VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportEDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
VISION 2000: College of Engineering 1995 Annual ReportHR


From building a hybrid electric vehicle to publishing a magazine, hundreds of students each year make extracurricular activities an integral part of their engineering education. It's a slice of the real world here on campus--an opportunity to develop teamwork, communication and project management skills. The students apply what they learn in the classroom and then some, graduating as marketable engineers with valuable hands-on design experience.


1995 Brainstorm winners

Tomorrow's inventors and entrepreneurs--the creators of new jobs and products--are today's engineering students. Encouraging entrepreneurship in undergraduates was the goal of the first annual The Schoofs Prize for Creativity, sponsored by UW-Madison chemical engineering alumnus Richard Schoofs. Participants entered their own inventions ranging from a portable, rechargeable device that can accurately fill a syringe for diabetics to a swimming pool heater deck.

Shown here are the participants and sponsor with the Tri-Sailor, the contest's winning invention. Row one, Richard Schoofs; Row two (left to right): contest winner Tom Swetish, Matt Younkle, Martin Radue, David Overbo, and Mary Poupore; Row three(left to right): Mickey Ellis, Jonas Zahn, Kervin Krause, Louis Clark, and Chris Hamilton (45K JPG).


A robot "triathlon," electric scooters, concept cars and live images of atoms were all part of students' vision of tomorrow at "Forging the Future--Engineering EXPO 1995." An estimated 15,000 people visited the biennial event, which is planned and carried out solely by engineering students.

Crowds also were treated to an ethnic dance that was choreographed to computer-controlled water, fog and light spilling from the Engineering Mall fountain, courtesy of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers.


Creating an educational experience that meets customer needs is one of the college's key educational strategies. Students need a curriculum that gives them hands-on exposure to the various real-world challenges of the field and provides a solid base of engineering knowledge. A restructured curriculum and remodeled laboratory facilities are cornerstones to continuously improving the college's educational environment.


Biochemical engineering laboratory

Chemical engineering undergraduates Douglas Kotowski and Debora Stafslien work with a state-of-the art bioreactor (46K JPG) in the new biochemical engineering laboratory. The lab provides instruction and hands-on experience in bioprocess engineering.

The first undergraduate course taught with the new facility focused on the design, development and economic analysis of a process for the microbial production of the enzyme subtilisin. Bioreactor production of chemicals and pharmaceuticals is a core technology in the biotechnology industry that holds promise to revolutionize medicine, agriculture and the chemical industry.


Student navigates in wheelchair

A significant number of both male and female freshman students switch to another major before the end of their first year. A new course, "Introduction to Engineering," immerses freshmen in the fundamentals of teamwork and design. The goal is to better retain students, especially women and students of color, by giving them a taste of what it's like to be an engineer.

As part of a laboratory exercise, students in this new design course took turns navigating wheelchairs (27K JPG) in order to better understand the design problems of building access. Later in the semester students designed and built devices to make wheelchair accessible the 19th century buildings of a state historical museum, Old World Wisconsin, located in Eagle.

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