Archive for 'Engineering Professional Development'

Unique expertise and education for the world

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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Known as the nature isle of the Caribbean, Dominica features waterfalls, mountainous rainforests and an abundance of rare plant, animal and bird species, many of which are protected in an extensive natural park system. Because of its location in the eastern Caribbean, this island nation is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. This combination of weather, nature [...]

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Under construction: Revamped process speeds DOT project closeouts

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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For a state department of transportation, concluding a construction project isn’t simply a matter of dropping a final check in the mail to the contractor. Rather, the highly administrative closeout process includes such tasks as ensuring the project objectives have been met, auditing labor and payroll records, and reviewing and reconciling material tests and material [...]

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A new opportunity for P.E.’s to talk about ethics

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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It’s an unprecedented change, but one that will elevate the quality of engineers who practice in Wisconsin: For the first time ever, the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services is requiring professional engineers seeking to renew their licenses to complete 30 professional development hours every two years. And while engineers can meet these requirements [...]

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Sustainability master’s helps professional engineers grow in new directions

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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As energy & CO2 leader for Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Steve Skarda spends most of his time working on renewable energy issues. But even on his own time, he thinks about sustainability. “It’s a personal passion for me,” he says. “I love it a lot. I took a car and converted it to an [...]

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Our global footprint

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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Bob Lorenz walks eagerly to a favorite spot—a wall of photos of faculty, staff and students associated with Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC)—in the Mechanical Engineering Building. Among those photos are the faces of international students and visiting scholars, and Lorenz traces invisible lines between himself, former students who have returned as [...]

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Five questions with Frank Pfefferkorn about manufacturing systems education

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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  Frank Pfefferkorn is an associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program at UW-Madison. Q: What is the Manufacturing Systems Engineering program? A: The Manufacturing Systems Engineering (MSE) program is an interdisciplinary master’s degree-granting program that was founded in 1983. The MSE program is part of the College of [...]

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College of Engineering student achievements

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Engineering Professional Development impact In 2011, students who participated in EPD continuing-education courses came from 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, and 82 countries around the world. 7–Distance-delivered master’s degrees 11–Certificate series 25–Technical and professional subject areas ranging from the basics to high-level topics 75–Faculty and support staff 800–Course instructors 3,000–Short courses per year [...]

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New standards take strategic view of asset management

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 standard for quality management, which has now been adopted by more than 1.25 million companies, has had many positive effects on investment, market share, sales growth, sales margins, competitive advantage, and avoidance of litigation. ISO is now preparing ISO 55000, a new standard for asset management. “ISO 55000 [...]

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Through new online master’s degree, sustainability engineers will add value to industry

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Geared toward practicing engineers, the new online Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering program prepares students to understand and inspire change within their organization relating to complex systems and their effect on the quality of water, land, air, energy, economics and society. “This degree program will provide engineers with the skills to lead change [...]

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Talent assessment and training give company competitive edge

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Through an ongoing partnership with the Johnson Controls North America building efficiency business, Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Carl Vieth (left) and Faculty Associate Thomas Smith have created a benchmarking tool called a competency model that will enable the business to make more informed, strategic talent-management decisions. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the business focuses on [...]

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Digging into energy from the earth

Posted on 29. Aug, 2012 by .

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Drawing on data gathered from a heavily instrumented Adams County, Wisconsin, home, Engineering Professional Development and Civil and Environmental Engineering Assistant Professor James Tinjum is seeking to provide scientific support for a deep insulated single-hole (DISH) geothermal heat pump system, a novel heating and cooling method that capitalizes on heat stored in geological structures deep [...]

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A global connection: Online engineering master’s programs ranked No. 1

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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U.S. News and World Report has ranked the University of Wisconsin-Madison No. 1 for its online graduate engineering programs in the categories of teaching practices and student engagement and student services and technology. UW-Madison is one of only three universities that made the U.S. News and World Report honor roll for top-quality online engineering degree [...]

