Faculty note: Prof. Mahfuz co-authors article

Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Resch School of Engineering, Mohammad Upal Mahfuz, has recently co-authored a scholarly article entitled, “Spatial Nanomechanical Communications Based on State Transitions,” in the renowned IEEE Transactions on NanoBioscience journal published by the IEEE, Digital Object Identifier: 10.1109/TNB.2020.2986299, Print ISSN: 1536-1241, 12 pages. The article presents a novel framework of a nanomechanical communication system. Details on the article and its abstract can be found at this website link.

New engineering labs at UW-Green Bay bring theory to life – LAB Midwest

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recently opened new engineering labs that will give students the real-world skills they need for the workforce. The project is part of a greater vision to draw more students to northeast Wisconsin and meet the region’s demand for engineers. Source: New Engineering Labs at UW-Green Bay Bring Theory to Life – LAB Midwest

As demand for engineering program exceeds expectations, UW-Green Bay installs $1.5 million worth of equipment | Green Bay Press Gazette

“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened its new STEM Innovation Center to the public last week to showcase $1.5 million of new equipment for its engineering students.” Read more via ‘Kids love it’: As demand for engineering program exceeds expectations, UW-Green Bay installs $1.5 million worth of equipment | Green Bay Press Gazette. 

All are invited to celebrate the arrival of new equipment to the STEM Center, Feb. 20

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member of UW-Green Bay, local media or just a curious community member, everyone is invited to come celebrate the exciting arrival of new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $1.5 million of equipment comes from LAB Midwest and has made the journey from Germany to Green Bay in the past months.

A media event will begin at 12:15 p.m., with tours and equipment demonstrations to showcase the importance of this arrival to Northeast Wis.

In addition, there will be an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which includes building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty.

Questions about the event can be directed to Director of Development Jacob Depas at depasj@uwgb.edu.

Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain applies for patent design for a new turbine system from the Resch School of Engineering

UW-Green Bay Resch School of Engineering is aiming to improve “the efficiency of wind power generation” through a new turbine design. Assistant Prof. Md Maruf Hossain (Engineering) recently applied for a patent for the design. The design utilizes vertical axis systems rather than horizontal axis wind turbines. “By slimming down the system, Hossain aims to develop a turbine that requires less wind to operate and generates more power per tower.” More via Wind turbine design aims to improve efficiency | WisBusiness.

Commencement speaker, Prof. Patricia Terry, noted for ‘Iron-man worthy’ efforts on behalf of the University

Patricia TerryAs a tenured professor approaching her 25th year at UW-Green Bay, professor Patricia Terry describes herself as a “pinnacle person.” Which means, if you’re going to do something, take it all the way.

“If you’re going to run, run a marathon. Go to college? Get a Ph.D. Work at a university? Achieve the rank of full professor.”

She will bring her experience and wisdom to the stage on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 when she serves as the University’s commencement speaker.

Terry has done marathons one better by competing in Ironman triathlons—one of the world’s most difficult events—swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and then run a full marathon. “They fire the starting gun at 7 a.m. and you have until midnight to finish.” She’s completed three. (Also managing to squeeze in two Boston Marathons, two fifty-mile races, and more than 30 other marathons or ultra-marathons along the way).

Her career in academia began even sooner, when her father once offered his “exalted” (her description) advice to his eight-year-old daughter.

“I asked him, ‘who teaches college?’ He said ‘college professors.’ Then he added ‘If you became a college professor, you’d be one of the most honored, revered and respected members of society.’”

“I bring that up to him every chance I get.”

And while her CV is a testament to her scholarly work-ethic with dozens of peer-reviewed published papers, research grants and co-authorship of Principles of Chemical Separations with Environmental Applications, published by Cambridge University Press, it’s her collaboration with faculty and students that has brought her the greatest pleasure.

“What I’m most passionate about was starting the engineering program and leading my faculty, facilitating student success.”

Terry also discovered she had a knack for growing things—from wildflowers to academic flowers. In 2009, one of her students suggested, as a thesis project, replacing the under-performing grass roof over the Instructional Services building with native plants. The student never finished, but true to her pinnacle person personality, Terry persisted. Today, she solely supports a fund to hire students for maintenance and to purchase plants. Over the past seven years, she has gifted the fund approximately $15,000.

Ultimately, Terry’s most sustainable contribution to the University is her Ironman-worthy efforts to the success of students, faculty and the university. She was instrumental in helping launch the new bachelor of science programs in Electrical, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering Technology, becoming director of the programs in 2012.

As far as a “pinnacle” to her academic career to this point, it may be her appointment as the inaugural Chair of the Resch School of Engineering. As the administrator overseeing the program, Terry helped set the curriculum and was in charge of faculty recruitment and mentoring, along with ensuring program accreditation.

Still, she remains a teacher of environmental engineering at heart. Or as she puts it—“Everything’s a chemical. We’re moving chemicals.” And as far as staying on the move goes, Terry confesses a general-education offering remains her favorite class to teach.

“I like teaching Energy and Society. I have to keep up with the news, that class changes every semester. It’s a moving content target.”

Story by Michael Shaw, Marketing and University Communication

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz invited to chair the Technical Program Committee of EAI Conference

Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz (Engineering) has recently been invited to chair the Technical Program Committee (TPC) of the 12th EAI International Conference on Bio-inspired Information and Communications Technologies (BICT) together with an international team of experts from Japan, China and the United Kingdom. The BICT will be held on July 7 through 8, 2020, in Shanghai, P. R. China.

The BICT is a renowned technical conference in the field of bio-inspired information and communication technologies, which is at the interdisciplinary crossroads of natural and applied sciences and information and communication technologies. BICT highly welcomes technical papers, workshops and special tracks in the interdisciplinary fields of natural and applied sciences and electrical and communications engineering.

As a TPC co-chair, Assistant Prof. Mahfuz encourages all UW-Green Bay faculty to consider submitting their scholarly works in this conference, noting that this conference has some post-publication opportunities in several leading journals.

The website of the conference has more information.

The call for papers can be found here.

Faculty note: Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz publishes two book chapters

Assistant Prof. Mohammad U. Mahfuz (Engineering) has recently had two peer-reviewed scholarly book chapters published and accepted for publication in the Encyclopedia of Wireless Networks. The titles of the two chapters are “Brownian Motion” and “Internet of Medical Things.” More details about the book can be found here.

WiSys names UW-Green Bay’s Prof. Md Maruf Hossain 2019 Innovator of the Year

Md Maruf Hossain
Md Maruf Hossain

Green Bay, Wis. — For exemplary contributions to Wisconsin innovation, UW-Green Bay’s Md Maruf Hossain will receive the 2019 Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award. The honor will be presented to Hossain at WSTS, a UW System-focused research and innovation symposium, that will be held at UW-Stout, July 22-23.

“Dr. Maruf Hossain is a worthy recipient of this award as a role model with high-quality research and strong attention to student success,” said WiSys President, Arjun Sanga. “We are excited to present him with this award.”

WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to facilitate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries, and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state.

Hossain, UW-Green Bay assistant professor of Engineering Technology, has helped build a culture of innovation on the UW-Green Bay campus and across the UW System as a teacher and inventor. The professor’s interest in electrical power systems and renewable energy led him to research and develop wind turbines with help from UW System and WiSys research grants. Earlier this year, Hossain filed for a patent, working with WiSys, for an “Integrated Vertical Axis Wind Power Generation System” and recently developed a prototype to test his ideas.

“We are extremely proud of Dr. Maruf Hossain for being selected as the WiSys Innovator of the Year,” said UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller. “Dr. Hossain is a leading researcher in the Resch School of Engineering and a most valued member of our university community. Maruf exemplifies the commitment and innovative spirit of the UW-Green Bay faculty. This award is a much-deserved affirmation of the importance of his groundbreaking work.”

