Spring Engineering Seminar Series announced, kicks off with 'Traffic management for Super Bowl'

Written by Kristie Reynolds on Wed, 01/26/2022 - 09:59 |

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science is bringing real-world engineering projects to students, faculty and friends of the university through the spring 2022 EMS Engineering Seminar Series. Free and open to the public, the series will highlight six engineering projects and insight from top experts in the field.

“This semester’s seminars cover a broad range of topics,” said Dr. Danny Xiao, associate professor of civil engineering at UW-Platteville and an organizer of the event. “We will continue the hybrid format to bring speakers and audiences from far and near together to discuss how cutting-edge technologies are engineered to benefit the humankind.”

The series will kick off on Tuesday, Feb. 8, with “Traffic Management for Super Bowl,” presented by Debbie Albert, associate research engineer at Texas A&M Transportation Institute. Dr. Adam Dempsey, assistant professor at Marquette University, will present “Fuel Flexible Mixing-Controlled Combustion System for Heavy-Duty Engines Using Low Carbon Alternative Fuels” on Tuesday, Feb. 22. On Tuesday, March 8, Paul Crocker of Ayres Associates Inc. will present “Going Above and Beyond Traditional Survey: Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Civil Engineering.” Michael Heikens of Electrical Consultants Inc. will present “Power On: Interconnecting the Edwards and Sanborn Solar Facility” on Tuesday, April 5. The series will continue on Tuesday, April 19, with “Novel Materials and Product Development through 3D Printing,” presented by UW-Platteville’s Dr. John Obielodan. The series will end with “Innovation from Engineers’ Perspective,” by Dave Everett with Spectrum Brands, on Tuesday, May 3. All seminars will be offered in both 140 Ottensman Hall and virtually on Zoom.

“The past EMS Seminar Series has allowed me to see real world engineering projects that directly tie in and grant a new perspective on what I have learned throughout my coursework,” said Bryan Boettcher, a senior mechanical engineering major from Menomonie, Wisconsin. “I am looking forward to listening to the upcoming seminar presentations and further adding to my engineering knowledge.”

“The EMS Seminar Series are an amazing way, outside of classes, to learn more about topics that you are interested in as well as creating a platform to meet people who may have the same interests as you and connect with presenters who can answer more in depth questions or point you to great information sources to do a little more research yourself,” added Brooke Hannon, a recent UW-Platteville graduate.

The seminar series, now in its seventh year, is offered in the spring and fall.

Attendees are eligible for one professional development hour. For more information about the series and to register, visit the EMS Seminar webpage www.uwplatt.edu/EMS-engineering-seminar-series.