Research

Research

An eye-opening experience: undergraduate research at UW-Platteville

Authored on: Dec 12, 2019, Written by: Jane Halpern
UW-Platteville undergraduates have the opportunity to assist in research almost from the moment they arrive, building key skills and gaining real-world experience which helps them stand apart from the crowd.

Internet of Things Lab

UW-Platteville helps lead statewide advancements in Internet of Things technology

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
While the Internet of Things continues to expand at a rapid rate, Dr. Molly Gribb, dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, is leading efforts to position UW-Platteville at the forefront of this cutting-edge field. Gribb was recently appointed as a founding board member of the Wisconsin IoT Council, a professional membership-driven organization that promotes Wisconsin and the Midwest as the epicenter for IoT and drives technological advancement in the region.

Hanwan Jiang conducting research

Jiang explores innovative bridge safety research

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Jane Halpern
Dr. Hanwan Jiang, assistant professor of civil engineering at UW-Platteville, is using an innovative idea to research bridge safety that uses ultrasound to detect the early-stage damage in a non-destructive way.

solar panels

Celik’s research aims to make solar technology more sustainable

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
In recent years, the United States has witnessed a boom in solar energy use, as trends toward sustainable living grow. But how environmentally-friendly is solar technology when it reaches the end of its life cycle? That is the question Dr. Ilke Celik, assistant professor of sustainability and renewable energy systems, and a team of researchers are hoping to address.

Pennycress research in lab

Idea of turning common weeds into aviation fuel takes flight

Authored on: Oct 10, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
The next big idea in green energy may stem from a common Midwestern weed called pennycress, and faculty and students at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are contributing to this cutting-edge research.

Dr. Eugene Tesdahl and UW-Platteville students

UW-Platteville to hold rededication ceremony for Rachel, enslaved African American

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
On Friday, Oct. 4, at 9 a.m., faculty, staff, students and community members will hold a special rededication ceremony for Rachel, an enslaved African American, at Hillside Cemetery in Platteville.

Danny Xiao

Xiao and students research solutions for more durable concrete

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Jane Halpern
UW-Platteville Civil Engineering Professor Dr. Danny Xiao is interested in all the ways concrete fails. His research focuses on making one of the most important building materials on Earth even better. This summer, Xiao worked on a Wisconsin DOT-funded study to discover the most effective combination of penetrating sealant, application method and application time.

Drazkowski and Wu pictured outside Engineering Hall

Wu and Drazkowski receive best paper award at ASEE Conference

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
This summer, UW-Platteville senior Anna Drazkowski traveled to Tampa, Florida, with Dr. Yan Wu, associate professor of engineering physics to attend the American Society for Engineering Education Conference to present their research. Their work, “Standard Based Grading in Introductory Physics Laboratory Courses” earned the best paper award in the Division of Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies.

restoring headstone

Celebrating Rachel: Students in summer history course research African American history

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at UW-Platteville, and a small group of students in his summer history course, The History of Wisconsin, recently helped repair and restore Rachel's headstone (an enslaved African American) at Hillside Cemetery in Platteville, as part of an ongoing research project.

Seneida Biendarra and Brian Tuttle receive first place in the WiSys Innovation Showcase for their rock-climbing innovation, "Skillzboard."

Students and faculty shine at research and innovation symposium

Authored on: Aug 08, 2019, Written by: Craig Sauer, WiSys
UW-Platteville senior mechanical engineering major Caleb Dykema was honored with the 2019 Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award. He was recognized for the creation of his “1Swipe” product, a full white or blackboard eraser that can be pushed across to erase, saving time and solving the issue of inefficiency in the classroom for STEM professors.

Jessica Wells monitoring snakes

Wells examines reptiles, amphibians on campus through summer research program

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

University of Wisconsin-Platteville senior Jessica Wells is spending her summer in the field pursuing her research interest as a part of UW-Platteville’s Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program.


