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EPISODE: The Engineering Physics Department Newsletter


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Michael L. Corradini, Chair
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Decorative initial cap It is now summer in Madison. Hopefully, all of you remember that time of year when the pace is a little less frantic and the Union Terrace is the place to share an afternoon conversation with an accompanying lake breeze and refreshments. This summer, however, finds the atmosphere more intense with state and university budget issues on everyone’s mind, with our students finding job opportunities a bit more of a challenge. Tuition will rise and all university employees will be taking a mandatory 5-percent reduction in salary via furlough days in addition to forgoing any pending merit raises.

However, our core mission is succeeding in spite of these financial downturns. We had a record number of graduates at our spring graduation luncheon, and all of our students received job offers and are proceeding into a job or graduate school.

I’d also like to share some new developments in our engineering mechanics program. We successfully launched a new design competition for our engineering mechanics senior design class, since all college design class student teams are excluded from the Innovation Days competition for UW-Madison undergraduates. This new competition, which supports our senior design students, is—not surprisingly—in need of ongoing funding. It is my view that this senior design experience makes our engineering mechanics program quite unique and I would ask for your help in supporting it.
Last year’s new competition took place on December 10, 2008, in front of both live and online audiences. A panel of three judges awarded two prizes, and everyone who attended (both in-person and virtual attendees) cast ballots to choose the People’s Choice Award recipients.

For a complete contest description, visit or view the students’ presentations at (click “EMA,” then “EMA 469” in the folder column on the left).

To Support the EMA Senior Design Competition,
make your tax deductible contribution payable to the “University of Wisconsin Foundation”
and state that the contribution is in support of the EMA Senior Design Competition.

Mail the contribution to:
Professor Michael L. Corradini, EP Chair
Engineering Mechanics Program Fund
EMA Senior Design Competition
153 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

Because of the overwhelming success of last year’s event, we will hold the competition again this year in early December 2009. Last fall, we were fortunate to have many generous alumni donate time, money and ideas to help support the contest. This fall, we will need your assistance again. You can make donations as described at and, if you or your company would like to be a contest sponsor, we are looking for contest sponsors for a range of competition-related activities, including the website, design prizes, student-built prototypes, contest shirts or mugs, contest assistant, and general contest sponsors. We acknowledge all who contribute on the website and at the event. We hope we can count upon you to be among those we recognize. Feel free to contact me or Adjunct Professor Fred Elder ( and we will be happy to answer your questions.

We have found that many employers (perhaps even your company) find the archived presentations useful as they consider students to employ. We know this is helpful to students as they seek jobs and we are committed to giving the students every advantage in their job search in these difficult financial times.

We all appreciate and look forward to hearing from you, our most important resource. When you are on campus or in Madison for any reason, please feel free to stop by and see me or any of our faculty in engineering physics. We are eager to learn of your successes, as well as the ways in which we can help you succeed in the future. We are also happy to include news of your accomplishments and changes in our semi-annual EPisode newsletter..

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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