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College honors 17 at Oct. 22 Engineers' Day

The College of Engineering will honor 17 faculty, staff and alumni Oct. 22 during its 57th Engineers' Day banquet at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. The daylong celebration includes several seminars that highlight faculty research in nanotechnology, biomedical engineering, power electronics, and student projects through the Engineers Without Borders program; as well as luncheons, lectures and tours. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Engineers' Day website.

Alumni who will be honored include:


Hilton H. Augustine Jr.

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Hilton H. Augustine Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Global Management Systems, Inc.

Hilton Augustine Jr. works very hard at making life easy. He saw enormous opportunity in bringing efficiency to convoluted government communications systems and in 1988, with $80,000 funded via 11 credit cards, started bidding on government contracts from his kitchen table. In 2002, Augustine's company, Global Management Systems Inc. (GMSI) had sales approaching $50 million.

The 1982 electrical and computer engineering graduate quickly built a track record as a trusted solutions provider of network and systems integration and net-based enterprise application solutions to government and corporate clients.

GMSI specializes in designing, implementing and operating complex enterprise systems. The company's services include e-commerce solutions, LAN/WAN engineering, network integration and administration, network operations center, network security, video teleconferencing, Internet and Intranet design and development, customer support centers, help desks, asset management, document records and knowledge management. GMSI is a favored vendor at government installations including the Pentagon, U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Department of Commerce, the Library of Congress and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.

Augustine founded the fast-growing systems integrator after starting his career as a manager of manufacturing engineering with IBM in 1985. He worked as one of IBM's top-performing marketing representatives from 1987 to 1988 and then set out on his own. His company is a perennial on the list of Black Enterprise's top 100 industrial service providers. It was a Computer Week Top-10 Minority Owned Firm in 2001 and also earned Government Computer News's Leadership and Performance Award in the same year.

Augustine shares his success and experience as CEO and chair of GMSI Inc. by mentoring other entrepreneurs and encouraging students early in their academic careers. He participated in Tomorrow's Business, a radio program exploring technology and business, and presented success tips to students at a metro Washington, DC, career fair.

In his leisure time, Augustine enjoys training for his first marathon, working toward his private pilot's license, designing systems to automate his home and spending time with his four children.


Cynthia B. Berigan

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Cynthia B. Berigan
Director, Systems Strategy
Kraft Foods

Imagine the flow of data and information necessary for a company with 103,000 employees working in 68 countries to provide 18 billion pounds of product to customers in 150 countries. Managing this complex information network requires a diverse set of business processes and tools. Whether it is a cross-company networked personal computer, hand-held device, telephone with voice mail, warehouse or manufacturing technology, order-tracking system, or supplier- or customer-interaction application, Cynthia Berigan leverages a diverse set of business processes and tools for the benefit of her company, Kraft Foods.

After announcing a new global organizational structure in January 2004, Kraft named Berigan director of strategy for global information systems in February. In this new role, she is responsible for developing a global long-range plan and managing the company's portfolio of investments in information systems and technologies that help it excel worldwide.

During her 13-year tenure at Kraft, Berigan has served in a variety of roles, including director of external manufacturing, director of the company's productivity challenge group, and operations business manager for the Meals division and Foodservice division. She was a founding member of Kraft's Women in Operations Diversity Council, an organization that improves retention, development and advancement of women in technical positions. She spent four years on the council's leadership team and remains active behind the scenes.

Berigan volunteers for Junior Achievement, a national not-for-profit organization that partners businesses and schools to provide K-12 students with activities that educate them about business and economics and prepare them for fulfilling careers. She also is a member of the Department of Industrial Engineering Visiting Committee.

Berigan, who earned her bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from UW-Madison in 1983, has an MBA in finance and marketing from the University of Chicago. She began her career with General Electric, holding engineering and supervisory positions with a variety of the company's businesses before becoming a senior consultant with Price Waterhouse's strategic consulting group in Chicago.

