New Faculty Highlight
Juliana Pacheco Duarte received her PhD in nuclear engineering from UW-Madison in 2018. In 2022, she returned to UW-Madison as an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Physics. Duarte’s research focuses on analyzing the safety of nuclear reactors – both current reactors and advanced reactors – using a mix of experimental and computational methods.
Faculty Awards and Honors
Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Ramathasan Thevamaran has received a 2022 NASA Early Career Faculty Award. The award will support his work developing advanced composite materials with exceptional mechanical properties and thermal stability for dimensionally stable structural components to be used in future large telescopes and space structures.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded more than $24.3 million through its Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) to support university-led nuclear energy research and development projects. $2.8 million was awarded for projects led by University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers, including several Engineering Physics principal investigators!
With a new NSF grant, UW-Madison Department of Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Jacob Notbohm is researching collective cell migration, which is an essential process in cancer invasion, tissue development and wound healing.
EP Faculty in the News
Feature story from the Argonne National Laboratory highlighting research done by EP assistant professor Jennifer Choy.
Wendy Crone, the Karen Thompson Medhi Professor in the Department of Engineering Physics at UW-Madison, was named a program director within the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation.
Assistant professor Jennifer Choy’s group hosted one of the inaugural fellows from the Open Quantum Initiative (OQI) this summer. OQI is an undergraduate internship program focused on broadening participation of underrepresented groups in quantum research.
Stephanie Diem, an assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Physics, was a featured panelist at the March 17, 2022, White House Summit on “Developing a Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy.”
What is it like to stand on the shore of a lake or ocean on the perfect beach day? The flow of water slowly pulls the sand over your toes as the force of the tide floods coolness past your ankles. This movement of energy, fluid flow, exists in the water and the air all around us. Jennifer Franck, University of Wisconsin–Madison Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics, studies how these swirls happen, and how scientists are looking to harness it.
Engineering Physics Assistant Professor Stephanie Diem has been selected as a member of the New Voices in Science, Engineering and Medicine Program’s 2021-2023 cohort of 22 early-career leaders from academia, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.