UW–Madison Launches New Building Enclosure Commissioning Certificates

MADISON, Wis.— To formulate a proactive approach, while raising awareness, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is now offering a new certificate series on building enclosure commissioning. The new Accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) or Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) certifications emphasizes the importance of building enclosure commissioning and the understanding of the process through education, as well as an exam.

“The building envelope (enclosure) is critically important as it separates the outdoor environment from the indoor environment. It’s what makes our buildings habitable,” says John Davis, Program Director, Engineering Professional Development. “Too many building envelopes are failing or performing very poorly. These problems have created a real need for building enclosure commissioning.”

When discussing the importance of building enclosure commissioning, Davis explains how the process facilitates effective early decisions in achieving the building owner’s envelope requirements.

“Design and construction teams are becoming cognizant of the importance of the building envelope control layers and are much more aware of the potential negative impacts of poor design and construction quality,” Davis adds. “And longer term, I think owners and O&M staff will be better trained to maintain the building envelope.”

The certificate was developed to achieve the requirements of the total building commissioning process. Davis described the value of having someone on the project with some expertise in the design, construction and maintenance of building enclosures.

Certificate participants can expect to:
• Gain knowledge of the building enclosure commissioning process based on NIBS and ASHRAE guidelines
• Understand vital aspects of building enclosures, enclosure components, and roofing systems

Applicants can receive their Accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider (BECxP) or Accredited Commissioning Authority + Building Enclosure (CxA+BE) certifications by successfully completing the Commissioning Building Enclosure Assemblies and Systems course and related exam.

The next offering of Commissioning Building Enclosure Assemblies and Systems will be held May 28–30, in Madison, Wisconsin.

For more information, please contact:
John G. Davis
Program Director, Engineering Professional Development
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Email: jgdavis2@wisc.edu
Phone: 608-262-8724
Website: cx.engr.wisc.edu

Renamed Master of Engineering Management Advances UW Leadership in Online Education

UW-Madison Master of Engineering ManagementMADISON, Wis.—To more accurately reflect the curriculum of the degree, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is formally renaming the Master of Engineering in Professional Practice program as the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management.

Established in 1998 as UW-Madison’s first online degree, this program is designed to help mid-career engineers increase their effectiveness in managing projects and teams. The program has received several national and international awards for its highly innovative, collaborative approach to online education. Most recently, U.S. News & World Report ranked UW–Madison No. 3 for graduate online engineering master’s programs.

“The Master of Engineering Management program is designed to meet the specific needs of engineers who are taking on increased management and leadership roles within the world of engineering. This program, under its previous name, has already graduated more than 400 engineers in positions ranging from project manager to CEO. The new name for the program makes its focus clearer to prospective students and employers,” says Wayne Pferdehirt, director of the program.

The online Master of Engineering Management degree admits only 30 students per year, who average about 10 years of professional experience. Students appreciate learning with peers from other world-class engineering employers in a curriculum that emphasized immediate application of learning to students’ workplace projects and teams. With the revised title, the Master of Engineering Management program will continue to meet career advancement needs of engineers and will include a newly expanded curriculum.

“The program curriculum is being expanded from 26 to 30 credits as part of the Graduate School’s reaccreditation. This is creating an opportunity to add courses in negotiation, engineering law and creativity, topics we selected based on feedback from program graduates,” says Pferdehirt.

Students of the program are offered:

  • Tools and strategies for succeeding in the increasingly global engineering marketplace
  • A unique blend of technical and managerial knowledge and skills to advance as a leader of engineering projects and teams
  • No interruption to career, work schedule or travel using Internet-based delivery
  • Project-based learning with a select group of experienced engineers

For questions on the Master of Engineering Management, visit management.engr.wisc.edu, or contact Wayne Pferdehirt, Master of Engineering Management program director, wppferde@wisc.edu, 866-529-6377.

Chance to represent Team USA arrives 34 years later

 

Elaine Bower and her daughter Christine at the University School of Milwaukee.

Elaine Bower and her daughter Christine at the University School of Milwaukee.

EPD Program Director Elaine Bower's College Team

Elaine Bower, #15, center, pictured with the Carnegie Mellon Field Hockey team. Photo courtesy of University Archives, Carnegie Mellon University, Thistle Yearbook.

By Scott Hannan, Engineering Professional Development writer

Madison, Wis. – Elaine Bower is finally fulfilling a dream over 34 years in the making. This June she will compete on the Women’s Masters (50+) field hockey team, representing the United States in the FIH Masters Hockey World Cup. The event will be held June 5-13 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Bower, a program director with the Department of Engineering Professional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has had a lifelong passion for the sport.

She began playing field hockey in high school, competing all four years, and continued in college at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was chosen as co-captain her junior and senior years.

