Mind’s eye: Hai builds tools to expand our understanding of the brain

February 14, 2o19

Hai is developing those next-generation tools—ones that can work wirelessly, that don’t require major surgery, and that can reveal a more comprehensive account of neural activity across regions of the brain. Read More 

Greeshma Gadikota Interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio

January 28, 2019

GIE fellow, Greeshma Gadikota, speaks with WPR about the practicality of technologies that can remove carbon from the air. Click here to listen.

Constructing More Sustainable Concrete

January 7, 2019

Concrete is the most produced material in the world – it is also one of the most damaging for the environment. Bu Wang and researchers at CO2NCRETE are looking to change that. Read more here.

The Next Dimension

December 19, 2018

The concept is simple enough, Thoma says. Conventional manufacturing methods cut components from blocks of material and sometimes weld multiple pieces together. But 3D printing builds an entire piece from the ground up, allowing users to create new materials and design internal structures.

Rasmussen joins Forward BIO Institute as Assistant Director

December 10, 2018

Cathy Rasmussen, an accomplished regenerative medicine and biomanufacturing researcher, has joined the recently established Forward BIO Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as assistant director. Read more about Rasmussen’s position here.

Going ‘Viral’ to Curb Disease

November 12, 2018

Professor Po-Ling Loh explains how statistical modeling of information transmission across networks is advancing medicine, especially diagnostic tools. The objective of Loh’s research is determining the origins of certain information and deducing means to either spread or contain it effectively.


Thoma named Minerals, Metals & Materials Society fellow

October 29, 2018

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the practices of metallurgy and materials science and technology, the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society honored Dan Thoma, a professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering, with the prestigious TMS 2019 fellow award. Read More

Automatic, and anything but ordinary: Partnership with Rockwell prepares engineers to excel

October 16, 2018

“We are doing things that aren’t traditionally done,” says Dan Thoma, director of the Grainger Institute for Engineering at UW-Madison, which oversees the lab. “And it’s helping our students build up a comfort zone and familiarity with state-of-the-art technology from Rockwell.” That familiarity will give Badger engineers an important leg up when they enter the job market. And, companies need highly-skilled workers.

Focus on new faculty: Line Roald is reshaping the power grid for a renewable energy future

September 13, 2018

Line Roald, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is finding solutions to keep electricity flowing without interruptions so that our power can be green.

“I do what I do because I want to contribute to a more sustainable world with an energy system that still delivers power reliably,” says Roald, who joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in fall 2018.


September 11, 2018

Greeshma Gadikota, faculty fellow of the Grainger Institute for Engineering and assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, will be representing the UW-Madison College of Engineering on a new multidisciplinary, multi-institute collaboration led by the University of Utah’s College of Engineering and College of Mines and Earth Sciences.

Initiative focuses on advanced technology innovations in biomanufacturing

September 6, 2018

A $750,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. announced today (Sept. 6) establishes the Forward BIO Initiative, a collaborative effort to make Wisconsin a recognized center of excellence for biomanufacturing.

$100M Foxconn Gift Launches Major New Partnership with UW-Madison

August 28, 2018

Foxconn Technology Group and its Chairman and Founder, Terry Gou, today announced plans to invest $100 million in engineering and innovation research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, while also creating the framework for a science and technology institute that will collaborate closely with the company’s facilities in southeast Wisconsin.


August 15, 2018

These grants are expected to expand the scope of Machine Learning activity on campus and to encourage cross-disciplinary collaborations to advance the rapidly growing field of machine learning in medical imaging. The UW’s Machine Learning for Medical Imaging Initiative (ML4MI) selection committee recently announced the winners of the ML4MI Pilot Research Grants.

UW-Madison and Argonne partner on advanced manufacturing technologies and entrepreneurship

August 8, 2018

Through its Grainger Institute for Engineering, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory are partnering on ways to accelerate technology development that fuels growth in the $1.2 trillion manufacturing sector, while also aiming to facilitate a broad portfolio of research shared between the two institutions.

GIE Fellow, Dimitris Papailiopoulos’ publication is Top 10 most accessed in IEEE

August 2, 2018

Assistant Professor of UW-Madison ECE and UW-Madison Grainger Institute for Engineering Fellow Dimitris Papailiopoulos‘ publication “Speeding Up Distributed Machine Learning Using Codes”, is one of the TOP 10 most accessed papers in the IEEE Transactions of Information Theory which is considered to be one of the most prestigious ECE theory journals! Congrats, Dimitris! To read his full paper, click here.


July 1, 2018

FACULTY SCHOLAR AWARDS: Adrien Couet is working towards creating more efficient, safer, and cheaper advanced reactor designs. The 2018 Grainger Institute for Engineering Faculty Scholar Award will aid his quest.

