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Professor Marvin DeVries retires

Marvin F. DeVries

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After a nearly 40-year career at UW-Madison full of teaching, research and professional engineering accomplishments, Professor Marvin DeVries retired from the department in May. As a researcher in the fields of metal cutting, computer-aided manufacturing and manufacturing systems engineering, he authored more than 100 scholarly publications and received numerous grants and awards. During the past decade, he focused more on teaching manufacturing processes to undergraduates, a labor of love that frequently included laboratory instruction. He also served on many departmental, college and campus committees, including four years as chair of the ME department.

DeVries was the first director of the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Program — a master of science degree program that has gained an international reputation for excellence — and was the first educator to serve as president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. And as a registered professional engineer and a certified manufacturing engineer, he has acted as a consultant to more than 50 companies, educational institutions and government agencies in the United States and abroad.

In his retirement, DeVries will continue to pursue two of his favorite pastimes: gardening and grandparenting. He and his wife Martha have seven grandchildren ranging from a 17-year-old teenager to three-and-a-half-year-old triplets. They volunteer regularly at their church, especially in programs for young children — an interest based in Martha's nearly 20 years as a nursery school teacher. The avid travelers are also arranging several international trips, and will likely migrate to warmer climes for some of the winter months. DeVries also plans to continue his informal mentoring of the newer assistant professors in the ME department's manufacturing area, a role he greatly enjoys.

 


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