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Nov 01

Engineering Seminar Series

Presenter: Thomas Zolper, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Many United States waterways are under threat from aquatic invasive species like zebra mussels, bighead carp, and sea lampreys. The US Army Corps of Engineers has identified navigational locks as prospective barriers to further spread of certain invasive species.  The US Geological Survey has found that carbon dioxide infused into lock water can deter the passage of invasive carp. In this seminar, Dr. Zolper will describe his contributions to developing efficient gas-to-liquid infusion and mixing equipment for navigational locks.

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 1
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Defending the Great Lakes: Aquatic Invasive Species Deterrents

About the presenter

Dr. Zolper is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville. His research interests are in the areas of polymer rheology, multiphase flow, and energy systems. His expertise includes predictive polymer rheology on tribological interfaces and mass diffusion in two-phase flows. Recently his research has addressed energy security (Thompson Center for Public Leadership) and the rheology of dairy products (Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub).  Dr. Zolper earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his academic career, he worked in the automotive industry as a design and quality engineer.

About the Engineering Seminar Series

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville fall 2022 Engineering Seminar Series is offered on campus and via zoom. Free and open to the public, these presentations showcase the plan, design, construction, and maintenance of real-world engineering projects and how they change our community. Attendees are eligible for one professional development hour.

Disability Statement

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