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The trip to Madison, WI, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April was well worth the effort. With a combined eighty five ASME and SAE members attending, the tour of the Engine Research Center on the UW campus was well received. UW Madison hosted the refreshments as we prepared for the presentation and tour—thank you!
After gathering in the Chaney Room of Engineering Hall, the large group was split in half. Forty started on the tour with Michael Andrie, Program Director of the Department of Engineering Professional Development, and three other guides—Ryan Walker, Glen Bower and Kieran Mc Cabe.
Members were able to tour the individual engine laboratories and learn about the many research projects. In some cases, the research students were conducting tests and were able to answer questions directly. Some of the many topics being studied include particulate emissions, knock measurement and construction of a direct injection engine with optical access.
Susan Ottman provided a presentation for those not on tour. The subject related to our professional development in the area of interpersonal relationships in the business environment. The group earned ½ PDH for their attendance.
After the tours and presentations, Philip R. O’Leary, Professor and Chair of the Professional Development Department, received a certificate of appreciation for their effort. In addition, Tom Fehring’s book, “The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee” was presented to engineering department staff. A special thank you to the College of Engineering UW-Madison and especially Dr. Susan Anderson who was instrumental in the planning of this tour.
Following the tour, members traveled to the Essen Haus for dinner. With family size portions of German food including Sauer Braten, noodles, meat balls, sauerkraut and cake, the group did not leave hungry. Thank you to Douglas Kiesling and Ken Derra for planning and handling the arrangements for the tour. Also thanks to Phil Vincent in registration and Carol Perkins for assisting with the handling of the tour groups.