Join us on October 24, 2014, to celebrate
the 67th annual Engineers' Day
Join us on Homecoming weekend for a unique opportunity to reacquaint yourself with the college. For more information, contact Peggy Conklin at 608/265-4048, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS RECIPIENTS
2013 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
Brian L. Haas
Senior Vice President
Global Customer Operations
Paul R. LaPointe
Principal and Senior Practice Leader
Golder Associates Inc.
Susan B. Ortenstone
Chief Administrative Officer (retired)
El Paso Corporation/Copano Energy LLC
Michael G. Pecht
George E. Dieter Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering
University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Jeffrey C. Sprecher
Chairman and CEO
Kristine A. Theiler
Vice President, Planning & Operations Support
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Roy A. Thiele-Sardiña
Menlo Park, California
2013 EARLY-CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
Kristin Myers Peng
Chief of Staff
Office of the Chairman and CEO
OF HONORING ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE
On June 4, 1948, the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering awarded its first four Distinguished Service Awards to engineering alumni for their contributions to the engineering profession, the college, and society as a whole. Since then, close to 500 engineers have been recognized.
In 1949, the college named the event “Engineers’ Day” and scheduled it in March to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day. Back then, engineering and law students were engaged in a fierce dispute about St. Patrick’s true vocation; each group claimed him as one of their own. This first official Engineers’ Day featured a college-wide open house and special exhibits in all departments. A display in the lobby of the Mechanical Engineering Building showcased plans for what ultimately became Engineering Hall. To add to the celebration, the college hosted a dance in the Great Hall of Memorial Union the following Saturday, creating “Engineers’ Week.”
Although more than a half-century has passed since those early Engineers' Day events, the excitement still remains. Today, the annual tribute to engineers is held in October, when the entire UW-Madison campus is awash in Homecoming festivities and overflowing with red-and-white- clad alumni rekindling old friendships, revisiting old haunts, and celebrating their alma mater.
At next year's Engineers’ Day, you’ll meet award recipients as the college celebrates Engineers’ Day in much the same way as it did more than 60 years ago — by honoring engineers who have continued the tradition of engineering excellence.