While in college, Bower participated in Olympic Development Camps, which were part of the Olympic and National Team selection process. It was during this time, that her Olympic dreams began, with hopes of representing Team USA in the 1980 Summer Olympics.

Unfortunately, the 1980 Summer Olympics were held in Moscow, Soviet Union. The United States and 65 other countries boycotted the games in opposition to the Soviet War in Afghanistan. Unlike today, athletic sponsorships were not available for Olympic athletes, so holding out until 1984 was not an option.

With her Olympic dream dashed and college over, Bower turned her focus to her career and that focus has helped her become a master program director at UW-Madison. Annually, she runs nearly 30 professional development courses in chemical and process engineering at UW-Madison for practicing engineers. In 2012, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) elected Bower as a Fellow, the highest grade of membership.

Although the Olympic dream faded, Bower’s love for the sport of field hockey continued. After college, she played for four years on a traveling women’s team before moving to Wisconsin.

Busy with her career and family, her active role in field hockey would not begin again until 2009 when her daughter Christine began playing field hockey for the University School of Milwaukee. Bower served as an assistant coach in 2010 and 2011. It was through coaching that she was introduced to the Milwaukee Field Hockey Club.

After several years playing with this club, Bower learned of the tryouts for the Women’s Masters (50+) USA team. In February, Bower took advantage of this opportunity and tried out. Two months later, she was an official member of the team.

Bower will finally fulfill a dream and get the opportunity to represent Team USA 34 years after the 1980 Olympics. She will meet with teammates on June 2, 2014 in Rotterdam for practice where she will play mid-field or back. World Cup play begins June 5.

Bower will be in great company. Her teammates include past Olympians and past National Team members. Some are still collegiate field hockey coaches. “It’s such a huge honor to be on a team with such amazing and talented people,” Bower said. “I am just happy to be part of this prestigious group.”

This is the first time the U.S. has entered a Women’s Master team, so there are a lot of unknowns, but England and the Netherlands are both expected to have strong teams. However, for Bower, just being there will be fulfilling enough.

“I am most excited about wearing the red, white, and blue and being apart of a national team representing the USA,” Bower said. “It has always been a dream.”

Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering Student Profile: Matt Metzger

Matt Metzger
Civil Engineer, Barr Engineering Company

Matt always had an interest in applying creative methods to solve design problems. While working towards his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, he studied Art to keep his creative thinking skills sharp.  He focuses now on water resources engineering, including waterpark recirculation systems, municipal green infrastructure, and flood reduction projects. During his career, he found himself increasingly interested in what types of factors boost sustainability in engineering projects. He began searching for a program that offered what he was looking for, and was excited to discover the Sustainable Systems Engineering degree.

“[The University of Wisconsin-Madison] has the right perspective, resources and people to lead with such a cutting edge program,” says Matt. “It is the only graduate program of its kind in the country right now.”

The program offers not only courses that directly applied to Matt’s job and interests, but also fit with his lifestyle. “As a full-time working professional engineer, the part-time distance format appealed to me,” says Matt.

But just because the program is online, doesn’t mean it lacks the tools, resources, and networking available in a traditional university setting.  The SSE degree program is Matt’s first distance learning program. However, he always has significant access to the faculty and students and values the daily input he receives from his peers in the program. “I am impressed with the platforms in place to facilitate knowledge sharing and online education,” says Matt. He also feels the format prepares him for the increasingly distance-based platform of modern business in a global world.

“Sustainability continues to evolve at a rapid pace and there is incredible value in helping each other learn how it is changing in our respective areas of practice as working professionals,” says Matt. “It changes just when you think you have figured it out, just like the rest of our world.”

The program’s coursework has already begun to benefit Matt when on the job. The courses directly translate into tools and skills engineers use on a regular basis. It also raised his awareness of different techniques that can be used to integrate sustainability into all facets of the design process. This skill is proving to be invaluable as companies and clients increasingly demand results that are cost-effective, yet have a minimal effect on the environment.

“This program is giving me additional perspective about future engineering services, markets and client needs,” says Matt. “The technical focus of the program provides me with valuable tools I can implement during my project design process, adding sustainable value for my clients.”

Matt’s degree will set him apart from his peers and advance his career. He will have the skills to drive sustainability that benefits the environment, society, and industry, all while perfecting his technical leadership skills. But the degree does not come without some challenges.

“My greatest challenge so far has been adequately sharing all that I am learning with my fellow employees at my full-time job,” he says. “I wish they were all in the SSE program.”

Find out more about UW–Madison’s Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering at sustainable.engr.wisc.edu.

Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering Student Profile: Steve Skarda

Steve Skarda
Global Energy/CO2 Leader, The Procter & Gamble Company

After graduating college with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, Steve began a successful career working in power and controls. He now serves as a corporate engineer working to reduce his company’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as exploring options to power production plants using renewable energy sources. Steve is now responsible for more than 200 work sites and began searching for ways to improve his leadership of those locations, strengthen his knowledge in the field, and further advance his career. He decided the SSE degree offered what he was looking for.

