Monthly Archives: October 2010

Blue Skies for Two Engineering Entrepreneurs

Several news stories have highlighted the startup successes of recent UW-Madison College of Engineering graduates.

The latest news is on biomedical engineering graduate Christopher Klundt, president of StudyBlue, Inc. The web-based company, which provides an online home for students to create and store study materials, announced that it raised $3.65 million in angel investments in recent months, bringing the company’s total to $6.5 million. StudyBlue is making a great impact on the way students study and has hundreds of thousands of users.

Another well-known innovator, Justin Beck, continues to see success with his social media gaming company, PerBlue. Beck’s company manages a multi-player online game called Parallel Kingdom, which has more than 200,000 player accounts. You may remember Beck from his winning Schoofs Prize innovation in 2009, the iPhone application Proactive Sleep. His company recently raised $800,000 in investor cash.

The college’s run as an engine for innovators may be continuing. At the advance registration deadline this month for the 2011 Innovation Days competitions, a record 146 ideas have been submitted. We’ll keep you posted on the competitions.

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Summer in the Lab at Rockwell Automation


Benedetta Cannestra, a UW-Madison sophomore in chemical and biological engineering, is one of six diversity scholars at UW-Madison supported by Rockwell Automation of Milwaukee. The innovative program offers full-ride scholarships and internships at Rockwell to Milwaukee-area students who show great promise for a career in engineering. This video was taken this summer during Cannestra’s summer internship at Rockwell.

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