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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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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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Fellowships help undergrads turn pro

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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To earn an undergraduate research fellowship, mechanical engineering students need more than passion and a great technical problem to tackle. They also have to function like professionals in a research context. “We’re looking for clarity of thought in students’ fellowship proposals,” says Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Krishnan Suresh. “That reflects a clarity of process in [...]

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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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Natural resources: Support helps faculty become self-sustaining

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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When a department hires a new faculty member, funding from the College of Engineering and the UW-Madison Graduate School helps to pay that person’s salary. However, new faculty also need a way to start research programs. Private gifts provide the initial support for faculty startup packages, which cover stipends, scholarships, and fellowships for students to [...]

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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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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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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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It’s a collaboration with chemistry

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Dow Chemical invests in university talent and technology In an effort to strengthen disciplines that align with its strategic goals, Dow Chemical Company has invested $14.5 million over five years in research at UW-Madison. Part of a broader funding program Dow launched in 2011 at 11 universities, the initiative combines expertise in engineering and chemistry [...]

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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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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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A hull for Hoofers

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Students in Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professor of Mechanical Engineering Tim Osswald’s Introduction to Composites Processing (ME 601) course are redesigning a BadgerTech boat for the Hoofers Sailing Club as a lesson in the mechanics of composite resins and process optimization. The students, many of them Hoofers sailing enthusiasts themselves, must infuse the [...]

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It ain’t easy being green: Freshmen researchers tackle tough project

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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The 14 freshmen had almost no background in engineering—nor had they  conducted any research. Yet by the end of their first semester at UW-Madison, they had completed a seemingly daunting project: Coat a small diesel engine with a platinum catalyst, add extra hydrogen to the combustion process, and determine if those changes reduced vehicle emissions. [...]

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A fusion star

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Lauren Garrison is soft-spoken, yet outgoing and a good listener to boot. She is equally comfortable chatting with kids in a grade-school classroom or with elite scientists at an international conference. A trained dancer, she is a crowd leader and a comfortable performer. In life, she seeks opportunities, rather than waiting for them to come [...]

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A blueprint for success: Helping transfer students overcome any obstacle

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Growing up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Daniel Ramirez eyed the circuitry of arcade cabinets with wonder. But turning that ambition into a career as an engineer was a pipe dream. “After high school, I figured that I wasn’t going to be able to afford college,” he says. Instead, he focused on building a family with his [...]

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Virtual internship, real engineering

Posted on 02. May, 2013 by .

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Applying the role-playing and problem-solving conventions often employed in video games, a computer simulation called Nephrotex enables engineering undergrads to assume the role of biomedical engineering interns working at a fictional company, giving them an early peek at what it’s like to apply math and science skills to a real-world problem. “It’s about learning to [...]

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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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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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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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Wisconsin engineering: Support, retain and grow

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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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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College of Engineering interdisciplinary degree programs

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Environmental Chemistry & Technology Program Marc Anderson (chair) Tel: 608/263-3264 • Fax: 608/262-0454 mcpossin@wisc.edu www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/ect Geological Engineering Program Craig H. Benson (chair) Tel: 608/890-2420 • Fax: 608/890-3718 gle@engr.wisc.edu www.gle.wisc.edu Limnology and Marine Science Program Steve Loheide (chair) Tel: 608/263-3264 • Fax: 608/262-0454 mcpossin@wisc.edu www.engr.wisc.edu/interd/limnology Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program Frank Pfefferkorn (director) Tel: 608/262-0921• Fax: 608/265-4017 [...]

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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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