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

Alumni News

John H. Johnson (BS'59, MS'60, PhD'64), who is currently the Presidential Professor at Michigan Technological University, was honored this year, along with his graduate student, to receive the 1998 Myers Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the Honors Convocation at SAE '99 in Detroit. The Myers Award is named after our own Emeritus Professor Philip S. Myers who sponsors it to encourage student involvement with SAE. Professor Johnson resides in Houghton, MI.

Melbourne B. Sibblies (BS'65) is president of Dynamic Iron Works, Inc. in New York. He reports that for 12 years he worked in Saudi Arabia as an engineering specialist on piping systems and pipe support designs, providing technical guidance to young Saudi engineers. He authored "A Fundamental Guide and Reference in Designing Piping Systems." He now resides in Rosedale, NY, and is an instrument-rated private pilot and a registered Professional Engineer in New York State.

Robert P. Allison III (BS'66) reports that he is president of EVTEC Corporation in Downers Grove, IL and resides in Glenview, IL. He can be reached at

David Dornfeld (BS'72, MS'73, PhD'76) has been appointed the Will C. Hall Family Professor of Engineering at the University of California-Berkeley in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He can be reached at

Gary E. Nass (BS'73) e-mails this message: "...I really enjoy the ME Newsletter. Like my Sports Illustrated, I read it front to back as soon as I receive it. The articles are always interesting and well written. It's great to hear about the creative and inventive people busy getting their degrees from the great UW! In addition, the reports/awards on the UW profs make me proud, especially when I see a name of someone who taught me. In the last issue, I read where Professor John W. Mitchell was mentioned....John was a real hero and inspiration to me when I was struggling to get through. He taught me so much and made my years in engineering school a great experience. He is very deserving of the Kaiser Chair. Please congratulate him for me. I wonder too how his golf game is, although he probably knows his strengths will always lie in education." Nass can be reached at

John E. Seem (PhD'87) has been honored by Automatica, a prestigious international scientific engineering journal, for the best applications paper in the past three years. Seem is a researcher at Johnson Controls, Inc. and works in the company's Controls Group Research Department. His paper was entitled, "A New Pattern Recognition Adaptive Controller with Application to HVAC Systems."

Minyao (Angela) Chen (BS'91) writes that "after six years with 3M as a senior engineer, I earned an MBA from UCLA in 1998 and started a new career in corporate finance for Intel. I have really missed my friends, classmates, and professors at UW-Madison, and, to the dismay of my friends at UCLA, my loyalties will always lie with UW-Madison at the Rose Bowl." She resides in Santa Clara, California, and can be reached at

ASME International has selected Patrick J. Quinlan (MS'96) to serve on the staff of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy as ASME's Innovation Partnership Fellow. In 1997, Quinlan had been chosen as ASME's Congressional Fellow. Quinlan resides in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Last Modified: Monday, 24-Apr-2000 16:00:00 CDT

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