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Who was the first person to earn a "materials" PhD from UW Madison?

A. Charles R. Van Hise

B. Governor Nelson E. Dewey

C. Bob LaFollette

D. Helen C. White

 

 Correct answer:    

A. Charles R. Van Hise received first PhD ever conferred by UW–Madison. His degree was awarded by the Department of Metallurgical and Mineral Engineering. Van Hise was appointed head of the Metallurgical and Mining Engineering Department.  In 1903 he became university president.  

Learn more about the MSE department's history! 

 

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Airplane frames are based on aluminum rather than steel, why? They have the same ratios of elastic modulus and strength to density.

A. Aluminum is cheaper than steel

B. Aluminum is easier to form than steel

C. It is not the ratio of modulus to density, but the square root of modulus to density that is important

D. Aluminum is more resistant to corrosion than steel

 

Correct Answer is C: It is not the ratio of modulus to density, but the square root of modulus to density that is important

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How much rubber is lost due to tire wear every year in the United States?

A. 650 tons

B. 6,500 tons

C. 65,000 tons

D. 650,000 tons

Correct Answer is D: 650,000 tons

That's right, every year 650,000 tons of rubber is worn off of tires in the United States. So where does all that rubber go?  The answer: The tire rubber is released into the environment in mostly small particles.  Check it out!