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Category Archives: Get Involved
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.
It’s been nearly two years since that fateful evening in May 2011 when Craig Schuff (then 25), a former competitive swimmer, dove into Lake Monona in Wisconsin and severely damaged his spinal cord.
Craig, now a quadriplegic, spent an entire year hospitalized at the University of Wisconsin hospital, but that did not impede his educational pursuits. Last November, Craig passed the oral exam for his master’s degree in nuclear engineering. He now is trying to finish experimental work for his Ph.D. and raise funds to complete an invention that can detect explosives.
To contribute to the fund, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/1f7jlk
This year’s Engineers’ Day will be held on Friday, October 14. The day begins with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby of Engineering Hall and seminars starting at 8:45 a.m. in Room 1800 Engineering Hall. The evening reception, banquet and awards ceremony will be held at the Monona Terrace Convention Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. Visit the Engineers’ Day website for more information and to register for the events.
It takes many hours of work to be ready to put together a bridge in minutes. The UW-Madison Steel Bridge Team designs, fabricates and tests a small bridge that members then assemble at a competition every spring. Waunakee-based Endres Manufacturing has helped them make it happen for the past 10 years.
More than 6,000 students, educators and parents from around the country will visit the University of Wisconsin-Madison May 18-21, 2011, for the 27th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious competitions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Please consider getting involved in this landmark event, either by attending or volunteering. More than a dozen spectator events will be part of the 2011 competition, including a new “Sumo Bots” robotics exhibition. Science Olympiad is a great opportunity to introduce children to the diversity of science and engineering. Read the full story here.
During a long bike ride, it’s not unusual for cyclists to experience hand or finger numbness, a very common condition known as cyclist’s palsy. The condition ranges from mild tingling to, sometimes, long-term nerve damage and hand muscle atrophy over time.
A team of UW-Madison engineers has scientifically measured hand pressure during cycling and studied potential solutions to reduce that pressure, which can cause problems like cyclist’s palsy, a condition that Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle Corporation estimates affects as much as 70 percent of cyclists. Trek has incorporated the UW-Madison findings into the design of a new Bontrager cycling glove that it will release this winter. Read the full story.
Seven years ago, Racine Starbuck Middle School counselor Clarence Allen caught wind of Camp Badger, a weeklong summer engineering program at UW-Madison. For nearly a dozen years, this unique “week as an engineering student” has been integral to UW-College of Engineering efforts to interest young students in science, technology, engineering and math.
Allen’s students were oblivious, and he wanted to change that. “I was doing career development, and the students asked me, ‘What’s the point of math?’” he says. “I began to search for ways to show students that math is important—and that you can apply it.”
So Allen, a UW-Madison alum, called Engineering Professional Development Professor Phil O’Leary, whose department administers the camp, to ask if he could bring some students to Madison to learn about Camp Badger. “Allen felt he needed to do something extra to encourage the students to be interested in coming to Madison,” says O’Leary. “He put together this program where they have to earn their way to coming on this trip by doing special homework. Their parents attend a meeting, and then after the trip here, the students do follow-up homework.” (more…)
A new competition this year at UW-Madison will challenge students to discover and build the next big idea in wireless technology, a field that continues to transform the way the world communicates. The Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize, slated for April 28, 2011, will have student teams develop and prototype new wireless hardware and software ideas and combine them with tangible, market-ready business plans. The College of Engineering has partnered with the School of Business to run the prize, where student teams will compete for prizes of up to $10,000.