Innovation Beyond the Classroom

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Welcome to the ASME Student Professional Development Conference Webpage

Nestled between Lakes Monona and Mendota, deep in the land of beer and cheese, the University of Wisconsin–Madison is preparing to welcome students from across the country to our campus March 28-30, 2014 for a weekend of nontraditional learning and networking. We look forward to rallying around the theme of innovation to develop our professional skill sets in unexpected ways, learn about real issues that face the engineering profession, and generate real solutions.


Tenative Agenda for events throughout the conference.
All locations can be viewed on the map here.
Acronyms for locations:

  • ECB: Engineering Centers Building
  • EH: Engineering Hall
  • ME: Mechanical Engineering Building
  • US: Union South
  • WID: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Friday, March 28

Time Event Location
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration Both Hotel Lobbies
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM Scavanger Hunt UW Campus
2:25 PM - 4:45 PM Epic Systems or Wisconsin Brewery Tour More Info
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Social Hour Lowell Center
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Dinner Buffet Lowell Center
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Welcome Lowell Center
7:30 PM - 8:45 PM Impromptu Design Competition Lowell Center
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Social Activity

Saturday, March 29

Time Event Location
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM Late Registration Varsity Hall: US
8:45 AM - 9:30 PM Breakfast Varsity Hall: US
9:30 AM - 9:40 AM Group Photo Varsity Hall: US
9:45 AM - 12:00 PM Design Competition Setup WID
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Session 1 EH & ME
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Session 2 EH & ME
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch Varsity Hall: US
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM Update by Kristine Engel Varsity Hall: US
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Design Competition WID
1:15 PM - 4:45 PM Career Fair WID
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Graduate School Tour Meet in ME 1106
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Session 3 EH & ME
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM Session 4 EH & ME
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Social Hour Varsity Hall: US
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Dinner Varsity Hall: US
6:00 PM - 6:15 PM Opening by Professor Ghandhi Varsity Hall: US
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Innovative Keynote by Professor Osswald Varsity Hall: US
7:45 PM - 8:00 PM Awards & Closing Varsity Hall: US
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM Social Activity More Info

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Session Topics

Session 1 (9:45AM - 10:45AM)

  • Professionals ME 1143
  • ASME Presidents & Vice Presidents ME 1152
  • ASME Treasurers & Secretaries ME 1156
  • ASME General Members ME 1106

Description: Social event for corresponding ASME members and professions from industry.
Participants will be designing Rube Goldberg machines.
Put your engineering minds together to see how much over-engineering you can do!

Session 2 (11:00AM - 12:00PM)

Raspberry Solar Cells ME 1143

Presenter: Ben Taylor Assistant Director of Education for the UW MRSEC
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: Come learn how to combat the energy crisis by making a raspberry (as in the fruit) solar cell that turns the energy of the sun (or a light) into electricity.

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So, how are we going to design parts for 3d-printing? ME 1152

Presenter: Professor Krishnan Suresh Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: 3D-printing has ushered in new ways of fabricating geometrically intricate parts. While this is exciting, we simply lack tools today to design and analyze such parts. The focus of this talk is on automated 3D design tools, and use of high-performance computing, to support 3D-printing.

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Product Redesign Using a Stirling Engine ME 1156

Presenter: Kim Manner Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: A short description of the theory and operation of a student fabricated Stirling Cycle Heat Engine will be made. The engine will be demonstrated. A discussion of how to identify energy losses within the system will be made. Students will break out into small groups and devise potential design improvements which could be implemented to the engine. Presentation is based upon a current Senior/Grad level technical elective course at the UW-Madison.

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Resume Building, Interviewing, and Transition from College to Industry ME 1164

Presenters: Austin Kazda Sr. Design Engineer, Linear Edge Engineering & Tim Bartlett Design Engineer, Electrical Engineering

Affiliation: Milwaukee Tool

Description: Tips for building your resume and improving your interviewing skills that will help impress recruiters.

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Ford - Go Further EH 3349

Presenter: Mark Polster Ford Motor Company Environmental Engineer
Affiliation: Ford Motor Company

Description: In this session, Mark will explain the One Ford Plan and the Go Further brand promise of delivering a strong business, great products and a better world. Then he will explain how the distance between you and an amazing career has never been shorter.

Energy and Mobility in a Global Market Place EH 3355

Presenter: Dave Foster Phil and Jean Myers Professor Emeritus
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: The purpose of the breakout session will be to engage in dialogue as to the many aspects of mobility, energy, environment and societal preferences that need to be evaluated when considering mobility options. As we consider alternatives to vehicle powerplants, energy carriers and modes of transportation our perspective must be holistic. In doing this we must also consider the global market place. The North American market is no longer hegemonic.

Session 3 (2:30PM - 3:30PM)

Tour - Polymer Engineering CenterME 1042

Presenter: William Aquite Graduate Student - ME Department
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: The Polymer Engineering Center Laboratory displays several machinery used in the plastics processing industry. In this tour, we will be demonstrating the operation of some of these machines.

Design Problem Simulation ME 1143

Presenter: Mir Khan Engineering Manager Sr.
Affiliation: Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Description: Overview problem solving process (basic methodologies , 4Ws+1H, 5 whys etc.), Walk through an example design issue - potentially show simulation of Creo Simulate.