“I am interested in filling a broader leadership role in sustainability at P&G,” says Steve.  “While I have strong expertise in energy, I was looking to build my knowledge and skills in the larger field of sustainability in order to prepare me for additional roles.”

With his vast amount of work experience, Steve was unsure how much he would learn in some classes. However, he has already acquired new skills while enrolled in the SSE program. Learning how to use new cutting edge technology and tools has positively impacted his job, increasing his efficiency and effectiveness at work.

“One of the tools we learned in the renewable energy class was RETScreen, a powerful tool for evaluating renewable energy technologies for a given site,” says Steve.  “This is something that I am already using in my daily work.”

While the program has greatly benefitted Steve’s career, time management is a constant challenge. Steve is the father of three young children as well as a volunteer for foster children. That, coupled with a demanding full time job and master’s degree studies makes good time management crucial for success in the SSE program. But it works around students’ schedules, offering the flexibility of online learning without sacrificing group discussion with peers and support from professors.

“The online learning environment provides more flexibility for taking classes and completing work than what I experienced as an undergrad.  Group discussion and work is a key component of the program,” says Steve. “The tools utilized to collaborate over distance are identical to those we use at work so it was very easy to participate and contribute.”

Steve is eager to graduate and continue finding innovative new ways to improve sustainability in his workplace. The SSE program challenges Steve while giving him the tools he needs to be successful in his field. Steve is confident that his degree’s unique focus on sustainability will greatly benefit him in his current job and beyond.

“I view sustainability as way to keep myself continuously challenged in an area where I have a great deal of passion…I expect that the technical and leadership skills from the SSE program will provide that strong foundation to a successful career in sustainability,” he says.

Find out more about UW–Madison’s Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering at sustainable.engr.wisc.edu.

Visit Us at IEEE Conference and Expo in Chicago April 14-17

Find out what’s new at UW-Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development (EPD). We will be at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) 2014 Power and Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition April 14-17 at the McCormick Place (West Building) in Chicago.

  • Visit us at booth #6310 on the exhibition floor if you have any questions or are interested in finding out more on our upcoming courses and offerings.
  • Stop by to discuss trending topics with our expert guest speakers:
    • Physical Security of the Grid on Tuesday, April 15, 12:00-1:00 PM and Wednesday, April 16, 2:00-3:00 PM at booth #6310.
    • Grid Operations to Integrate Renewables and Flexible Loads on Tuesday, April 15, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM and Wednesday, April 16, 9:00-10:00 AM at booth #6310.
  • Learn more about Industry Initiatives on Responding to Physical Threats to the Electrical Grid on Wednesday, April 16, 10:15-11:15 AM., moderated by EPD Program Director Mitch Bradt, IEEE PES Organizing Committee Technical Program Co-Chair.
  • Sit in on the Energy Development & Power Generation & Intelligent Grid Forum on Thursday, April 17, 10:15AM -12:15PM at a presentation and panel discussion with EPD Program Director Mitch Bradt.

 

 

 

Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering Student Profile: Steven Cechvala

Steven Cechvala
President, Taiga International, LLC

With an undergraduate degree in architecture and more than 20 years of experience, including 11 years of owning his own architecture firm, Steven has a strong track record of success. He traveled throughout North America planning and designing for zoos and aquariums, as well as working on historic preservation and custom residential projects. However, he eventually started searching for an advanced degree that would set himself and his business apart from the competition.

“The institutions I work with are getting more involved in “green” aspects such as recycling, sustainable design for all new exhibits, and the like,” says Steven. “The Sustainable Systems Engineering program will advance my architectural knowledge base by allowing me to research and design newer environmentally sustainable systems and stay in the fore-front of the design community.”

As a new student this fall, Steven is excited to begin the journey that will directly benefit his company and career. The online format is ideal as he works to balance running a business and his education. He looks to the program to expand his knowledge base and learn sustainable systems that can be applied in ways that are not only practical, but also have a cost-effective, low impact approach.

“I felt that this is a perfect degree program not only to advance my career, but also help develop the sustainable design aspects in what I do,” says Steven. “Thoughtful and creative sustainable applications are a strategic investment that creates a healthier and more prosperous quality of life.”

