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

Faculty & Staff News

Professor Marvin DeVries has been appointed for a three-year term as chair of the Panel for Manufacturing Engineering, Board of Assessment of NIST programs. He previously was vice-chair. The panel is one of seven major panels appointed by the National Research Council to assess the performance of the Measurement and Standards Laboratories of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) They meet yearly with NIST engineers and scientists to review their programs and draft a report for the use of the Department of Commerce , the Office of Management and Budget , and Congress.

Professor David E. Foster participated in the United Engineering Foundation conference on Lean Combustion in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in November 2000. The conference brought together people with technical expertise in combustion to discuss the potential of using lean combustion systems to achieve high efficiency and still maintain a clean environment.

Emeritus Professor Bill Beckman and Professor Sanford A. Klein were among the initial group of initiates honored recently as Fellows of the American Solar Energy Society. Emeritus Professor Jack Duffie of the Chemical Engineering Department was also honored as a Fellow of ASES. Beckman was the technical chair of the annual meeting of the society in Madison in June.

The U.S. Department of Energy Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation have awarded Faculty Associate Glenn Bower $20,000 in recognition for his "outstanding leadership as a faculty advisor" and for the impact he has had as faculty sponsor of the FutureTruck student team. Of that award, $19,000 goes directly toward the automotive engineering program. Bower has been involved with student car projects since the hybrid electric vehicle team was begun in 1993. He became the FutureCar Challenge advisor in 1997.

A new Sensors Council has recently been created by 26 Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers societies, according to Professor Vladimir Lumelsky . He has been selected as Editor-in-Chief of its new journal with an inaugural issue set for September 2001.

Professor Chris Rutland has been named as Director of the new eMedia Center that will enable faculty, staff, and students to translate two-dimensional models and data into interactive 3-dimensional images in a large-scale, virtual reality environment.

Professor Neil Duffie has been reelected to the board of directors of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for a two-year term beginning January 2001.

Senior Lecturer Jay Samuel was awarded the Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award at the COE Engineers Day dinner on October 20. Samuel Samuel frequently wins the Pi Tau Sigma Pi Tau Sigma outstanding instructor award for his teaching of Mechanical Engineering classes in "Manufacturing Processes" and "Advanced Welding Processes & Materials Selection."
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Carrie McGinley
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Carrie McGinley has joined the UW Foundation as director of development for the Mechanical Engineering Department. She recently moved to Madison from Arlington Heights, Ill. Her background is in communication arts, psychology, and counseling, and her work experience includes positions as an academic advisor for the University of Missouri-Columbia and as a consultant for American College Testing. McGinley travels throughout the state and country to meet alumni, and contributions for the ME department are sent to her at UW Foundation . She can be reached via e-mail at #em or by phone at 608/263-5129. 608/263-5129

A partnership between the Engine Research Center and the Department of Engineering Professional Development has generated a series of new courses for working engineers. Kevin Hoag is the program director and can be reached for more information at .

Emeritus Professor Ali Seireg has been elected as a foreign member of the new Yugoslav Academy of Engineering. He is the only U.S. member.

Emeritus Professor Hugh Powell died last June in Madison at the age of 78. He was a Mechanical Engineering faculty member from 1961 until his retirement in 1989.

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
1513 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706-1572

      Editor: Gail Gawenda

Designer: Lynda Litzkow

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

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