Tag Archives: education

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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College welcomes new students in style

Posted on 19. Feb, 2015 by .

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On August 29, 2014, the college hosted the first annual event to warmly welcome more than 1,500 new engineering students to the College of Engineering community. This full day of activities included breakfast, lounging in the green space alongside Engineering Hall, a trek en masse to the chancellor’s convocation at the Kohl Center, lunch on [...]

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The chemical and biological engineering graduate program: Ongoing advancements in education and research

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Graduate students have played a crucial role in making the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering one of the strongest and most enduring programs in the field. CBE grad students are integral to research, of course, but also to mentoring the department’s undergraduates. The department is ensuring that grad students will get an even stronger [...]

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F.M. Young Award still recognizing top students 64 years later

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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The F.M. Young Award was established so long ago that even those closest to it are unsure of details about how it began. “It started in 1950, but I really don’t know exactly how it started,” says Fred Young Jr. (top, center), who funds the award begun by his father, the late Fred M. Young. [...]

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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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Computer innovator supports tenacious Badger engineers

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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During the 33 years Jim Stinger spent working at Hewlett-Packard, he saw to it that he stayed on the technical side of the company’s research and development lab. He had opportunities to try his hand at management, but never lost his relish for mixing electrical engineering with computer science. On an even more basic level, [...]

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Honoring a Wisconsin materials science visionary

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Richard (Arthur) Dodd understood the future of materials science before just about anyone else at UW-Madison. The English-born Dodd arrived on campus in 1959 as an associate professor of mining and metallurgy, having previously served in engineering roles in industry and academic roles in South Africa and the University of Pennsylvania. Beginning in the late [...]

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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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Competition offers financial reward for seniors’ hard work

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Throughout its history, the EMA/ME Design Competition has featured such entries as an assistive golf chair, a rotating bowling ball rack, a novel trash compactor, a pedal-powered riding lawnmower, an inflatable temporary shelter, an all-in-one commuter bicycle accessory, and many more unique and creative ideas that reflect the interests of their creators. Each December, students [...]

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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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New design lab is critical part of BME undergraduate education

Posted on 25. Jul, 2014 by .

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Since the Department of Biomedical Engineering was founded in 1999, design has been at the core of its curriculum. Now, thanks to a lead gift from alumnus Peter Tong, the Webster Tompkins Design Laboratory is set to enhance the design experience for a new generation of engineers. Tong, who earned his degree in electrical and [...]

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Lessons from an unlikely career

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Bob Forbess began his UW-Madison education in mechanical engineering during World War II, then embarked on a career that spanned from rockets to education. Perhaps that’s why Forbess, now retired, takes such a broad view of the value of a mechanical engineering degree. He is leaving a portion of his estate to the mechanical engineering [...]

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In celebration of decades of dedication

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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In 1941, before Bob Bird enrolled at the University of Maryland, he told his dad he was planning to study foreign languages. Bob’s dad, however, had other ideas. “If you want to be able to earn a living, you should take engineering,” said his dad. “Furthermore, since chemical engineering is the newest field and reputed [...]

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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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Unique expertise and education for the world

Posted on 01. Oct, 2013 by .

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Known as the nature isle of the Caribbean, Dominica features waterfalls, mountainous rainforests and an abundance of rare plant, animal and bird species, many of which are protected in an extensive natural park system. Because of its location in the eastern Caribbean, this island nation is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes. This combination of weather, nature [...]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Building the virtual laboratory

Posted on 30. Aug, 2012 by .

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Everything in physics is governed by equations, which can be solved to predict, for example, how grains of sand collide, how a tablecloth falls across a flat surface, or how water flows around obstacles. And as computing power becomes cheaper and more accessible to universities, the potential for research applications with large computers is skyrocketing. [...]

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