I received generous support for my own education at UW, both as a teaching assistant in Process Control and in Electrochemistry during my first year and thereafter by fellowships until I graduated. I might even mention that during my last semester, when my wife had a baby and she was unable to continue her job, the college gave me an additional fellowship. How can I help but not be grateful? A successful career enabled to give back when the time came. Thank you, UW!
I believe strongly that I should help others to have the kind of education UW offers and also that this country needs well-educated engineers to help us recover our lead in innovation.
I maintained contact with a number of my fellow chemical engineers over the years, and especially my roommates, Byron Babcock and Ben Johnson. We returned to Madison for a visit several years ago. More recently through Ann Leahy of University of Wisconsin Foundation, I have been in more frequent contact.
Why? I cherish my years as a student there. I’m also a strong supporter of women in science and engineering and like what I hear is happening at the college.
Memories? Chemical Engineering Professor Bob Bird was teaching a class in mass transport from a German document. Very little was available in English. But Bob would give us help in our exams by including a little glossary of schwierige Wörter (difficult words). This was all before the days of “Bird, Stewart and Lightfoot,” the now-definitive text on the subject.
Carl Heath, PhDChE ’56
Retired executive, ExxonMobil Corporation
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