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

New Polymer Processing Course Takes Students on the Road to Industry

Dean Vandeberg and Prof. Turng with ME students.

Dean Vandeberg, center right, (29K JPG)

Assistant Professor Lih-Sheng Turng is teaching a new upper-level injection molding class that complements the other polymer processing classes in the ME department and makes it the largest such program in the mechanical engineering discipline in the country. The new course, "Fundamentals of Injection Molding," covers one of the most versatile and important operations for mass production of complex plastic parts in industry.

Turng emphasizes design, process physics, computer-aided engineering, troubleshooting, and advanced molding techniques. To show his students concrete examples, he takes them on field trips to companies that produce products ranging from consumer electronics to automotive products. This semester, they visited Engineering Industries in Verona, WI, a custom injection molder that was founded by Emeritus ME Professor Ronald Daggett.

Turng has also introduced two computer-aided engineering software packages commonly used in industry: MOLDFLOW/C-MOLD and CADMOULD that feature process simulation and computer animation.

Turng says that the spring semester course will be videotaped for NTU, the National Technological University, and will be part of a Masters of Technology degree offered for distance learning students as well as the UW's Masters of Engineering degree. (To get more information on these and other outreach engineering courses, please contact UW's Office of Engineering Outreach, Helene Demont, at

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
Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
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      Editor: Gail Gawenda

Designer: Lynda Litzkow

Last Modified: Thursday, 19-Apr-2001 16:09:45 CDT

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