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I am a Professor of Engineering Physics at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville

This is my 20th year at UW-Platteville! I enjoy working with students in the classroom, laboratory, and in my office hours.  I collaborate with the Advanced Materials for Energy and Electronics Group at UW-Madison, working with Prof. Mike Arnold on carbon nanotube research for advanced electronics.  This has led to summer student exchange, some patents and publications, and I hope to keep that collaboration going.  (I need research students!)

Here is my schedule for Fall 2018... office hours TBD


A bit about my research/professional history...

In 2014-2015, I had a sabbatical with the Advanced Materials for Energy and Electronics Group at UW-Madison, working with Prof. Mike Arnold on carbon nanotube research for advanced electronics.  We worked to create aligned monolayers of semiconducting carbon nanotubes, which could then be a platform for future “beyond silicon” electronics.  This work was published in 2017 (with another in 2016).  Back at Platteville, I’ve been pursuing a nanoscale vacuum tube idea on which a student and I are co-inventors, with funding from WiSys.

In 2009, I had a Nano Letters paper relating a nanotechnology project I did in collaboration with Prof. Rob Carpick at UW-Madison (now at Penn).  We tried to make regular, sub-micron wrinkles by plasma-treating thin films of silicon rubber.  The top surface becomes silica-like and different from the PDMS below, and wrinkles upon cooling.  Click here to see a picture I took with an atomic force microscope.  I also adapted this work to create a simple experiment that can be done fairly cheaply and easily. 

I’ve been very involved with other faculty to bring nanotechnology/nanomaterials to UW-Platteville. 

After my collaborator left UW, I looked to get into a new area (for me) that involves nanotechnology, plastic solar cells.  I went on a sabbatical to the University of Newcastle in Australia for the Spring 2008 semester, and had students continuing this work at UW-Platteville.  However, I no longer do research in this area (though I think it’s very interesting!).

Before arriving at UW-P, I had a post-doc at the Genomation Lab at the University of Washington, where we developed automated sub microliter fluid handling in support of the Human Genome Project. The Human Genome Project and the modern study of DNA is a fascinating mix of biology, mathematics, software programming, engineering, and even physics. If biology had been like this when I was younger, who knows, I might have been a biologist.

Before that, I pursued fusion research at the University of Wisconsin - though most of my actual work was at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.  Read about the latest on fusion here. Here are some recent articles on fusion from MIT and on laser fusion, and from the New York Times.

If you think that fusion, the Human Genome Project, and nanotech aren't entirely related, you're sort of right... and wrong. Each project required me to apply different aspects of physics toward solving an engineering problem. This is part of what we mean by "Engineering Physics:" having a solid enough and broad enough physics background in combination with engineering skills so that one can contribute to rapidly changing, interdisciplinary (and sometimes high-tech) fields.

OK, that was my plug. This is my (bloated, life-story) CV, if anyone's interested, and you can email me with any questions, comments, etc.

Email address:  evensenh(at)uwplatt.edu