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Madison Area Technical College is a technical and community college centered in Madison, Wisconsin. It serves students in parts of 12 counties in south-central Wisconsin: Adams, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Marquette, Richland, Rock, and Sauk. Campus locations include Madison and four regional sites in the cities of Reedsburg, Watertown, Fort Atkinson, and Portage.It is among the largest of the 16 schools in the Wisconsin Technical College System, serving 5,392 full-time and 10,747 part-time students in 2012. In addition to traditional, campus-based courses, the college offers degrees and courses in online, accelerated , compressed , and hybrid formats. Wikipedia.

Allen M.S.,University of Wisconsin - Madison | Mayes R.L.,Sandia National Laboratories | Bergman E.J.,Madison Area Technical College
Journal of Sound and Vibration | Year: 2010

Modal substructuring or component mode synthesis (CMS) has been standard practice for many decades in the analytical realm, yet a number of significant difficulties have been encountered when attempting to combine experimentally derived modal models with analytical ones or when predicting the effect of structural modifications using experimental measurements. This work presents a new method that removes the effects of a flexible fixture from an experimentally obtained modal model. It can be viewed as an extension to the approach where rigid masses are removed from a structure. The approach presented here improves the modal basis of the substructure, so that it can be used to more accurately estimate the modal parameters of the built-up system. New types of constraints are also presented, which constrain the modal degrees of freedom of the substructures, avoiding the need to estimate the connection point displacements and rotations. These constraints together with the use of a flexible fixture enable a new approach for joining structures, especially those with statically indeterminate multi-point connections, such as two circular flanges that are joined by many more bolts than required to enforce compatibility if the substructures were rigid. Fixture design is discussed, one objective of which is to achieve a mass-loaded boundary condition that exercises the substructure at the connection point as it is in the built up system. The proposed approach is demonstrated with two examples using experimental measurements from laboratory systems. The first is a simple problem of joining two beams of differing lengths, while the second consists of a three-dimensional structure comprising a circular plate that is bolted at eight locations to a flange on a cylindrical structure. In both cases frequency response functions predicted by the substructuring methods agree well with those of the actual coupled structures over a significant range of frequencies. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Cassano J.J.,University of Colorado at Boulder | Nigro M.A.,University of Colorado at Boulder | Lazzara M.A.,Madison Area Technical College
Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres | Year: 2016

Two years of data from a 30m instrumented tower are used to characterize the near-surface atmospheric state over the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica. Stable stratification dominates the surface layer at this site, occurring 83% of the time. The strongest inversions occur for wind speeds less than 4ms-1 and the inversion strength decreases rapidly as wind speed increases above 4ms-1. In summer unstable stratification occurs 50% of the time and unstable conditions are observed in every season. A novel aspect of this work is the use of an artificial neural network pattern identification technique, known as self-organizing maps, to objectively identify characteristic potential temperature profiles that span the range of profiles present in the 2year study period. The self-organizing map clustering technique allows the more than 100,000 observed potential temperature profiles to be represented by just 30 patterns. The pattern-averaged winds show distinct and physically consistent relationships with the potential temperature profiles. The strongest winds occur for the nearly well mixed but slightly stable patterns and the weakest winds occur for the strongest inversion patterns. The weakest wind shear over the depth of the tower occurs for slightly unstable profiles and the largest wind shear occurs for moderately strong inversions. Pattern-averaged log wind profiles are consistent with theoretical expectations. The log wind profiles exhibit a kinked profile for the strongest inversion cases indicative of decoupling of the winds between the bottom and top of the tower. © 2016. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ADVANCED TECH EDUCATION PROG | Award Amount: 660.98K | Year: 2015

Stem cells and stem cell technology offer tremendous promise to revolutionize our understanding of how diseases occur, and they can be utilized to lead researchers to new and effective methods to treat medical disorders from heart disease, to diabetes, to arthritis and many more. Further, the field of regenerative medicine has the potential to grow tissue to treat burn victims and organs for patients in need of transplants. These burgeoning areas of research and development are creating a demand for well-qualified technical employees with specialized skills and competencies to advance stem cell technology. This project, a collaborative endeavor between Madison Area Technical College (MATC) and the City College of San Francisco (CCSF), will improve and expand technical education in stem cell technology and regenerative medicine within the broader context of biotechnology. In addition to collaborating with industry partners to provide relevant, modern college curricula and programs to educate and prepare stem cell technology professionals, the project will provide pre-college educators with engaging materials for science and technology courses to construct career pathways that lead from secondary education, to higher education and, ultimately, into the high technology workforce.

This collaborative project will leverage successful developments and lessons learned from individual efforts undertaken at MATC and CCSF with prior NSF support. The current endeavor is strategically designed to build on the momentum and networks that these earlier projects generated by (1) refining existing materials for an expanded group of academic audiences; (2) developing additional instructional modules for college-level programs; (3) creating and disseminating stem cell biology curriculum for grades 8-12; and (4) providing professional development workshops for educators as an effective means to disseminate materials so that educators are equipped to adapt and implement them. As part of the dissemination efforts, the project impact will be multiplied by fostering a web-enabled learning community of high school, community college, and university educators who will take ownership of the products created as part of this initiative and further develop and disseminate stem cell education throughout the nation. Success of the project and its impact will be evaluated using surveys and interviews with key participants, including students, educators and industry partners. Metrics will include numbers of institutions affected via adoption of curricula, student enrollments, completion and employment figures and employer approval of curricular content and satisfaction with program graduates who enter the workforce.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 499.99K | Year: 2011

The Fusion Science Theater National Training and Dissemination Program builds on the success of the Fusion Science Theater (FST) planning grant (DRL 07-32142). Madison Area Technical College, in collaboration with the Institute for Chemical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the American Chemical Society (ACS) and area science centers and museums will create a national program to disseminate the FST model which directly engages children in playful, participatory, and inquiry-based science learning of chemistry and physics topics. The primary target audience is children aged 4-11, while undergraduate chemistry students, faculty, and formal and informal educators comprise the secondary professional audience. The project will result in the development of a robust, creative, and highly visible national dissemination program.

