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FALL 2008
VOL. 35, NO. 1

Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, when the Badgers play the Hawkeyes.




One year later: The ME Building at work

Thanks to $27.5 million in gifts coupled with $23 million in state funds, our new Mechanical Engineering Building will meet faculty, staff and student educational and research needs for years to come.

Dear alumni and friends,

Roxann L. Engelstad

Roxann L. Engelstad (large image)

Patricia Flatley Brennan

Patricia Flatley Brennan (large image)

We are more than midway through the fall semester and definitely appreciate our new and renovated space in the Mechanical Engineering Building. It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since the college dedicated this beautiful building.

More than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in both mechanical engineering (ME) and industrial and systems engineering (ISyE) regularly use the building. There are five computer laboratories, seven classrooms and three auditoriums, and a student study zone that’s accessible 24 hours a day. There also are more than 40 faculty research laboratories. We’re very excited to have all of these people and state-of-the-art facilities under one roof.

Previously, faculty and research labs in both the ISyE and ME departments were located in several buildings on and off the engineering campus. In both our departments, the discipline-specific arrangement of our offices and labs promotes communication and collaboration. As a result, all our faculty, staff and students benefit—and we are excited about the educational and research advances that are already occurring in this flexible space.

The UW E-Business Consortium Radio-Frequency Identification Laboratory

The UW E-Business Consortium Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Laboratory enables faculty, staff and students in industrial and systems engineering and other campus departments to work with industry representatives to address business and technical challenges associated with RFID. This expanded laboratory includes an antenna design and performance analysis station, a conveyor system station, and a portal/dock-door station. (large image)

Blower in the polymer engineering laboratory

The Mechanical Engineering Building renovation enabled our polymer engineering faculty to consolidate three laboratories into one huge, leading-edge facility. As a result, our undergraduates learn and practice the latest polymer and plastics engineering techniques and technologies, while our faculty and graduate students collaborate on research that directly benefits the industry. (large image)

Earlier this year, the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation honored the university for the Mechanical Engineering Building construction and renovation project with an award in the “Sensitive Addition to a Historic Building” category. In addition, the International Masonry Institute, Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin, and Midwest Construction and In Business magazines are among organizations that have recognized general contractor Miron Construction (Neenah, Wisconsin) for its work on the building.

We are very grateful to everyone who so generously supported this majestic renovation and construction. Private support, which accounted for more than half the funding for our “new” Mechanical Engineering Building, truly is a key reason why UW-Madison is a world-class university. If you are in the Madison area, stop by and take a look. We’d be happy to have you visit our departments, tour our facilities, and meet the people who bring them to life.

On Wisconsin!

Patricia Flatley Brennan
Lillian S. Moehlman-Bascom Professor and Chair
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Roxann L. Engelstad
Bernard A. & Frances M. Weideman Professor/Stephen P. Timoshenko Professor and Chair
Department of Mechanical Engineering

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