Research

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.