She and her husband, Jamie, a UW-Madison education alumnus (now a full-time dad), have three daughters: Deirdre, 11; Maggie, 6; and Laura, 3. Their hobbies revolve mainly around their children's activities, which include sports, music and Irish dancing with the Trinity Academy.


Robert F. Cervenka

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Robert F. Cervenka
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Phillips Plastics Corporation

Robert Cervenka has been at the forefront of innovation in Wisconsin's plastics industry for more than three decades.

Cervenka, co-founder of plastics industry leader Phillips Plastics Corp., is a 1958 graduate of UW-Madison with a BS in mechanical engineering. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the UW-Stout in Menomonie in 1996.

Following his graduation from UW-Madison, Cervenka worked for Modern Plastics Corp. for two years, and then moved on to Northern Engraving in La Crosse, WI. He co-founded Phillips Plastics in 1964 and currently serves as its chairman and chief executive officer. The company is a custom injection molder and decorator with 11 manufacturing plants and a corporate center, technology center and operations center, all in Wisconsin. The company employs 2,200 people.

Cervenka has been a long-time champion of entrepreneurial and technology development in Wisconsin. He served as one of the original members of the Governor's Science and Technology Council, formed 10 years ago to advance Wisconsin's economy in high-technology fields. In 1987, he launched the Origen Group, a business incubator that has helped create 10 start-up companies.

Cervenka has also endowed the "People Process Culture" chair at UW-Stout, to focus teaching and research efforts on the people process culture, an organizational environment that creates a strong, positive belief in people. In addition, he co-founded the Ann Marie Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships aimed at promoting educational, humanitarian, cultural, recreational and aesthetic values. The foundation has awarded more than $4 million in scholarships and grants since its inception in 1974. Cervenka and his wife have also endowed the Mike Litvinoff and Ann Cervenka Scholarship program — in honor of their parents — at Phillips High School in Phillips, WI, that provides $2,000 annually for four years for eight students. In addition, Cervenka and his wife funded the Phillips Plastics Discovery Center at the College of Engineering's Engineering Centers Building, which provides space for student design and construction projects.

Cervenka is a director of the Wisconsin Technology Council, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the UW-Stout Manufacturing Technology Transfer Board. He has served as a member of the College of Engineering's Industrial Advisory Board and has continued his membership on the Wisconsin Science and Technology Council. He served as co-chairman of UW-Stout's Fundraising Drive from 1993–96. He was also named a recipient of the UW-Extension Wisconsin Idea Award in 2002.

Cervenka's wife, Debbie, works with her husband as an executive at Phillips Plastics Corp.


Warren R. DeVries

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Warren R. DeVries
Director, Division of Design, Manufacture & Industrial Innovation, Engineering Directorate
National Science Foundation

Warren DeVries currently leads national efforts aimed at enabling advances in engineering education and research at universities, and fosters innovation in technology-based small businesses.

DeVries serves as division director for the National Science Foundation's Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation. On assignment from Iowa State University where he is a professor of mechanical engineering, he served as chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University from 1996–2002.

DeVries' academic career began at UW-Madison, where he earned a BS with honors (1971), MS (1973) and PhD (1975) degrees in mechanical engineering. He also earned a BS degree (1971) in Letters and Engineering from Calvin College in Michigan.

Following his doctorate, DeVries' engineering career began at his Wisconsin alma mater, where he served as a research associate and lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering for two years. He then accepted a post as assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan. He stayed there for five years before moving on to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, where he served as associate professor and professor of mechanical engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering and Mechanics. During his tenure at Rensselaer, he was active in the Center for Manufacturing Productivity. He was one of the pioneers in the Rensselaer Satellite Video Program, and served one year as a visiting scientist in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Forest Products Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley.

