Research

From left to right are Hannah Lemke and Kimberly Van Donsel.

School of Agriculture students present research posters at UW System Symposium

Authored on: May 05, 2022, Written by: Dr. Kishore Joseph
Two students from the School of Agriculture, Kimberly Van Donsel and Hannah Lemke, presented research posters at the University of Wisconsin System Symposium at UW-Whitewater last month. 

Grace Trenkamp

Trenkamp researches Native American boarding school era in the Midwest, presents project to U.S. national park

Authored on: Apr 04, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Grace Trenkamp recently completed her capstone project titled, “Native American Boarding Schools and Cemeteries (Midwest),” shedding light to the injustices Indigenous people faced in the 19th and 20th century.

Biology student working in stream

UW-Platteville receives more than $55,000 from Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin to train next generation of water scientists

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville and Heidi Jeter, Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin
UW-Platteville will receive $55,373 in support from the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin this year to enhance its water-related academic programs. The funding is part of a statewide initiative to tackle 10 grand water challenges and support curriculum development, undergraduate research opportunities, career development and field training experiences for students interested in studying water-related fields at the 13 UW Schools. 

Dr. Chris Underwood

Underwood helps reconstruct thousands of years of fire history in the most-visited national park

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Chris Underwood is working on a project, funded by the National Park Service, to expand fire history research in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At the conclusion of the project, the researchers will have a spatially comprehensive fire and vegetation history of the entire park that dates back to the last major North American glaciation.

Research in the Rotunda

UW-Platteville students recognized at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
UW-Platteville undergraduate researchers filled the state Capitol showcasing their projects at the 18th annual Research in the Rotunda held on Wednesday. Seven research teams from UW-Platteville and UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County presented their findings to lawmakers, state leaders, alumni and the public.

Allison Stencil

Student researches virtual, augmented reality in construction, helps implement in curricula

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Senior Allison Stencil’s research project has her viewing construction sites through a new lens. The construction management and construction safety management double major is researching the use of both virtual reality and augmented reality software to determine how it improves pre-planning on construction sites.

Jordan Meciej

Students explore new methods of energy harvesting

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
A group of mechanical engineering majors are researching new ways to harvest energy and will present their findings to legislators, state leaders and the public at next week's annual Research in the Rotunda event in the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pictured left to right are S. Blossom Ramos, Grace Trenkamp and John Rodwell.

Students to present Central Sands of Wisconsin research in Madison

Authored on: Mar 03, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Four students received the opportunity to conduct undergraduate research focused in the area of dendroecology, by assisting Dr. Evan Larson, professor of environmental sciences and society, with his project titled, “Groundwater Access Impacts Tree Productivity in the Central Sands of Wisconsin.”

Dr. Mark Levenstein and Cassie Kniess, a freshman from Verona, Wisconsin

Levenstein receives Regent Scholar Award

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Mark Levenstein, assistant professor of biology, is the recipient of the Regent Scholar Award for his proposal titled, “Aryl Fluorinated Ethers to Develop the Next Generation of Agrochemicals.” Through the recognition, Levenstein received a $50,000 grant from UW System to pursue his research.

Jenna Springer and Victoria Chanez working in lab

Students research bentonite for safer nuclear waste disposal

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
A group of civil and environmental engineering students are researching a solution for safer long-term nuclear waste disposal by studying the characteristics of bentonite, a naturally-occurring clay. They will present their findings at next month’s annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Devon Lee and Eliot Driessen in lab

Electrical engineering students selected to present carbon nanotube research

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Two electrical engineering students will showcase their research project, “Carbon Nanotube Electronics” at this year’s Research in the Rotunda in the state Capitol.

Brooke Steeno

Chemistry majors to present project at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Chemistry majors Brooke Steeno and Natalie Hayes will travel to the state capitol on March 9 to present their research project, “Turning on the Light: Developing Next Generation Agrochemicals via Organic Photochemistry” at Research in the Rotunda.

