Engineering grad student Ha Nguyen celebrates commencement as Graduate School flag bearer

Ha Nguyen came to Madison from Vietnam in 2012. He got a job working in materials science and engineering where he used plasma to make materials. However, he didn’t feel like he understood plasma.

His curiosity drove him to study plasma physics and brought him to UW­–Madison, where he will graduate with a PhD in electrical and computer engineering this month.

Graduate degree bolsters clinician’s research into preventing blindness

The technology for an eye specialist to review a picture of a patient’s eye taken miles away to screen for eye disease has been around for decades. Yet, less than half of Wisconsin adults with diabetes, who are particularly vulnerable to vision-threatening diseases, get annual eye screenings. Yao Liu, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, has been working to increase access to this technology.