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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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Silicon Valley Badger: Tom Werner

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Helping solar energy’s future shine bright Thomas Werner’s solar energy company, SunPower Inc., in San Jose, has been keeping some pretty high-profile company these days. Take the San Francisco 49ers: The franchise is partnering with SunPower this year to make the new $1.2 billion Santa Clara stadium the greenest in the National Football League. It [...]

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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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With 400th PhD grad, UW-Madison celebrates half a century of fusion energy

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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In the 1930s and ‘40s, many researchers studied ways to use fusion, the reaction in which atomic nuclei collide, fuse and release energy, to develop atomic weapons. Later, researchers would begin to focus on beneficial applications of fusion, including developing plants that would produce electrical energy for society. Noted physicist Don Kerst was among those [...]

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Silicon Valley Badger Engineers: How the West was won

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Here’s a story that could aptly be titled, “Only in Silicon Valley.” Three young entrepreneurs come to Inspovation—a Los Altos, California, venture firm—with a cool idea to create a cheaper alternative to renting cars at airports. The team has an impressive lineage from Harvard, MIT and Princeton. As the conversation continues, the investors find the [...]

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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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Advanced manufacturing research conference in Madison, June 10-14, 2013

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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The largest manufacturing research gathering in the Americas will take place June 10-14, 2013, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The event will draw nearly 500 international academic and industrial leaders to two conferences: the 41st North American Manufacturing Research Conference, sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and the 2013 [...]

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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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Gustafson named to National Academy of Engineering

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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In February, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) named David Gustafson to its 2013 class of new members. Gustafson is director of the UW-Madison Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies and a professor emeritus of industrial and systems engineering. The academy cited Gustafson for industrial and systems engineering methods to improve care for aging patients [...]

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Moving a great college forward

Posted on 01. May, 2013 by .

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As my first opportunity as dean to reach the 45,000-plus College of Engineering alumni, let me express my great enthusiasm for the future of this college, for our profession as a whole, and for the chance to work with you. Engineering today is at the very heart of many national and global priorities. My goal [...]

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Alumnus gives back by advancing Wisconsin innovation

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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When Frederick Mancheski spent 35 years building Echlin Inc. into one of the world’s largest automobile parts companies, he would frequently employ a secret weapon in his quest for new technology: The engine experts at the UW-Madison. As Echlin CEO, the 1948 mechanical engineering alumnus oversaw the Connecticut-based company’s growth from $10 million in annual [...]

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Sharing the Badger pride

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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By the time you are reading this message, I will have completed a tremendous chapter in my life. I am a December 2012 graduate of the UW-Madison Department of Mechanical Engineering, and I’m very proud to join the ranks of more than 45,000 UW-Madison engineering alumni around the globe. As a four-year member of the [...]

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From canvas to CAD

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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Memorial gift encourages students to solve problems creatively across disciplines Leonardo Da Vinci had his flying machine. George Dergalis had his spaceship sculpture–a sphere 40 feet tall and 30 feet around, adorned with a domed glass skylight and filled with murals dedicated to the potential impact that space travel and biotechnology could have on human [...]

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The Engineering Summer Program

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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Building support that lasts a lifetime Although he spent his career traveling all over the world, Kevin Bell says that in some ways, a summer in 1980 spent in Madison felt particularly lonely and foreign—yet overwhelmingly exciting. That summer, on the offhand recommendation of a Washington, D.C., neighbor who had attended the University of Wisconsin [...]

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Just one simple word: Thanks!

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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This issue of Perspective magazine highlights the transformational impact our alumni and friends have on the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering. We have some exceptional stories of giving in 2012. Major gifts are helping us infuse the curriculum with innovative design projects. They are helping expand our base of great faculty. They are helping [...]

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Dream it, design it, build it

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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$1.5 million alum gift helps ME department better prepare students for dynamic industry If you ask Mechanical Engineering Professor and Chair Roxann Engelstad how engineering in the 21st century has evolved, her answer is one of both challenge and opportunity. “It moves so fast, it is hard to keep up,” says Engelstad, who holds the [...]

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College of Engineering industrial advisory and early-career boards

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Industrial Advisory Board Richard Antoine, President, National Academy of Human Resources Cynthia Bachmann, Vice President, Engineering, Kohler Kitchen & Bath (IAB chair) William C. Beckman, CEO, X-nth John E. Berndt, President (retired), Sprint International Vincent S. Chan, Director, Theory & Computational Science Energy Group, General Atomics Kim Christopher, Vice President, Vision Strategic Solutions, UnitedHealthCare Donna [...]

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Working to be discovered

Posted on 28. Aug, 2012 by .

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Co-ops help company find ‘rock stars’ At his first College of Engineering career fair in 2008, Scott Walhovd (CBE ’11) encountered an unusual sight: a corporate booth with no waiting line of hopeful students. The sophomore engineer made a beeline to the open booth and laid the groundwork for his first big work experience, an [...]

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For alum, innovation is a full-time hobby

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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Although he grew up on a dairy farm in a tiny, central-Wisconsin community—rather than a small coal-mining town in West Virginia—Dennis Bahr sees elements of his childhood in the movie October Sky, a film based on the true story of Homer Hickam, a coal-miner’s son who ultimately became a NASA engineer. Hickam’s passion was rocketry; [...]

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Insights on innovation

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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UW-Madison is recognizing 2012-13 as the Year of Innovation, offering a chance to reflect on what this concept means to the university and to society. With $136 million in research and more than 100 patent disclosures annually, the College of Engineering has worked to cultivate innovation as standard operating procedure in our classrooms and labs. [...]

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Tom Gerold: Passionate innovation—pesticide, nitinol and a broken leg

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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“Innovation. The very word evokes mental images of complex turbo-machinery, nanoscale robots and iPads. Our brains are tuned to think of people like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs and the Wright Brothers when the word reaches our ears. Something innovative is something desired—celebrated even—in our society. Imagine a world where the common cold is a life-threatening [...]

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Jacqueline Gerhart: Engineering quality patient care

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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While her heart is most definitely in the world of patient care, Dr. Jacqueline Gerhart serves as a superb example of the flexibility and potential of a biomedical engineering degree from the College of Engineering. Like many biomedical engineers, Gerhart has been captivated by medical gadgetry since her first day on the College of Engineering [...]

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Katherine Turner: My path to becoming a deepwater drilling engineer

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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My name at the time was Kate Parker. Rumor had it that I was the first female undergraduate since World War II. I was a psychology major in 1975 looking for an engineering degree when I ran into Professor Heinz in the mining and metallurgy hallway. He was the first middle-aged adult I spotted. He [...]

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James McCarthy: Applying engineering and medicine to help children walk

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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Bone is a remarkable organ, says orthopedic surgeon and engineering mechanics graduate James McCarthy (BSEM ’86). It grows and heals itself, and not many organs can do that. It can be cut and gradually lengthened. The bone fills itself in. If done at the right rhythm, a bone can grow to be just about as [...]

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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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The eight-month interview: Engineering co-ops hit the ground running

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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For UW-Madison students who take an eight-month engineering co-op with Nelson Global Products in Stoughton, Wisconsin, their first adjustment is working without a formal job description. “We give students the job description of the person they will be working next to,” says Rob Schellin, Nelson Global Products director of engineering. “We give co-ops the same [...]

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A career … made in China

Posted on 20. Apr, 2012 by .

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The prospect of living and working in Beijing for a summer made Dhina Susanti a little nervous, but her internship in China turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime. “I thought that the biggest barrier was going to be the language, but in the end, it wasn’t that much of a challenge,” says [...]

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