Find out more about UW–Madison’s Master of Sustainable Systems Engineering at sustainable.engr.wisc.edu

New Course: AC Machine Design Fundamentals

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is now offering AC Machine Design Fundamentals. This new course builds on Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) and UW-Madison’s high level of expertise in electric machines and brings a topic offered at few universities in North America. This course offers a balance of both academic faculty and industrial professionals, bringing theory and practical knowledge of AC machine design.
“There is an industry shortage of professionals who excel in AC machine design,” says Bulent Sarlioglu, UW-Madison Assistant Professor. “We need to fill this knowledge gap and help build this important skill for engineers in various industries.
AC Machine Design Fundamentals was developed to build a strong design foundation around motors and generators. This course was created for those involved in design, specification and integration of electric machines for vehicles, appliances, aircraft and naval, wind turbines and industrial and medical applications.
Attendees of this course can expect the following:

  • Learn the fundamentals of AC machine design to establish a strong foundation
  • Explore analytical software such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Learn important concepts, terminology, and analysis techniques for AC machine design

For more information, contact:
Bulent Sarlioglu, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
UW-Madison
Phone: 800-462-0876 or 608-262-2061
Email: bulent@engr.wisc.edu
Website: epd.engr.wisc.edu/webP488

UW–Madison’s Online Engineering Graduate Programs Ranked No. 3 by U.S. News & World Report

MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin–Madison ranked third among schools offering high-quality online graduate engineering programs by U.S. News & World Report. This is the third year in a row UW–Madison has ranked in the top ten.

This important distinction was announced today as U.S. News & World Report released its most recent ranking of online master’s of engineering programs, which required eligible programs to pass rigorous standards for quality education in the areas of faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, student engagement, and admissions selectivity.

“UW–Madison is honored to again be included in this prestigious ranking by U.S. News & World Report,” said Wayne Pferdehirt, Director of Distance Degree Programs for UW–Madison’s Department of Engineering Professional Development in the College of Engineering. “We strive to offer our students the highest quality and best value in engineering education available anywhere in any format. UW-Madison’s approach to online engineering education seeks to create a highly engaging, collaborative learning experience between experienced adult students and world-class faculty. We are delighted that the quality of UW’s graduate engineering programs and the success of our students are recognized in these rankings by U.S. News and World Report.

UW–Madison’s College of Engineering and Department of Engineering Professional Development offer a variety of online engineering graduate programs, in areas including:
• Sustainable systems engineering
• Engineering management (professional practice)
• Engine systems
• Polymer engineering and science
• Technical Japanese
• Electrical and computer engineering (power electronics)
• Mechanical engineering (controls)

More information on all of UW–Madison’s online engineering degree programs can be found at distancedegrees.engr.wisc.edu/2014usnews, or contact Wayne Pferdehirt, Director of Distance Degree Programs, at 608-265-2361 or wppferde@wisc.edu, or Colleen Barrett, Marketing Director, at 608-263-6314 or barrett@epd.engr.wisc.edu.

SSE students learn about land ethics at Aldo Leopold Center

Keeping with the program’s dedication to sustainable skill development and practical applications, students of the University of ­Wisconsin­–Madison’s Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering (SSE) will be visiting the Leopold Center, Shack and Farm in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, April 23, coinciding with the week of Earth Day, to learn about Aldo Leopold’s land ethic and the center’s energy efficiency initiatives.

“Aldo Leopold’s land ethic brought a renewed focus on values and the interactions between humans and natural systems by which to weigh our actions,” explained Marty Gustafson, Program Director for SSE. “He promoted the idea that the ‘health of the land should be at least as important as many of the other things our society values.’ So these are the discussions we’re now having in our classes, and they are topics that many engineers are having for the first time. So I like to think that the efforts on campus from our Office of Sustainability and the SSE program are in a small way continuing Aldo Leopold’s work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

The SSE program is committed to preparing students to be dynamic, adaptable thinkers in their approach to questions of sustainability and change within their organizations. Now students also have the unique opportunity to meet their online learning community face-to-face while getting an inside look at Aldo Leopold’s famous shack from A Sand County Almanac, along with the Foundation’s building where sustainable engineering practices and nature not only coexist but thrive together.

The Leopold Center, named in the spirit of the notable environmentalist and professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, was the first building ever to be awarded carbon-neutral status by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programming, signifying that the building has no net carbon dioxide emissions annually. SSE students will benefit from the center’s innovative green building initiatives, including the campus’s sustainable forestry efforts, high energy efficiency, and use of renewable resources.

But these innovations are only a few of the myriad ways in which Aldo Leopold can inspire SSE students to find creative solutions to sustainability concerns within their own buildings and organizations. This visit will provide students with the valuable opportunity to learn from the Leopold Center on how building a land ethic creates a respectful relationship between people and the natural world.

“The Leopold Center helps us to envision how we can use energy more efficiently and develop positive relationships to other people and the planet,” Anna Hawley, Education Assistant at Aldo Leopold. “The center not only meets the highest standards of the US Green Building Council, but also sustains the health, wildness, and productivity of the land, locally and globally. It is a place to learn about Leopold’s intimate, life-long relationship with the American landscape and see his ideas put into practice.”

Visit the Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering website.