinator, will serve as WAPT president for
the upcoming year. Over 50 High School, College, and University
physics teachers from across Wisconsin shared developments in physics education through talks, posters, and workshops.
For meeting highlights, see the WAPT's meeting web page.
- Professors Philip Young, Thomas Scaife and Andrew Pawl and Lecturer Elizabeth Holden present at AAPT/PERC in Philadelphia.
- Physics professors Philip Young, Andrew Pawl and Thomas
Scaife and Lecturer Elizabeth Holden each presented at the summer meeting of the
American Association of Physics Teachers or the associated Physics Education Research Conference in Philadelphia, PA., during the last week of July, 2012.
Young is the PI on a $200,000, five-year grant from the NSF
that has enabled the transition to a studio format of instruction in the introductory physics courses at UW-Platteville, and
presented research illustrating the benefits of moving to an active learning environment. Scaife contributed a paper entitled “The Dependence of Instructional Outcomes on Individual Differences: An Example from DC Circuits”
which was accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 2012 Physics Education Research Conference.
Pawl presented a study of the confidence decline
exhibited by MIT students taking introductory physics, done in collaboration
with David Pritchard’s PER group at MIT. Holden presented "Learning Physics on the Giant Swing" summarizing an outreach event
designed to interest girls in science and engineering during which Holden used a ropes course to teach physics concepts.
- Lecturer Elizabeth Holden co-leads study-abroad summer course.
- Lecturer Elizabeth Holden will co-lead a short-term
study-abroad course "The History of Science and Technology in Europe: 1500-present"
this summer, traveling to the Netherlands, Belgium and France. The trip will last just over two weeks and will count
as a three-credit general education course. This is a repeat of a very successful trip that took 12 students to Europe
for 16 days in May, 2012.
- Professor Thomas Scaife appointed PACCE liason.
- Professor Thomas Scaife has been appointed as the liaison to The College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science for the Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement.
The press release is available here.
- Lecturer Ed Roberts seeks to generate interest in micro houses.
- A micro house is a lightweight, compact but free-standing dwelling for 1 or 2 people.
Lecturer Ed Roberts believes that the engineering expertise of UW-Platteville and the need for increased housing in
the community as the student population grows would make Platteville an ideal center for Micro housing expertise.