Endowing excellence in instruction

Paul Peercy, Mike Smith, Dorothy M. Bluemke and Duane H. BluemkeFrom left: Dean Paul Peercy, Professor Mike Smith, Dorothy M. Bluemke and Duane H. Bluemke. Picnic Point is in the background. (View larger image.)

Duane Bluemke (BSChE '55), who held a number of positions before building his own successful company, loves to learn. Consequently, he also appreciates good teaching and so with his wife established the Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professorship to recognize excellence in instruction. Industrial and Systems Engineering Professor Mike Smith is the first recipient of the Bluemke Professorship. Mechanical Engineering Professor Tim Osswald is also the first recipient of an endowed professorship in 2005. Kuo King Wang (PhDME '68) and his wife endowed the Kuo K. and Cindy F. Wang Professorship.

A new view

Simulated completion of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering BuildingThis enhanced photo represents what the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Building will look like from University Ave. upon completion. Thanks to the generous support of our alumni and friends, the first phase of the project is progressing as planned. A webcam of the construction can be viewed at (View larger image.)

In our travels around the country with Dean Peercy, he speaks often about the significant, rapid changes occurring in our world. Global trends in technology development, industry, economics and demographics are affecting all of us.

This theme of change could not be more appropriate as we write to you from a campus that, thanks to your support, continues an amazing transformation. A state-of-the-art addition for the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Building is taking form. If you haven't visited the engineering campus in the last few years, you will be amazed at the changes and improvements under way.

This past year, gifts were made in support of all of the college's development priorities (see table of objectives, right). Undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships enable our talented, hard-working students to focus their time and energy on what they should be focusing on here at the university: academics. Funds for chairs and professorships help the university attract and retain some of the world's best instructors and researchers. Gifts providing program support make possible the continuation of successful efforts and the launching of new initiatives. Contributions for facilities ensure that the people who come here to learn, teach and do research have a work environment that is up to date, functional and safe.

In 2004, the University of Wisconsin Foundation received 6,950 gifts totaling $9,289,676 in support of the College of Engineering. We are grateful to all donors for their participation and generosity.

In the year ahead, we ask you to consider how you can help create the future for engineering education at UW-Madison. We encourage you to make a gift or pledge in an amount and for a purpose that is special and meaningful to you. Please contact us at the University of Wisconsin Foundation. We will be happy to share more information about opportunities for making a philanthropic investment in your alma mater.

2004 Sources of Gifts

Alumni and Other Individuals 47%
Corporations 34%
Foundations and Trusts 17%
Employer Matching Gifts 2%

2004 Designated Uses of Gifts

Departments and Programs 44%
Buildings 38%
Scholarships and Fellowships 13%
Faculty Chairs and Professorships 5%

Contributions to the College of Engineering*

* Total value of gifts of cash and appreciated securities. Outstanding pledges and in-kind gifts not included.
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