VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportTHE DEAN'S MESSAGE
VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportHR

As the next century approaches, we are making significant progress on our future plans for the college. We refer to our plans as "Vision 2000," our guide into the next decade and beyond. Toward this end, we have aligned our mission statement with the university's mission as follows:

The mission of UW-Madison's College of Engineering is to create, integrate, apply and transfer engineering knowledge.

With a revised mission statement in hand, the most important tool for this process is the college strategic plan. We are implementing a major revision of this plan, with the help of focus groups held during the past year with faculty, staff and industry, and input from other customers including students. Surveys of UW-Madison alumni, industry, faculty and students were also utilized.

The plan consists of three levels: objectives, strategies and tactics. The objectives are:

We are now finalizing the strategies and measurable tactics which will help us accomplish those objectives.
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This process progresses during a time of great change in our college. Our administration has been restructured and downsized to improve operations, and to provide administrative cost savings to meet state budget reductions. The changes affected the offices of academic affairs, operations, research and the dean.

In another significant administrative adjustment, the Department of Engineering Mechanics and Astronautics has been dissolved and the degree programs, faculty and students have been merged with other units. Finally, the college's committee structure and associated faculty governance processes have been renovated.

Efforts in teaching and curriculum innovation continue to gain momentum within the college and are beginning to move across the UW. One of the approaches that COE has found very successful is the experimental faculty development program called Creating a Collaborative Learning Environment (CCLE). Faculty volunteers from each department have collaborated to learn about the process of learning; reflect upon their teaching; and plan, implement and evaluate classroom changes. For two years CCLE "graduates" have also volunteered to design and teach the new freshman course "Introduction to Engineering." CCLE principal investigator, Assoc. Dean Michael Corradini, has just received a prestigious federal grant from the Department of Education to expand the program to the entire UW-Madison physical sciences faculty.

The college took the lead for the campus in managing new approaches to the assessment of educational programs. College faculty were also part of the team which successfully spearheaded the winning proposal for the new NSF-funded Institute for Science Education which is forging important and productive relationships with UW-Madison's School of Education.

Our vision for the college's space use is outlined in our new Corridor Plan which is undergoing honing and final approval. Two current projects are crucial to alleviating the college's approximate space deficit of 160,000 square feet. One is the Engineering Centers Building, slated for the corner of University Avenue and Breese Terrace. This building is part of a major fund raising campaign which includes nine areas of strategic importance (at right). Also, plans to renovate the Materials Science and Engineering Building are in progress through the Kohler Partnership for Excellence. This project will add 8,000 square feet of new space and renovate 27,000 square feet of existing space for materials science research and education programs. The project is scheduled for completion in 1997.

There were many reasons for pride in the past year. ChE Professor Edwin N. Lightfoot was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Five faculty received the prestigious NSF CAREER award for faculty early career development: Rajit Gadh, ME; Vadim Shapiro, ME; Daniel J. Klingenberg, ChE; Michael D. Graham, ChE; and Truong Q. Nguyen, ECE. A new sense of place was established for the engineering campus with the completion of Engineering Mall. The college granted a record 138 PhD degrees in the past year with record per capita research spending by the faculty. These numbers help to confirm that our activity profile reflects that of a major research university.

We hired six new faculty since last fall, two of which are women and two are minorities, and granted tenure to 11 during the past year including two women and two minorities. The new Director of Diversity has launched a mentor program that has outstanding support from alumni and promises to help improve retention of our minority students.

As we look ahead, there is much work to be done to make our future plans a reality. We know we can look forward to the help and encouragement of many of our customers, including students, alumni and industry partners. They, and their successors, are indeed the core of our Vision 2000.

John G. Bollinger

John G. Bollinger
1105 Engineering Research Building
1500 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608/265-6461
Fax: 608/262-8454


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