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ME: The Mechanical Engineering Department Newsletter

 

The ME Newsletter
Spring-Summer 2008

Featured articles

Getting into shapes: Krishnan Suresh
applies CAREER award
to optimization


Two ME faculty receive College of Engineering recognition awards

Vehicle teams built
for speed!

Snowmobile team "zaps" competition with electric snowmobile

Alum earns college achievement award

West meets East: ME students take part in China Summer Program


Regular Features

Message from the Chair

Faculty News

Focus on new faculty:
David Rothamer and
Ryan Kershner

Retirement:
Professor Edward Lovell

 

 

 

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West meets East:
ME students take part in China Summer Program

Professor John Pfotenhauer with three engineering students and EPD Asscoiate faculty associate Laura Grossenbacher at West Lake in Hangzhou, China, during the China Summer Program

Professor John Pfotenhauer (right) with Laura Grossenbacher, associate faculty associate of EPD (middle) and three engineering students at West Lake in Hangzhou, China, during the China Summer Program. (View larger image)

Decorative initial cap Students in Professor John Pfotenhauer’s summer section of Thermodynamics (ME 361) have taken learning out of the box—and all the way to Hangzhou, China.

As part of the China Summer Progam, 15 students receive six credits of engineering coursework (ME 361 and EPD 397, Technical Communication), taught by UW-Madison faculty at Zhejiang University. From June 2 to July 25, students spent four days a week in class alongside Chinese students who chose to audit the classes to improve their English language skills. In addition to their coursework, the students live on-campus, interact with students from other universities around the globe, view presentations on Chinese culture and navigate the city by using body language and a few gleaned words of Mandarin.

Professor John Pfotenhauer with three engineering students and EPD Asscoiate faculty associate Laura Grossenbacher at West Lake in Hangzhou, China, during the China Summer Program
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The UW-Madison students also have been able to share some American culture with the students at Zhejiang, from helping them with their English to giving presentations about life in the United States and Madison, Wisconsin. The cultural exchange even permeated recreation: A game of Frisbee among the students drew a crowd of onlookers.

“Over the course of the two hours or so, I would say around 30 people stopped to watch and take a picture at some point,” says sophomore Val Maharaj. “It probably is rare to see Americans playing Frisbee in front of a 40-foot-tall Mao statue.”

 

 


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