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Build It, Badgers!


**Following UW-Madison's announcement that all campus events larger than 50 people are cancelled through April 10, this April 2 event has been cancelled.**

Participate in a first-ever FREE event intended to connect makers and developers of all sorts, from artists, engineers, software designers, tinkerers and more.

  • Hear flash talks from makers
  • Enjoy keynotes from industry and campus leaders
  • Network with campus partners and innovators

Event Agenda

Previously scheduled for Thursday, April 2

Discovery Building, Madison, WI.  |  330 N. Orchard St.
9 a.m.
Welcome and Overview of Campus Prototype Building Activities
Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Steve Ackerman
9:15 a.m.
Panel: Building a Community of Makers
Kevin Eliceiri,Medical Physics and Morgridge Institute for Research; Rebecca Alcock, UW Makerspace; Dave Franchino, Delve; Andy Richards, D2P. Greg Keenan from WARF Accelerator will moderate.
10 a.m.
Flash Talks: Building Better Research
Featuring devices and instruments created to help an individual’s or lab’s research


  • Yeohyun Ahn, Art
  • Nathan Petersen, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • David Porfirio, Computer Sciences
  • Jeremy Rogers, Biomedical Engineering
  • Michael Swart, Wisconsin Center for Education Research
  • Feliz Yesilkoy, Biomedical Engineering
10:45 a.m.
Coffee Break

11 a.m.
Keynote Presentation: Importance of Academic Building and Design to Industry

Tom Foo, Chief Scientist, GE Research

Thomas Foo is Chief Scientist in the Biology and Applied Physics technology group at GE Global Research. His research includes fast imaging, cardiac and vascular imaging, high performance MRI systems development, and image-guided therapy. He is a principal investigator on three active NIH grants and one CDMRP grant. Among his active grants is an NIH BRAIN initiative award to build a novel, lightweight, low-cryogen 7T MRI brain scanner, and a CDMRP grant to develop a high-performance brain imaging gradient system for assessing mild traumatic brain injury in a military population at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

He currently holds 84 issued U.S. patents and has authored or co-authored over 115 book-chapters and peer-reviewed journal papers.

Poster Session and Lunch
Lunch is provided to those who register by 3/23 and indicate they want lunch.
1 p.m. (coffee break at 2 p.m.)
Flash Talks: An Eye on the Prize
Highlighting prototypes as early stage concepts for eventual products
  • Nicole Carrion, Music
  • Aviad Hai, Biomedical Engineering
  • Dan Ludois, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Kip Ludwig, Biomedical Engineering and Morgridge Institute for Research
  • Lindsay Pettit, School of Education
  • Erick Przybylski, UW Health
  • Phil Romero, Biochemistry
  • Melissa Skala, Biomedical Engineering and Morgridge Institute for Research
  • Adam Uselman, Onlume
  • Andreas Velten, Biostatistics & Medical Informatics
  • Brandon Walker, Morgridge Institute for Research
3 p.m.
Afternoon Keynote: The Importance of Academic Design to Global Engineering
Nirmala Ramanujam, Robert W. Carr Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Dr. Ramanujam is an innovator, educator and entrepreneur. Her mission is to develop technology that will have a wide reaching impact in women’s health. She directs the center for Global Women’s Health Technologies at Duke where she empowers trainees at Duke and beyond to create impactful solutions to improve the lives of women and girls globally.

She has spent the last two decades developing precision diagnostics and most recently precision therapeutics for breast and cervical cancer, with a focus on addressing health disparities. She has more than 20 patents to-date and over 150 publications for screening, diagnostic, and surgical applications.

4 p.m.
Posters and Reception

 This program is presented by WARF Accelerator, a WARF program that provides targeted funding and industry expertise to commercially promising projects. Learn more at