Every Wednesday Night, 50 Times a Year 7:00 p.m. in Room 1111, Genetics/Biotech Center, 425 Henry Mall Parking available in Lot 20 at 1390 University Ave
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March 12- Past, present, and forecast future of vehicle electrification moving toward a more grid connected vehicle fueling infrastructure
Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Transportation Technology R&D Center Argonne National Laboratory
Ted Bohn is Senior Power Electronics Engineer with the Transportation Technology R&D Center at Argonne National Laboratory. He has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has extensive experience in electrical engineering in industrial and research environments, with an emphasis on power electronics, electric machines, and control systems. Prior to joining Argonne National Laboratory Mr. Bohn was an Electrical Engineer at General Motors. He has over a decade of experience in hybrid electric vehicle-related design projects, and was the recipient of the Grainger Outstanding Power Electronics Engineer Award in 2002.
He will be discussing a brief history of the waves of innovation on vehicle electrification over the past 100+ years, with a focus on the state of the art today. Some of the standards issues to be resolved for infrastructure of electricity as a fuel in the future will discussed.
March 19- The Grand Challenges for Engineering as enumerated by the US National Academy of Engineering
Ian Robertson, Dean of the College of Engineering
Ian Robertson, will lay before us the Grand Challenges for Engineering as enumerated by the US National Academy of Engineering. From reverse-engineering the brain to advancing personalized learning, these challenges remind me that the root word of "engineering" is actually "ingenuity". That's important to keep in mind, because it's going to take a lot more than better engines to generate the ingenuity to imagine, build, test, refine, and scale-up solutions for these Grand Challenges.
From urban centers to remote corners of Earth, the depths of the oceans to space, humanity has always sought to transcend barriers, overcome challenges, and create opportunities that improve life in our part of the universe. In the last century alone, many great engineering achievements became so commonplace that we now take them mostly for granted. Technology allows an abundant supply of food and safe drinking water for much of the world. We rely on electricity for many of our daily activities. We can travel the globe with relative ease, and bring goods and services wherever they are needed. Growing computer and communications technologies are opening up vast stores of knowledge and entertainment. As remarkable as these engineering achievements are, certainly just as many more great challenges and opportunities remain to be realized. While some seem clear, many others are indistinct and many more surely lie beyond most of our imaginations. Today, we begin engineering a path to the future.
Wednesday Nite @ the Lab is organized by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, Science Alliance @ UW-Madison and by BioTrek, the outreach program of the Biotechnology Center at UW-Madison/Extension.