November 2011 issue:
Several hundred alumni, faculty, students and friends of the college gathered on October 7 to celebrate the opening of Engineering Hall and to see our amazing new home.
Visitors toured the first two floors of the 135,000-square-foot building and were able to experience state-of-the-art laboratories, innovative classrooms and equipment demonstrations. We were also able to thank the more than 3200 individual donors who are making Engineering Hall possible. We invite you to view a short video of the celebration.
A 135,000-square-foot, $50 million second phase addition to Engineering Hall is already designed and fundraising is underway.
V. Clayton and Beverly Lafferty, 1950 graduates of the university’s College of Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences, respectively, donated $5 million to the College of Engineering to establish an endowed chair in electrical engineering. Opus Dean of Engineering Robert Bishop said the search for the new chair will focus on “a scholar and educator with an international reputation” and expertise in smart sensor systems.
The couple’s generosity extends to all aspects of the college’s transformation, including endowing the Lafferty Professorship in Engineering and the Elizabeth and Ray Lafferty Scholarship Fund, named in honor of Clay Lafferty’s parents. They also contributed to the building fund for the college’s new Engineering Hall. The Micro Sensors Research Laboratory in Engineering Hall will be named in honor of the Laffertys. Learn more.
Several students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering recently received scholarship. We want to acknowledge this accomplishment and say “Well done!”
Back row from left: Megan Hunsburger, Association of General Contractors National Scholarship, Construction Financial Management Association – Milwaukee; Caitlin Collins, Michael O'Dill Memorial Scholarship; Frank Gorham, Construction Financial Management Association – Madison Scholarship. Front row from left: Joanne Roubick, CSI Foundation, Association of General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee, Skill, Integrity and Responsibility Scholarship; Aaron Schneider, Robert Casperi Memorial Scholarship, Construction Financial Management Association - Milwaukee
From left: Elyse O'Callaghan -CSI Foundation Scholarship, Keith Schueller -Robert Casperi Memorial Scholarship, Construction Financial Management Association - Milwaukee
The current job market demands the very best from all employees. Dr. Vikram Cariapa, associate professor of mechanical engineering, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers Chapter 45 invite you to an interactive, professional skill development workshop on what employers are looking for in current and potential employees. Join us on Nov. 9 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., to learn the latest on strategic planning, sales management, distribution logistics and other important topics. Learn more and register. Contact Dr. Cariapa with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Mark Federle, professor and McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management, was awarded the Association of General Contractors Instructor of the Year Award for his work with AGC chapters and AGC of America teaching their Project Manager Development Program. . His students have cited him for providing real-world examples and enhancing the course with group interaction activities. More on Federle’s award.
Dr. Mike Johnson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dr. Jeffrey Berry, assistant professor of speech pathology received a $176,431 grant from the National Science Foundation. They will collect tongue movement and acoustic data from American and native Chinese speakers to develop a database analyzing pronunciation variations of non-native (Mandarin) speakers of English. Read more.
We congratulate Dr. Joseph Schimmels, professor of mechanical engineering, who was recently elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Fellow Grade is the highest elected grade of membership within ASME, the attainment of which recognizes exceptional engineering achievements and contributions to the engineering profession.
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