It seems like just a few years ago that I graduated from UW-Madison. It has, in fact, been 41 years and an entire career. That career included many interesting positions and its basis was the engineering education I received. Being trained as an engineer not only gave me an engineering background, but also taught me how to critically think about the challenges and problems that were encountered.
During my career I transitioned from engineering positions into entry-level management positions and finally into a senior management position at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee. At each level, the critical thought process helped me to find solutions and to move the organization forward toward its goals and objectives.
I’ve always thought it was important to understand the reasons for success and to try to identify the causes of those reasons. There are some causes of success, like the support of my family, which hopefully enjoy that success as it occurs.
There are other causes of success, like my faith and my education, which should be supported because of what they have contributed. That is why I have supported the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering each year. It is also the reason that my wife and I have included UW-Madison College of Engineering in our estate plan.”
John Ziehr (BSEE '71) and Judith Ziehr (BS home economics journalism '70)
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