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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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Making a very meaningful difference

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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During the past 12 months, we have seen many exciting changes at UW-Madison. Among them: Rebecca Blank began as the university’s new chancellor, Ian Robertson hit the ground running as the ninth College of Engineering dean, and, as part of Dean Robertson’s new integrated advancement model, the engineering development directors moved into offices on the [...]

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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

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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

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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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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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A big future for structural engineering

Posted on 23. Jan, 2014 by .

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For Jun Lee, structural engineering is more than a professional field. It’s a multigenerational force. It runs in the family for Lee, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD in civil and environmental engineering at UW-Madison. His mother, Florence Lee, who graduated with a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, ran her own building-design [...]

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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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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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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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Love of big ideas led inventor to Wisconsin project

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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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

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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Looking up

Posted on 10. Dec, 2012 by .

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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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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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‘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

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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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

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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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

Posted on 09. Dec, 2011 by .

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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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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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