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FALL/WINTER 2001-2002

Featured articles

Engineering students play key
role at Lindberg/
Blue M Electric

ME and Parker-Hannifin
dedicate gift to
mechatronics lab

CREATing new avenues
for intelligent
independence

New polymer engineering
center holds industry
consortium conference

ME department awards
$200,000 on scholarship
night

Honor roll 2000:
Mechanical engineering
donors

Engineering students host
national convention

ME students join Clean
Snowmobile Challenge

Regular features

Message from the chair

Alumni news

Student news

Faculty news

Student news

College's Mini-Baja team wins regional competition

The UW-Madison student engineering team won the SAE Mini-Baja West Competition this spring at Kansas State University. The students scored 922 points out of a possible 1,000, beating an international field of more than 100 other car teams. Faculty Advisor Glenn Bower reported that during the four-hour endurance race, the UW car accumulated a 20-minute lead and won the event easily. Each team competed in a four-wheel-drive, off-road vehicle with a 10-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine and vied for points in acceleration, braking, maneuverability and endurance.

ME student places second in business plan competition

ME graduate student Chad Sorenson won second place in the G. Steven Burrill Technology Business Plan Competition held in April. Along with his partner, Maria Kousathana, a business major, Sorenson won $7,000 for the second place finish and $2,500 for the Tong Prototype Prize. Their company, Fluent Solutions, designs and markets the TankMate, an electronic system that allows the continuous monitoring of fluid levels in a farm field tank implement. The annual technology business competition encourages interdisciplinary cooperation between students in business and technology.

Invention garners team prize in college's BRAINSTORM competition

ME junior Steven Nackers and his team won second place and the Tong Prototype Prize in the The Schoofs Prize for Creativity contest last February. The team's invention, "Transmissive Infrared Environment Control System," is a self-contained electronic system that enables people with severe limited mobility to perform such tasks as triggering a nurse-call button or operating a television via infrared response.

 

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