Leadership

“If you think of the challenges that we face — energy, transportation, clean air and water, building the next generation of computing and communications technologies as we use up our raw materials — those are problems engineers must address. I’d like our students and faculty to take the leadership role in solving those problems in their classrooms and research.”

—Dean Ian Robertson

College leaders

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Ian M. Robertson
Dean, College of Engineering

2610 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

 

engr-dean@engr.wisc.edu
Tel: 608/262-3482
Fax: 608/262-6400

Summary

In March 2013, Ian Robertson began as the ninth dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering.

Robertson, formerly Donald B. Willett professor of engineering at the University of Illinois and director of the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research, leads a growing college with more than 5,000 undergraduates, 1,500 graduate students, and an annual budget totaling more than $200 million.

Robertson’s research focuses on how microstructure evolves in materials exposed to extreme conditions— stress, strain rate, gaseous and chemical environments and radiation—to enhance understanding of macro-scale property changes. He is author of more than 240 research publications on materials science topics and was named fellow of ASM International in 2009.

From 2011-13, Robertson was director of the Division of Materials Research for the National Science Foundation. From 2003-2009, he served as Department Head for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois. He has been a member of the materials science faculty since 1983.

Robertson has received numerous teaching and research awards, including DOE awards for outstanding scientific accomplishment in metallurgy and ceramics (DOE Basic Energy Sciences, 1982) for contributions to our understanding of mechanisms of hydrogen embrittlement (DOE EE Fuel Cell Program, 2011), and is the 2014 recipient of the ASM Edward DeMille Campbell Memorial Lectureship.

He received his bachelor’s in applied physics, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland in 1978; and Doctor of Metallurgy, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, in 1982.

 

 

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James P. Blanchard
Executive Associate Dean

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

608/262-5511
blanchard@engr.wisc.edu

Departments

Engineering Physics

Engineering Professional Development

Program Affiliations

Engineering Mechanics, Fusion Technology Institute, Nuclear Engineering, UW Eye Research Institute, Wisconsin Institute of Nuclear Systems (WINS)

Education

  • BS 1982, Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles
  • MS 1983, Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles
  • PhD 1988, Nuclear Engineering, University of California-Los Angeles

Summary

As executive associate dean for the College of Engineering, Blanchard is part of the college senior leadership, which includes the college dean, other associate deans, and department chairs. He serves as the lead associate dean and works collaboratively with the associate deans for undergraduate affairs, research, and graduate affairs, research administration, advancement, and administrative and finance.

His duties include leading long-range strategic planning related to administrative, financial, infrastructure and educational directions of the college. Blanchard also oversees the college undergraduate program, Wendt Commons, Computer-Aided Engineering, the engineering student shops, and the college outreach efforts. Additionally, he plays a leadership role in faculty recruitments, promotions, pre- and post- tenure activities, compensation and retention.

Blanchard, who is the Duane H. and Dorothy M. Bluemke Professor of Engineering Physics, earned his PhD in 1988 in nuclear engineering from the University of California-Los Angeles. He joined the college as an assistant professor of nuclear engineering in 1988.

Information about his research activities can be found here: https://directory.engr.wisc.edu/ep/faculty/blanchard_james

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Susan C. Hagness
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

Tel: 608/265-5739
Fax: 608/262-6400
E-mail: hagness@engr.wisc.edu

Departments

Electrical and Computer Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Program Affiliations

University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center

Education

  • BSEE ’93, Northwestern University
  • PhD ’98, Northwestern University

Summary

Susan C. Hagness received the B.S. degree with highest honors and the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL in 1993 and 1998, respectively. Since 1998, she has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she currently holds the title of Philip D. Reed Professor and serves as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Affairs in the College of Engineering. She is also a faculty affiliate of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Prof. Hagness served as an elected member of the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society (AP-S) Administrative Committee from 2003 to 2005 and as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters from 2002 to 2007. She also served as Chair of Commission K of the United States National Committee (USNC) of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) from 2009 to 2011, and Technical Program Chair of the 2012 IEEE International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC/URSI National Radio Science Meeting. She currently serves as Chair of the IEEE AP-S Fellows Committee.