In 1994, he moved to Washington, DC, to accept a position with the National Science Foundation as Program Director for Manufacturing Machines and Equipment in the NSF's Division of Design, Manufacture and Industrial Innovation. He left in 1996 to accept the department chairmanship at Iowa State, and then returned to the NSF in 2002 on assignment from Iowa State to serve as a Division Director. In the NSF post, DeVries leads a staff of 40 program officers and support staff and manages an annual budget of $160 million. The division supports academic research and educational innovations in design, manufacturing and services at universities, and through NSF's SBIR/STTR programs, the innovations in technology-based small businesses that bring research results to the public. DeVries has published numerous articles in research publications and journals, written one textbook, Analysis of Material Removal Processes, and co-authored the textbook Microcomputer Applications in Manufacturing. He also wrote one chapter for the textbook Handbook of Design, Manufacturing, and Automation on design principles for machining systems. His research has focused on modeling techniques for accurate prediction and characterization of material removal processes, as well as modeling of manufacturing processes using time series, system identification, and control techniques. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and has served on the governing boards of both bodies. He is also a member of the American Society of Engineering Education. He received the outstanding service award from ASME's manufacturing engineering division in 1997, and was named Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer from SME in 1983. He served as a College of Engineering Fellow at UW-Madison in 1975, as well as a Marie Kristine Kohler Graduate Fellow.


Thomas W. Doe

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Thomas W. Doe
Golder Associates Inc.

Thomas Doe's work in ground engineering has taken him around the globe in a career that has embraced both practical and academic pursuits.

Doe, a principal in Golder Associates, a company that specializes in ground engineering and environmental science, holds a PhD (1980) from UW-Madison in geology and mining engineering. He previously received an MS (1973) in geology from UW-Madison, and a BA (1971) in geology from Pomona College in California.

Doe has been with Golder Associates of Redmond, Wash., since 1986, when he joined the company as a senior engineering geologist. He became an associate with the company in 1988, and then a principal. The firm comprises a group of consulting companies that specialize in ground engineering and environmental science, with more than 3,000 employees and offices in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe.

Doe serves as manager for Golder Associates' specialty group for fluid flow studies in fractured rock. The group develops fractured reservoir and groundwater models, as well as supporting modeling applications. The work has applications for radioactive waste disposal, petroleum reservoir development, field measurements for underground construction, and fracture evaluations for non-radioactive waste disposal facilities.

Currently, Doe is developing and validating fracture network models for petroleum reservoirs in the Middle East and offshore Southeast Asia. In addition, he has done work in Sweden and Japan, and has worked on landfill design support for fractured granites in southern California, as well as characterization and modeling of groundwater flow in fractured sandstones for the North Carolina low-level radioactive waste program. Doe has also done extensive work in the design of stress measurement programs for underground construction, including hydraulic fracturing and hydraulic jacking tests for pressure tunnels.

Prior to joining Golder Associates, Doe served as a staff scientist for Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. He also worked as lead project manager for geological engineering in the office of crystalline repository development at Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, OH.

Doe has authored or jointly authored more than 30 academic papers in his field, and has held adjunct lecturer, adjunct professor and visiting research professor posts at the University of California-Berkeley, the University of Washington, and at Ecole des Mines, University of Nancy, Nancy, France.

Doe is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the International Society of Rock Mechanics, and the American Geophysical Union, as well as the board of visitors for the UW-Madison geological engineering program. He also currently serves as a member of the National Academy of Science's Committee on Geological and Geotechnical Engineering. In addition, he serves on the board of advisors of the Keck Geology Consortium, a group of liberal arts college geology departments that support undergraduate research.


Max D. Fiore

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Max D. Fiore
Vice President, Research and Development
Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Maximilian D. Fiore has combined business savvy, understanding of science, and experience with emerging medical device technology to develop and launch products that have saved and improved countless lives.

As vice president of research and development for Smith & Nephew's Endoscopy Division, Fiore oversees the science and development behind all of the division's products, which include tools for arthroscopic and endoscopic surgery. He directs a staff of 110 people in three U.S. locations and one location in England.