Dr. Raymond Pugh

Pugh selected as Wisconsin Teaching Fellow

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Assistant Professor of chemistry Dr. Raymond Pugh will continue his research on Writing-to-Learn through the Wisconsin Teaching Fellows and Scholars program. Pugh is one of three University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty members selected for the 2019-20 program.


Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran and his student researchers collect soil samples for prairie soil microbiome project.

Venkateshwaran receives prestigious NSF-CAREER award

Authored on: Jun 06, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
Venkateshwaran’s research focuses on the symbiotic associations that exist between plants and microbes, such as rhizobia, a soil bacteria that associates with legumes to form root nodules, inside which the rhizobia fixes atmospheric nitrogen that is then used by the legume plant.

Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran, assistant professor in the School of Agriculture

Research grant will support development of natural, safe pesticides

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Dr. Muthu Venkateshwaran, an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s School of Agriculture, was recently awarded an Applied Research Grant from the WiSys Technology Foundation, totaling more than $46,000.


Students, faculty conduct research for Rountree Gallery

Psychology students, faculty conduct research for Rountree Gallery

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville psychology students and one faculty member recently conducted research for Rountree Gallery in Platteville that showed the value of art experiences.


Students presenting at the geography conference

Students, faculty present research at national geography conference

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Five University of Wisconsin-Platteville geography students and faculty members recently presented their research at the American Association of Geographers annual conference April 3-7 in Washington, D.C.


Animal House students present at Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day.

Animal House connects exotic animals with the community

Authored on: May 05, 2019, Written by: Kristie Chipera

The second annual Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day was held on April 24 and showcased the creative and scholarly activities of University of Wisconsin-Platteville students, faculty and staff.


Blair Schuler

Theatre students present at Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

University of Wisconsin-Platteville students showcased their senior design projects, research and scholarly activity at the second annual Pioneer Creative Activities and Research Day. It took place on April 24 in Velzy Commons, Ullsvik Hall.


4W Summit group

Students, faculty, staff, alumni present research at 4W Summit

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville had a strong presence at the fourth annual 4W Summit on Women, Gender, and Well-Being and the 42nd annual Wisconsin Women’s and Gender Studies Conference held April 11-13 at UW-Madison, with four students and 10 faculty, staff and alumni showcasing their research on women, gender and well-being in a variet


Chancellor Shields speaking with a Baraboo student at Research in the Rotunda

Students present at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Nearly 20 students from the three University of Wisconsin-Platteville campuses participated in the 16th annual Research in the Rotunda on April 17 in Madison, Wisconsin.


Alex Harman

Students present research on honeybees, native pollinators and their shared habitat

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Kristie Chipera

Four University of Wisconsin-Platteville students are contributing to research that will assess the effects of honeybees and surrounding habitat on native pollinators. They will present their research at the 16th annual Research in the Rotunda event on Wednesday, April 17 in the capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.


UW-Platteville Richland campus

Hynek documents a life dedicated to the preservation of prehistoric Native American culture

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: John Christensen

Although his higher education career hasn’t always taken a traditional path, Chris Hynek has always known about history, in particular his father’s own public history work documents.  Hynek has painstakingly archived and digitized the quarterly journal Prehistoric Americanof which his father was the long-time editor.


Esther Considine

Considine to present on factors influencing goat milk production

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: John Christensen

In her years growing up on her family’s farm near Portage, Wisconsin, Esther Considine, the fourth of 10 children, moved through many chores, from feeding chickens, to sheep, and then to goats. The farm’s 230 goats annually produce thousands of gallons of milk that is turned into goat cheese after being shipped to Illinois.


Kornely monitors participants through a one-way window as they complete the Trier Social Stress Test.

Kornely to present research at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

Dominique Kornely, a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, will present research on the effect of psychosocial stress on substance use in college students while at the 16th annual Research in the Rotunda event on Wednesday, April 17, in the Capitol Rotunda in


Pictured left to right are Ryan DeBusk, Daniel Zellmer and Dr. Suboh Alkhushayni.

Software engineering student to present research on emotion mining on Twitter

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Daniel Zellmer, a junior software engineering major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, has been researching the topic of emotion mining on Twitter.