2007 Distinguished achievement award: Jeffrey Wiesner

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Jeffrey D. Wiesner
Retired partner
Accenture LLP
BSIE ’83
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
During the last eight decades, attending UW-Madison has become the norm for members of Jeffrey Wiesner’s family. In 1931, Wiesner’s grandfather graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the university. His grandmother, who studied sociology, followed two years later. In 1957, their son—Wiesner’s father—completed a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. That same year, Wiesner’s mother finished her nursing degree.

Wiesner, who grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, studied industrial engineering at UW-Madison and graduated with honors in 1983. There, he met his wife, Sara, who earned degrees in secondary education and political science. Currently, their 19-year-old son, Colin, is enrolled as a sophomore in the engineering college.

Today, Wiesner’s dedication to UW-Madison continues. Throughout his 20-year career at management consulting company Accenture LLP, he maintained strong ties with the College of Engineering. For 10 years, he was responsible for on-campus recruiting for the firm, working closely with Engineering Career Services, engineering faculty, and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. He also coordinated the Accenture charitable outreach program for UW-Madison alumni. He was instrumental in developing the freshman introduction to engineering curriculum and the Women in Science and Engineering program. He also served five years on the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.

While at Accenture, Wiesner specialized in managing large-scale management information systems projects for manufacturing companies. He traveled worldwide in support of clients based in the United States, as well as France, Germany and Brazil.

Before retiring in 2002, Wiesner was a partner in the firm in charge of Accenture’s SAP software practice for automotive and industrial equipment companies in North America. He continues to connect with the university as a new member of the Wisconsin Alumni Association board and as a visiting mentor for the Accenture Leadership Center. This center was founded in 2006 within the UW-Madison business school to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to develop leadership skills outside the classroom.

Outside the university, Wiesner chairs the Waukesha Education Foundation, a volunteer organization that raises funds for the Waukesha public schools. He also is a member of the boards of the United Way of Waukesha County and the Waukesha County Community Foundation. In addition to son Colin, Wiesner and his wife have another son, Dillon, 16, and a daughter, Brenna, 14. Both attend Waukesha West High School.