Led by members of the Engineering Physics department, UW-Platteville is lending its expertise to a professional network linking UW-System campuses and regional industries. Click here to view the press release.
Professor Hal Evensen returns this fall from a sabbatical year, during which he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Materials Science & Engineering department. In particular, he joined Prof. Mike Arnold’s research group and pursued the production of thin sheets of aligned, semiconducting carbon nanotubes. These sheets can be used for next-generation molecule-based electronics and sensors. This work led to a conference publication and a paper in progress. Additionally, Hal received NSF funding for the research, which included support for a UW-Platteville student who worked with the same UW group over summer 2015. This student and two others are now working with Hal in the Nanomaterials Laboratory on the UW-Platteville campus, pursuing research related to his sabbatical work. The fruitful collaboration with the UW group is ongoing.
Professor Doyle St.John Completes "f-cube" Device
Professor Doyle St.John has completed work on a device called the "f-cube" (shown below) that automatically characterizes optical lenses.
Associate Professor Yan Wu will spend the 2015-16 academic year on sabbatical at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She will work with Professor Dave Beebe’s Microtechnology, Medicine and Biology Lab in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research. Her research will focus on developing microfluidic-device-based cell culture technology for cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Katy Jinkins, a 2015 graduate of the UW-Platteville Engineering Physics program, was awarded a fellowship through the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Katy began her graduate studies at UW-Madison this fall. Click here to view the press release.
Each summer, Lecturer Elizabeth Holden co-leads (with Professor Adam Stanley of the History Department) a short-term study abroad course on the History of Science and Technology in Europe. Last summer they took students to Lyon, France, Florence and Rome. The trip focused on Galileo in particular, with students reading the book "Galileo's Daughter" and seeing items like an original copy of his book "The Dialogue" (banned by the church), telescopes he designed and used, his tomb, and even a few of his fingers. Students interested in this summer's course should contact Holden or Stanley.
Associate Professor Yan Wu attended the American Physical Society (APS) March 2015 meeting at San Antonio, Texas from March 2st to March 5th. In this meeting, Engineering Physics major Katy Jinkins gave a talk entitled ‘Examination of Humidity Effects on Measured Thickness and Interfacial Phenomena of Exfoliated Graphene on SiO2 via AC-AFM’ at the Focus Session “Graphene Devices: Function, Fabrication, and Characterization: Graphene Surface Characterization. ” Wu was Katy’s advisor for this research project.
Maria Smiles and Geoffrey Ament, both 2015 graduates of the UW-Platteville Engineering Physics program, undertook an engineering project to help a community partner during their senior year. The project, entitled "Assisted Clarinet Embouchure and Mouthpiece Device" was funded through the Pioneer Center for Community Engagement (PACCE). Smiles and Ament designed devices that would help their community partner overcome the lingering effects of Bell's Palsy and play the clarinet. Click here to view the press release.
Professor Philip Young retired last spring after 28 years of teaching at UW-Platteville. In addition to being a sought-after teacher and valued mentor, Phil was involved in several major initiatives during his career at UWP. He participated in the transition from a Physics major to an Engineering Physics major in 1996-1997. He was part of the group that pushed for "studio" style (integrated laboratory + lecture) classrooms in the new Engineering Hall (completed 2009), and wrote an NSF grant that enabled the purchase of modern computer-interfaced lab equipment for the new facilities.
Hal Evensen presented at the INTAPT workshop in June 2015 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (INTAPT = Interprofessional Applied Practical Teaching and Learning in the Health Professions). Aimed at residents in the new Family Medicine program at Addis Ababa University, he gave talks on engineering education in the U.S., as well as on the mentoring of new faculty. This was part of a summer spent in Ethiopia with his family, volunteering and teaching with two aid organizations, that was very eye-opening and inspirational. (The people and coffee were great, too!)