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Cover of the Spring 2008 issue


VOL. 34, NO. 3






PERSPECTIVE Editor, or 215 N. Randall Ave., Madison, WI 53706.

When you tell us your news, please let us know if and your alma mater are mentioned in the media—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!

Alumni news/notes

Chemical and Biological Engineering

In June, University of Delaware William L. Friend Professor of Chemical Engineering Babatunde Ogunnaike (PhD ’81) will receive the 2008 American Automatic Control Council Control Engineering Practice Award.

The February 20 story, “Univ. of Wisconsin grads getting prominent in Korea,” on highlighted the growing prominence of UW-Madison graduates in Korea. Among those mentioned in the story were GS Caltex Chairman Dong-Soo Hur (MS ’68, PhD ’71), dubbed “Mr. Oil” for his influence in the oil refinery industry.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Lori Plate (BS ’98) has joined Johnsonville Sausage, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, as a systems, applications and products business intelligence business analyst. An announcement about her new position appeared in January on

A January 23 story in the Oshkosh Northwestern profiled Omro High School graduate Tom Buchholz (BS ’92), who is a project manager for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in Green Bay.

A doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Andrew Braham (BS ’00, MS ’02) earned the Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Centers of Excellence Outstanding Student of the Year award. His is conducting airport asphalt concrete research. News of the award appeared in February on

Chief of the Engineering and Construction Management Section in the Wisconsin Bureau of Facilities and Lands, Sanjay Olson (BS ’92) received an excellence in service award from Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle in February to recognize Olson’s efforts on behalf of minority-owned businesses selected for state architectural and engineering projects.

An assistant project manager for Skanska USA Building Inc., Susan Burgard (BS ’01) is an associate member of the Danvers, Massachusetts, planning board. Burgard is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-accredited professional. News of her position on the board appeared on

Vice president of Computerized Structural Design, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, James M. Fisher (BS ’62) received the 2008 American Iron and Steel Institute Market Development Industry Leadership Award. Fisher is an authority on steel design for cold-formed and fabricated structural steel.

In July, the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco, Peru, will induct Kenneth Wright (BS ’51, MS ’57) and his wife Ruth as honorary professors. Among their accomplishments, the Wrights have authored several publications based on their research of the infrastructure of Machu Picchu.

Rene Dupuis (BS, MS ’68, PhD ’73), president of SRI Consultants Inc., Middleton, Wisconsin, received the National Roofing Contractors Association J.A. Piper Award, the highest roofing industry honor.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

With colleague James Thorp, Virginia Tech Professor Emeritus Arun Phadke (PhD ’64) received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering at Drexel University for the pair’s work on reducing the frequency and severity of blackouts. A story about the award appeared on

Attorney Peter J. Manghera (BS ’88) joined the DeWitt Ross & Stevens intellectual property group in Madison, Wisconsin. News of his position appeared on

Engineering Physics

A three-year football letter-winner, Virginia Tech Chemical Engineering Professor Donald Baird (PhD ’74) received the Jack Breslin Life Achievement Award for his success in representing the Michigan State University athletic department. News of the award appeared on

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Vice president of supply chain for HoneyBaked Ham Co., Atlanta, Georgia, Gregory Hundt (BS ’84) was named president of new HoneyBaked acquisition Heidi’s Heavenly Cookies.

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