The College of Engineering -- University of Wisconsin-MadisonAnnual Report 1998

Big Lettereeting the continuing education needs of business and industry is the primary role of more than 400 annual courses conducted by the Department of Engineering Professional Development. Among these offerings is "Dynamics and Control of AC Drives," an intensive short course that draws electrical design and development engineers from across the country. "Alternating-current motors provide the power to drive most of our appliances and industrial machinery," explains program director Joseph Warnemuende. "Modern electronic circuits give us the means to operate them with high performance and responsive control. In this course, our attendees take four full days to study the modeling, performance and design of electronic drive systems for alternating-current motors." Fifty-one representatives from companies Warnemuende teaches industry such as Rockwell International, General Electric and Ford Motor Company attended the most recent offering of this short course on the UW-Madison campus. College of Engineering faculty and industry specialists presented fundamental concepts, current practices and the results of current research. Pictured, Warnemuende (left) and class participants Wes Davis, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee (center) and Semyon Royak, Reliance Electric, Cleveland, Ohio, work with equipment in the Grainger Power Electronics Laboratory in Engineering Hall.

Distance degree meets changing needs

Beginning next fall, 30 practicing engineers will be enrolled in a new distance master's degree program to prepare for growing responsibilities and leadership roles. The Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) is designed for early- to mid-career professionals who plan to continue working in a technical capacity. It will emphasize enhancing their technical skills along with developing improved engineering management skills.

Those who could benefit from the degree include engineers responsible for project justification and economic evaluation; supervisors of design teams; and corporate project leaders. "The degree is practice-oriented, rather than research-oriented," explains Professor Willis Long, who chaired the committee that developed the 26-credit curriculum. "Our intent is to develop a more effective project leader and communicator."

The courses will be delivered through teleconferencing, the Internet and two week-long residencies. Students will also have access to extensive counseling as well as technical and learning support. Long says the program will be fast-paced, with students expected to graduate within two years. (For more information, please refer to the Dean's Message.)

Infrastructure course series grows

The effective design, construction, operation and maintenance of the public works infrastructure poses increasingly complex engineering and management challenges. Engineering Professional Development (EPD) has developed one of the most extensive and respected series of infrastructure engineering and management programs offered anywhere.

EPD now offers more than 50 continuing education programs each year on virtually all aspects of infrastructure. The courses include five main areas: highway design and traffic engineering, maintenance, stormwater management, water supply and sewerage, and public works engineering and management.

According to EPD Program Director Stephen Pudloski, "This contingent of courses directly touches the lives of all the citizens in this country, because those who attend our courses are working to improve highways and bridges, promote traffic safety, maintain streets and sidewalks, ensure the quality of our drinking water, control flooding, clean lakes and streams and ensure the overall reliability of our infrastructure, and much more." Instructors for these courses are subject area experts from public agencies, consulting firms, business and industry, and academia. The courses translate the latest research findings and best management practices into practical approaches that infrastructure engineers and managers can apply immediately.

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