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Bruce Kieffer, John Hurd, Alan Zander, Jeremy Lund, Ben Jannusch, and Eric Schloesser

From left: EPD Program Director Bruce Kieffer and TomoTherapy Project Manager John Hurd, Software Engineer Manager Alan Zander, Group Lead Software Engineer Jeremy Lund, Systems Engineering Manager Ben Jannusch, and Vice President of Product Development Eric Schloesser (Large image)

Engineering Professional Development

On-site course brings predictability to the unknown

How long should it take to do something that’s never been done before? Estimating time and tasks in creating new products is particularly challenging for project managers. TomoTherapy is a Madison-based producer of cancer radiation treatment machines that combine computed tomography (CT scans) with intensity-modulated radiation therapy. The company formed in 1997 based on university research. To better control the predictability of its development efforts, TomoTherapy Project Manager John Hurd teamed with Engineering Professional Development Program Director Bruce Kieffer to develop a two-day, on-site project management course for employees at TomoTherapy’s headquarters. Hurd and Kieffer tailored the course to fit TomoTherapy’s culture and methods of operation. The course addressed topics in project management, but mostly covered sophisticated scheduling techniques. The company trained its product development team in a Wideband Delphi methodology that relies on TomoTherapy’s own design experts to input detailed task breakdowns and corresponding time estimates. These then form the foundation for project management plans and schedules. In addition to tapping the organization’s own expertise, the approach fosters consensus and “buy-in” on project objectives.

Providing the drops to drink

As the population grows and the world becomes more industrialized, the need for clean water is increasing. We depend on water for far more than drinking. We rely on it to produce energy, irrigate crops, cleanse our environment, transfer wastes and manufacture products. With a limited supply, water treatment and reuse is becoming a critical world issue. EPD Program Director Ned Paschke served as director of engineering and planning for the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and as an engineer for national and international consulting firms. For EPD, Paschke organizes and directs water and wastewater management courses to train consultants, managers and operators in design techniques and best practices for water and wastewater treatment and conveyance systems.

Increasingly, many systems are turning to membrane filtration technology to meet special water treatment needs. Recently, Paschke brought together leading consultants, owners and manufacturers to teach the latest filtration techniques. Paschke also leads water courses on pumping station design, infrastructure asset management, and preventing deficiencies during design and construction.

Helping industry make high-quality cold

If you think of “cold” as an ingredient, it becomes one of the most critical and expensive ingredients in many of the foods we eat. It takes sophisticated equipment, detailed management and enormous amounts of energy to make and keep food cold on an industrial scale. If you were to shop for “cold” as you would the other parts of your recipe, you’d want the cold to be consistent, efficient and safe—and you’d want as much of it for your money as possible. That’s why food plants that need “cold” like Kraft, Tropicana, Schoep’s Ice Cream, General Mills, Wells’ Dairy, Jones Dairy Farm, Tyson Foods and others belong to the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) led by EPD Professor Douglas Reindl. Careful application of engineering principles in design and operation can lead to significant improvements in both capacity and efficiency. Reindl and his staff have helped firms running industrial refrigeration facilities save 20 percent or more on their refrigeration energy use. Recently, IRC staff published an energy efficiency guidebook to provide, in a single source, a comprehensive document on energy efficiency improvement strategies for industrial refrigeration systems. It serves as a desk reference for implementing proven approaches.

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