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ME: The Mechanical Engineering Department Newsletter


The ME Newsletter
Fall-Winter 2006-2007

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Four Mechanical Engineering faculty were recently elected as fellows of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Professor and Chair Neil Duffie, Professors John Moskwa and John Uicker, and Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz join the highest ranks of their profession. According to ASME, “The Fellow grade recognizes significant engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.”

Neil Duffie established a unique research program in control of manufacturing machines, processes and systems focused on highly distributed systems. He pioneered the use of non-hierarchial architectures for control, real-time scheduling, and distributed decision-making in flexible/fault-tolerant manufacturing systems and cells. He also is a fellow of the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) and the
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

John Moskwa founded the Powertrain Control Research Laboratory. His research in that lab, including high-bandwidth transient test systems and multivariable engine control, has shaped technology for engine control, testing and diagnostics.

John Uicker literally wrote the book on machines and mechanisms. His research has produced several software systems that benefit industry, including the Integrated Mechanics Program for simulation of rigid-body mechanical systems, geometric modeling software for collision simulation and computer-aided design techniques for improved manufacturing of metal casings.

Rolf Reitz, director of the Diesel Emissions Reduction Consortium, has been instrumental in developing engine design software that now is widely used in industry. His research of combustion and fuel-injection systems has facilitated manufacture of lower-emissions diesel engines: Reitz has received many awards for his contributions to the field.



The University of Wisconsin-Madison Solar Energy Lab will partner with Madison Area Technical College to build a solar panel testing facility at MATC, thanks to a $20,000 award from the Focus on Energy program. The new laboratory will be one of only two solar panel certification facilities in the United States, along with Florida’s Solar Energy Center. According to Professor Emeritus and Solar Energy Lab director William Beckman, the testing center will benefit Wisconsin solar product manufacturers through quicker local certification. Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle has proposed adding an additional $100,000 for the lab to the next state budget.

Kaiser Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering John W. Mitchell was recently selected as the 2005-2006 recipient of the Service to American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Research Award. Mitchell is being honored for the leadership he provided in developing the society’s strategic plan for research.

The University of Erlangen-Nuremberg awarded Professor Tim Osswald an honorary professorship at a ceremony in Germany June 14. The honor is rarely given to non-Germans and is comparable to an honorary doctorate in the United States. Osswald’s new textbook, Polymer Processing—Modeling and Simulation, was published by Hanser Publishers, Munich on April 7.

Assistant Professor Frank Pfefferkorn has been awarded the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Kuo K. Wang Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award for 2007. The award is granted annually to engineers under the age of 35 for significant contributions to the manufacturing industry.

Pfefferkorn directs the Laser-Assisted Multi-Scale Manufacturing Laboratory (LAMSML), which investigates the generation and removal of heat in manufacturing processes and the use of lasers in micro-end milling and friction-stir welding.

Assistant Professor Yuri Shkel and Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor B. Ross Barmish received a one-year, $75,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the efficacy of control theoretic techniques for multi-functional materials with self-sensing and self-actuating capabilities. The researchers will implement some of their results in hardware with Shkel’s newly-funded project on micro/nano-cantilever sensors supported with $120,000 from the Korean Institute of Machinery and Materials.

Associate Professor Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng received an honorary professorship from Zhengzhou University, China, on Oct. 18. Shen Changyu, president of Zhengzhou University, presented the honor during the First Interna-tional Conference on Modeling & Simulation in Polymer Engineering and Science. Changyu visited UW-Madison’s Polymer Engineering center last year, and has now signed a memorandum of understanding with Dean Paul Peercy to facilitate a partnership between the two universities through exchange programs and joint research.


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