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Gilbert A. Emmert

Gilbert A. Emmert (50K JPG)

"This is my last chair's message column, since I will be retiring from the university this summer."

A while ago, the three-day 2001 Engineering EXPO took place. In case you've forgotten, EXPO is a student-organized open house for the college; it occurs every two years. We had strong student participation and tours of the reactor and research labs. The reactor has always been a popular stop on the EXPO tour; this year the wind tunnel and aerospace exhibits were also popular. View EXPO photos on the Internet at www.imagestation.com/album/?id=4292739821.

It is always a pleasure to announce the addition of new faculty members. This summer the department will be welcoming two new assistant professors: Carl Sovinec, currently at Los Alamos National Lab, and Paul Wilson, currently with the Fusion Technology Institute. Carl is a computational plasma physicist and will be a great addition to our fusion plasma science program. Paul is a nuclear engineer, hired as part of the Energy Systems and Policy faculty cluster. He will be a tremendous asset to our nuclear engineering program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. You will hear more about Carl and Paul in future issues of EPisode.

This is my last chair's message column, since I will be retiring this summer. I am pleased to report that the department has chosen Mike Corradini to be its next chair. Mike's energy and enthusiasm, plus his six years of experience as associate dean for academic affairs and his more recent role as the chair of a special DOE committee concerned with university nuclear engineering programs and research reactors, should serve the department well as it moves into the 21st century. I wish him well.

The nine years I served as department chair have been very rewarding for me. The department has gone through tremendous change, with the merger of Nuclear Engineering and Engineering Physics with Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics to form a single department (Engineering Physics) with a broadened mission. After six years I think I can safely conclude that the merger has been very successful and both sides have benefited immensely by it. The fact that we were able to pull it off, which is unusual in university circles, is a testimony to the dedication and commitment of my colleagues to rise above self-interest and work for the good of the department. With colleagues like these, being a department chair is a pleasure.

I have been asked many times what I plan to do in retirement. First, I plan to spend some time traveling with my loving wife, Nancy. Second, I have a canoe that hasn't seen water for a few years; I will be reintroducing it to Lake Mendota and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. I have a pair of hiking boots that has gotten stiff from disuse; I plan to fix that as well. Third, I plan to stay active professionally. I look forward to seeking out, and working on, interesting research topics and helping Mike and the department with special projects where I can be of assistance. I have enjoyed immensely the enthusiasm and creativity of our students, and hope to continue to interact with them.

Gilbert A. Emmert
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Madison, WI 53706-1687

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