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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UW System seeks funding for fast-growing program at UW-Green Bay – The Press Times

UW President Ray Cross, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller and Dean of UW-Green Bay’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology, John Katers, discussed funding to improve instructional spaces Monday, June 10. The Press Times has the story.

via UW System seeks funding for fast-growing program at UWGB – The Press.

Journal Times documents Foxconn winners (including Prof. Ahmed)

The Journal Times reported on second-round winners of the Smart Cities-Smart Futures contest, including UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Md. Riaz Uddin Ahmed (Natural and Applied Sciences). The Smart Cities—Smart Futures competition encourages members of Wisconsin’s higher education community to generate innovative ideas that enhance quality of life, improve working environments, expand transportation networks, inspire creative city planning and promote sustainable energy solutions in the state. Read the story.

Engineering Club students tour KI

UW-Green Bay Engineering Club students toured KI in Green Bay on Friday, March 8, 2019. KI is one of the top 10 furniture manufacturing companies in the world (and much of the furniture used on the campus is from KI). The tour provided a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand how a big manufacturing plant operates, learn more about the fabrication processes, and network with employees. The Engineering Club members were accompanied by their faculty adviser, Assistant Prof. Jagadeep Thota (Natural and Applied Sciences, Mechanical Engineering). KI is a generous supporter and invaluable partner of UW-Green Bay.

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Congratulations to Prof. Ahmed, named round two winner in Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition

UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Md. Riaz Uddin Ahmed (Natural and Applied Sciences) has been selected as a round two winner for the Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition sponsored by Foxconn. Ahmed will now move on to the third and final round of the competition. Evaluation of round three will occur in the month of April, with winners being announced in early May. Learn more.

 

STEAM Engine VIII at Neville Public Museum , Wednesday, Mar. 13

The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) Engine VIII event at the Neville Museum will be taking on Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The STEAM Engine is an interactive event that features speakers with exciting projects, new business ventures and cutting edge research. The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in the region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The events kick off at 6 p.m. with a short live music performance followed by presentations and Q & A. The social networking hour with soda, Titletown beer and popcorn rounds out the night. UW-Green Bay is a sponsor. Learn more.

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Two projects from UW-Green Bay faculty selected for next round of Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition

Riaz Ahmed
Riaz Ahmed
Maruf Hossain
Maruf Hossain

Two projects from UW-Green Bay faculty have been selected to go on to the next round of the Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition sponsored by Foxconn. The competition has the goal of generating new, unconventional ideas to develop smart, connected communities throughout the state. Assistant Prof. Maruf Hossain (Natural and Applied Sciences) project is an Integrated Wind Power Generator, which is a system of mechanically integrated vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) that will connect to a single unit generator and electronic interface to more efficiently and cost-effectively produce electricity. Assistant Prof. Riaz Ahmed’s (Natural and Applied Sciences) project, “Smart traffic and street lights powered by smart flag,” was also selected as a round one winner. Learn more.