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2000-2001 HIGHLIGHTS


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"To produce their thin films, the University of Wisconsin and Princeton researchers used ultraviolet lasers to vaporize magnesium diboride, which then settled in a layer about 1-50,000th of an inch thick. The oxygen-tainted magnesium diboride films were able to work in magnetic fields nearly twice as strong as those lacking the oxygen impurities."
The New York Times, 6/11/01

"'Preliminary figures showed that the Suburban that emitted the least carbon dioxide and other global-warming gases today was designed at the University of Wisconsin at Madison,' Mr. Larsen said. 'The diesel-powered, four-wheel-drive Suburban got 28 miles to the gallon on the fairly easy course here, which involved driving at speeds no faster than 60 miles an hour and minimal stop-and-start driving.'"
The New York Times, 6/12/01

"This spring, 22 students, all full-time, mid-career professionals, were the first graduates from the University of Wisconsin's two-year Master of Engineering in Professional Practice (MEPP) program, a distance-learning effort conducted almost entirely over the Internet. Poised to have its third class start this fall, the program has put a premium on developing a way of learning that the professors felt would fully engage their far-flung students."
The Christian Science Monitor, 7/17/01

"I had to put on my glasses to read the restaurant check. No big deal; I do that all the time. But (Industrial Engineering Professor) Gregg Vanderheiden, whom I was interviewing over breakfast, pounced on the check, almost literally. 'Look at this,' he demanded. 'Look at all this white space. The key information on this check could easily have been printed bigger, without making the check bigger.' There may be no one in your IT (Information Technology) shop who is blind, in a wheelchair or otherwise obviously disabled. In fact, if your company isn't very big, there may be no one there with a severe disability. So the whole notion of making IT accessible to people with disabilities may be one you never consider. But you should."
Computerworld, 4/30/01

TiRECS infrared system

TiRECS, an infrared system that enables people with limited mobility to control such appliances as VCRs, stereos, CD players, TVs and more, received the Tong Prototype Prize and took second place in BRAINSTORM: The Schoofs Prize for Creativity. Its inventors are students Brandon Ripley (left) and Steven Nackers. (26K JPG)


The Engineering Centers Building construction project is proceeding on schedule. — MORE


The college has set its third consecutive record for annual research expenditures. — MORE


The college's faculty received many honors over the past year, including fellow designations and service awards from professional societies. — MORE


More than 7,000 people attended "From Concepts to Reality: Engineering EXPO 2001," April 19-21, 2001. — MORE


The Engineering Centers Building construction project is proceeding on schedule. The building is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2002. Its 135,000 assignable square feet will make an immediate impact on the college's research and education programs. In particular, students look forward to one of the building's showcase features: a first floor devoted to their needs, including the Phillips Discovery Center, the Tong Student Leadership Auditorium, the Myers Student Automotive Center, and the Yu Innovation Laboratory. Its leading-edge research facilities will include the Oscar F. Gusloff NanoMaterials Laboratory and the Edwin E. Bryant NanoFabrication Laboratory.

Fund raising continues for the Mechanical Engineering Building addition and renovation. This project will replace the "sawtooth" section of this building with a modern three-story addition, and renovate the remaining sections of the old building. Major pledges received for this project include John Holton (MS '75), $1.5 million to fund new facilities for the Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis (CHSRA); Jane Mandula (BS '87), $500,000 for the E-Commerce and Financial Engineering Teaching Laboratory and the Team Dynamics Teaching Laboratory; and general gifts from Don Procknow (BS '47), $250,000, John Nelson (MS '76), $100,000, and Emeritus Professor Ken Ragland, $20,000. The college must raise $10 million toward the $33 million total cost of the project.


The college has set its third consecutive record for annual research expenditures. Research expenditures for the fiscal year July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001 increased almost 20 percent to $90.2 million. That compares to $77.2 million in FY00, and $63.6 million in FY99. Research funding from all sectors increased, with federal funding increasing by more than 20 percent.

Three new consortia have been added to the college's roster. They are the Biomedical Engineering Student Design Consortium, Engineering Polymer Industrial Consortium and the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium. One new center, the Polymer Engineering Center, has been created. The centers and consortia play a vital role in facilitating technology transfer with the college's many industry and government partners.

College of Engineering faculty and staff reported a record 102 invention disclosures to WARF in the fiscal year 2000-01 — the second largest number of annual disclosures in the university's history for any school or college. It was also the highest number of disclosures by any school or college this year, and is nearly one-third of the total UW-Madison invention disclosures (327) made during this period. A major part of the growth in disclosures at UW-Madison over the past five years is being contributed by engineering. For example, in 1995-96, the college reported 35 disclosures, and that number has increased steadily each year.
Camp Badger students

Camp Badger students Jessica Reyes (center) and Derekus Hamilton (right), both from Milwaukee, learned about injection molding in a polymer engineering laboratory. At left is their instructor, mechanical engineering graduate student Juan Sanz-Uribe. Camp Badger experienced record enrollment in 2001. (25K JPG)

The Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD) is at capacity for enrollment in the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program. The program, designed for working professionals, is UW-Madison's only graduate degree offered over the Internet. The department is also experiencing significant growth in its core mission of outreach programming, with the number of programs up 13 percent from a year ago. Enrollments have also increased by 23 percent. Camp Badger, EPD's summer program to introduce middle school students to engineering, experienced record enrollment this summer with 150 participants — many of them students of color.


