Tag Archives: alumni

It’s a great time to be an engineer

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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By Jasmine Sola As the job market has increasingly become more difficult, a college degree no longer guarantees a job. Luckily, however, for most engineers this is not the case. According to John Archambault, director of Engineering Career Services, 94 percent of College of Engineering graduates were placed at a job after graduation in 2011 [...]

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Investing in faculty excellence

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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You may have heard recently that alumni John and Tashia Morgridge donated $100 million to UW-Madison. This exciting gift is the largest-ever contribution to the university from individual donors—and it will allow the university to invest more aggressively than ever before in recruiting, retaining and rewarding highly talented faculty. It also provides a dollar-for-dollar match [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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