Prior to that, he was vice president of engineering with Aradigm Corporation, a position in which he was responsible for developing pulmonary drug delivery device systems. In addition, he successfully participated in multiple rounds of venture capital funding and worked closely with the investment team to take the company public.

As director of engineering at LifeScan, a Johnson & Johnson company, Fiore restructured the engineering organization into teams, enabling the company for the first time to simultaneously develop multiple products. He was responsible for developing in-vitro diagnostic instrumentation and launched the company's first fully integrated blood glucose monitoring system for hospitals.

Fiore also spent nine years at Abbott Laboratories, engineering the IMx immunoassay analyzer and the LifeCare Patient Controlled Analgesia drug delivery system. He began his career as a research engineer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. A 1980 UW-Madison master's degree recipient in electrical and computer engineering, he holds bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and biomedical engineering from Northwestern University and has participated in Stanford University's Executive Management Program for Product Development.

He enjoys restoring aircraft and, from 1998 to 2001, lovingly restored his Cessna 195 aircraft (built in 1949), which he and his wife, Cheryl, also fly. Fiore's hobbies also include motorcycles and old vacuum-tube stereos.


Arthur F. Hawnn

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Arthur F. Hawnn
Senior Civil Engineering and Project Manager
U.S. Department of Defense, CIEWR

Growing up in his native South Korea, Arthur Hawnn studied English with the hope one day of traveling to the United States. During the Korean War, he put his studies to good use, serving as an interpreter on the front lines of the conflict for the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hawnn caught the attention of Capt. Arthur Peterson, a Marine company commander who also served as a UW-Eau Claire professor and a state lawmaker. Peterson encouraged Hawnn to travel to the United States to study, and sponsored a legislative scholarship that paid for Hawnn's tuition.

Hawnn enrolled at UW-Madison in 1955, and took an interest in civil engineering. He worked his way through college, sometimes working as many as four jobs at one time to help defray his expenses. Among his jobs: spending fall afternoons scraping off the opaque coating that plant pathologists at the university painted on greenhouses to shade plants from the summer sun.

Hawnn graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in civil engineering in 1959, and went on to earn his MS (1960) and PhD (1962) from the university in civil engineering.

In 1962, Hawnn founded his own company — Arthur F. Hawnn International — in Springfield, VA. The company provides consulting work in areas such as transportation, urban development and water resources management.

Since 1974, Hawnn has worked for the U.S. Department of Defense, where he has worked on transportation projects, design and construction of facilities, and systems development. He currently serves as a senior civil engineer and project manager for the Department of Defense. He has won nine awards from the Department of the Army for his outstanding performance on projects, and is a member of the American Society for Civil Engineers.

Hawnn has served as an associate professor of civil engineering at Ohio State University and Marquette University, and as a visiting lecturer for the College of Engineering's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He has been an advisor the Wisconsin governors on transportation issues and worked on waterway systems development in Calcutta, India, through the United Nations Development Program. He has won nine awards from the Department of the Army for his outstanding performance on projects and is a member of several national organizations, including the American Society for Civil Engineers.

In 2002, Hawnn established a $2 million charitable remainder trust that will help finance two professorships in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The first, the Peterson-Rader-Hawnn Professorship in Civil and Environmental Engineering, honors Marine Capt. Peterson and his wife, Connie, CEE Professor Lloyd Rader and his wife, Helen, and Hawnn's parents. The second, the Arthur F. Hawnn Professorship in Transportation, was established to honor Hawnn's work in the transportation field and encourage other alumni to remember their obligations to the university.


Stanley H. Horowitz

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Stanley H. Horowitz
Consultant, author & lecturer

Few people understand the relationship between knowledge and power better than Stanley Horowitz. An author, consultant, lecturer and engineer, he has guided policy and educated himself and others on safe and robust power distribution for more than 50 years.