Olivia Kozlowska

Student researchers explore solutions for phosphorous run-off

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
Phosphorous concentrations are at an almost dangerously high level in Wisconsin, says senior Olivia Kozlowska – an environmental engineering major from Chicago, Illinois – and it’s a problem she hopes her research will address. Kozlowska will present her project, “Evaluation of Filter Media for Phosphorous Removal Systems” at next month’s annual Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin.

Katelyn Zajicek

UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County student supports small businesses through research opportunity

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Growing up, Katelyn Zajicek saw firsthand the entrepreneurial spirit of her grandparents and parents who are all small business owners. Now Zajicek, a business administration major at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County, is researching the question, “How Will Small Hometown Businesses Survive the Age of Technology?”

Pictured from left to right are Sydney Singer, Favour Butterfield, Olivia Schweiger, Mackenzie Darkow, JoJo Peplinski and Daniel Myers.

Student research brings new life to plastic

Authored on: Feb 02, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
A group of mechanical engineering students are tackling the growing problem of plastic waste in landfills by creating a way for anyone in any community to easily get involved in reusing and recycling plastic.

Mussel Research

Biology students research mussels, educate on their importance

Authored on: Jan 01, 2022, Written by: Alison Parkins
A team of biology students have been researching watersheds in Southwest Wisconsin to study mussels and the environmental factors that may influence them. They will present their findings in March at the annual Research in the Rotunda event.

Student conducts feeding trial

Students conduct feeding trials to explore use for hazelnuts, donate to local food pantries

Authored on: Dec 12, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
A group of animal science students spent a portion of this semester designing and conducting a feeding trial in broiler chickens, with the goal of helping Wisconsin growers better understand how to use and market hazelnuts. When the trial ends next week, they will donate the 60 processed chickens to local food pantries across the Driftless region.

Pictured left to right are Dr. Danny Xiao,  Dylan Notsch, Will Straka and Nic Oesau.

Students conduct research at largest pavement research facility

Authored on: Dec 12, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
Three civil engineering students recently conducted research at MnROAD, the largest full-scale pavement research facility of its kind in the world, located near Albertville, Minnesota.

Spencer Butterfield at Machu Picchu

Student spends unforgettable summer internship in Amazon Rainforest

Authored on: Nov 11, 2021, Written by: Jason Piddington
Spencer Butterfield had a summer internship experience like few others. Combining his double majors in sustainability and renewable energy systems and Spanish, he spent two months in the Amazon Rainforest, conducting research on solar panel policy in the rural community of Monterey, Peru.

Dr. Philip Parker

NSF grant will help create future of equitable infrastructure

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Led by UW-Platteville, a consortium of four universities recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. Under the direction of Dr. Philip Parker, the Center for Infrastructure Transformation and Education (CIT-E) will use the grant to transform the approach to diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of civil and environmental engineering education.

Dr. Pete Lammers

UW-Platteville to contribute to $10 million #DiverseCornBelt project

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Pete Lammers, associate professor in the School of Agriculture, is contributing to a $10 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and led by Purdue University, to make Midwestern agriculture more resilient by diversifying farms, marketing and the agricultural landscape.

Dr. Thomas Zolper

Zolper awarded Thompson Center funding to pursue infrastructure research

Authored on: Sep 09, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Thomas Zolper has been awarded a faculty research grant from the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership for his project titled, “The Wisconsin Strategy: Independent Infrastructure.”  Zolper is examining how to enhance the resilience of Wisconsin energy and information infrastructure against natural and man-made failures to reduce public emergencies. 

Boebel Hall Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates re-opening of renovated Boebel Hall

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
More than one hundred members of the UW-Platteville and greater Platteville communities celebrated the official re-opening of Boebel Hall at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, Aug. 27.

Dr. John Obielodan explains the workings of a newly acquired selective laser sintering machine to some of his students in the lab.

Partnership in Prototyping Center helps bring ideas to life

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
New inventions poised to make an impact in a variety of fields are getting their start on the UW-Platteville campus, being designed, prototyped and tested by faculty and students. Thanks to a partnership between WiSys and Dr. John Obielodan, associate professor of mechanical engineering, half a dozen inventions have gone from idea to reality over the past two years.