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Materials Revolution: Oil, Wind, and Fire Material Science Foundry

Presenters: Pat Veloskey, Charles Smoot, Lazarus German, Jared Ottmann, Jeremy Hart, and Michael Arend Student Presenters
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison


Transitioning from College to the Healthcare Industry ME 1152

Presenters: Steve Ladd Program Manager, Purchasing and Supplier Management, Mark Johnson Manager & Evan Teske Engineer - Operations Development Program
Affiliation: Abbvie

Description: "So why do you need Mechanical Engineers?" - That was the very question I asked when I found out a healthcare company was looked to hire MEs. We will be talking about what we have learned about the engineering opportunities in our industry.

Standards In The Real World ME 1156

Presenter: Daniel Springhorn Sales Manager, Stateline Services Division, Chairman, ASME B5. TC45, Spindle Nose Interface
Affiliation: HSK Standards

Description: How the use and application of ASME Standards-and other world Standards-affect shops and the people who work there. This will focus on tooling, machine/tool interface, and gauging.

Canvasing Business Models ME 1164

Presenter:Erin Connors Business Liaison, Paul Gerhartz President
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Transcend (Student Organization)

Description: Bringing ideas to market requires understanding consumers and investors. Learn how to map your business plan for a visual representation and streamlined development.

Session 4 (1:15PM - 2:15PM)

Taking Electronics Cooling from the Laboratory to the Real World: A snapshot along the road to commercialization (or failure) ME 1143

Presenter: Professor Timothy Shedd Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: We began research into high performance electronics cooling in 2002, but nothing ended up working quite as it should have. We returned to the problem from a different angle by attacking the energy efficiency problem of electronics cooling, and this approach led to a concept that we felt could be, and should be, commercialized. Over the past year, we have formed a start-up and have begun the process of trying to push this concept out into the market. This talk will discuss the journey so far and try to provide insights into what we've learned along the way.

The Central Path to Innovation ME 1152

Presenter: Eric Ronning
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Description: Like life, innovation is a balancing act. Living somewhere between art and science, the definition of innovation is really a subjective one. I will share with you mine, and see if we can come to any new conclusions together.

Alternative Career Paths for Engineers ME 1156

Presenter: Scott Laurila Product Manager & Dan Tolles Application Engineer
Affiliation: Greenheck Fan Corporation

Description: Think outside the design box! Your Mechanical Engineering Degree is very powerful and gives you the tools to do more than just product design. Attend this session and learn firsthand how your Mechanical Engineering degree can position you for opportunities in product application and technical sales.

Systems On Board a Submarine ME 1164

Presenter: Lieutenant Chris Lindahl Submarine Warfare Officer
Also in attendance: LT Keven Haggerty & LT Will Cannon
Affiliation: U.S. Navy

Description: There are unique challenges for systems on board a submarine that is submerged several hundred feet below the surface. In this presentation you will get an overview of some of the systems and challenges as well as life on board a submarine. The presenter, Lieutenant Chris Lindahl, is a submarine warfare officer with the U.S. Navy. He served 2.5 years on board the USS Greenville (SSN 772) where he had responsibilities overseeing the operation and maintenance of the nuclear propulsion plant and damage control systems.

Transition from College to Industry: The Exciting Process of Engineering! EH 3349

Presenter: Alan Blomquist, Coatings Engineer & Craig Swiecichowski, Coating Superintendent
Affiliation: Vision-Ease Lens

Description: The goal of this breakout session is to give a taste of the gratifying process of applying engineering to accomplish a goal in industry. Cooperation, communication, and creativity are all part of the sometimes complex endeavor of using science to optimize or trouble shoot manufacturing processes. Come to this session for surprising insights into the rewarding and exciting process of engineering!

Designing Downhole Tools for Hostile Environments in the Oil & Gas Industry EH 3355

Presenter: TBD
Affiliation: Schlumberger

Description: Finding and producing new hydrocarbon reserves involves contending with increasingly harsh downhole conditions. Such conditions typically include excessive temperatures, the presence of acid gases (H2S, CO2), chlorides, and high pressures. Designing and operating equipment that can withstand these hostile environments is difficult but the real challenge is to deliver high-quality measurements reliably.

Companies participating in the career fair.

Company Participant(s)
BP Mike Foral Modeling Program Manager
Ford Motor Company Mark Polster Ford Motor Company Environmental Engineer
Generac Power Systems, Inc. Carin Carstens Lead Recruiter - Engineering
Greenheck Fan Corp Scott Laurila Product Manager
Dan Tolles Application Engineer
Laura Bernett HR Specialist
Inland Label Paige Conforti Senior Human Resource Generalist
Todd Kearney Engineering Manager
Milwaukee Tool Austin Kazda Sr. Design Engineer, Linear Edge Engineering
Tim Bartlett Design Engineer, Electrical Engineering
Schlumberger Jared Laforge Field Engineer Recruiter
Gerard Johnson REMS Recruiter
U.S. Navy LT Keven Haggerty
LT Will Cannon
Vision-Ease Lense Alan Bloomquist Coating Engineer
Craig Swiecichowski Coating Engineering Superintendent

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