Read more.

Shiva Rudraraju Explores Materials to Make Metal 3D Printing a Reality in Manufacturing

July 1, 2018

FACULTY SCHOLAR AWARDS: An improved understanding of the properties of 3D printed parts is the goal of Shiva Rudraraju. With the assistance of the 2018 Grainger Institute for Engineering Faculty Scholar Award, this goal can become a reality.

Read more.

Check out our latest 3D printed project

June 4, 2018

Check out Thoma Lab’s 3D Printed Projects!

Air Force-backed center to make machine learning more independent, predictable, secure

May 29, 2018

In an effort to build the next generation of machine-learning methods to support its needs, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and the Air Force Research Laboratory have awarded $5 million to establish a university center of excellence devoted to efficient and robust machine learning at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more.

Robert Nowak Leads Machine Learning and Optimization Activities at the Grainger Institute for Engineering

May 5, 2018

In today’s environment, computational science, machine learning (ML) and data analytics are becoming more prevalent, useful and important. Yet, there’s so much we still don’t know. That’s why the Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE) has established a research focus area, called Machines, Algorithms and Data, to continue building the mathematical and computational foundations of ML and data science. Robert Nowak, the McFarland-Bascom Professor in Engineering, is leading the charge.

Focus on new faculty: Bu Wang, studying materials for a safer, more sustainable world

February 14, 2018

Bu Wang has always been drawn to engineering. Whether it was building model planes as a child or roasting his own coffee beans after he moved from China to the United States for graduate school, he would spend hours tinkering with parts and pieces and figuring out the perfect conditions for a process of interest.

Nowak Leads Machine Learning for Medical Imaging Seminar

February 12, 2018

View the video here. 

Grainger Institute for Engineering Announces New Public-Private Partnership Agreements

January 22, 2018

The Grainger Institute for Engineering (GIE) at the UW-Madison College of Engineering has started implementing a new framework for public-private partnerships to make it easier for faculty members and industry to engage with each other.

Focus on new faculty: Greeshma Gadikota, using green chemistry to close elemental loops

December 8, 2017

As a toddler, Greeshma Gadikota was drawn to chemistry by the smell of acidic fumes from her father’s company. While they may not have been the healthiest exposure, those fumes became some of her earliest and most powerful childhood memories. She also found it fascinating to watch the mixing of massive amounts of material in boilers and reactors and the transfer of fluids from one tank to another.

Focus on new faculty: Eric Severson, finding new ways to reduce energy consumption

October 26, 2017

Faster. Smaller. Smarter. For new faculty member Eric Severson, these three qualities are the key to reducing wasted electrical energy. Severson, who joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Grainger Institute for Engineering in fall 2017, is passionate about developing clean technologies and finding better, more efficient ways to use energy.

Thrust Leader William Murphy testifies before Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Science and Technology

October 12, 2017

Murphy and five other speakers had the opportunity to share with policymakers what biomanufacturing is, what it isn’t, and why it’s important to encourage its growth in our state.

Director Dan Thoma speaks on High Tech Manufacturing in honor of Manufacturing Month

October 9, 2017

View the video here.

One step closer to market: Renewable energy flooring makes debut in Union South

September 6, 2017

As tens of thousands of visitors each day walk across a new flooring installation in UW-Madison’s Union South in fall 2017, they might not realize they’re participating in what could very well represent a leap into the future of renewable energy production. A research team led by Xudong Wang, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of materials science and engineering, in collaboration with the UW-Madison Grainger Institute for Engineering, has installed a high-tech flooring prototype that harvests the energy of footsteps and converts it into electricity.

Andrea Hicks investigates environmental impacts of novel technologies

July 18, 2017

Most of us are not fond of stinky feet, so the idea of adding antimicrobial nanoparticles to socks to reduce odor seems great. But what are the societal and environmental costs and benefits of lacing our clothing with nanoparticles? It is questions like this that intrigue Andrea Hicks and a Grainger Institute for Engineering Faculty Scholar Award supports her quest to answer them.

Po-Ling Loh’s research helps tease meaningful conclusions out of highly complex data

June 20, 2017

In a world where data reigns, noisy data can lead to inaccurate conclusions with life-changing implications—such as false medical diagnoses. But just how noisy must data sets be in order to be significantly risky? This is what Po-Ling Loh  seeks to uncover, and a 2017 Grainger Institute for Engineering Faculty Scholar Award supports her in this pursuit.

Younghyun Kim aims to make our interconnected world a safer place

June 19, 2017

In our modern interconnected world, we rely on cyber infrastructure in our daily lives. We have phones, medical devices, and cars that are connected to the internet—and this rise of interconnectedness creates vulnerability. Younghyun Kim works to minimize this vulnerability and to ensure security in our interconnected world, and a 2017 Grainger Institute of Engineering Faculty Scholar Award supports his efforts.