Dr. Fang Yang

Yang awarded patent for micro-grid energy management system

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
WiSys, the technology transfer arm of the 11 UW System regional comprehensive campuses, was recently awarded a U.S. patent for an invention disclosed by Dr. Fang Yang, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Yang, and her co-inventor Zhao Li, of LY Grid Innovation, created a software-based micro-grid energy management system with proactive and comprehensive control.

Dr. Evan Larson

Larson co-authors Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness publication, highlighting fire regimes and social justice issues

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Evan Larson, professor of geography, and his collaborators have been paddling the lakes of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for the past 15 years to conduct a sprawling research project, the results of which have been recently published in the journal Ecosphere.

Pioneer Farm

Dairy Innovation Hub funds second round of research grants

Authored on: Jul 07, 2021, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded six faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.


Dr. Xiaoguang Ma, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Electrical engineering students conduct broadband internet technology survey

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
This past year, COVID-19 has brought many challenges for Wisconsinites, with one of the biggest struggles being internet access and network performances. To examine the issues, two electrical engineering students, Troy Januchowski and Jacob Hanacek, spent two semesters conducting an independent study with Dr. Xiaoguang Ma, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

Justine Horst

Horst researches use of drones in STEM education, presents at conference

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Justice Hendrick
Justine Horst, a senior electrical engineering major from Hartford, Wisconsin, recently had a paper published for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Integrated STEM Education Conference. Horst’s paper, “STEM Code Using Drones,” is based off of her undergraduate research and describes a methodology of STEM education that would utilize programmable drones.

Trevor Wavrunek

Engineering physics student conducts undergraduate research, presents at Student Showcase

Authored on: Apr 04, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
As Trevor Wavrunek, a senior engineering physics major, prepares for graduation this May, he credits his experience as an undergraduate researcher with helping him with his next academic goal. He has spent the past three years researching the topic of an alternative to solvent-based microfabrication with Dr. Gokul Gopalakrishnan, associate professor of engineering physics

Dylan Notsch researches the effects of anti-icing on concrete.

Engineering student conducts research on concrete durability

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
With near-record cold stretches and snow accumulation this winter, de-icing of Wisconsin roads and highways is a common sight, but a research project at UW-Platteville is studying the long-term impacts of these treatments on concrete durability.

Dr. Hal Evensen, professor of engineering physics

UW-Platteville engineering professors’ inventions awarded U.S. patents

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
WiSys was recently awarded U.S. patents for inventions disclosed by two College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science faculty at UW-Platteville. Dr. Hal Evensen, professor of engineering physics created the “Planar Field Emission Transistor.” Dr. Thomas Zolper, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and his team invented the “Variable Volume Flow Injection Nozzle.” 

Melanie Bisbach

Art student awarded undergraduate research scholarship, developing porcelain recipe

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Melanie Bisbach, a cross-disciplinary fine arts major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is turning her passion into an undergraduate research project titled, “Understanding Porcelains and Ceramic Materials.” Bisbach, a sophomore from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, is developing her own po


Tyler Vargo

Research project brings Southwest Wisconsin into the classroom

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Growing up in Platteville, Tyler Vargo knows firsthand the beauty and diversity of Southwest Wisconsin, but like many rural areas, the region is significantly underrepresented on digital mapping platforms, like Google Maps. Through a project sponsored by the Undergraduate Research and Scholarly and Creative Activity program, Vargo is setting out to change this one location at a time.

Megan Bunyer and Kameko Halfmann

Research explores relationship between COVID-19 knowledge and emotions, sense of control

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
In the fall of 2019, Megan Bunyer began exploring potential research topics, guided by particular interests she had in emotion, memory and sense of control. When the pandemic hit last spring, it presented Bunyer with the opportunity to explore these interests in a much more timely and novel project, as she set out to examine the relationship between knowledge surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak and emotion and sense of control. 

