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FALL 2009
VOL. 36, NO. 1

Mark your calendars for Friday, Oct. 9, 2010, when the Badgers play Minnesota.




Alumni news

SEND US YOUR NEWS! Also, 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! TELL US WHAT YOU’RE UP TO! Perspective editor,

Biomedical Engineering

Kelly Stevens (BS ‘02) was lead author of a paper published in September 2009 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A bioengineering PhD student at the University of Washington, Stevens and her colleagues engineered human tissue for heart muscle repair that overcomes issues associated with previous tissue patches. The website published news of the advance.

Allen Wong (MS ‘80) is among three experts featured in a new American Society for Quality podcast series that focuses on career transitions to new industries. Wong is a QA program manager at the Abbott Nutrition division of Abbott Laboratories. Reliable Plant magazine announced the podcast series.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

In June, Jeffrey H. Curler (BS ’73), executive chairman and chairman of the board of Bemis Co. received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award for the upper Midwest region. Curler joined Bemis in 1973; his vision for growth, expansion and innovation has helped to position the company as a global leader in the flexible packaging industry.

Civil and Environmental Engineering

An August 28, 2009, post on the blog featured a Q&A with Kim Lapacek (BS ‘05), an entrepreneur who, with her husband and in-laws, also operates an apple orchard north of Madison.

Bernard Michaud (MS ‘93/’94), a senior water resources engineer at Los Angeles-based engineering consulting firm AECOM, was part of a team that earned a project of the year award from the American Public Works Association for stormwater treatment on Bradford Beach in Milwaukee. Michaud also was an international finalist for a project of the year award through AECOM. The website ran news of the stormwater award.

Land-development consulting firm Atwell-Hicks hired Todd Briner (BS ‘92) as operations leader for its Chicago office. Briner will manage operations and build business relationships to better serve client needs.

Brian Judes (BS ’84, MS ’86), senior vice president of residential design firm Felton Group, earned the Post-Tensioning Institute Russell Price Award for Most Active Committee Member for his contributions to the institute slab-on-ground and alternative SOG design committees. PTI Journal featured a story about Judes and his award.

Roger Anderson (BS ‘74), Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. director of engineering, earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. reported the accomplishment.

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Stefan Gerhardt (MS ’01, PhD ’04), a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, was among recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. His research centers around magnetically confined plasmas and fundamental plasma physics.

Lehigh University promoted Nelson Tansu (PhD ’03) to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Center for Optical Technologies. He earned the 2008 Libsch Early Career Research Award at the university and has been an organizer and participant in the National Academy of Engineering U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium.

On September 15, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote about U.S. microchip manufacturer Applied Materials, which launched a solar panel business five years ago to take advantage of its nanotech-nology capabilities. Michael Splinter (BS ‘72, MS ‘74) is company CEO. In the last two years, Applied Materials has built 14 solar panel factories in such countries as Germany, China, India, Italy, Taiwan and Abu Dhabi. Friedman points out that, with more than 50,000 new jobs, the renewable energy industry in Germany is second only to its auto industry.

Sailing a 68-foot Santa Cruz 70, dubbed OEX, Peter Tong (MS ’65) and 10 crew members won the Division II category of the 2009 Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii. The grueling, 2,225-mile journey from California to Hawaii took place June 29 through July 17.

The Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers presented Carson Taylor (BS ’65) its 2009 Herman Halperin Electric Transmission and Distribution Award. Taylor is an expert in blackout investigations and advanced research in power system performance. The website included news of the award.

In July, Karl Stahlkopf (BS ‘63) retired as the Hawaiian Electric Co. top technical expert on renewable energy and took a position as partner at Sennet Renewables, a Honolulu merchant bank that finances local renewable energy projects.

Engineering Physics

PC system health and diagnostic software company PC-Doctor Inc. appointed Amy Warner (BS ‘91) as director of sales. She is responsible for leading the company’s global sales efforts.

Duluth, Minnesota-based small-aircraft manufacturer Cirrus Aircraft named Patrick Waddick (BS ‘89) executive vice president and chief operating officer. In his new role, he will oversee product development, customer support, manufacturing operations, quality and process engineering, and supply chain.

Industrial and Systems Engineering

Management consulting firm Point B promoted Paul Lambert (BS ’85) to national practice director. An 11-year Point B veteran, Lambert is the first to hold this position, in which he will oversee the firm’s seven existing practices nationwide and help Point B align firm capabilities with changing client needs.

Col. Keith Yaktus (BS ’81) retired from the U.S. Air Force after 27 years of service. While on active duty, he served in 14 different assignments around the world and deployed to the Middle East. After his retirement, he joined Team Integrated Engineering, San Antonio, Texas, as director of operations. He and his wife, Tamara, live in San Antonio.

Mechanical Engineering

The Wisconsin State Journal featured a Q&A with entrepreneur Chad Sorenson (BS ’99, MS ’01). The piece highlighted Sorenson’s track record as an inventor, beginning with his winning entries in the UW-Madison Schoofs Prize for Creativity, Tong Prototype Prize, and G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition. The piece also noted Sorenson’s latest role on campus: He is sharing his expertise with students as leader of an 11-week seminar series about creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship.

In August, Jeff Pade (BS ‘92) joined the global law firm Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. Pade is a registered patent attorney whose knowledge of patent law spans such technology areas as semiconductor manufacturing, software, sporting equipment, advanced materials, and others.

Technology solutions company Alion Science and Technology hired retired U.S. Military Corps Major General Thomas Benes (BS ‘74) to provide strategic support to the company’s maritime-focused business sector. A Naval aviator, graduate of the TOPGUN program and a weapons and tactics instructor, Benes commanded at all levels in the operating forces. He served 35 years in the Marines and retired in September 2009. News of Benes’ new position appeared on

Aerospace, and combat-, marine-, and information-systems and technology company General Dynamics honored Steven Sanborn (BS ’72) in Washington, D.C., for his research and development of high-performance ceramic armor, which significantly raises the protection level of vehicle armor.

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