Monthly Archives: October 2012

Murfie Inc. Attends Exclusive “Start” Event in Dublin, Ireland

Matt Younkle

Murfie CEO and co-founder Matt Younkle (BSECE, ’97) recently attended the inaugural START event in Dublin, Ireland. START, the sister event to the acclaimed f.ounders conference and newest addition to this year’s Web Summit, brings together “150 of the world’s most exciting and disruptive startups” along with a selection of the world’s most prolific investors and bloggers.
Murfie Inc., is an online social music marketplace that offers consumers a one-stop-shop to send and store physical CDs while they buy, sell, trade, download and stream music online.
Dublin’s Web Summit is Europe’s largest technology conference, attracting more than 200 international speakers and 3,000 attendees from 50 countries.

“Coming from Madison, we’re honored to have been recognized alongside such a small and exclusive group of early-stage startups from around the globe,” said Younkle, “It’s a fantastic opportunity to network with international business leaders and entrepreneurs and share with them our innovative business model. Of course, we’re also excited to conduct some in-field research on the differences between Irish and Wisconsin beer!” Read 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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