Born in New York City in 1925, Horowitz graduated from the City College of New York in 1949. He attended Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute Graduate School in 1957–1958, General Electric Power System Engineering Course in 1957, Westinghouse Atomic Power Division Nuclear Course in 1961 and the University of Michigan Graduate School of Business in 1964.

He joined American Electric Power Service Corp. in 1950 and retired in 1989, having served as head of the system protection section, assistant head of the electrical engineering division and consulting electrical engineer. Numerous awards and milestones mark his career.

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1995 and has been an active member of Section 6 — Electric Power and Energy Systems Engineering, serving on its peer election committee.

Horowitz is a Life Fellow of the IEEE, having been elected a Fellow in 1978. He served as chairman of the IEEE/PES Power System Relaying Committee (PSRC) from 1975–1978, was a member of the Power Engineering Society (PES) Executive Board 1987–1988, chairman of the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the PES, member of the Life Member Committee, and member of the PES Fellows Committee. He was technical program chairman of the 1993 IEEE PES Winter Meeting and technical program coordinator of the 2001 Winter Meeting. He has been awarded the PSRC Distinguished Service Award and a prize paper award for "An Ultrafast Sensor for a Fault Current limiting Device." Horowitz also is a recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal.

He was chairman of Study Committee 34: Protection and Control of the International Conference on Large High Voltage Electric Systems (CIGRE) from 1980–1986. In 1997 he was awarded the CIGRE Attwood Associates Award for notable contributions to CIGRE and a prize paper award for "Torsional Oscillations and Fatigue of Steam Turbine-Generator Shafts caused by System Disturbances and Switching Events."

Horowitz co-authored a textbook entitled, Power System Protection, edited the IEEE Press book Protective Relaying for Power Systems, Volumes I and II, and authored more than two dozen technical papers. He was editor-in-chief of the IEEE Power Engineering Society magazine Computer Applications in Power from 1996 to 2002 and was a lecturer at Columbia University Graduate School and guest lecturer at the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette, Auburn, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lund University and Grenoble University.

Horowitz and his wife, Sylvia, have two children and are residents of Columbus, OH


Jay V. Ihlenfeld

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Jay V. Ihlenfeld
Senior Vice President, Research and Development

Jay Ihlenfeld oversees some of the most creative and prolific professionals on the planet. As senior vice president of research and development for 3M Company, he leads a global organization of nearly 7,000 technical employees in maintaining a dynamic research and development effort. 3M places a strong emphasis on technology and is known for "Leading Through Innovation." Ihlenfeld's technical and managerial background, together with a breadth of experience within the company, made him the natural choice for 3M's chief research and development officer, but perhaps more important to his success have been lifelong interests in teamwork, problem solving and exploring culture.

"I lived oversees early in my career, which immersed me in other cultures. I found that understanding language isn't as important as understanding cultures," he says.

A native of Manitowoc, WI, Ihlenfeld had considered UW-Madison for his undergraduate degree, but on a visit to campus Professor R. Byron Bird advised him to study elsewhere if he wanted to attend graduate school at Wisconsin.

He studied at Purdue (Ihlenfeld is a 2001 Purdue University Distinguished Engineering Alumnus) and focused on the chemistry of biological and medical sciences. He earned his BS in 1974, married Manitowoc native Cynthia Ames and in the fall, entered UW's chemical engineering doctorate program under the guidance of Professor Stuart Cooper.

While working on his thesis, Ihlenfeld and Cooper consulted for several companies including 3M. The work further fueled his interest in problem solving and gave him an understanding of the culture of his future employer.

Ihlenfeld earned his PhD from UW-Madison in 1978 and started working in 3M's product development laboratories. He has worked as a research specialist and manager in numerous 3M divisions. Recently, he served as executive vice president for Sumimoto 3M in Japan, 3M's largest subsidiary with more than 3,000 employees and sales approaching $2 billion.

In October of 2002, 3M asked Ihlenfeld to return to St. Paul to be vice president of research and development. He was part of the team that reorganized 3M's entire business around its key markets. The change helped the company achieve double-digit growth and generate a full pipeline of new ideas and opportunities.

