Registration for Badger Volunteers now open

Talk about Badger spirit. A volunteer program that started small now spreads the enthusiasm and generosity of more than 400 University of Wisconsin-Madison students each semester to schools, community centers, food banks and more.

The Badger Volunteers program, coordinated by the Morgridge Center for Public Service, began in fall 2008 and, during its first semester, involved 40 student volunteers and partnerships with four community organizations. In 2010, the program sent 70 teams — more than 400 students — to 50 community-partner sites.

Starting Tuesday, Jan. 18, students can begin registering online to take part in the program during spring semester. Registration continues through Friday, Jan. 28, at Continue reading

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Celebrate the Peace Corps

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s African Studies Program will host “Peace Corps and Africa: 50 Years,” an event honoring a half century of volunteer service.

On March 24-26, 2011, returned Peace Corps volunteers, Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams, musicians, artists, storytellers and some of the Peace Corps’ early founders and present-day leaders will come together in Madison to celebrate, reflect, and debate the legacy of the Peace Corps in Africa and beyond.

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Revived human factors org receives national award

HFES members celebrate at a summer picnic. Photo courtesy of UW-HFES.

At the 2010 National Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) annual meeting, held in San Francisco, California, in late September, the newly re-formed UW-Madison chapter was awarded a silver-level outstanding student chapter award.

The award, given to only a few college chapters each year, recognizes the UW-Madison chapter’s community outreach, information dissemination campaign and high level of student involvement during the past year.

Chapter president and ISyE graduate student Sacha Duff was instrumental reorganizing the chapter after it lapsed into a brief hiatus “For anyone involved in human factors, this society is really important,” says Duff. “I think that having a group like this is important for students looking to further their studies in human factors or ergonomics.”

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Welcome to the neighborhood!

The WID at night. Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).

With construction now complete, the College of Engineering’s new neighbor will open its doors this week.

The Wisconsin Institute of Discovery (WID) is the public research institute that along with the private Morgridge Institute for Research forms the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. WID will be home to cutting-edge research in tissue engineering, epigenetics, healthcare information, biology and medicine optimization, and systems biology.

Additionally, WID includes K-12 teaching labs and public gathering spaces. WID will host a series of grand opening events from Dec. 2-11. Events include guided tours, musical performances and a variety of presentations and panel discussions. Check here for a full listing of all the exciting events taking place in the upcoming weeks at the WID!

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Radiating potential: Nuclear student receives INL scholarship

Amanda in the lab. Photo courtesy of Chris Morgan, Idaho National Laboratory.

It may not be news for most people that advanced research goes on at Idaho National Laboratory. But many would probably be surprised to learn that one of the people conducting some of INL’s cutting-edge research just finished her sophomore year of college.

Amanda Lang, a nuclear engineering student from UW-Madison, was recently awarded a $3,000 scholarship by the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES). She was one of 10 students awarded a scholarship based on their INL summer internship work and their career plans for addressing the world’s energy challenges. Nine other students received scholarships for $1,000 each. Their summer projects varied widely, from technical writing to computer engineering and environmental science. Continue reading

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Don’t forget to vote!

Hey Mad Engineers!  Just a reminder to vote in today’s elections! Be a part of the democratic process and have your voice heard.

To find our your polling place, click here.

If you live in University Housing, click here for more information about your polling places.

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Bike, walk, bus or drive … to the Energy Hub conference this week!

This week, UW-Madison engineers will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn about the energy impacts of transportation policy and technology. The 2010 Energy Hub Conference, “Moving Forward: Powering our Transportation Future,” will take place this Friday, November 5 at the Monona Terrace.

Energy Hub, a College of Engineering student organization, has been working hard planning for this year’s conference. EHub helps to connect different student organizations interested in alternative energy sources and technologies. By connecting a wide variety of different students, organizations and resources, EHub has been able to host its conference for the past three years.

This year’s speakers and discussions will cover a wide variety of topics including biofuels, electric vehicles, hybrid vehicles, mass transit, high-speed rail, fuel cells, fossil fuels, smart grid and EV-to-grid integration, and renewable energy. Other activities slated for the conference include a student research poster exhibition and an alternative vehicle expo. The vehicle expo will feature electric cars, hybrid trucks, pedal-power vehicles, clean diesel vehicles and cars from the UW Hybrid Vehicle Team.

This event is free of charge for all UW-Madison students, but a pre-registration is required. Registered students will receive snacks and a chance at door prizes like gift cards or an Amazon Kindle! For more information and to register click here!

Promotional poster for this year's conference.

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Make a difference: Join the differential committee

Polygon Engineering Council is looking for students to join the differential tuition student working group. The group is a great opportunity to get directly involved in deciding how the College of Engineering spends your tuition. Want to see more outlets in Wendt Commons? Think you need more prototyping opportunities in class? Join the committee to learn how to put your money to work–for you.

The group will include 10-15 students who will be, essentially, the differential tuition student gurus. You’ll help other students and student orgs understand what differential does and can do, and you’ll also take student feedback back to Polygon and College of Engineering administrators. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone those presentation and management skills!

During the 2009-2010 school year, more than $1 million from differential funds was invested in instruction, engineering shops and labs, student services, and other educational innovations. “In addition to in-class improvements, we’re also working to improve hands-on-learning,” says Polygon treasurer and differential tuition committee chair Capri Pearson. “Students have repeatedly identified hands-on experiences as a top priority for improving their undergraduate education.”

The details: If you’re interested, fill out the application on the Polygon website and email it to coe_dtc *AT* Be prepared for a short interview by the differential committee.

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ECB Open House

Just in time to celebrate the end of midterm exams, Polygon Student Council is hosting a great event where students can kick back and have fun for a night.

The Engineering Centers Building (ECB) Open House will take place November 5.  The event will feature food, games and activities for any University of Wisconsin-Madison student. Attendees last year participated in activities like laser tag and a velcro wall!

“Over 350 people attended the event last year, and it was really fun,” says Polygon Senior Co-President Mandy Stevermer. “We’re hoping that students can come out and have fun.”

Check back soon for more details regarding the ECB Open House!

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Mad Engineers deliciously appreciated

Student at Appreciation Day

It’s good to be appreciated.

Today, students visited the Supplementary Instruction Program in Engineering Hall for free bagels and coffee in honor of Engineering Student Appreciation Day.

Assistant Dean for Student Development John Archambault

Assistant Dean for Student Development John Archambault at Student Appreciation Day

The event is a chance for student services staff to reach out to students. The morning freebies were sponsored Engineering General Resources, Diversity Affairs Office and Supplementary Instruction.

Free cookies were available midday thanks to the North and South Student Services Centers. Popcorn will be given out in the afternoon by the Student Leadership Center, International Engineering Studies & Programs and Engineering Career Services.

Cooper Power Systems co-sponsored the event with the College of Engineering.

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