Our distinguished alumni

Join us Nov. 11, 2016: Celebrate the 69th annual Engineers’ Day!

College alumni and friends: Make plans to visit the College of Engineering during Homecoming weekend. You can hear short talks given by a few of our outstanding faculty and students, explore our changing campus, honor distinguished engineering alumni, and tailgate with fellow Badger engineers! And, to find out more at any time, contact Stephanie Longseth, (608) 265-3496, or stephanie.longseth@wisc.edu.

Engineers’ Day Lodging

The Madison Concourse Hotel
One West Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53703
Group Block: UW Engineers’ Day

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Madison
525 West Johnson Street
Madison, WI 53703
Group Code: UWE
Click here to book rooms for Engineers’ Day.


Engineers’ Day 2016 activities

Friday, Nov. 11

Engineers’ Day guests and their families, faculty, staff and students from all departments are welcome!

Mechanical Engineering Lobby, 1513 University Avenue

$12 per person

College of Engineering Dean Robertson

Mechanical Engineering Lobby, 1513 University Avenue

Taught by the Department of Engineering Professional Development

By participating in this course, you will earn 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU). For more information and to register please check back soon.

1800 Engineering Hall, 1415 Engineering Drive

Luncheons will be held by some college departments. If you don’t see your department listed here, please contact that department for details and to make your reservations in advance.


Department luncheon information (as of July 8, 2016)

Civil & Environmental Engineering
Blackhawk Country Club
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Contact Beth Johnson, 608-262-3542 or beth.johnson@wisc.edu
Registration link will be available by the end of summer 2016

Engineering Physics
noon to 2 p.m.
Steenbock’s on Orchard (inside the Discovery Building)
330 N. Orchard St., Madison, WI 53705
Contact Dennis Manthey, manthey@engr.wisc.edu
Click here to register. (RSVPs are required, as space is limited)

Mechanical Engineering
Fluno Center
Lunch beings at 12 p.m.
For more information, contact Brittney Geenen, 608-265-8438 or geenen@wisc.edu
Click here to register.

Mechanical Engineering Atrium, 1513 University Avenue

Departments, student organizations, and programs within the College of Engineering will be hosting tables that showcase their achievements along with interactive activities for all ages.

Taught by the Department of Engineering Professional Development

By participating in this course, you will earn 2.0 Professional Development Hours (PDH) and 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEU). For more information and to register please check back soon.

Union South, Varsity II & III

Social: 5:15 p.m.

Dinner: Seating at 6:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: following dinner

Saturday, Nov. 12

Mechanical Engineering Lobby, 1513 University Avenue

$20 per person

South End Zone Tickets: Wisconsin vs. Illinois

$75 per ticket with tailgate order only*

*Game ticket quantities are limited; purchase of tailgate ticket necessary to purchase football tickets. Tickets distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and must be picked up at the tailgate in the Mechanical Engineering Building on Saturday, November 12. Tickets WILL NOT be mailed or available for pick0up at any other location.

Making a difference around the world

College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award and Early-Career Award recipients

From early-career entrepreneurs to established government officials and executives, the recipients of the annual College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Awards and Early-Career Achievement Award illustrate the vast impact Badger engineers have across multiple fields and international boundaries.

Early-Career and Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

2015 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Laura Leonard
Senior Product Line Manager, reforming and isomeriation technologies
BSChE ’01
Western Springs, Illinois

Gregory Piefer
CEO and founder
SHINE Medical Technologies, Inc.
BSEE ’99, MSNEEP ’04,
PhDNEEP/MedPhys ’06
Middleton, Wisconsin

Daniel Reich
Member of Strategic Operating Committee
Great Oaks Venture Capital
New York, New York

Distinguished Achievement Award

Norman Doll
Chairman (retired)
Pieper Electric
BSCE  ’77
Mequon, Wisconsin

Jeffrey Graves
MTS Systems Corporation
MSMetE ’85, PhDMetE ’87
Wayzata, Minnesota

Shen Luo
Deputy General Manager
Mindray Medical International
PhDECE ’94
Madison, Wisconsin

Craig Palmer
San Francisco, California

Todd Pulvino
Co-founder and Principal
CNH Partners
BSME ’84
Sarasota, Florida

Patrick Quirk
Founder and General Partner
ORCA Equities
BSIE ’79
Lake Oswego, Oregon

Kirk Schnoebelen
Head of Sales
BSNE ’82, MSNE ’84
Fairfax, Virginia

Bahram (Barry) Siadat
Founder, President and Managing Director
SK Capital Partners
BSChE ’75
Miami Beach, Florida

Malcolm Theobald
President of Bits and Advanced Technologies
BSMineEngr ’83
Houston, Texas

2014 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Michael T. Casper
FLEx Lighting
BSME ’04
Chicago, Illinois