She was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) presented by the White House in 2000. In 2002, she was named one of the 100 top young innovators in science and engineering in the world by the MIT Technology Review magazine. She is also the recipient of the UW-Madison Emil Steiger Distinguished Teaching Award (2003), the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award (2004), the URSI Isaac Koga Gold Medal (2005), the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Paper Award (2007), the IEEE Education Society Mac E. Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award (2007), the UW System Alliant Energy Underkofler Excellence in Teaching Award (2009), the Physics in Medicine and Biology Citations Prize (2011), the UW-Madison Kellett Mid-Career Award (2011), and the UW-Madison College of Engineering Benjamin Smith Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching Engineers (2014). She was elected Fellow of the IEEE in 2009.

Information about her research activities can be found here:http://directory.engr.wisc.edu/ece/faculty/hagness_susan

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Barbara M. McPherson
Associate Dean/ Chief Financial Officer

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608/263-1605
Fax: 608/262-6400
E-mail: bmcpherson@engr.wisc.edu

As Associate Dean for Administration and CFO for the College of Engineering, McPherson oversees the College’s financial, accounting, human resources, and payroll functions. McPherson directly supervises a staff of ten professionals and interfaces closely with more than thirty other finance and administrative staff located within the College. She is the College’s primary liaison with UW-Madison campus on financial and administrative issues.

McPherson joined the College of Engineering as Associate Dean in 2009. Prior to 2009, McPherson was CFO for venture capital backed technology companies over a twenty year period in Madison, Wisconsin, Chicago, Illinois and Silicon Valley. McPherson holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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Manuela Romero
Associate Dean
Undergraduate Affairs

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

608/262-5511
Fax: 608/265-5290
romero@engr.wisc.edu

Program Affiliations

Diversity Affairs Office
Engineering Student Services

Education

  • BS, San Diego State University
  • MA, Stanford University
  • PhD, Stanford University

As associate dean for undergraduate affairs for the College of Engineering, Manuela Romero oversees undergraduate student services, including student services centers (advising), engineering student development (career services, cooperative education, and study abroad), undergraduate learning center (academic enhancement and tutoring) and diversity affairs (K-12 outreach, recruitment, retention of underrepresented populations in engineering).  She also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative, which is a partnership with the College of Menominee Nation; and Co-Principal Investigator of Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation.  Romero serves on numerous boards and chairs or co-chairs various campus-wide committees.

Dr. Romero is an applied organizational sociologist with expertise in quantitative and qualitative methods. Her academic expertise focuses on guiding organizational policies and practices to help all students succeed. She has extensive experience in research design, design and implementation of support activities and programs, program evaluation, and with manipulating large data sets. Romero earned her bachelor’s degree in social science from San Diego State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Sociology from Stanford University.

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Cathleen Walters
Associate Dean/ Advancement

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

cgwalters@engr.wisc.edu
608/265-8021

As associate dean for advancement for the College of Engineering, Cathleen Walters oversees the college development, alumni relations, corporate relations and communications teams and is carrying out a new model for advancement developed in collaboration with UW Foundation.

With an array of experience that includes major-gift fund-raising in healthcare, academia and nonprofit settings, Walters joined the college as associate dean in fall 2013. Prior to this position, she was director of philanthropy for the Columbia St. Mary’s Foundation in Milwaukee, where she worked on a $45 million capital campaign to build a new hospital. Walters also has held development director positions with Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Pennsylvania, Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services in Watertown, Wisconsin, and Family Sharing of Ozaukee County in Grafton, Wisconsin.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison in 1990 and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in nonprofit administration and philanthropy from Bay Path College.

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Assistant Dean for Graduate Affairs

2620B Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

engr-dean-graduateaffairs@wisc.edu
608/262-0574

Laura A. Albert is an associate professor of industrial and systems engineering and serves as the assistant dean for graduate affairs in the College of Engineering.

She received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. Her research interests are in the field of operations research, with a particular focus on discrete optimization with application to homeland security and emergency response problems. Albert’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of the Army, Sandia National Laboratory. She was awarded a Young Investigator Award by the Department of the Army in 2010 and she was awarded an NSF CAREER award in 2011. She was selected as a fellow in the National Science Foundation sponsored program Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers in 2009. She has authored or co-authored 49 publications in archival journals and refereed proceedings.

