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Alumnus gives back by advancing Wisconsin innovation

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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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Love of big ideas led inventor to Wisconsin project

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Fourteen years ago, Grainger Professor of Nuclear Engineering Gerald Kulcinski sat down for lunch with a fellow member of the National Academy of Engineering during a Washington, D.C., event. The two had never met, but had an enthusiastic exchange of ideas about their respective research interests. That’s common at big scientific meetings, but this was [...]

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From canvas to CAD

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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

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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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Looking up

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Prestigious professorship is the impetus for a structural engineering renaissance at UW-Madison In our built environment, it seems even the sky’s not the limit. Over the past eight years, countries in the Middle East and Asia have completed the world’s five tallest skyscrapers. At 163 floors and 2,171 feet tall, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai [...]

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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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Milestones: Reflections on Paul Peercy’s tenure as dean

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“Since Paul brought his blend of academic and industry experience to Madison in 1999, his primary commitment has always been to the students in the College of Engineering and preparing them for success in a rapidly shifting professional environment. He has combined commitments to the basic concepts of engineering and to the creativity and flexibility [...]

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Wisconsin engineering: Support, retain and grow

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When I joined the UW-Madison College of Engineering as dean in 1999, I was determined to address a persistent problem: Too many students who begin undergraduate life aspiring to be engineers end up leaving engineering. As I look back on nearly 14 years of college leadership, I can say confidently that we’re turning that problem [...]

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‘Great people’ in the College of Engineering

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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The UW-Madison Great People Scholarship Campaign and funding through the College of Engineering Dean’s Fund for Excellence help keep the university accessible to students who have the intellectual ability, curiosity and tenacity to achieve their educational goals. Great People scholarships are need-based grants. Donor gifts and pledges total nearly $14 million since the campaign was [...]

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A legacy of lessons learned

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Professorship advances educational excellence When Duane Bluemke completed his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering in 1955, he was grateful for the professors who had instructed him. He particularly appreciates the lessons he learned from the late Olaf Hougen. “He was an especially good teacher,” Bluemke says. “He taught so that you would understand how to [...]

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Retaining quality faculty

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Collective giving effort keeps star prof on board The offer was expansive: a chance to join the leadership of a new center for environmental technology in a brand-new building and a brand-new lab, collaboration with one of the leaders in the field of environmental engineering, and a chance to work in a state—Arizona—with huge support [...]

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Nine to five in two

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Funded research project lands grad student a full-time job Many College of Engineering students complete internships during their tenure at the college, hoping to gain work experience that will make them better equipped to find jobs in their fields. But, sometimes the benefits are more direct. Take Anshuman Sharma, a materials science graduate student who [...]

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Gifts that last for life

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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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Connect for Life

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A new program is helping spark a conversation with students about how private giving is transforming the UW-Madison College of Engineering. Connect for Life,” launched in fall 2011 by Engineering External Relations, is providing a variety of ways to illustrate how alumni and friends directly contribute to student success inside and outside the classroom. Connect [...]

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Entrepreneur rolls profits into higher ed

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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  Dan van der Weide knows all about risks. Understanding the risk profile of the products sold by each of his start-up companies has been a key component of the electrical and computer engineering professor’s success in the private sector. But knowing the risks isn’t something that’s limited to the business world. “People entering higher [...]

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Through bequest, Professor Obert remains a champion for undergrads

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He was passionate about his students—yet known as a severe taskmaster. He had a unique teaching style, but had no qualms about flunking students who didn’t pass muster. He was a prolific author. He was unwaveringly ethical. He did not suffer fools. He thought highly of UW-Madison. And he had an excellent relationship with chipmunks—all [...]

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Conduit from Rufus King to Madison: Scholarship attracts top students

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Normally, the student transition from high school senior to college freshman means adjusting to a faster pace, a deeper curriculum and ramped-up expectations. Not so much for Korey Jasper, who experienced all those things as a 2010 graduate of Rufus King International Baccalaureate High School in Milwaukee. “They have high standards; they throw everything at [...]

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We all have a stake in college excellence

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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Message from John Berndt, Chairman College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board As fellow alumni, I am sure you appreciate the privilege 
afforded to us who studied and graduated from the 
College of Engineering at UW-Madison, one of the world’s premier universities. The university and college represent a great asset to Wisconsin, an important contributor to [...]

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Science Olympiad sponsors

Posted on 08. Dec, 2010 by .

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Thank you to these corporate sponsors!

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‘Cooking up’ a competitive future

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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Few university vehicle teams can attribute their success to hamburgers— lots and lots of hamburgers. Yet that’s exactly what future members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison vehicle teams will be able to do. At the 2009 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja Wisconsin competition, in Burlington, Wisconsin, team members raised $10,000 by running a food [...]

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Industry partnership fuels nuclear education

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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Back in 1980, the UW-Madison Department of Nuclear Engineering was among 65 U.S. university departments that offered nuclear engineering educational programs. Today—despite a worldwide resurgence of interest in nuclear energy—less than half those educational programs still exist. That shift began in the late 1970s, when the cost to build nuclear plants soared and energy companies [...]

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Study. Serve. Excel.

Posted on 22. Nov, 2010 by .

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During a typical day, sophomore chemical and biological engineering student Benedetta Cannestra attends class, leads hands-on engineering activities with elementary students, participates in a few outreach committee meetings, and, if she has a spare hour, plays an intramural soccer game. Her active involvement in campus organizations would not be possible if she had to make time to work—which, she says, would be necessary to attend UW-Madison if it weren’t for her Rockwell Automation scholarship.

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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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Competition invites students to invent the future of wireless technology

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A new competition at UW-Madison will challenge students to discover and build the next big idea in wireless technology, a field that continues to transform the way the world communicates. The Qualcomm Wireless Innovation Prize, slated for April 28, 2011, will have student teams develop and prototype new wireless hardware and software ideas and combine [...]

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Excellence in undergrad education

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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In the past, surviving “gate-keeper” engineering undergraduate courses in subjects such as statics, dynamics and general physics was somewhat of a rite of passage: Students who “got” the material generally continued their engineering education. However, some students who struggled in these courses simply dropped out of engineering—a trend College of Engineering Dean Paul Peercy calls [...]

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Profile: Carl Marschke

Posted on 19. Nov, 2010 by .

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A prolific northwoods inventor looks to inspire tomorrow’s engineers. For as long as Carl Marschke can remember, he’s kept five trusty pens in his shirt pocket, in black, blue, green, red and purple ink. When inspiration strikes for some kind of useful new machine, Marschke uses the color combinations to sketch out the concept in [...]

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The rising tide of science and engineering talent

Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by .

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On May 18-21, 2011, UW-Madison will take center stage in the national effort to nurture a new generation of talented scientists and engineers. More than 6,000 participants and visitors will descend on campus for the 27th annual Science Olympiad National Tournament, the largest scholastic science competition in North America.Science Olympiad is one of the best [...]

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