A newsletter for alumni, students, and friends of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Alumni News

This spring's UW-Madison commencement speaker was an ME alum, James Berbee (BS'85, MS'87). Berbee runs his own company, Berbee Information Networks Corporation, that focuses on computer software development, network consulting, Internet services, and hardware and software sales. Berbee started the company in his basement in 1993 to solve network computing problems, and now it has 125 employees, is headquartered in Fitchburg, and has branches in Milwaukee and Appleton. Before starting his business, Berbee earned an MBA in 1989 and worked for IBM as a systems engineer in Madison.

Allen Ruplinger (BS '93) beat out 800 other entries to win the UW's contest to choose an ice cream flavor honoring the university's 150th anniversary. His flavor, called "Praise to Thee, Our Almond Mocha," is made of vanilla ice cream with a chocolate mocha ripple dotted with almonds. Ruplinger works for Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee and returns to Madison for Badger football games.

David Leis (BS'96) writes that he is currently residing in Oakdale, MN and is a mechanical engineer/project engineer for U.F.E. Inc.

Terry L. Chapp (BS'79) has been promoted to the position of president and CEO of Daikin-Modine, Inc. The corporation is a joint venture between Modine Manufacturing in Racine, WI and Daikin Industries, Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, to produce commercial packaged air conditioning equipment for the North American market. Chapp will be responsible for all aspects of the corporation including engineering, sales and marketing, and manufacturing. Chapp makes his home in New Berlin, WI.

Gordon Gaetke (BS'78) sends word that he now lives in South Charleston, WV and is an energy systems staff engineer for Union Carbide Corporation.

William J. Feiereisen (BS'75) has been named chief of the Systems Division of National Aeronautical Simulation, in Ames, CA. NAS is a center for super-computing expertise in the aerospace industry and is part of NASA. Feiereisen shares his name with his father, ME Emeritus Professor William J. Feiereisen.

Fred O. Leidel (BS'40) writes about the historic photo in the last ME Newsletter: "The aircraft in the Steam Power Lab pictured on page 2 is a North American Mustang P51D model, which came out in late 1944. I designed the propeller blades for it while at Hamilton Standard during WWII. I have a photograph of the lab that I took in 1939 from the other end of the lab, and the aircraft in that photo is a Vought Corsair 2 place military biplane. The `circa 1935' of the printed photo is a bit off." [Thanks for the correction, Fred. BTW, Fred is also an emeritus faculty member from the General Engineering Department.]

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ME Newsletter
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University of Wisconsin-Madison
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      Editor: Gail Gawenda

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 07-Jul-1999 17:00:00 CDT

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