Albert has been awarded several honors, including an Outstanding Institute for Industrial Engineers (IIE) Publication Award (2009), a best paper award for the 2009 Industrial Engineering Research Conference, a best paper award for a paper in Risk Analysis from the Society of Risk Analysis (2012), a best paper award from IIE Transactions Focused Issue on Scheduling and Logistics (2014), the Excellence in Scholarship Award from the College of Humanities and Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University (2012), an Achievement Award Winner for Next-Generation Emergency Medical Response Through Data Analysis & Planning (Best in Category winner, as part of the Hanover County Fire & EMS team) by the National Association of Counties, (2010), the Institution for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Moving Spirit Award for service (2014), and the Harvey Spangler Award for Technology Enhanced Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering (2017).

She is the INFORMS vice president for marketing, communication, and outreach. She has also served as the president of women in OR/MS (WORMS, a forum of INFORMS) and the president of the INFORMS Section on Public Sector Operations Research. Albert is a department editor for the IISE Transactions and has been on the editorial boards for Risk Analysis, International Transactions on Operational Research, and OMEGA. She is a member of INFORMS, IIE, the Society for Risk Analysis, Tau Beta Pi, and Alpha Pi Mu. In 2014-2015 she served on a National Research Council Committee. She is the author of the blogs “Punk Rock Operations Research” and “Badger Bracketology.”

 

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John Archambault
Assistant Dean for Student Development

M1002 Engineering Centers Building
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

608/262-5691
Fax: 608 262-7262
archambault@engr.wisc.edu

As assistant dean for engineering student development, John Archambault oversees Engineering Career Services and the cooperative education program, and International Engineering Studies and Programs.  Archambault joined the College of Engineering in 1997 after seven years at St. Norbert College. He earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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Jennifer M. Binzley
Assistant Dean
Undergraduate Affairs

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1691

608/262-5511
jbinzley@engr.wisc.edu

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Sharon Devenish
Assistant Dean for Facilities

2630 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: 608/890-3004
Email: sdevenish@wisc.edu

As the assistant dean for facilities planning, development and management, Sharon Devenish develops policies for space allocations, renovation, budgeting, facility use and other space-related issues for the College of Engineering. She oversees college-wide facility renovation and remodeling projects, including college building maintenance and an annual research lab remodeling program. She also maintains an inventory of existing spaces and potential new spaces. She serves as the college representative on capital planning issues and maintains the college’s rolling six-year capital plan.

Devenish joined the College of Engineering as assistant dean in 2014. In her previous position as president of Devenish Associates Inc., she received the Governor’s Trailblazer Award, and Devenish Associates was named one of the top 10 design firms in the Midwest and one of the top 50 design firms in North America by Contract Design Magazine. She earned her bachelor of science degree in interior design/environment, textiles and design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Jason P. Jankoski
Assistant Dean for Human Resources

2620 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

608/890-0921
jpjankoski@wisc.edu

As assistant dean for human resources, payroll and benefits, Jason Jankoski provides leadership in human resource, payroll and benefits systems administration throughout the College of Engineering. He oversees, directs and collaborates with the college’s decentralized departmental human resource, payroll and administrative staff members, and provides leadership and guidance to achieve excellence in these areas. Additionally, he is the college liaison to human resources at the UW-Madison and UW System levels.

Jankoski joined the College of Engineering as assistant dean in 2014. Previously, he spent five years as assistant dean for human resources in the Wisconsin School of Business, and has held human resources positions elsewhere at UW-Madison and at the State of Wisconsin. He earned his bachelor of arts in human resources management from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Assistant Dean for Research Administration

2640 Engineering Hall
1415 Engineering Drive
Madison, WI 53706

(608) 265-0504
tamara.kuhnmartin@wisc.edu

Tammy Kuhn Martin brings to this position a wealth of experience and expertise across all aspects of research administration spanning full-life-cycle grants and contract management and research compliance. Her previous positions have included grants and contract specialist in UW-Madison Research and Sponsored Programs and, most recently, senior research administrator in the College of Engineering Dean’s Office.

Over her 15-year career at UW-Madison, she has developed strong working relationships within the college as well as with colleagues across campus in RSP, OIP, WARF, Legal Affairs, and other colleges and schools.

As assistant dean, Kuhn Martin provides leadership in the operation of the College of Engineering Research Services Team and works closely with the associate dean for research and graduate affairs and other college leadership to meet our strategic research objectives.

She serves on a number of campus committees related to research administration and is a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA) and has presented at their regional meetings. She has a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.