The National Training and Dissemination Program includes three deliverables. First, a Distance Performance Training Program will be developed to teach groups of undergraduate students, faculty, and educators how to perform FST Science Investigation (SI) Shows. The Training Program includes a Performance Training Package and a 3-day Performance Training Workshop. The Performance Training Package will be comprised of training videos, performances videos, scripts, rehearsal schedules, and training exercises. These materials will be pilot tested while training representatives of five groups from around the country to perform SI Shows during the Performance Training Workshop at Madison Area Technical College in summer 2012. Participants will be selected from ACS undergraduate groups, outreach specialists, and museum professionals. Workshop participants then return to their home institutions and lead their groups through the improved Performance Training Package delivered via Moodle, with support from FST team members and social networking tools. The second deliverable is the FST Methods Workshop. The Methods Workshop is designed to teach formal and informal educators to use selected methods (Investigation Question, Embedded Assessment, and Act-It-Out) in their outreach efforts and classroom teaching. Four workshops will be presented at national meetings and at the invitation of colleges, universities, and science centers. Follow-up with workshop participants will be mediated through an online forum to encourage experimentation, modification, and dissemination of a second generation of FST activities. The final project deliverable is the development and implementation of a Promotion and Recruitment Plan to connect professional audiences with FST. The Distance Performance Training Program and workshops will be evaluated using mixed methods, while embedded assessment will be utilized to measure the impact on youth participants attending SI shows to determine the overall effectiveness the Distance Performance Training.

This project is designed to have important impacts on STEM education and society. The proposed dissemination program brings innovative models and methods into the hands of informal science education practitioners who can use them to engage local audiences and enhance their own teaching and communication practices. Finally the project offers likely benefits for society through the creation and dissemination of innovative practices to combat science illiteracy, diminishing pools of scientists and engineers, lack of understanding about the nature of science, and the achievement gap that exacerbates these problems. This project could be transformative in informal science education as SI Shows use theater to engage audiences in multiple aspects of science learning. It is anticipated that this project will reach up to 2,500 individuals in public and professional audiences.

News Article | October 2, 2014
Site: www.xconomy.com

The Water Council has pulled together a broad coalition of well-established Wisconsin corporations that touch water in some way, from water meters to water heaters to water sanitation. Now, the seven-year-old Milwaukee organization is continuing its increased focus on nurturing water tech startups, an emphasis that picked up steam last year with a pilot accelerator program. Xconomy recently visited The Water Council’s Global Water Center near downtown Milwaukee to check out the second class of The Water Council’s startup accelerator—dubbed “Business. Research. Entrepreneurship. In Wisconsin.” or the BREW. Six winners were chosen to participate, each receiving office space in the center, access to industry mentors and expertise, and a $50,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (Two runner-up companies are also collaborating with the program, but aren’t getting grant money or office space.) The new group features a wider spectrum of companies than the pilot program, says Elizabeth Thelen, The Water Council’s director of entrepreneurship and talent. The companies are working on water data analytics, water treatment, software for designing hydroelectric power machinery, and new types of tools for biotech researchers. None of the companies in the first class had raised significant outside capital, while this cohort features two companies that have snagged money from investors, Wellntel and WatrHub. WatrHub, with six employees, has the largest staff among this batch of companies. The mix of earlier-stage startups with companies that have drawn more than $1 million from investors has its pros and cons, Thelen says. “The concern is you want to meet everybody’s needs,” she explains. “But it does make for a lot of learning.” To better acquaint readers with the latest group of companies, here’s a fun fact about each one: —Sullivan, WI-based Cadens created software for designing hydroelectric power turbines that can be manufactured with 3D printers. The company has the ideal R&D facility for such a venture: its headquarters and lab are located in a 7,000-square-foot mill adjacent to a dam on the Bark River, says co-founder Randal Mueller. “We have a real advantage with the volume of water we can tap into,” he says. —Hydro-Lite founder Eric James got the idea for his company’s water sterilization device while working as an emergency coordinator for an American relief organization in Zimbabwe. He and his co-workers were trying to help people suffering through a cholera epidemic, an illness often traced back to contaminated water. James created a water bottle that acts as a handheld water sterilizer. It uses a hand-cranking mechanism to power itself—no batteries, filters, or chemicals needed, the Chicago-based company says. —The origins of Pellucid Water’s technology date back to before the Berlin Wall came down, when co-founder Sorin Manolache was working at a research facility in Romania, says co-founder Mark Raabe. Manolache later took a chemical engineering research position with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he crossed paths with Raabe. Pellucid Water has created a water treatment process that involves plasma and doesn’t require adding chemicals or using filters or ion exchangers. The technology has applications for not only cleaning water, but also for gleaning materials like iron from the aqueous mixture that can be reused, Raabe says. “Saying ‘waste’ or ‘contaminants,’ this is really an old way of thinking,” Raabe says. “Because really they’re all these building blocks, these molecules or chemical elements that are potentially resources. We like to think of it as, our technology can better engineer the separation of fresh water from all these resources.” —Phinding Solutions technical founder Nick Jones created the company’s first product—a system that helps automate the process for tracking pH levels—out of frustration with some of the inefficiencies of lab processes, says co-founder Zach Munns, who leads the company’s business operations.

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