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Gifts that last for life

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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The College of Engineering is preparing globally competent engineers for the 21st century. Engineers today require both great disciplinary technical depth and interdisciplinary and cultural breadth to tackle the complex global challenges we all face. Alumni and friends are vital to this goal. Your gift will provide us with the resources to prepare the next [...]

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College of Engineering by the numbers

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Facts and Figures The UW-Madison College of Engineering is among the most innovative and consistently highly ranked U.S. colleges of engineering. We are internationally renowned for our leading-edge research and widely recognized for our ability to transfer technological advances into real-world applications via myriad partnerships with industry. Through our world-class undergraduate, graduate- and professional-level educational [...]

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When process equals progress: Building blocks for biotech businesses

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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You can’t solve a problem if you don’t know where to look,” says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Frank Rath (left). Rath is working to bring the same benefits of industrial engineering enjoyed by traditional manufacturers to the biotech industry. “It’s very fertile ground,” he says. “For the most part, scientists don’t view processes the [...]

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Close ties among online classmates overcome geographic distance

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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Graduation ceremonies for the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) and Master of Engineering in Engine Systems (MEES) draw people from all over the world. The 40 or so graduates often bring their children, parents, grandparents and significant others to celebrate. “It is not unusual to have 200 people at the combined graduation ceremonies. [...]

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Hands-on engineering, the Camp Badger way

Posted on 06. Oct, 2011 by .

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For six weeks in summer 2011, more than 200 kids and more than a dozen facilitators, many of them area teachers and UW-Madison engineering students, hiked, bussed to, and generally scoured the UW-Madison campus, local attractions and area companies. These educational excursions were all part of the 14th annual Camp Badger, a one-week residential program [...]

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WAA Forward under 40 recipients

Posted on 22. Jun, 2011 by .

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Three engineers are among 13 young Badgers to receive prestigious Wisconsin Alumni Association Forward under 40 awards. Anthony Eggert (ME ’96) serves America’s most populous state by looking for solutions to climate change, energy security and clean, renewable sources of energy. Eggert is the deputy secretary for energy policy at the California EPA, where he [...]

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Living and learning in China: Engineering students travel to Hangzhou

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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They visited public gardens, climbed mountains, navigated a megacity, attended the World Expo, and toured factories. On top of all that, the 17 College of Engineering students who spent summer 2010 in China also took college courses. (The 2011 trip runs May 30 through July 23 and, with 22 students, is filled to capacity.) The [...]

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UW-Madison economic impact statewide hits $12.4 billion

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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UW-Madison’s profound impact on Wisconsin’s economy—one that totals $12.4 billion annually—is detailed in a late-March report that underscores the importance of the university to the state’s economic well being. The findings indicate that UW-Madison, along with its affiliated organizations and startup companies, supports 128,146 Wisconsin jobs and generates $614 million in state tax revenue. The [...]

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Celebrating 11 years of Camp Badger

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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For 11 years, Camp Badger has been at the core of College of Engineering efforts to interest young students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

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Here comes the rain: Managing stormwater runoff

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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As we build and pave more of the world, we create surfaces that encourage, rather than manage, runoff, says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Howard Rosen. “With increased development and climate change, the issue of managing stormwater runoff in an environmentally sound and cost-effective way has become a crucial challenge for hydraulic engineers,” he says. [...]

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Go with the flow: Protecting potable water

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Whether it’s in a residential, commercial or industrial facility, keeping drinking water separate from waste- water seems as straightforward as Plumbing 101. It turns out, however, that the process is anything but simple, and cross-connections, which could contaminate the potable water supply, can occur in a variety of ways. The engineers, plumbers, sprinkler fitters and [...]

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The royal treatment: Improving wastewater engineering

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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We don’t often think about it, but in our homes, workplaces and communities, each of us typically uses more than 100 gallons of clean water each day,” says Engineering Professional Development Faculty Associate Ned Paschke. Finding that water, treating it, delivering it, collecting the used wastewater, cleaning that, and returning it safely to the environment [...]

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