ME faculty, alums honored at Oct. 26, 2002 Engineers' Day
2002 Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award
Within the past decade, Robert Lorenz has visited India, Nepal, Pakistan, Mexico, Cameroon, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Kenya, sometimes staying abroad for three weeks or more. Such trips sound like exotic vacations, but Lorenz traveled to each locale with a medical mission in mind. For 30 years, he has played an active role in the Medical Benevolence Foundation (MBF), which supports the U.S. Presbyterian Church's worldwide medical programs with funds, equipment, medical supplies and volunteers.
For his work, Lorenz was honored with the College of Engineering's Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award, which honors contributions to solving societal problems and concerns.
In Mexico, Lorenz helped set up a dental clinic; in Africa, he helped upgrade mission hospital computers, set up E-mail and train staff to use a service that delivers up-to-date medical information monthly on CDs. And when he became president of MBF's board of trustees in 1993, Lorenz, his wife, Sally, and others traveled to India, Pakistan and Nepal to see firsthand how the organization could assist mission hospitals there. In each case, travel was at his expense. And always, his question was, "How can I help?"
At home, Lorenz exuberantly speaks to congregations throughout the Midwest to encourage their involvement in and support of MBF. In addition to his presidency, he has held several leadership positions within the foundation, including its board of trustees.
Lorenz received his BS, MS and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison and holds an MBA from the University of Rochester (New York) Executive Development Program. He joined the College of Engineering in 1984.
College of Engineering 2002 Distinguished Service Awards
Burzoe "Bud" Ghandhi came to the United States for his training as a mechanical engineer, and it was engines that have defined his long and successful career.
Ghandhi, born in Jabalpur, India, received his BS (1953) and MS (1954) degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois. He earned his doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from UW-Madison in 1958 and an MBA from UW-Milwaukee in 1973.
Upon obtaining his PhD degree, Ghandhi joined the research center of Outboard Marine Corp. in Milwaukee, where he was promoted from research engineer to research section manager to assistant director of research. While there he produced three patents and wrote several journal articles. He also led the research and development efforts behind the company's rotary engine, and introduced new, money-saving aluminum metal alloys into the manufacturing process. He has led efforts into the development of a new lubricant now almost universally used in two-stroke engines.
Ghandhi moved to Outboard Marine's corporate office in Waukegan, Illinois, in 1979. He was corporate director of purchasing, corporate director of material management, and corporate director of material management and manufacturing engineering before retiring from the company in 1990.
Since 1991, Ghandhi has served as an adjunct professor for the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and has been honored with the school's Robert Moore Teaching Award.
He is a registered professional engineer and has served in a number of professional organizations, including the American Society of Quality Control, the board of directors of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Although Don C. Holloway Jr. has been an academic, an entrepreneur, an inventor, an author, a manager, a consultant and a philanthropist, the common thread in his career has been his drive to improve the quality of health-care services.
He spent 10 years at the University of California-Berkeley's School of Public Health and five at Boston University's Health Policy Institute. At Stanford University Hospital, Holloway was director of sales and marketing. For nine years, he consulted with the government of Portugal, introducing industrial engineering methods to management staff at hospitals in that country. He co-invented and patented a system for medical claims review, which later became the basis for one of two companies he founded, and co-authored a popular textbook about how managers of health-care organizations can use industrial engineering methods.
He was chair of the board of the California Women's Recovery Association and currently chairs the advisory board of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research at Children's Hospital in Boston. This past July, Holloway rejoined Emeritus Professor David Gustafson in a project to improve access to and retention in substance abuse treatment programs.
Academics and UW-Madison engineering run in Holloway's family. Holloway earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1966, and master's and PhD degrees in industrial engineering in 1968 and 1971. His grandfather graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1904; his father, in 1943. His wife, Janine, is a master's student at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, their son, Ted, is a senior at the University of Colorado-Boulder; daughter Keri is a junior at Hartwick College in New York; daughter Alyssa is in fifth grade.
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