In 2018, Hossain was selected to participate in the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation’s Accelerator Program—an exclusive program that provides expert advice and targeted funding to help inventors advance commercially promising technologies closer to the marketplace.

In addition to pursuing his own interests, Hossain has been an advocate for student research at UW-Green Bay by encouraging students to pursue research opportunities as part of their education.

“Dr. Hossain is very deserving of the 2019 Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award from WiSys, said UW-Green Bay’s Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers. “Maruf is a leader in the University’s new Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, where he is an outstanding teacher and conducts innovative and applied research that connects closely with our community partners. His research also provides opportunities for undergraduate students in our electrical engineering technology program to work directly with him on design, development, and prototyping, providing valuable hands-on experience that will lead to career opportunities for them upon graduation.”

Prior to joining UW-Green Bay, Hossain was the Herff Fellow at the University of Memphis. He also served as an assistant professor at Ahsanullah University of Science and Technology in Bangladesh for about nine months, and as a lecturer at the American International University-Bangladesh for about four and a half years.

Hossain received a Ph.D. from the University of Memphis and both M.Sc. and B.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His teaching and research expertise are mostly in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, especially in electrical power systems. Hossain has several peer-reviewed research articles published in reputed journals and has presented at national and international conferences.

The Carl E. Gulbrandsen Innovator of the Year Award is presented to a UW System faculty, staff member or student making exemplary contributions as a WiSys Innovator. The award, given in conjunction with WSTS, was created to honor the former managing director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation who supported WiSys throughout his 16-year tenure.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Endows $200,000 Engineering Professorship

Green Bay, Wis. — As its inaugural mechanical engineering students prepare to begin class this fall, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation are announcing the creation of a $200,000 endowed professorship fund as part of the foundation’s $1 million gift to the collaborative Phoenix Innovation Park project. The fund will be known as the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation Endowed Professorship in Engineering, and will support and advance the academic activities of the engineering faculty and students at the University.

The WPS Foundation announced its $1 million contribution to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in February of 2018—the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 55-year history, according to Kevin Fletcher, chief executive officer of WEC Energy Group and the foundation’s chairman.

As an electrical engineering graduate of The Georgia Institute of Technology, Fletcher has seen firsthand the impact an engineering degree can have on a personal, professional and community level.

“Each day, WPS depends on dozens of engineers to reliably and safely power communities throughout northeast and north central Wisconsin,” Fletcher said. “As an engineer, I know from experience these careers are among the most versatile, valuable and rewarding positions available. The WPS Foundation is proud this portion of our gift will allow UW-Green Bay to develop the skills needed for student success in this field for decades to come.”

The professorship was created to recognize and retain the highest quality faculty in the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering. The WPS Foundation professorship will ensure excellence in teaching while creating additional opportunities for faculty and student research along with collaborations with regional partners and community leaders.

UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller said the community’s shared vision and support for STEM at the University is a game changer for Northeast Wisconsin.

“The WPS Foundation was the first donor to step forward and pledge its support to take this initiative from concept to reality,” he said. “This donation is a significant gift to the University and the region, and will create a great legacy for future generations.”

UW-Green Bay’s inaugural Mechanical Engineering students will begin class in the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering this fall (2019). Engineering Technology programs with emphases in mechanical, electrical and environmental engineering, have been in place for five years and have more than 150 students currently enrolled.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About Wisconsin Public Service Foundation
Wisconsin Public Service Foundation is funded by the shareholders of WEC Energy Group, not by the customers of its utility subsidiaries, and is in its 55th year.

Since its inception, the foundation has provided more than $34 million in contributions to programs that support work in the areas of arts and culture, community and neighborhood development, education, human services and health, and care for the environment. Learn more at www.wisconsinpublicservice.com/company/wpsfoundation.aspx.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation’s premier energy companies, serving more than 4.4 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Visit wecenergygroup.com.

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