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EPISODE: The Engineering Physics Department Newsletter


Spring/Summer 2003
Featured articles

Taming turbulence: Understanding the equations

Exploiting friction can make MEMS work

New boundaries: Experiments verify ion behavior in plasmas

Engineers develop new prostate-cancer treatment plan

Conference to address state energy crisis

Regular Features

Message from the chair

Department news

New faculty: Joseph Bisognano and Dennis Whyte

Student news


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PICTURED AT RIGHT: Senior Scientist Kumar Sridharan (center) talks with Department of Energy Director of Nuclear Energy Bill Magwood (right) and Todd Allen, who will join the EP faculty in fall, about plasma-source ion implantation research here during Magwood’s Feb. 13 and 14 visit and tour.

Program Assistant Supervisor Rose Birzer recently received a UW-Madison Classified Staff Award. Her nomination commended her excellent oversight of the department’s budget and financial procedures and her training and counseling of other classified staff in the department and its research centers. She often is the first person her colleagues turn to when there is a question of how to do something and how to pay for it, citing her as a natural leader who handles tasks with grace and professionalism.

Assistant Professor Rob Carpick will receive the 2003 Ferdinand Beer and Russell Johnston Outstanding New Mechanics Educator Award from the American Society for Engineering Education. Established in 1992, the award honors up to three people annually who have shown a strong commitment to mechanics education. Winners, who must have no more than five years of academic experience past their first regular academic appointment, are selected based on their exceptional contributions to mechanics education.



This spring, Congress discussed assessing and redefining America’s goals in space. In a Feb. 10 story in the Christian Science Monitor, Adjunct Professor Harrison Schmitt, an Apollo 17 astronaut, says that discussion should lead toward the moon. “The moon is our next logical step,” he says, noting that it is close and it has resources such as hydrogen, oxygen and a form of helium that interests fusion-energy researchers.

Stories in the Dec. 21 New York Times and Dec. 22 Los Angeles Daily News quote Professor Ray Fonck about a National Research Council panel’s recommendation that the United States rejoin the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, a $5 billion international nuclear fusion project. “We have confidence it will work,” says Fonck, the panel’s co-chair, about nuclear fusion.



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