Eliot Driessen

First-year engineering student assists with carbon nanotube research

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Freshman Eliot Driessen, an electrical engineering major, is embarking on his first year of undergraduate research. After being awarded the Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity Scholarship, Driessen has been assisting Dr. Hal Evensen, professor of engineering physics with his research in the nano lab. 

Research at Pioneer Farm

Discover by doing: UW-Platteville’s hands-on approach boosts student success

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dating back to its origins as the state’s first teacher preparation institute and the Wisconsin Mining Trade School, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has long been known for its tradition of providing a hands-on education that extends beyond the classroom.

Kaylee Finseth

Undergrads team up to unravel the molecular basis of plant-microbe symbioses

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
Often reserved for upperclass students at many universities, research has been a part of Kaylee Finseth’s college experience since nearly the time she first stepped foot on campus at UW-Platteville. Now a junior, Finseth has been engaged in several research projects involving plant-microbe symbioses for the past three years. 

Dr. Staci Strobl and Jacob Wehler

Criminal justice major researches treatment court

Authored on: Mar 03, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

“When you are doing research every single thing matters,” said Jacob Wehler, a University of Wisconsin-Platteville criminal justice major. “If you don’t pay attention to all the little details, you could be missing a whole plethora of conclusions or details that could sway your results.”


Hayden Pierce

Research explores impacts of agricultural land changes on rural communities

Authored on: Feb 02, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
A team of UW-Platteville researchers is exploring how farmers and rural communities are affected by agricultural land changes and record-high dairy farm closings and their response to policy proposals intended to address the issues.

Driftless Oaks Research

Seven years of driftless oaks research project published

Authored on: Dec 12, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Thousands of hours of field work and undergraduate research, conducted by more than 75 UW-Platteville students spanning seven years, has come to fruition. Dr. Chris Underwood, associate professor of geography and department chair, Dr. Evan Larson, professor of geography, and alumna Sara Allen, a 2013 history and geography graduate, co-authored “The Driftless Oaks: A new network of tree-ring chronologies to improve regional perspectives of drought in the Upper Midwest, USA.”

Dr. Lynnette Dornak and student

Dornak publishes research on land use, bird conservation efforts

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Amid a decades-long trend of declining bird populations in North America, setting land aside for preservation has long been a primary approach to protect biodiversity. Dr. Lynnette Dornak, associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, researched the effectiveness of this method, and her work, “Assessing the Efficacy of Protected and Multiple-Use Lands for Bird Conservation in the U.S.,” was recently published by the scientific journal, PLOS ONE.

Junior and environmental engineering major Victoria Chanez runs a viscometer test as part of a rheology research project with the Dairy Innovation Hub.

Researchers look for a taste of success

Authored on: Nov 11, 2020, Written by: Megan Hinderman
Wisconsin is known worldwide for its dairy products, and ice cream is an almost universal favorite. Yet what we love about it can often be hard to describe. Now, mechanical engineering professors Dr. Thomas Zolper and Dr. Bidhan Roy are looking at the science behind one of the world’s most popular treats as part of their research for the UW-Platteville Dairy Innovation Hub.

Dominique Kornely conducting research at UW-Platteville in 2018.

Recent alumni publish academic work, credit summer research program

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Two recent UW-Platteville alumni, Kathryn Bartels and Dominique Kornely, have had their research work accepted for publication in academic journals. Both alumni are former participants of UW-Platteville’s Summer Undergraduate Scholars Program and credit the program for their success.

Joseph Creanza

Student takes top prize in state research competition

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Joseph Creanza, a junior soil and crop science major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, scored first place at the recent 2020 Student Research and Innovation Showcase for his project, “Plant Essential Oils as Natural and Safe Pesticides for the Control of Soybean White Mold Disease.”

Server

High-performance computing server opens new research possibilities

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Big data and artificial intelligence are increasingly ubiquitous in society, with an estimate of more than 2.5 million terabytes of data generated worldwide every day. Analyzing this data can help answer fundamental research questions, and thanks to a recent collaboration with IBM and OpenPOWER Foundation, spearheaded by Dr. Arghya Das, UW-Platteville is now home to a high-performance computing server to assist in this effort.

