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Open-Source, Linux, and UW-Madison: A Story of History and Increasing Relevance

Niche and confined to technical discourse, Linux and open-source technologies shoulder the responsibility of maintaining life in the modern digital age. On a global scale, from governments to multinational corporations, world leaders invest in the immense power of one technology. This exceedingly powerful tool is known as open-source. Open-source computing makes Linux, an operating system […]

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An Investment in the Future: The Legacy of the Washburn Observatory

143 years after being built, the Washburn observatory continues to offer a view of the cosmos to the public. See how dedicated engineering and innovative techniques contributed to the extraordinary lifetime of this UW-Madison icon. Outlasting its namesake, former governor C. C. Washburn, by over half a century and remaining scientifically relevant for decades after […]

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Queer and Trans Engineers: Student Organization Spotlight

Written by Paige Dollevoet QTE is an identity-based student organization that provides a sense of community for LGBTQIA+ students enrolled in the College of Engineering. All UW-Madison students deserve to feel a place of belonging. Four identity-based engineering student organizations on the UW-Madison campus aim to make this a reality. This includes the National Society […]

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Revolutionizing the Run: How the Use of Carbon-Fiber Plates in Long Distance Running Shoes is Making Runners Faster 

Written by Dominic Greco First included in running shoes in 2017, carbon-fiber plates greatly increase running efficiency. Most professional runners now use this technology because of the advantage it provides. Alex Marrione, a long-distance runner for the Wisconsin Track Club, purchased a new pair of Nike running shoes for training during his senior year of […]

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ECB Resurfaces after a Flood… Again

Written by Lucy Steffes The curse of the Engineering Centers Building strikes again! After two fires and two floods over the lifetime of the building, how will the community of the College of Engineering recover from yet another disaster? History repeats itself. That’s the saying. While usually applied to large-scale societal events – war, epidemics, […]

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C-Motive’s New Electric Avenue

Written by Kristy Wendt Electric motors have relied on the same fundamental technology for nearly two centuries until two UW-Madison Electrical Engineering graduate students returned to one of Benjamin Franklin’s early designs. In 2009, Dan Ludois was a UW-Madison Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate student. In the laboratory of Giri Venkataramanan, he spent his Friday […]

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A Peek at Recent Enrollment Trends in Engineering and the Humanities 

Written by Shivani Choudhary  Machines or Mercurial Philosophers: Why Students Choose to Study the Former College enrollment trends ebb and flow with various societal, economic, and cultural changes. Within the landscape of higher education, two distinct areas often experience significant fluctuations in enrollment: humanities and engineering. While humanities programs explore the breadth of human expression […]

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A More Connected Madison – WiHST’S Vision for High-Speed Rail in the United States

Written by Carmella Whittaker Live in Madison, work in Chicago, and get dinner in Minneapolis – the possibilities of high-speed rail in the Midwest are endless.  As winter break approaches, the stress of finals might finally dissipate for UW-Madison students. But as thousands of students plan to travel home for the holidays, the burdens of […]

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Oppenheimer and the Future of Energy

Written by Leo Mazzocco With the pop culture outbreak this summer surrounding Oppenheimer, more attention has been brought to research in nuclear engineering, specifically in UW-Madison’s Department of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics. The release of Oppenheimer this past summer drove a pop culture frenzy. But more importantly, it increased conversations about nuclear engineering in […]

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Badger Solar Racing: To the Sun

Written by Sarah Gerovac After facing the cancellation of their first competition, Badger Solar Racing, an engineering student organization, recently competed for the first time, now excited to compete in many more. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted the lifestyle of all college students, canceling, postponing, and restructuring events and activities critical to the college experience. Many […]