STEM

Dr. Hynek Boril

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Hynek Boril

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Since joining UW-Platteville in 2015, Dr. Hynek Boril, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been instrumental in providing students with unique research opportunities on campus, particularly through his creation of the Pioneer Speech Signal Processing Laboratory.

Drew Francis and Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Newly-renovated automation lab features world-class technology

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Last week, the Department of Industrial Studies hosted an open house to celebrate the newly-renovated electronics and industrial controls systems laboratory. Located in Russell Hall, the lab is one of two automation labs that underwent a $1.5 million renovation to offer students the opportunity to use world-class technology and give them an edge in the workforce.

UW-Platteville campus

New agreement between UW-Platteville and Carroll University to strengthen engineering workforce

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Carroll University
A new agreement between UW-Platteville and Carroll University will allow Carroll students to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering without ever leaving southeast Wisconsin. Carroll students will complete UW-Platteville engineering courses in an online format through UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships.

Dr. Kristina Fields

Fields honored with UW System award for teaching excellence

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Dr. Kristina Fields, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was named one of four recipients across the UW System of the 2020 Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Hal Evensen

Evensen honored with first Dale Dixon Professor of Engineering Award

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Hal Evensen, UW-Platteville professor of engineering physics, is the recipient of the inaugural Dale Dixon Professor of Engineering Award. The award was established by Dr. Dale Dixon, a former engineering department chair in the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, to celebrate engineering faculty excellence.

Edward and Lois Busby

Family legacy honored with renaming of Busby Hall of Engineering

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
For more than 50 years, the Busby family has helped transform and enrich UW-Platteville and the greater Platteville community. To honor their family legacy, UW-Platteville will rename Engineering Hall to the Busby Hall of Engineering.

WiSys 2019 Innovation Showcase first place winners

Engineering alumni and professor launch Skillzboard, LLC

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
It’s an idea that has evolved since 2019 when four engineering students and Dr. Gokul “Gopal” Gopalakrishnan, associate professor of engineering physics, discussed their passion for rock climbing and developed the first prototype of Skillzboard. Today, Gopal and his former students are now partners and have started their own company.

Dr. Harold Evensen in Internet of Things Lab

Responding to industry needs, UW-Platteville rolls out Internet of Things curricula

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The growing interconnectedness of smart devices – known as the “internet of things” – is changing the way the manufacturing industry operates and the products it produces, and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is continuing to lead the charge of ensuring that the next generation workforce is prepared for these changes.

Hannah Exner

Exner finds new opportunities, skills with virtual internship

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
When Hannah Exner accepted a summer internship offer last September, she expected to spend the summer of 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working for Thermo King – a Trane Technologies brand. But when the COVID-19 pandemic began to unfold last spring, Exner began to worry about the possibility of her internship being canceled. Thanks to longstanding relationships with UW-Platteville, many industry partners like Trane Technologies, made it a priority to honor these internship commitments, finding creative solutions to provide meaningful experiences.

plexiglass in EMS shop

EMS shop supervisors produce plexiglass barriers

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
College of EMS shop supervisors are producing self-supporting plexiglass barriers to help protect the campus community against COVID-19. The shop supervisors are teaming up with the Facilities Management department in creating the two-foot by two-foot countertop items with an etched university logo and a slot to pass papers through.

Learning Glass

Gnaneswaran to introduce transformative teaching technology to campus

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
As the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s 2019-20 Innovations in Technology for Teaching and Learning Award, Dr. Vettrivel Gnaneswaran, assistant professor of industrial engineering, will use the award funds to implement new learning glass technology on campus.

Fall engineering seminar series

Fall Engineering Seminar Series announced

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science is bringing real-world engineering projects to students, faculty and the public, through the fall 2020 EMS Engineering Seminar Series.

STEMStart Logo

UW-Platteville hosts STEMStart Summer Institute

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Area high school teachers from across Wisconsin met virtually with engineering professors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science for the STEMStart Summer Institute. STEMStart is an early college credit program for engineering.

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.”

Dr. Douglas Selent

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Douglas Selent

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Douglas Selent, assistant professor of computer science and software engineering, joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2018. He also serves as the software engineering program coordinator. His interests include bringing active learning into his classroom through different activities and gamification.

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.

Dr. Ranen McLanahan

McLanahan receives Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Aric Ranen McLanahan, University of Wisconsin-Platteville assistant professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, was selected for the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. The purpose of the award is to recognize a tenure-track faculty member who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of UW-Platteville as an outstanding teacher.

KEEN conference

Partnership in nationwide engineering network to bring new opportunities

Authored on: Jul 07, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Building on its tradition of offering active, hands-on and problem-based learning, the UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science recently affirmed its place as a leader in engineering education with its acceptance as a partner in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN).

Dr. Yan Shi

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Yan Shi

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Yan Shi, associate professor of computer science and software engineering joined the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2011. Besides teaching, she is researching several topics related to data mining in social networks.

Girls Who Code Club

Grant to help empower young women in computer science field

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Donna Gavin, a senior lecturer in computer science and software engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and founder of Platteville’s Girls Who Code Club, recently received a grant of more than $1,500 from the Platteville Community Fund, which will help support new opportunities for both the middle and high school-aged girls in the club and their college mentors.

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.

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.

Caleb Dykema

Alumnus finds success in innovation at UW-Platteville, now supports others

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Recent graduate Caleb Dykema is taking the experiences in innovation he found at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and inspiring others to achieve the same through his new podcast, Just the Bulb.

Senior design group presentation

Students to share senior design projects in virtual open house

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Adaptability is perhaps one of the most important skills an engineer must have, and students in the Senior Design Program at UW-Platteville this spring have had a chance to put this skill to the test. The Senior Design Program pairs student groups with an industry partner to solve real problems or create new products. When the COVID-19 pandemic required students to transition to remote learning, they had to make some quick adjustments. On May 20, students will virtually present their final projects to the public during the Senior Design Open House.