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Fellowship allows BME grad students to find their passion

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Danielle Bourgeois’ love of science is contagious. “If you can show people how much you love it and how excited you are,” she says. “It will inspire them to stay in science and engineering, and continue doing what they love as well.” Bourgeois’ inspiration comes from studying the signaling pathways of two proteins that have [...]

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Computer innovator supports tenacious Badger engineers

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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During the 33 years Jim Stinger spent working at Hewlett-Packard, he saw to it that he stayed on the technical side of the company’s research and development lab. He had opportunities to try his hand at management, but never lost his relish for mixing electrical engineering with computer science. On an even more basic level, [...]

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A life-saver: Fellowship helps PhD student move MRSA models forward

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Born in the Ukraine to two engineer parents, Nataliya Batina admits with a smile that she didn’t expect to become an engineer herself. With a master’s degree in mathematics, Batina credits many industrial and systems engineering faculty members for her career shift to health systems engineering when she came to UW-Madison for a master’s degree [...]

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Competition offers financial reward for seniors’ hard work

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Throughout its history, the EMA/ME Design Competition has featured such entries as an assistive golf chair, a rotating bowling ball rack, a novel trash compactor, a pedal-powered riding lawnmower, an inflatable temporary shelter, an all-in-one commuter bicycle accessory, and many more unique and creative ideas that reflect the interests of their creators. Each December, students [...]

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Strong engineers, strong community

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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A student’s first few weeks on campus can determine the social connections, academic confidence, access to UW-Madison resources and opportunities, and other factors that affect his or her entire college career. For the L.E.E.D. (Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity) Scholars Program, that period is an important part of making sure the College of Engineering [...]

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A foundation for the future

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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For Dean Arnold (BSCEE ’71), giving back to UW-Madison is a multifaceted experience with several highly specific purposes. One powerful motivator, he says, is making sure that Wisconsin engineers graduate with a perspective that goes beyond Wisconsin, and with the tools they’ll need to advance our built environment. Arnold, who is a vice president at [...]

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Encouraging tomorrow’s international engineers

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Bob Olson and Michael Szewczyk earned their UW-Madison mechanical engineering degrees in vastly different decades and what seem like different worlds. Olson (BSME ’60) helped teach calculus to freshman engineering students while earning his bachelor’s and then his UW-Madison MBA in the late 1950s and early ’60s, and retired from the Green Bay-based Little Rapids [...]

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Wish you were here

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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A 20-year tradition in Florida keeps alumni connected with the College of Engineering The first time Norm Berg organized a winter lunch gathering for College of Engineering alums in 1995 at his country club in Fort Myers, Florida, the guest of honor had to phone in. John Bollinger, then the dean of the college, got [...]

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$25 million gift creates unique institute

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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A new trans-disciplinary research institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering will drive technological breakthroughs that will enhance the success of U.S. industries and fuel economic growth in the nation. Funded with a $25 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation, the Grainger Institute for Engineering will foster new discoveries and build the university’s [...]

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In gratitude for your pride in and passion for our college of engineering

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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On June 16 at approximately 11:45 a.m., I had the honor and privilege of making a very special announcement. In front of a crowd of nearly 350 engineering faculty, staff and students and members of the media, I revealed news of the largest gift in UW-Madison College of Engineering history. That $25 million commitment—from The [...]

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Peter Tong: Building ideas

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Since 2000, undergraduate competitors in the Schoofs Prize for Creativity (and later, Innovation Days) also vie for the Tong Prototype Prize. Funded by electrical and computer engineering alumnus Peter Tong (pictured with mechanical engineering undergrad Eric Ronning) and the Tong Family Foundation, the prize recognizes the best physical representation of the students’ ideas. Tong established [...]

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Making a very meaningful difference

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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During the past 12 months, we have seen many exciting changes at UW-Madison. Among them: Rebecca Blank began as the university’s new chancellor, Ian Robertson hit the ground running as the ninth College of Engineering dean, and, as part of Dean Robertson’s new integrated advancement model, the engineering development directors moved into offices on the [...]

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Alumnus built a legacy of generosity

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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In recent years, one of Andrew Johnson’s pleasures in life was to read letters of gratitude from College of Engineering under-graduates who received Great People Scholarships. “Every time he got a letter, he was exuberant about it, and he was happy to do so much good for those students,” says Johnson’s son, Robert. Andrew passed [...]

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Astronaut scholarship honors undergrad’s bold adventures in research

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Even in the UW-Madison College of Engineering, where undergraduates are encouraged to seek hands-on experience, it’s rare that a faculty member finds himself taken aback by a freshman’s eagerness to get involved in research. That’s how Karu Sankaralingam, an associate professor of computer science and electrical and computer engineering, remembers his first conversation with electrical [...]

