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ME Endowed Professorships

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ME Endowed Professorships

Decorative initial cap The foundation of a world-class public research university is its faculty. As state funding for new faculty positions and basic salary increases becomes increasing difficult to obtain, private funding now plays a key role in retaining and supporting the top faculty needed to maintain excellence. Endowments also help support critical lab and research start-up packages to help younger faculty thrive early in their careers.

“Endowed professorships enable the ME department to honor and award faculty who have made distinguished achievements in research and teaching. They also facilitate the attraction of established external faculty with international research reputations to the department,” says Professor and Chair Roxann Engelstad. “Overall, this enhances the reputation and ranking of the department and thus the College of Engineering.”

Sponsoring named professorships is a great way to make a lasting impact on the college. For more information, contact Debra Holt, managing senior director of development at UW Foundation, at or 608/263-0779 or Mechanical Engineering Professor and Chair Roxann Englestad, at or 608/265-2316.

Several ME faculty currently hold endowed professorships from the ME department, College of Engineering and UW-Madison campus, and are listed below.



• Bernard A. and Frances M. Weideman Professor Roxann Engelstad

• Steven P. Timoshenko Chair Roxann Engelstad

• Phil and Jean Myers Professor David Foster

• Grainger Professor of Sustainable Energy Jaal Ghandhi

• William A. and Irene Ouweneel-Bascom Professor Sanford Klein

• Mead Witter Foundation–Consolidated Papers Professor of Controls Engineering Bob Lorenz

• Elmer R. and Janet Ambach Kaiser Chair Gregory Nellis

• Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professor Tim Osswald

• Wisconsin Distinguished Professor Rolf Reitz

• Bernard A. and Frances M. Weideman Professor Vadim Shapiro




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