Ihlenfeld and his wife live in Mahtomedi, MN. In his free time, he enjoys golf, music, opera and serves on the Board of Directors of the Minnesota Orchestra.


Norman H. Koo

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Norman H. Koo
Executive Director, Corporate Technology
AOL Time Warner

In the business of information, you have to think big, you have to think fast and you have to think ahead. Time Warner Inc. (TWX) wanted someone with those qualities as its executive director of corporate technology and found them in Norman Hai-Ming Koo.

At Time Warner, Koo is responsible for emerging technologies for large-scale data center information technology infrastructure and associated consumer and home networking devices. He was also responsible for their introduction and deployment into the TWX family of business divisions such as AOL, Time Inc., HBO, CNN and Turner Broadcasting System.

Koo joined Time-Warner in 2001. Previously, he held a variety of senior management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., including senior director of e-business implementation in the Global Program Office. In 2000 Koo was awarded Sun's President Award. He was instrumental in growing the company's Asia-Pacific revenues to more than $1 billion. He served as senior director in the chief technology office, responsible for the technology program in support of business development of Sun's strategic accounts such as Motorola, Toshiba, Siemens, DaimlerChrysler, Shell, Commerzbank and Deutsch Bank. In addition, he held the distinction of designing and executing the world's very first worldwide web application for a mass sporting event, the 1994 World Cup Soccer Games, in which he served as head of computer information systems.

Koo enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience and is often invited to do so at business and information technology conferences. In 2002, he was an invited speaker at the Ohio State University College of Business. In 1999, he was a speaker and panelist at the Harvard China Review Conference.

In 1995, Koo served as founder and CEO for OpenTV, a Sun-Thomson joint venture. He led the company public with a $3 billion-plus market capitalization.

Koo received an MBA from the University of Santa Clara, an MS in nuclear engineering and a PhD in nuclear engineering/electrical engineering from Iowa State University. In 1970 he earned a BS in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Koo and his wife, Sandy Newman Koo, have two children. In their free time they enjoy travel, sightseeing and skiing.

Don W. Martens
Senior Partner
Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, LLP

From the small-town football fields of Wisconsin, Don W. Martens has risen to become one of the nation's most respected patent attorneys.

Martens, senior partner in the California law firm of Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, grew up in Darlington in southwestern Wisconsin. He played football there, serving as captain of the 1952 squad coached by the legendary Darlington head coach Walter "Wadzy" Martens, Don's father.

Martens received a BS in mining engineering from UW-Madison in 1957. At the same time, he achieved a bachelor of naval science degree in engineering. Following his graduation from UW-Madison, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineering Corps for three years.

He enrolled at law school at George Washington University in Washington, DC, where he received his LLD in 1963. While attending law school, he began his interest in patents, serving as an examiner for the U.S. Patent Office and as a law clerk for the office's assistant commissioner of patents.

Following graduation from law school, Martens worked for two years as a patent lawyer for Standard Oil of California before joining the Irvine, CA, firm now known as Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, in 1965.

He is internationally renowned for his knowledge of patent law and intellectual property rights. He has authored or co-authored numerous papers on patent law and litigation, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on the topic. He has lectured in Russia, China, and seven other countries with emerging economies to assist in development of their patent laws. He was named one of the top 10 patent lawyers in the world in a survey conducted by PLC Global Counsel magazine, one of the two leading intellectual property lawyers in the United States by Global Counsel's Handbook, and was named to the inaugural list of Southern California Super Lawyers by Law and Politics magazine.

Martens served as president of the Orange County Bar Association in 1975; vice-president of the State Bar of California in 1987; president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in 1995–96; chair of the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations in 1999; and president of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation in 1999.

He is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering fraternity. He was President of the Darlington High School Class of 1952, and in 2002 served as master of ceremonies for its 50th reunion celebration

Marten's wife, Janan, graduated from UW-Madison in 1957. The couple has two grown daughters.