Innovation Challenge

Faculty, student respond to the call for innovative solutions during pandemic

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The creative concepts of five University of Wisconsin-Platteville faculty and one student were recently selected by WiSys in the organization’s Innovation Challenge: COVID-19.

Dr. Vettrivel Gnaneswaran

Grant leads to new research for glove design

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Vettrivel Gnaneswaran, assistant professor of industrial engineering, was recently awarded a Research Infrastructure Program grant by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium for his research exploring the use of gloves and their effect on performing tasks – the results of which could potentially influence glove redesign in manufacturing, aerospace and healthcare industries, helping people select gloves to maximize safety and productivity.

Dairy Innovation Hub Fellowships

Faculty fellowships funded by state-sponsored Dairy Innovation Hub

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Maria Woldt, Dairy Innovation Hub program manager
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently awarded seven faculty research fellowships to help increase dairy-related research capacity through the Dairy Innovation Hub initiative.

Dana Mueller conducting research

Mueller wins UW-Platteville’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dana Mueller, a senior psychology major at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, recently won the university’s WiSys Quick Pitch @ Home competition.

Mask diagram

Mechanical engineering students turn recycled plastic into respiratory face masks

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
To help combat the shortage of personal protective equipment during this COVID-19 crisis, Dr. Jodi Prosise, chair of the UW-Platteville Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and a team of undergraduate researchers are designing a system to turn recycled plastic into respiratory face masks.

Research in the Rotunda

Students present at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

Students, faculty and staff from all three University of Wisconsin-Platteville campuses filled the state capitol on Wednesday for the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda. Eight research teams represented the university and presented their findings with legislators, state leaders, alumni and the public.


UW-Platteville Baraboo students

Students research prairie plant genetic diversity

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: John Christensen
Ongoing work, involving students, in analyzing, cataloging, and sharing the DNA profiles of native grasses and other plant life in preserves and open spaces around Sauk County will aid prairie restoration efforts in communities across Wisconsin and in other regions as well. That’s according to research currently performed by University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County students Emily Forbush and Brooke Martin, who together are working to understand what grasses and plants make up a thriving prairie in the rocky and all-season conditions found near the campus.

flying squirrel

Biology students document a rarely seen species in Southwest Wisconsin

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Students and faculty at UW-Platteville are researching an animal that some Platteville residents might be surprised to learn they have in their own backyard – the southern flying squirrel.

Pictured left to right are RevaLu Ronnfeldt, Frances Tempesta, Hannah Frank and Michael Schneider.

Chemistry students to present research at state, national levels

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Four chemistry students are preparing to present their undergraduate research, learning biochemistry the write way: applying writing-to-learn in STEM, at three different events across the country, including Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C.

Richland project

Nguyen to present research on Vietnam economy

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: John Christensen
Vietnam, Ha Nguyen’s home before enrolling at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Richland, has undergone big structural economic change since the mid-1980s, when most market restrictions were lifted. She has performed a review of the Vietnamese government’s major economic policy changes over the last 30 years, and will share her research with legislators, state leaders, alumni and the public at the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda event.

Brooke Kunkel and Monica Radtke examine the results of a DEXA scan.

Students to present research on health benefits of yoga at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
University of Wisconsin-Platteville health and human performance students Brooke Kunkel, Ann Larson and Monica Radtke will present their research on the health benefits of yoga at the 17th annual Research in the Rotunda at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Dana Mueller conducts research

Mueller to present research on dopamine at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Laurie Hamer
Dana Mueller, a senior psychology major at UW-Platteville, will present her research on dopamine and utilitarian moral judgment at the 17th annual Research in Rotunda on Wednesday, March 11, at the Capitol Building in Madison, Wisconsin.

Pictured left to right are Jonas Wagner and Logan Shefchik.

Students to present disaster response applications at Research in the Rotunda

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Natural disasters are inevitable, but a group of students are researching how an application can assist with disaster response. Several students are collaborating with Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Dr. Mehdi Roopaei on their research topic, device analytics for disaster response applications.

