Dr. Harold T Evensen

Contact Info

227 Busby Hall
1 University Plz
Platteville, WI 53818-3099

Campuses and Colleges

  • UW-Platteville
  • Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Department Info

0227 Busby Hall



The 4th Annual UW-Platteville Holiday Toy Hack was a success!  On Saturday, November 20, 2021, 35 students "hacked" (modified) electronic toys, to adapt them so that they can be operated with external switches and buttons.  This enables kids with special needs, who may not be able to manipulate the toys otherwise, to interact and play!  We donated these toys to families, clinics, and others who find them useful.  This year, this included Variety - the Children's Charity of Wisconsin and families reached through The Arc of East Central Iowa.  

You can help!  We need student volunteers and will put any donations to good use (we purchase toys, tools, wires, connectors, and switches; see UW-Platteville Foundation -- use Toy Hack Project #R1075... or, Venmo @UWP_ToyHack !  Note, this method is not tax-deductible.) 
* NOTE: the survey is not currently active; students, please feel free to email Prof. Evensen.

Flyer (explanation, pictures; UW-Platteville login required)

We welcome student volunteers from all majors and all parts of campus!  We have had student participants from all colleges – we have something for everyone, and can “train you up!”  The 2021 Toy Hack was on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in Busby Engineering Hall, room 230... in 2022, we're hoping to use the new Huff Innovation Center in the new engineering building.

Recipients, past and future, please feel free to contact Prof. Evensen with any feedback.  We are looking to identify individuals and organizations, and the type of toys they would like that would require some adaptive modification.  

Videos!  See our toys in action.




Professional Background

His more recent research areas include:

  • Carbon nanotube-based electronics:  self-assembly of semiconducting carbon nanotube films, and application of these to electronics and sensors.  
    • Read about some of my students here and here.
  • Automated rotational grazing (video here): funded by the Dairy Innovation Hub, this project tries to automate the movement and tracking of a dairy herd.
  • Industry 4.0 / Mechatronics / Internet of Things:  
    • I've been working with several students in our "I40" lab, on advanced automation, including machine vision, robot arms, and cloud-based data collection.  
      • Two students made a tic-tac-toe game with a FANUC robot arm; video is here.
      • Now currently working on Pong!  Stay tuned...
    • Also, we've been working with faculty and industry advisors to develop curriculum related to the Internet of Things, and related areas.
  • At present (2021-2022), I am on sabbatical at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working in the Materials Science & Engineering department with Professor Mike Arnold's Advanced Materials for Energy and Electronics group.  I'm presently workign on nanolithography of graphene nanoribbons, and look forward to bringing some projects back to Platteville with me!

Educational Background

Dr. Evensen earned his PhD and Master of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics from Michigan Technological University.

Dr. Evensen's thesis work was in the area of experimental plasma physics and nuclear fusion. While working as a postdoctoral research associate in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of Washington, he worked on automation applied to DNA sequencing.