FALL SEMESTER 1996 -- VOL. 1 / NO. 1
A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Faculty News

Promotions approved by the UW System Board of Regents last August included three ME faculty.

From assistant professor to associate professor (with tenure), A. Jeffrey Giacomin. From associate professor to professor, Roxann L. Engelstad and Jay K. Martin.

Professor William A. Beckman has again been selected as an ASME Distinguished Lecturer. This year he is scheduled to present talks at ASME local section meetings in Portland, OR; Syracuse, NY; Hudson-Mohawk, NY; and Nashville, TN. The title of his talk is "Can Solar Energy Be Competitive in a Deregulated Energy Market."
Rubald and Gadh

Cy Rubald, director of software development, presents the AT&T/Lucent Technologies 1996 Industry Ecology Fellowship Award to Assistant Professor Rajit Gadh. The $50,000 grant supports Gadh's research into virtual de-manufacturing via disassembly. (36K JPG)

Professor Robert D. Lorenz has won an award from the IEEE, Industry Applications Society. The honorable mention prize paper award was presented in San Diego at the IEEE-IAS annual meeting and technical conference in October. The paper was "Neural Network Identification & Compensation of Gear Backlash Hysteresis in Position-Controlled Mechanisms," David R. Seidl, Sui-Lun Lam, Jerry Putman, and Robert D. Lorenz. Seidl and Putman were graduate students working with Lorenz, and Lam was another ME student who joined Lorenz's team.

Professor Sanford A. Klein has returned from a one-year leave of absence in which he was working with the Physical and Chemical Properties Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, CO. There he worked on a new release of the REFPROP refrigerant properties database program. This program provides accurate thermodynamic and transport properties for pure refrigerants and mixtures. These properties are used by refrigeration equipment manufacturers in developing new machines that use environmentally-safer refrigerants.

Professor Terry G. Richard has again joined with Trek Bicycle Company of Waterloo, WI in an attempt to expand their understanding of the dynamic response of bicycle and rider. Over the past ten years this university-industrial collaboration has dealt with the investigation and production of bonded alloy and composite frames, characterizations of dynamic impact loading on rider and bicycle, and the design and optimization of high performance bicycle wheels. The current effort will be a combined experimental and analytical effort directed toward the modeling of dual, active suspension all-terrain bicycles.

Professor John W. Mitchell is on the engineering accreditation committee of ABET, the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The committee votes on schools that have been visited by accreditation teams in the last year. Mitchell has been team leader for visits to two schools this fall, the State University of New York at Stony Brook and the U.S. Naval Academy. Schools are normally visited once every six years.

Associate Professor Tim A. Osswald has received a National Science Foundation GOALI (Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry) award to continue his polymer industry research into simulating mixing processes using the boundary element method. His industry partner is the 3M Company which will grant him $35,000 per year of the three-year program, and NSF will grant $70,000 per year.

ME Newsletter is a periodic publication of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Correspondence should be sent to the address below.

ME Newsletter
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      Editor: Gail Gawenda

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 25-Mar-1997 09:27:42 CST

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