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EPISODE: The Engineering Physics Department Newsletter


Fall / Winter 2005-2006
Featured articles

Advances may enable on-the-spot prostate cancer treatment

GOOD HOUSEKEEPING: New method calms unruly plasmas, cleans reactors

Engineers help turn science into interactive exhibits

CAD interface boosts modeling efficiency

BIG discoveries on a small scale

Innovative recycling project could reduce U.S. inventory of spent nuclear fuel

Regular Features

Message from the chair

Faculty News /
In the News

Alumni News:
Susan L. Reinhold receives Distinguished Achievement Award


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Michael L. Corradini, Chair
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Decorative initial cap In our spring EPisode, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary as a combined department. In those same 10 years, the popularity of both of our majors has grown tremendously, with EMA having more than 125 undergraduate majors and NEEP more than 100 undergraduate majors.

Since becoming department chair more than four years ago, I have also seen changes in our graduate educational program. The EP faculty have been quite successful in making proposals to federal and industrial sponsors and this has allowed our graduate education and research activities to grow and flourish. We use these extramural funds to finance the education of our graduate students for their master’s and doctoral degrees, support our scientific research staff, and support our faculty during summer months and a portion of the academic year as they engage in research activities. In many ways, the department is like a business that must maintain its financial posture to serve its mission.

One key part of this financial equation is the generosity that EP alumni and friends provide through your annual donations to our department via the UW Foundation. As the state budget becomes more constrained, we have seen a significant decrease in funds available for flexible use to support our students, as well as for some limited staff activities. Most of these funds are used for undergraduate scholarships. These funds:

• Help top-notch undergraduate and graduate students attend the UW-Madison via scholarships or fellowships

• Enable undergrads to compete in design projects such as the NASA Zero-G program

• Support middle-school and high-school science outreach programs

• Help graduate students and faculty to travel to national engineering conferences

• Facilitate improvements in instruction and education.

Not only do these flexible funds provide additional support for our students, staff and faculty, they provide us with the “margin of excellence” in our academic programs.

Recently, I asked Professor Emeritus Alois “Bud” Schlack and alumnus Tom Plunkett to co-chair a new fund-raising campaign for the EMA program and the NEEP program to provide additional flexible funds for our programs. These funds will give our students, staff and faculty the ability to improve and innovate the educational experience. Your support will contribute to a great start in our 21st century and the ever-changing face of engineering.

As we contact you in the months to come, or as you visit our website, please consider supporting this effort.

Michael L. Corradini, Chair
147 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53706-1687

Tel: 608/263-1646
Fax: 608/263-7451


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