Distinguished Achievement Award

Ryan T. Bennett
Senior Partner
Resource Capital Funds
Denver, Colorado

Bryan C. Hanson
Chief Operating Officer
Exelon Nuclear
BSNE ’88
Chicago, Illinois

Edward F. Kopetsky
Chief Information Officer
Stanford Children’s Health
BSIE ’78, MSIE ’81
Palo Alto, California

Michael F. Molnar 
Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
U.S. Department of Commerce
BSME ’85, MSE ’87
Washington, DC

Winslow L. Sargeant
Chief Counsel for Advocacy
U.S. Small Business Administration
PhDECE ’95
Washington, DC

Henry J. Theisen 
Executive Chairman of the Board
Bemis Company, Inc.
BSChE ’75
Neenah, Wisconsin

Peter W. Trelenberg 
Corporate Manager, Environmental Policy & Planning
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Irving, Texas

2013 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Kristin Myers Peng
Chief of Staff
Office of the Chairman and CEO
Hartford, Connecticut

Distinguished Achievement Award

Brian L. Haas 
Senior Vice President
Global Customer Operations
Milpitas, California

Paul R. LaPointe 
Principal and Senior Practice Leader
Golder Associates Inc.
Redmond, Washington

Susan B. Ortenstone 
Chief Administrative Officer, retired
El Paso Corporation/Copano Energy LLC
Houston, Texas

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
IntercontinentalExchange Inc.
BSChe ’78
Atlanta, Georgia

Kristine A. Theiler 
Vice President, Planning & Operations Support
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Anaheim, California

Roy A. Thiele-Sardiña 
Managing Partner
HighBAR Partners
Menlo Park, California

2012 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Tanya M. Higgins 
Quality Deployment Manager
John Deere Agricultural and Turf Division
MEPP ’04
Waterloo, Iowa

Distinguished Achievement Award

Donald E. Baldovin 
Vice President, Finance and Business Support (retired)
Worldwide Exploration Business Group
BSChE ’57
Austin, Texas

Major General Thomas A. Benes
Major General (USMC, retired)
Vice President, Strategic Planning and Development
Alion Science and Technology Corporation
BSME ’74
Dumfries, Virginia

Gary M. Gigante 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Waupaca Foundry, Inc.
Wapaca, Wisconsin

Thomas F. Gunkel 
Chief Executive Officer
Mortenson Construction
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Patrick M. Hanrahan 
Canon Professor of Computer Science
Stanford University
BSNE ’77
Stanford, California

James H. Thompson 
Executive Vice President of Engineering
Qualcomm, Inc.
San Diego, California

2011 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Jennifer A. Topinka
Senior Finance Manager
General Electric — Oil and Gas
BSME ’01
Houston, Texas

Distinguished Achievement Award

Vincent Sik-Hung Chan
Director, Theory and Computational Science,
Energy and Electromagnetic Systems Group
General Atomics
BSECE ’72, MSECE ’73, PhDEE ’75
San Diego, California

Michael R. Duckett
Duckett Group, Inc.
BSCEE ’74, MSCEE ’75
Brookfield, Wisconsin

David U. Furrer
Senior Fellow, Discipline Lead
Pratt & Whitney
BSMetE ’86, MSMetE ’88
East Hartford, Connecticut

J. Michael Jensen
Vice President, Global Research and Development, retired
Procter & Gamble
BSChE ’73
Cincinnati, Ohio

Appu Kuttan
Founder and Chairman of the Board
National Education Foundation Inc.
PhDIE ’68
Alexandria, Virginia

Richard M. Lynch
J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin

James R. Meister
Vice President, Operations Support
Exelon Nuclear
BSNE ’78
Warrenville, Illinois

Brian J. Rauch
Vice President, Engineering, John Deere Construction
and Forestry Division
Deere and Company
MSEM ’90, PhDEM ’93
Dubuque, Iowa

James D. Woodburn, Jr.
Chief Medical Officer and Director
Applied Pathways, LLC
Deephaven, Minnesota

2010 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Chad M. Sorenson
President and Co-founder
Sologear LLC
Middleton, Wisconsin

Distinguished Achievement Award

William C. Beckman
Maitland, Florida

Dawn Ann Harms
Vice President
Marketing and Sales
Space Systems/Loral
Palo Alto, California

Show Chung Ho
SinoPac Holdings Co., Ltd.
MSME ’69
Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Aicardo Roa-Espinosa
Soil Net LLC
MSBSE ’85, PhDBSE ’89
Madison, Wisconsin

Nitish V. Thakor
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neurology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
MSBME ’78, PhDECE ’81
Baltimore, Maryland

Dan J. Thoma
Office Leader — Materials Design Institute
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PhDMetE ’92
Los Alamos, New Mexico

