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ME: The Mechanical Engineering Department Newsletter


The ME Newsletter
Fall-Winter 2007-2008

Featured articles

Joint solutions: University and industry solve welding problems together

Research relationship drives combustion-engine improvements

New ME Building ready for generations of innovation

For students, electric 'sled' is good, clean fun in the snow

Two ME alums honored at 2007 Engineers' Day

Regular Features

Message from the Chair

Faculty News

Focus on new faculty:
Tom Krupenkin and
Michael Zinn

Donald S. Ermer

Student News




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Your support keeps us running: Here's how you can help

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The building is finished—but that doesn’t mean the need for your support has diminished. The department needs support from alumni and friends like you to continue to run a world-class program, including recruitment and retention efforts for both students and faculty.

Keep in touch with department news and needs by keeping your profile updated in the alumni database. Update your information via the Wisconsin Alumni Association website,, by E-mailing, or by calling 888/947-2586.

If you would like to receive news by E-mail, make sure that your E-mail address is included in your profile.

The department can accept gifts though the websit. Click the “ME SUPPORT” button above to access the UW Foundation, a secure site where you can give with a credit card. When you use this link, your gifts are automatically earmarked for mechanical engineering. Information about matching gifts is available through that link as well.



Roxann Engelstad, Chair

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Decorative initial cap As we come to the end of the semester and reflect back at the events this past fall, we realize that it has certainly been an exciting yet challenging time for the mechanical engineering department.

First of all, we need to thank Professor Neil Duffie for his eight years of service as department chair. He stepped down officially as of July 1, but stayed close by to help with the transition associated with the changing of the guard. Professor Duffie is now off to Germany for a six-month sabbatical at the University of Bremen. We wish him well in his new endeavors, which also include serving as president of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

In August, we marked the completion of the Mechanical Engineering Building renovation and remodeling project and by the end of the spring semester, we plan to have all research and instructional facilities fully functional. The formal dedication of the building on October 26, featuring the governor, the chancellor, the provost, and the dean, was an enormous event. It was a great celebration of past achievements, present accomplishments and future opportunities. If you were unable to attend the dedication ceremonies, please feel free to visit the department—we will proudly give you a tour.

We are sincerely grateful to all who gave so generously to the ME Building fund. The support of both alumni and friends was critical in reaching the goals of constructing such a world-class facility, and your support continues to be instrumental in maintaining an outstanding program.

In this past year, we saw the retirement of Professor John Uicker after 40 years of service to the ME department. We wish him the best in the years ahead. We also endured the loss of Professor Emeritus Don Ermer after a difficult battle with cancer. We offer our sincere sympathies to his family.

On the other hand, we welcomed the addition of two new faculty members this fall: Associate Professor Tom Krupenkin in the area of micro- and nano-fluidics and Assistant Professor Michael Zinn in the area human-centered robotics.

Finally, the ME department plans to continue supporting alumni receptions around the country. We encourage you to plan on attending whenever possible to keep in touch with the ME faculty and staff, as well as new developments in the department. Please keep your E-mail and mailing addresses updated with the alumni association. We look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Best regards,

Roxann L. Engelstad, ME Professor and Chair
3065 Mechanical Engineering Building
1513 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53706

Phone: 608/262-5745
Fax: 608/265-2316


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