eeting 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
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.
Philip R. O'Leary, Chair
705 Extension Building
432 North Lake Street
Madison, WI 53706-1498
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