Engineering

  • Construction set to begin in 2024 on effort to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is slated to begin construction next year on a $1.1 billion project in Illinois aimed at keeping invasive carp out of the Great Lakes. The Army Corps and Illinois Department of Natural Resources held meetings about the project and toured the site this week. Engineers will install more defenses…

    Construction set to begin in 2024 on effort to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes
  • Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights

    This year marks the 40th anniversary of a landmark ruling that reaffirmed the 1837 treaty rights of a northern Wisconsin tribe to hunt, fish and gather on ceded territory. In 1983, two brothers from the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Fred and Mike Tribble, were arrested for spearfishing outside the boundaries of…

    Northwoods tribal leader reflects on 40th anniversary of court protecting treaty rights
  • Girls’ interest in computing declines after middle school. This Milwaukee partnership aims to instill a love of STEM.

    At home, Vi Michels has a circuit board that can light up and make noise. Sometimes she’ll use software to program an elf that delivers packages across her computer screen. But the 10-year-old fifth grader had no experience coding robots. That’s until she went to STEM Day, an annual event hosted by Girl Scouts Wisconsin…

    Girls’ interest in computing declines after middle school. This Milwaukee partnership aims to instill a love of STEM.
  • USS Milwaukee’s voyage ends, underscoring failures of costly Navy ships built in Wisconsin

    When the U.S. Navy formally decommissioned the USS Milwaukee in September, the juncture marked the end of an eight-year journey plagued by problems nearly from its start in Wisconsin. The Navy encountered numerous mechanical flaws with the USS Milwaukee and other vessels of its class known as littoral combat ships. The ships were designed to…

    USS Milwaukee’s voyage ends, underscoring failures of costly Navy ships built in Wisconsin
  • After son’s death, Fond du Lac mother seeks to normalize talking about suicide

    Amid growing suicide rates in Wisconsin, people who experienced loss are finding more opportunities to share their stories and raise awareness about mental health. In Fond du Lac, a death, dying, grief and bereavement specialist named Sue Mitchell Metz is one of those people. Her son, Ryan, died by suicide in 2017. “(Suicide) wasn’t something…

    After son’s death, Fond du Lac mother seeks to normalize talking about suicide
  • Trailblazing Wisconsin architect wins state leadership award

    Architect Marion Clendenen-Acosta fondly remembers visiting the Mitchell Park Domes with her family as a child. This month, she returned to the domes once again — but to receive Wisconsin’s most prestigious architecture award from the state society of the American Institute of Architects. The award recognizes an architect’s contributions to the profession. In 2000,…

    Trailblazing Wisconsin architect wins state leadership award
  • Bayfield farm launches new tree species made to clean pollution, thrive in Midwest

    Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands dwell below a Bayfield hilltop orchard where, for a short time this summer, mature apple trees were accompanied by 100 potted poplars. The young poplars glowed bright green as they waited to be purchased. Patrons, scientists and staff at Hauser’s Superior View Farm prophesied the poplars’ future like new…

    Bayfield farm launches new tree species made to clean pollution, thrive in Midwest
  • Research shows talking through PVC pipes can hack voice identification systems

    Voice recognition software can be programmed to only respond to a certain person’s voice, so virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa can be set up to only respond to their device’s owner. But new research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows that talking through a PVC tube can alter the sound of someone’s voice enough…

    Research shows talking through PVC pipes can hack voice identification systems
  • Green Bay paper mill becomes first certified as net zero for water use

    While Green Bay is a national leader in paper production, the paper industry has left an environmental stain on the Fox Valley region and Lake Michigan. But Wisconsin’s newest papermill, opened by Green Bay Packaging in 2021, is striving for a cleaner model. Last year, it was validated as a “net-zero” water user, meaning it…

    Green Bay paper mill becomes first certified as net zero for water use
  • UK-based company to repurpose electric vehicle batteries in shuttered Chippewa Falls frac sand plant

    In the wake of western Wisconsin’s frac sand mining bust, companies from Wisconsin and abroad are buying up and repurposing former sand processing and loading facilities. Between 2010 and 2016, the number of frac sand mines and processing plants in western and west-central Wisconsin exploded from a just handful of operations to nearly 100. But…

    UK-based company to repurpose electric vehicle batteries in shuttered Chippewa Falls frac sand plant