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Cover of the Winter 2008 issue


VOL. 34, NO. 2






Let us know if you and your alma mater are mentioned in the news—we’ll highlight it here. If you’re being interviewed, don’t forget to mention that you’re a graduate of the UW-Madison College of Engineering! And as always, tell us what you’re up to.

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Alumni news/notes

Civil and Environmental Engineering

The November 2007 issue of Wisconsin Builder magazine profiled Rajan Sheth (MS ’72), president and CEO of Madison-based engineering firm Mead & Hunt Inc. Sheth earned the Wisconsin Builder Engineer of the Year award not only for his role as leader of a successful firm, but also for his efforts to improve the engineering industry and develop future engineering leaders.

In October 2007, Peru Minister of Exterior Relations Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Gonzalo Gutierrez presented Kenneth R. Wright (BS ’51, MS ’57) and his wife, Ruth, the Order of Merit for Distinguished Services for their hydrology research in Peru. In addition, Wright received an honorary professor award from the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado published an article in its December 2007 newsletter about Wright’s work at Machu Picchu.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Business Week magazine named Rishi Shah (BS ’04) to its 2007 list of the top-25 entrepreneurs under age 25. Shah, 25, launched Flying Cart Media, a three-employee e-commerce company that offers a simple way for small independent retailers to sell their products online. News of the honor appeared on

Engineering Physics

Joe Omojola (MS ’84) is one of 11 recipients of the National Science Foundation Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. In a White House ceremony, President Bush recognized him November 16 for his mentoring efforts to increase the involvement of diverse students in science, technology, engineering and math. Omojola is a professor of math and physics for the Southern University at New Orleans and founder of the Kumon Math and Reading Center in Gretna, Louisiana. News of his award appeared on

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Escalon Medical Corp. promoted Mark Wallace (BS ’92, MS ’00), whose career in the medical device industry spans more than 18 years, to chief operating officer. He joined Escalon in 1997, serving most recently as executive vice president with operational responsibilities for the Escalon Digital Solutions and Trek Medical subsidiaries.

Materials Science and Engineering

Duane C. Radtke (BS ’71) retired December 31 as executive vice president of Dominion, one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy. Radtke had been responsible for the company natural gas and oil exploration and production business.

Mechanical Engineering

In fall 2007, John H. Linehan (PhD ’68) was appointed to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Science Advisory Board. He also joined the faculty of Northwestern University as professor of biomedical engineering and medicine and director of the center for translational innovation.

On September 7, Nils I. Larson (BS ’58) celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his wife, Carolyn. They both say they would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Since graduation, they have lived in Phoenix, Arizona. Ten years ago, Larson retired from the Salt River Project, a power and water utility, where he developed and managed the acid rain compliance program for that company.

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