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Maquina fountain on Engineering Mall. The fountain is a sculpture about 20 feet tall depicting two calipers perpendicular to each other.

HONORING EXCELLENCE

A TRADITION 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, based on 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 dubbed the event “Engineers’ Day” and held 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 collegewide open house and special exhibits in all departments.

At that time, 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 also hosted a dance in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union the following Saturday, creating “Engineers’ Week.”

Although more than a half-century has passed since those early E-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 long ago — by honoring engineers who have continued the tradition of engineering excellence.

Maquina fountain on Engineering Mall. The fountain is a sculpture about 20 feet tall depicting two calipers at right angles to each other.

The College of Engineering celebrated the 67th annual Engineers' Day October 24, 2014, on homecoming weekend. 

 

 

 

2014 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Ryan T. Bennett

Bennett

Bryan C. Hanson

Hanson

Edward F. Kopetsky

Kopetsky

Michael F. Molnar

Molnar

  Winslow L. Sargeant

Sargeant

  Henry J. Theisen

Theisen

  Peter W. Trelenberg

Trelenberg

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

 

Bryan C. Hanson
Chief Operating Officer
Exelon Nuclear
Chicago, IL

 

Edward F. Kopetsky
Chief Information Officer
Stanford Children's Health
Palo Alto, CA

 

Michael F. Molnar
Director, Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office
U.S. Department of Commerce
Washington, DC

 

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

 

Henry J. Theisen
Executive Chairman of the Board
Bemis Company, Inc.
Neenah, WI

 

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

 

 

2014 EARLY CAREER AWARD RECIPIENT

  Michael T. Casper

Casper

Michael T. Casper
President/Founder
FLEx Lighting
Chicago, IL

 

 

2014 FACULTY AND STAFF HONORS

Haile Berhe

Berhe

Susan Hagness

Hagness

Manthey

Manthey

Manos Mavrikakis

Mavrikakis

Radwin

Radwin

Van Veen

Van Veen

Haile W. Berhe
Senior Systems Programmer, Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies
Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award

 

Susan C. Hagness
Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Affairs
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching

 

Dennis P. Manthey
Academic Department Manager, Engineering Physics
Classified Staff Distinguished Achievement Award

 

Manos Mavrikakis
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication

 

Robert G. Radwin
Professor, Industrial and System Engineering
Onstad Service to Society Award

 

Barry D. Van Veen
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction