A sponge wall to absorb flood waters before they reach low-lying neighborhoods. A backyard composter that can take meat scraps and spoiled milk. A washer-dryer to expedite cleaning sweaty workout clothes for the time-challenged urban fitness buff.

These are some of the student inventions on display at UW-Madison's annual Innovation Days competition at Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive.

On display will be 16 inventions by 21 students, who will compete for prizes totaling more than $28,000.

Prototypes will be displayed on Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Students will present and demonstrate during those hours on Thursday and again on Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Winners will be announced on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

The competition is open to the public. Limited public parking is available for a fee in the ramp adjacent to the building. Visitors should use the east ramp entrance.

MATC budget finalists

Madison Area Technical College has named three finalists for its vacant budget director job. Their interviews are scheduled for this week. Finalists include:

• Kristofer Frederick, special assistant to the senior vice president for administration and fiscal affairs, University of Wisconsin System.

• Janet McKnight, former controller at Mount Mary College.

• Peter Maternowski, executive policy and budget manager, state of Wisconsin budget office.

Fundraising goal reached

UW-Madison's "Share the Wonderful" promotional campaign, launched last fall to raise money relying partly on social media appeals, brought in $10.2 million, exceeding its $10 million goal, the university announced.

"We were incredibly gratified by the generosity of people who recognize the importance of this place and the work we do," said interim chancellor David Ward. "The power of many was apparent, and that ongoing support helps sustain our mission."

The campaign was a joint effort of the University of Wisconsin Foundation, the Wisconsin Alumni Association and UW-Madison itself. More information is available at sharethewonderful.org.

  • Reporter, Wisconsin State Journal

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