Steven J. Zinkle
Director — Material Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
BSNE ’80, MSNE ’82, PhDNE ’85
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

2009 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Andreas M. Lippert
Manager, Alternative Energy Technologies
GE Global Research
PhDME ’99
Munich, Germany

Distinguished Achievement Award

Samit Kumar Bhattacharyya
Savannah River National Laboratory
MSNE ’70, PhDNE ’73
Aiken, South Carolina

Dean A. Foate
President and CEO
Plexus Corp.
BSME ’82
Neenah, Wisconsin

P. Dan Gilbert
Gilbert Mechanical Contractors Inc.
Edina, Minnesota

William J. Lenling
Thermal Spray Technologies
BSMetE ’85, MSMetE ’86
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

James P. Peerenboom
Director, Infrastructure Assurance Center
Associate Director, Decision and Information Sciences Division
Argonne National Laboratory
BSNE ’73, MSNE ’74
Argonne, Illinois

Joseph B. Powell
Process Development Advisor and Shell Chief Scientist
Chemical Engineering
Shell Global Solutions U.S. Inc
PhDChe ’84
Houston, Texas

Steven A. Schopler
Orthopedic Surgeon and Physician
Southern California orthopedic Institute
BSME ’76
Van Nuys, California

2008 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Donald W. Stanton
Corporate Director, Advanced Engine R&D
Cummins Inc.
MSME ’95, PhDME ’98
Columbus, Indiana

Distinguished Achievement Award

Charles G. Gunderson
Corporate Director (Retired)
Chrysler Corporation
BSME ’56
Sedona, Arizona

Katherine L. Hermansen 
Vice President, Clinical Performance Excellence
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare
BSIE ’86
Glendale, Wisconsin

Chia-Hong Jan 
Senior Principal Engineer, Program Manager
Intel Corporation
MSEMS ’88, MSEPhD ’91
Hillsboro, Oregon

Valarie King-Bailey
Chief Executive Officer
OnShore Technology Group
Chicago, Illinois

Peigen Li
Huazhong University of Science & Technology
PhDME ’87
Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R. China

James E. Rushton
Director, Nuclear Science and Technology Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
MSNE ’67, PhDNE ’75
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

David J. Smukowski
Chief Executive Officer, Sensors in Motion
Managing Director, IntiGroup
Bellevue, Washington

David K. Swanson
Chief Technical Officer
ESTECH Cardiac Surgery Specialists
MSEE ’72, PhDEE ’76
San Ramon, California

2007 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Matthew F. Laudon
Cofounder, Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization
Co-founder and executive director of business development, Nano Science and Technology Institute
MSME ’93, PhDME ’96
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Distinguished Achievement Award

Jeffrey H. Curler
Chairman and CEO
Bemis Company Inc.
BSChe ’73
Neenah, Wisconsin

Michael F. Davy
President, Davy Engineering Company
Manager, Davy Laboratories
La Crosse, Wisconsin

Donald C. Erbach
Retired national program leader for engineering and energy
U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
BSME ’65
Beltsville, Maryland

Stephen E. LeBeau
President and CEO
PhDMetE ’82
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Edwin A. McKinnon
Retired vice president of technology
General Carbide Corporation
PhDEM ’72
Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Dorin Panescu
Principal Staff Scientist
St. Jude Medical Inc.
MSECE ’91, PhDECE ’93
Sunnyvale, California

Andrew T. Rensink
President and CEO
Tapemark Inc.
BSME ’79
West St. Paul, Minnesota

Jeffrey D. Wiesner
Retired partner
Accenture LLP
BSIE ’83
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

2006 Engineers’ Day alumni award recipients

Early Career Award

Christine M. Schyvinck 
Executive Vice President
Global Marketing and Sales
SHURE Incorporated
BSME ’89
Niles, IL

Distinguished Achievement Award

Jan R. Acker 
President and Chief Executive Officer
Placon Corporation
BSME ’76
Madison, WI

Gilbert C. Gerdman 
Board Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
MSA Professional Services, Inc.
BSCE ’66
Baraboo, WI

Randy L. Jirtle 
Professor of Radiation Oncology
Duke University
BSNE ’70
Durham, NC

Mark D. McDougall 
Executive Director
Health Level Seven, Inc., and
Coalition for Healthcare eStandards
BSIE ’83
Chelsea, MI

Gary W. Pruessing 
President and Chairman
TonenGeneral Sekiyu Kabushki Kaisha
Japan Chairman, ExxonMobil Group in Japan
BSChe ’75
Asia Pacific Refining Director

James A. Senty 
Midwest Natural Gas, Inc.
BSMinE ’60
LaCrosse, WI

Kenneth R. Welton 
Welton Enterprises Inc.
Madison, WI