John D. Osteraas

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John D. Osteraas
Practice Director and Principal Engineer
Exponent Failure Analysis Associates

For John Osteraas, more than two decades of engineering expertise came to the fore in the wake of the national tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.

Osteraas, a principal engineer with Exponent Failure Analysis Associates of Menlo Park, CA, deployed to Ground Zero as a lead structures specialist with FEMA's Urban Search and Rescue program and subsequently led an investigation into the collapse of the World Trade Center towers. Osteraas is one of the world's leading experts on the performance of structures under extreme loading or stress, and his work with Exponent Failure Analysis played a crucial role in understanding the causes of the collapse and the extent of the damage.

Osteraas and Exponent Failure Analysis also played significant roles in assessing the damage and structural failures resulting from the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, earthquakes in Mexico and California, and the construction collapse of the L'Ambiance Plaza lift-slab building in Bridgeport, CT. Osteraas currently manages a project for the Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering aimed at developing engineering guidelines for the assessment and repair of earthquake damage in wood frame construction.

Osteraas enrolled at UW-Madison in 1971, egged on by a bet from his mother following what he described as a boring junior year in high school. He had an interest in art and anthropology, and soon discovered he had little talent for either subject. He dropped out of college and worked in construction, a field he enjoyed. Family friend Frank Worzala, a professor in the college's Department of Mining and Materials Engineering, encouraged Osteraas to consider engineering. He re-enrolled at the university, with Professor Worzala's help landed a part-time job at the Forest Products Laboratory, and quickly fell under the tutelage of noted Civil Engineering Professor Chuck Salmon.

He received his BS in civil engineering from UW-Madison in 1976. Salmon suggested he pursue graduate school, and Osteraas moved on to Stanford University, where he received both his MS (1977) and his PhD (1990) in civil engineering. He joined Exponent Failure Analysis in 1982 after stints as a research engineer for Structural Research, Inc., of Middleton, Engineering Research, Inc., of Madison, and Marshall Erdman and Associates of Madison.

He has published three dozen articles in research journals and engineering publications on his work and research, one of which earned an Outstanding Technical Paper from ASCE. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Civil Engineers, as well as a member of the Structural Engineers Association of California, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and the Rescue Engineering Council.

Osteraas has received commendations from the state of California's Office of Emergency Services for his work following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, as well as his work in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. He recently was elected Chapter Honor Member of the UW Madison Chapter of Chi Epsilon.

Faculty and staff honors

In addition, the Engineer's Day celebration will recognize several college faculty and staff members who were named 2004 recipients of college honors. The five award winners were recognized in a ceremony this past spring. They include:

Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering B. Ross Barmish, the recipient of the college's Byron Bird Award for Excellence in a Research Publication, for his work related to the stability of systems that operate with large degrees of uncertainty. He also authored a book, New Tools for Robustness of Linear Systems, which synthesizes a decade of his research in the field.

Professor of Materials Science and Engineering Eric H. Hellstrom, the recipient of the college's Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching. Hellstrom was honored for his innovative approach to teaching materials science, including developing hands-on techniques to stimulate student creativity.

Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Kenneth Potter, the recipient of the college's Ragnar E. Onstad Service to Society Award. He has been an enthusiastic supporter of local watershed and resource protection groups, donating many evenings of his time to provide the best science and engineering information on stormwater management, groundwater levels, and flooding potential.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Program Assistant 2, Jean Hoover, the recipient of the college's Classified Staff Distinguished Achievement Award. Hoover has worked for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for 30 years, most recently running its duplicating and document preparation services. Colleagues call her knowledgeable, meticulous, conscientious and flexible.

Wendt Library Emeritus Director Thomas J. Murray, the recipient of the college's Bollinger Academic Staff Distinguished Achievement Award. Director of the library for 16 years, he was honored for his visionary management style, true dedication to public service, and efforts to change the climate for learning on the engineering campus.