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While you were away: Catching up on a not-so-dead winter break

Welcome back! While you were away from Madison these past few weeks, you missed more than just a frightful cold snap.

Indeed, as engineers and as Badgers, we had much to celebrate. The UW System appointed Ray W. Cross as its next president, while our faculty celebrated research advances, milestones, and prestigious professional awards.

As students finished their exams, Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor B. Ross Barmish headed to Florence, Italy, to accept the IEEE Control Systems Society’s Bode Prize at the society’s 52nd annual conference. While there, he gave a talk about his revolutionary approach to understanding financial markets through control theory.

Recognition came not just from academic organizations but also from the White House. Chemical and Biological Engineering Associate Professor Jennifer Reed was one of the 102 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award.

Biomedical Engineering Assistant Professor Randolph Ashton and partners announced a major breakthrough in stem-cell research.

Industrial and Systems Engineering Associate Professor Laura McLay celebrated her 500th post on her wide-ranging blog, Punk Rock Operations Research (once she figured out the optimal way to celebrate, of course).

Another prominent voice in operations research, Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Emeritus Stephen Robinson, talked about his leadership role in the field’s largest professional society, INFORMS.

We also had the chance to meet new faculty members Sage Kokjohn and Zongfu Yu.

And catch up with some accomplished alums at Sector67 and Murfie.

U.S. News and World Report once again ranked the College of Engineering online graduate programs among the finest in the country.

And an interdisciplinary group of undergraduates finished the first semester (and looked forward to the second) of a sustainable-design course.

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Scott Gordon
1/23/2014