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Harold J. Steudel

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As we enter the summer months of 2005, it is satisfying to reflect on the completion of another highly productive year in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering. The feature stories in this newsletter show the breadth and innovation of the work of our faculty and students, including their efforts to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing organizations; to research, design, and develop standard information systems and products that are accessible to people with disabilities; as well as the emerging efforts and goals centered on undergraduate curriculum reform. These stories, along with the alumni, faculty and student news, will give you a snapshot of this exciting academic year.

I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to highlight the exceptional career and work of Professor Steve Robinson in the cover story. Having joined the faculty here in 1972, Steve is known to the majority of our alumni as the instructor for one or more of their classes. He has given a lifetime of exceptional service to our department and our students. Now, as he plans his retirement in December 2007, he has generously given $25,000 as "seed money" to start a graduate student fellowship fund to recruit and support top-notch graduate students.

The future of our department and that of modern society depends on our ability to attract the best and the brightest students from all over the world for graduate work in science and engineering, particularly at the PhD level. With today's rising costs of education and the continued decline in state support for higher education, graduate study for many students is no longer economically feasible without some financial support like Steve has personally initiated. Steve told me that he hopes his "starter" gift will motivate other faculty, alumni and friends of the college to help build the fund. As department chair, I realize the importance of Steve's gift and goals, and will contribute $15,000 to this "pot of opportunity." I invite you to contribute and hope you will join me.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions, and would like to hear from you with updates to your addresses, job titles, and any interesting goings-on. We are always working to improve the accuracy of our alumni database so that we can share with others the good things that are happening with your lives and careers. Just E-mail me at to let me know what you are doing.

Harold J. Steudel
360 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1572

Tel: 608/262-9927
Fax: 608/262-8454



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