The college's faculty received many honors over the past year, including fellow designations and service awards from professional societies. Among the most prestigious honors: Dean Paul S. Peercy and Professor Max G. Lagally were elected to the National Academy of Engineering for 2001. Twenty UW-Madison faculty members now share this honor. Peercy has been a leader in the nation's semiconductor industry. Lagally's work includes studying the nanoscale properties of structures of primarily semiconductors, the relationship of material structure to various localized electrical and magnetic properties, and DNA computing.

Assistant Professor Susan Hagness, electrical and computer engineering, received the National Science Foundation's 2000 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). It is the nation's highest honor bestowed upon scientists in the early stages of their careers. Recognized for both her research and teaching innovations, Hagness will receive a five-year, $500,000 award.

The college was honored this year to count another alumnus among winners of the Nobel Prize. Jack St. Clair Kilby, a 1950 MS graduate in electrical engineering, was named a co-winner of the 2000 Nobel Prize in physics. Kilby received the prize for his part in the invention of the integrated circuit, or the chip, an insight that led to what is now the foundation of the modern electronics industry. Another ECE graduate, the late John Bardeen, was the winner of two Nobel Prizes.

Twelve new faculty members joined the college this year, with expertise across a tremendous range — from tissue engineering to computational plasma physics. New faces also joined the college's leadership team, with Grainger Professor Gerald Kulcinski, engineering physics, appointed as associate dean for research, and Professor Pat Farrell, mechanical engineering, as new associate dean for academic affairs. Two new assistant deans were also appointed this year: Associate Professor Douglass Henderson, engineering physics, is serving as interim assistant dean for diversity, and Sarah Pfatteicher is a new assistant dean for academic affairs, concentrating on curriculum and advising.

Engineering EXPO 2001

Licorice, pretzels and marshmallows served as structural components for children challenged to build their own Mars lander at the student-organized Engineering EXPO, a three-day event in April. (26K JPG)

More than 7,000 people attended "From Concepts to Reality: Engineering EXPO 2001," April 19-21. The biennial, student-run event featured competitions for K-12 students, including bridge building, a rocket rally and an essay contest. Engineering students fielded more than 60 exhibits, including a sip-and-puff-operated page-turning device, a bench-top food processing system, a traffic simulation computer model, and an apparatus that spins molten zinc into fine ribbons. Members of the student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers made and distributed tiny "pillows" — polymer-filled packets that swelled when recipients immersed them in water. In the college's foundry, fourth-graders and their teachers watched as engineering students poured 1,500-degree aluminum into a mold. More than 200 student volunteers planned the event over an 18 month period.

The Wisconsin Engineer magazine won the 2001 Best All-around Magazine Award from Engineering College Magazines Associated (ECMA). The magazine, which is written, designed and managed by students, is in its 105th year of publication.

The college's SAE Mini-Baja Team outperformed 104 teams to take the winner's circle at the SAE Mini-Baja Competition in Manhattan, Kansas, in April. The team finished 12 points ahead of second-place Brigham Young University and more than 100 points ahead of third-place Utah State University. Teams are charged with building a single-passenger, four-wheel-drive, off-road vehicle around a 10-horsepower Briggs and Stratton engine. The vehicles are judged on acceleration, braking, maneuverability and endurance. In addition to a sales presentation, the teams must present cost and design reports.
Team Paradigm pictured at the Wisconsin capitol

Team Paradigm took top honors in nine of 23 judging categories in the U.S. Department of Energy's FutureTruck competition. Students are challenged to increase fuel efficiency and decrease emissions while maintaining the vehicle's performance and safety. (25K JPG)

The college's FutureTruck team placed second in this year's national competition, narrowly missing first place. The team achieved a 65 percent improvement in on-road fuel efficiency (28 miles per gallon gasoline equivalency), and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by a remarkable 50 percent when compared with the stock Chevy Suburban. It also earned the Safety Award and top scores in vehicle appearance, workmanship technical report, innovations in aluminum, use of materials and vehicle design inspection. It was featured in a New York Times article about the competition, including a quote from team advisor Glenn Bower.

The college's newest design course enters its second year this fall. EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) enables undergraduates to use their developing design skills on technology-based community service projects. Projects in the first year of the program included designing an affordable, lightweight, portable and unobtrusive feedback device that would minimize the need for voice therapy sessions in patients who have suffered a loss of speech intelligibility. Another group worked on development of a homelessness management information system for the Madison Homelessness Prevention Network.


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