Sangkee Min aims to transcend design constraints in manufacturing

June 13, 2017

Due to manufacturing constraints, the designs of many consumer products from computers to watches to automobiles haven’t changed much over the years. Sangkee Min wants to alter that, and a Grainger Institute for Engineering Faculty Scholar Award will support him in that endeavor.

New academic-industry effort at UW-Madison aims to improve healthcare through engineering

May 15, 2017

Technology is also at the heart of the Wisconsin Institute for Healthcare Systems Engineering (WIHSE)—a new effort at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that director Pascale Carayon hopes will become Wisconsin’s next key player in transforming the way healthcare is delivered in this country.

Murphy to lead Grainger Institute for Engineering’s biomanufacturing thrust

May 2, 2017

“UW-Madison is well positioned in several ways to be a leader in biomanufacturing,” Murphy says. “It is one of the very few places in the world that has large industry players, many emerging startup companies, a broad scope of thought leaders on the academic and industry side, and a major medical center and engineering college co-localized and working actively together.”

Nuclear innovation policy guide named one of top 50 policy reports

May 1, 2017

The University of Pennsylvania Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) has selected a report co-authored by Engineering Physics Professor Todd Allen as one of the top 50 worldwide policy study-reports produced by a think tank in 2016.

Carayon to lead Grainger Institute for Engineering’s smart and connected healthcare thrust

May 1, 2017

Developing and safely implementing these technologies is the goal of the institute’s smart and connected healthcare thrust that Carayon is now leading. She plans to involve engineering faculty members in transdisciplinary and transformative research on healthcare delivery, noting that the institute’s infrastructure will be critical for realizing this vision.

Focus on new faculty: Jiamian Hu, using computer models to improve materials for many applications

February 23, 2017

For materials scientist Jiamian Hu, the culture of interdisciplinary research collaboration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a major selling point for the university.

Allen to lead Grainger Institute for Engineering energy thrust

January 11, 2017

Given the great scope and complexity of the energy challenges facing society, innovative research collaborations across disciplines hold the most potential to produce transformative technological breakthroughs.

UW-Madison engineers part of $140 million ‘Manufacturing USA’ clean-energy initiative

January 6, 2017

Several University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers are among leading researchers around the country who will participate in the newly created Reducing Embodied-Energy and Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute.

Focus on new faculty: Po-Ling Loh, applying abstract math to real-world situations

December 1, 2016

A new assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering uses highly conceptual calculations to tackle concrete problems like medical imaging or modeling how diseases spread.

Focus on new faculty: Shiva Rudraraju, studying mechanics and morphology evolution in materials

November 22, 2016

In January 2017, Shiva Rudraraju will join the Department of Mechanical Engineering as an assistant professor.

Focus on new faculty: Varun Jog, mining big data for big attitudes

November 17, 2016

Varun Jog puts a modern spin on the old proverb “people are known by the company they keep” by applying advanced mathematical tools to analyze interpersonal connections within social networks.

Focus on new faculty: Dimitris Papailiopoulos, speeding up machine learning pipelines

November 17, 2016

Although computers already are learning our preferences, enhancing our online experiences, and allowing for seamless automation to an unimaginable extent, for assistant professor Dimitris Papailiopoulos, who joined the electrical and computer engineering faculty in fall 2016, it is about how we can enable computers to learn concepts even faster.

Focus on new faculty: Benjamin Peherstorfer, developing mathematical tools to make tractable large-scale numerical simulations in engineering

November 17, 2016

How do scientists and engineers solve numerical problems that would require years upon years to solve on today’s fastest supercomputers? They don’t. Learn more about Benjamin here. 

Advanced nano-cutter to boost emerging materials research at UW-Madison

September 15, 2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering is the new home of a unique machine that is capable of 3D milling precise to one nanometer. The machine, called the ROBONANO ?-0iB, is the first of its kind in North America, and it brings extremely advanced technological capabilities that could represent the future of advanced manufacturing.

Thoma leads smart manufacturing webinar

September 12, 2016

View the video here (note that this link will open a new browser window and lead you to Box).

Focus on new faculty: Sangkee Min, manufacturing the future of innovative design

October 22, 2015

Sangkee Min doesn’t merely want to push the envelope of possibility for manufacturing; rather, he hopes to redefine the envelope entirely, ushering in a new era of truly innovative designs.

Two-minute Drill: The Future of Manufacturing

October 15, 2015

View the video here.

Focus on new faculty: Xin Wang, untying knotty systems

September 2, 2015

Where others see hopelessly foundering logistics, Xin Wang sees the possibility of creating sustainable and resilient systems for things like developing biofuels and keeping cities operating when disaster strikes.