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Photo: Mini Baja all-terrain vehicle hits a jump

Car #89 hits a jump in the Midwest Competition at the Aztalan Motocross Track, WI. (51K JPG)

Photo: Pi Tau Sigma notables

Pi Tau Sigma national secretary and treasurer Farrokh Mistree, chapter convention chair Amy Karman, Central Regional vice president Ed Griggs, chapter president Richard Derenne, chapter historian Jenny Topinka, and national president Victor Goldschmidt. (18K JPG)

SAE Mini Baja Team Does Well

The College's SAE mini Baja all-terrain vehicle placed highly in two international competitions. They took first place in the Midwest competition in Milwaukee in June and second place in the West competition in Manhattan, Kansas, in April, marking the highest finishes ever for UW-Madison. This year's team involved 25 students who designed and built the vehicle.

Pi Tau Sigma Gears Up to Host National Convention

This October, three members of Pi Tau Sigma 's Wisconsin Alpha chapter attended the national convention at Texas A & M with a special sense of purpose, preparing to host next year's convention here in Madison. The mechanical engineering honor society has 163 chapters nationwide.

As one of the organization's founding chapters in 1915, the UW's group has chosen the theme "Proud of the Past, Committed to the Future" for the Madison event. To reflect that theme, they plan to highlight Pi Tau Sigma history, involve alumni, and focus on the future of Pi Tau Sigma . Throughout the year 2001 convention, scheduled for October 19-21, there will be lab tours, a career fair, several business meetings, a design contest, an awards banquet, and several social activities.

Pi Tau Sigma officers invite involvement from their alumni. If you would like to contribute to the convention or provide them with historical perspective, please contact them at or 608-265-3371 or by mail: Pi Tau Sigma, 1513 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.

FutureTruck Takes Fifth at Nationals

The UW's FutureTruck team steered its revamped Chevy Suburban to a fifth place overall finish in a national contest last June in the Arizona desert. Successor to the FutureCar Challenge competition, the FutureTruck contest, sponsored by the US Department of Energy and General Motors, challenged 15 college teams to create a "greener" sport utility vehicle.

Jansen Wins ASME Section Silver Award

American Society of Mechanical Engineers International has recognized ME senior Chad W. Jansen with its Charles T. Main Student Section Award given to a student whose leadership and service qualities have contributed to the program and operation of a student ASME section over a period of at least two years.

Jansen, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, received the award at the organization's congress and exposition in Orlando, Florida, in November. In the UW ASME chapter, Jansen has served as chair of the outreach committee, as secretary, and as publicity chair. He is a past winner of the Freshman of the Year Award and has helped the chapter win the Allied Signal competition the past three years.

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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