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Newsnotes 5/1/13: A message from Dean Ian Robertson

Dear colleagues,

I wanted to inform you about a series of activities occurring over the next six months, in which I will be partnering with engineering department chairs to transform our relationships and interactions with our alumni. This series of events will occur in key regions around the country with a strong base of Badger engineers. The current list of dates and venues is below.

As we begin the transition to a different advancement model, one in which the departments and its faculty are engaged fully, we will change the formula for these events and have academic departments take a lead role in the outreach and messaging at each event. Our alumni are outstanding and I look forward to working with you and the department chairs to build even stronger ties to them. They will continue to play an increasingly important role in shaping the future success of the college and their department — whether it be in serving on our advisory boards, mentoring students, providing expertise in the classroom, assisting with finding internship and employment opportunities for our students, building research collaborations and partnerships, or giving of their time and financial resources.

We will need your help to make these events a success and hope you will encourage those alumni you know to participate. If you would like to learn more or participate in one or more of these events, please contact your department leadership.


Ian Robertson, Dean

2013 Alumni Receptions and Events

Thursday, June 6: Twin Cities
- Department lead: Tom Kuech, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Thursday, July 18: San Francisco Bay Area
- Department lead: John Booske, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Wednesday, August 7: Madison Entrepreneurship Showcase at Capital Brewery
- Department lead: Craig Benson, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Thursday, August 15: Milwaukee
- Department lead: Roxann Engelstad, Mechanical Engineering

Thursday, August 22: Corporate Open House, Madison
- Department lead: Beth Meyerand, Biomedical Engineering

Thursday, September 18: Fox Valley
- Department lead: Vicki Bier, Industrial and Systems Engineering

Friday October 11: Madison: Engineers’ Day On Campus
- All-College Event

Wednesday, November 13: Annual Connect for Life Alumni-Student Reception, Union South

Thursday, November 14: Chicago
- Department lead: Jake Blanchard, Engineering Physics

Ian Robertson