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Investment aimed at growing GLE

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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When Ryan Bennett reconnected with faculty and fellow graduates of the Geological Engineering Program a couple of years ago, the growth and resilience of GLE surprised him. After all, Bennett experienced the program when it was just beginning as a small, interdisciplinary venture between geology and engineering faculty. In 1990, he earned his BS in [...]

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Lessons from an unlikely career

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Bob Forbess began his UW-Madison education in mechanical engineering during World War II, then embarked on a career that spanned from rockets to education. Perhaps that’s why Forbess, now retired, takes such a broad view of the value of a mechanical engineering degree. He is leaving a portion of his estate to the mechanical engineering [...]

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Reinforcing design, honoring dedication

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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A Stirling engine built by a team of mechanical engineering undergraduates helped to inspire a mechanical engineering alumnus and his wife to make a $100,000 anonymous gift that will support hands-on design experience in the College of Engineering undergraduate curriculum. When the students presented their work to a group of ME alumni, the alum noted [...]

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A big future for structural engineering

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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For Jun Lee, structural engineering is more than a professional field. It’s a multigenerational force. It runs in the family for Lee, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in civil and environmental engineering at UW-Madison. His mother, Florence Lee, who graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, ran her own building-design [...]

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Reflections on innovation

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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Past Schoofs Prize for Creativity and Innovation Days participants talk about their experiences in the competition and highlight lessons they’ve learned that have served them well in their professional lives. Cedric Kovacs-Johnson CBE, current student 2013—The American Press I was prompted to enter the competition through contact with past participants as well as a design [...]

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5 questions with Dick Schoofs

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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In February 2014, the college will celebrate 20 years of the Schoofs Prize for Creativity, the oldest running innovation prize on the UW-Madison campus. Since its inception, the contest has yielded several spin-off companies and hundreds of creative ideas, and participants often cite their Schoofs Prize experiences as a major factor in their professional success. [...]

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Take action to advance the reputation and potential of the College of Engineering

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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Chances are that you are advancing and realizing your potential in no small part because of your UW-Madison education and the brand equity of that “University of Wisconsin” credential behind your name. I graduated 30 years ago and left campus with a Wisconsin Alumni Association card and a job. I didn’t expect to lead product [...]

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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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In Wisconsin, cold-spray knowledge is a hot commodity

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Back in the mid-1980s, Fisher Barton founder Richard Wilkey (BSMetE ’59) was looking for coatings to extend the life of the lawnmower blades his Wisconsin-based company manufactured. For help, he looked to Frank Worzala, then a professor of metallurgical and mineral engineering, and Worzala’s master’s student Bill Lenling (BSMetE ‘84, MSMetE ‘86), who was seeking [...]

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Quicker, quake-proof skyscrapers

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Peel back the outer layers of a skyscraper built in an area vulnerable to earthquakes and you’ll find a tangle of steel-reinforced concrete beams that span doors, windows and other openings in the structure’s many supporting walls. Those coupling beams play a critical role in helping a skyscraper withstand the effects of an earthquake. Yet, [...]

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Geological engineers rock

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Interdisciplinary alums solid in industry It’s a unique, interdisciplinary degree that prepares students to work in industries ranging from energy and environmental remediation to mining, excavation and construction. At UW-Madison, geological engineering undergraduates receive not only rigorous training in mechanics and in fundamental engineering, but also a strong geoscience education. “What industry people tell me [...]

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Students hungry for business success savor campus resources

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Like any engineer worth his or her salt, Eric Martell can identify and analyze a problem when he sees it. Particularly when it’s sandwich-related. One fateful lunch hour, a driver for Silver Mine Subs told Martell he’d save time and money by calling in orders instead of ordering through a clunky (and expensive) third-party ordering [...]

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Beyond the Bucky Wagon

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Pierce seeks to strengthen ties with engineering students Pierce Manufacturing wants College of Engineering students to know it as more than just the name on the front of the iconic UW-Madison Bucky Wagon. Mechanical Engineering Faculty Associate Glenn Bower began a partnership with the Appleton, Wisconsin-based fire-truck company in 2009 when he brought the company [...]

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Silicon Valley Badger: Jim Sorden

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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“I’ve spent my whole life measuring time” The Global Positioning System (GPS), today one of the most versatile technologies on the planet, was still a highly experimental, underfunded military project when it first piqued Jim Sorden’s interest in the mid-1980s. But its potential compelled Sorden to make a bold move, leaving his 24-year career with [...]

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Silicon Valley Badger: Craig Palmer

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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And now for something completely different Some career trajectories follow a straight and narrow path; others take unexpected twists and turns. Craig Palmer’s career might be likened to a cross-country road trip—the kind where you leave the map at home and see where the road takes you. Palmer, a 1983 graduate of electrical and computer [...]

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