Tag Archives: Dean

Continuous improvement

Posted on 02. Nov, 2015 by .

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Even before many of our engineering students left campus for the summer, we began thinking about the coming academic year and how we can improve the educational experiences we deliver to them. That was particularly true this past summer. Not only have we embarked on a number of renovations that will yield more flexible, modern [...]

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On becoming an engine of materials research innovation

Posted on 27. Sep, 2013 by .

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Materials play such a foundational role in advancing civilization that they are essentially the shorthand of human history, as defined by the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. While those three distinct eras span millions of years, the modern materials challenge will be defined by accelerating the pace of innovation. The White House Materials [...]

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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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Milestones: Reflections on Paul Peercy’s tenure as dean

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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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

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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Innovation: Forward thinking

Posted on 27. Aug, 2012 by .

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison will formally recognize 2012-13 as the Year of Innovation. As the engineering dean at a major research university, I recognize the importance of innovation in moving research discoveries into society to improve our quality of life and the economy. Innovation is where great ideas and discoveries are put to work for [...]

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Interdisciplinary research and education: Big thinking for big challenges

Posted on 18. Apr, 2012 by .

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The common definition of “discipline” illustrates why the word is so deeply rooted in the lexicon of higher education. Discipline is all about rigorous preparation, self-command, willpower, following a strict regimen—many of the traits that are required in the evolution from student to expert in any chosen academic field. Yet many of the truly exciting [...]

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Creating pathways to engineering success

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 by .

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As the University of Wisconsin-Madison celebrates the “Year of the Wisconsin Idea,” recognizing a century of contributions to the greater public good, it’s worth reflecting on how ingrained that tradition has become in engineering. The Wisconsin Idea drives us to extend the benefits of UW-Madison work to the citizens of the state and beyond. We [...]

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Seeding innovation in engineering education

Posted on 21. Jun, 2011 by .

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Four years ago, a new course for UW-Madison freshmen interested in engineering addressed a big question: How can engineers change the world? Today, a bigger audience than we ever anticipated will be contemplating that question. Introduction to Society’s Engineering Grand Challenges, conceived by a team of innovative engineering faculty in 2007, is a multidisciplinary course [...]

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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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Building a culture of innovation

Posted on 01. Sep, 2010 by .

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Looking through recent patent disclosures from the UW-Madison College of Engineering provides a lesson in intellectual potential. Consider a few examples: Electrical and computer engineers Robert Blick and Minrui Yu developed a laser-drilling technique capable of drilling precise holes at the nanometer scale. Mechanical engineers Rolf Reitz and Reed Hanson created a “clean compression” process [...]

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