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NCD Technologies Nabs an ‘Innovation Oscar’ from R&D Magazine


NCD Technologies, a UW-Madison College of Engineering start-up company launched by 2009 materials science PhD graduate Patrick Heaney, has been selected to R&D Magazine’s 100 List for technological excellence. NCD Technologies’ coatings are the result of a state-of-the-art pretreatment process for applying diamond coatings to extremely small tooling. This advanced process adds precision, longevity and efficiency to the tools and the machining operations they support. NCD is currently partnering with Janesville company Performance Microtools to further product development.

The R&D 100 Awards recognize excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology. Some winners are established Fortune 500 companies and others are federally funded research institutions.

See the full list of winners.

Patrick Heaney developed NCD Technologies in 2009 directly from his PhD work in the UW-Madison Department of Materials Science.

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Entrepreneur Summit Taps Coastal Connections

Pitch your business idea, get inspired by Wisconsin success stories and hear from Badger entrepreneurs far and wide at the 2013 Badger Startup Summit, held on Friday, August 16 at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The summit will launch a new online network for budding entrepreneurs, and feature talks by innovators from high-tech hotspots like the Bay Area, Chicago and New York. Register by July 31 for a discounted rate.

Participants can get the inside story on recent Wisconsin ventures big and small, including EatStreet, StudyBlue, ShopBop, Tomotherapy and Sonic Foundry, as well as outside-looking-in perspectives from successful Badgers such as Pavan Nigam, founding partner of Inspovation and co-founder of WebMD.

The summit is one part of the 11-day Forward Technology Festival and sponsored by the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, the Silicon Valley Badgers and host of local organizations.

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Johanek Pursues Entrepreneurial Dreams

Scott Johanek with his prize-winning invention, NoVo

Mechanical engineering alumnus Scott Johanek (BSME, ’12) won the Tong Prototype Prize in 2012 for his luggage system designed with pivoting wheels. The wheels kept the bag from falling over while in travel. The idea place second in the Schoofs’ Prize for Creativity.
Now, he is pursing a new venture; messenger bags with removable flaps that hold customized messages. He hopes to build his business and create jobs in Shawano County. Read more… 

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Mogahed Ranked 32nd of Top 100 Arab Women Leaders

Dahlia Mogahed

Dahlia Mogahed, (BSCBE, ’97) was named the 32nd most powerful Arab woman by The 2012 list includes both businesswomen and activists among others and ranks Arab women according to the number of people whose lives they have touched and influenced. Read more…

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Bray Elected President of Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Dennis Bray

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) announced the election of an industry leader as its 2013 president. Dennis Bray (BSME, ’76, PhD, 89), FSME, was sworn in along with the rest of the 2013 SME Executive Committee and Board of Directors at the Society’s Awards & Installation Banquet held November 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. Read more…

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Sprecher Engineering $8.2 Billion Purchase of NYSE

Jeffrey Sprecher

Jeffrey Sprecher (BSCBE, ’78), 57, is co-founder, CEO and chairman of IntercontinentalExchange, firm headquartered in Atlanta that operates electronic trading exchanges in the U.S. and overseas. Founded in 2000, the company has grown to a roughly $9 billion exchange with $1.3 billion in revenue via approximately a dozen acquisitions.

As this article in USA Today explains, he is engineering a deal to purchase the New York Stock Exchange. Read more…

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Thiede Creates Opportunity for Children Through KenyaHELP

Theide and Purity, a star student studying computer science at Nairobi University

“Jill M. Thiede – BS – ECE – 1991, University of Wisconsin-Madison”

That is how my resume describes my time at the UW. The degree I got in engineering from Madison has been critical to my success as a process and controls engineer and more recently as a strategic account manager, but my time at the UW provided lessons far beyond Newton’s Laws and solving differential equations. I developed an understanding of our global connectedness. My roommate was from China, one of my best friends grew up in Iran, and I studied with a young woman from Lebanon. I worked with students in Computer Aided Engineering from Algeria, Pakistan, and Singapore. Growing up in Green Bay, my world was fairly small. During my time at Madison, I developed a passion for understanding different cultures. (more…)

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Lambert Turns Talents to Making Wine

Kirk Lambert graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 but soon found a passion for making wine was his true calling. Read more…


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Design Concepts Team Strives for Healthy Innovations

One might not think a floor-finish applicator and a surgical tool would have much in common, but to the team of innovators at the Madison-based Design Concepts, the approach to analyzing and innovating them is very much the same. It involves studying and understanding the interactions of people with the tool in the environment the tool is used and then applying theory, principles, data and methods in order to optimize health, safety and productivity. That approach is called “human factors.”

Craig Conner (left) and Curt Irwin

Craig Connor (MSME, ‘94) is director of human factors and a principal at Design Concepts. Curt Irwin (BSME, ’00, MSBME, ’01, PhDBME, ‘07) is the firm’s lead human factors engineer. Together, they bring a level of experience and an understanding of ergonomics to product design that is rare in the industry. Their approaches and work with the Design Concepts team are creating remarkable connections between award-winning product designs and the people who use the products.

The Diversey floor-finish applicator is a perfect example. It earned the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society’s 2009 User Centered Design Award.


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Tobler Takes Command of Anti-Sub Warfare System Program

Matt Tobler

Capt. Matt Tobler (BSEM ’90) relieved Capt. Luis Ramirez as commander of PMA-264, which includes sonobuoys, multi-static active acoustic search systems, high altitude ASW, and airborne ASW intelligence programs at a change of command and retirement ceremony September 7. Read more…

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