Kayla golden

Golden’s research aims to advance transistor technology

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The race to create faster, smarter and smaller electronic devices has consumed the tech industry for decades, but is there a physical limit to just how small they can go? It is a question being explored in UW-Platteville's Material Fabrication and Nano Characterization Lab. Kayla Golden, a senior electrical engineering major, will present her research on nanoscale vacuum-channel field emission transistors at the annual UW System Research in the Rotunda event in Madison, Wisconsin.

Students researching in field with Dr. John Peterson

Students hope research brings awareness about emerging disease in snakes

Authored on: Feb 02, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
For the past several years, UW-Platteville students, led by Dr. John Peterson, associate professor of biology, have been researching an emerging snake fungal disease that threatens to disrupt the balance of ecosystems across the country, including in Wisconsin.

Boebel Hall renovations

Boebel Hall renovations set to begin

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Paul Erickson
The $23.7 million Boebel Hall renovations are set to begin in the upcoming weeks. The project will renovate existing laboratory and classroom space to become instructional laboratories, preparation and support space, research and undergraduate research space and a general assignment classroom while adding stunning new looks.

Research group photo

UW-Platteville faculty, students help defend the Great Lakes

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
It is no secret that Wisconsin has great fishing opportunities, however, many are unaware of a threat posed to the state’s fishing industry by invasive fish, such as bighead carp and silver carp. Dr. Thomas Zolper, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UW-Platteville, and his students, have spent the past several years collaborating with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to combat this threat.

Concrete Research

Withstand more, fail better: Dr. Robabeh Jazaei contends with concrete

Authored on: Jan 01, 2020, Written by: Jane Halpern
Dr. Robabeh Jazaei is an expert in the characterization and simulation of advanced materials subject to static and dynamic loadings; but more than that; she is an expert in a special type of failure. The lecturer in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville has forged her career around the study of failure mechanism in all its forms: cracking, crumbling, and collapsing.

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.


Pictured left to right are Katherine Wardinski, Ian Breitlow, and Dr. Gretchen Bohnhoff.

Students research bentonite to improve waste containment solutions

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville students are contributing to research on the properties of bentonite, a naturally-occurring clay that is used in the construction of waste barriers.


Student conducting research in lab

Students team with NASA to test limitations of polymer for cleaning aerospace equipment

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Abbey Pignatari

University of Wisconsin-Platteville student research teams have been experimenting to find the limitations of the First Contact™ adhesive polymer, which is already being used by NASA to clean its astronomical equipment, like telescopes, mirrors and lenses.


Pictured left to right are Dr. Mohammad Rabbani, Hyeong Cheol Yoo, and JaLynn Schuh.

Students to present on metallic organic frameworks at Research in the Rotunda

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

Two University of Wisconsin-Platteville chemistry students will present their research project in Madison, Wisconsin, at the 16th annual Research in the Rotunda on April 17. Student researchers JaLynn Schuh, a senior from Plymouth, Wisconsin, and Hyeong Cheol Yoo, a junior from Seoul, South Korea, are collaborating with Dr.


Dr. Evan Larson

Faculty forum to examine impact of Ojibwe landuse on Boundary Waters forests

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Laurie Hamer

What is wilderness?

To help answer this question, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s College of Liberal Arts and Education will host a faculty forum, “Reconsidering Wilderness,” on Thursday, March 7, in Room 136 Doudna Hall from 5-6:30 p.m.


Eva Birtell outside of NASA

Student designs Mars greenhouse concept for NASA

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

University of Wisconsin-Platteville student Eva Birtell’s research on agricultural production systems is – literally – out of this world.


Dr. James Hamilton

NASA requests development of Hamilton’s telescope-cleaning polymer

Authored on: May 05, 2017, Written by: Kelsey Bigelow
Dr. James Hamilton has created First Contact Polymer (FCP), a peel-able coating that cleans and protects optical surfaces like those on giant telescopes and satellites.