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Hacker, Robert W. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 53, Number 4 (January 1949)

Haupt, E. H.
Research, unlimited,   p. 11


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Research, Unlimited
                    by E. H. Haupt m'49
  The Engineering Experiment Station of the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin serves as the coordinating agency for all
research work performed by the School of Engineering.
All research in the College of Engineering has been
placed under the general direction of the station. In ad-
dition, all researchers in the school are members of the
experiment station. During the War the teachers and
graduate students-who do the major part of the sta-
tion's work-were taken for use in the armed services and
essential industries; seriously curtailing the work of the
station.
  The station has recently been revitalized by the 1947
state legislature, with an annual sum of $40,000. The dean
of the College of Engineering, Morton 0. Withey, is di-
rector of the station, and Professor Kurt F. Wendt, pro-
fessor of mechanics, was recently appointed associate di-
rector.
  At the present time Professor Wendt is investigating
the state's resources in industrial laboratories and engi-
neering specialists. The station will aid manufactures
with specific problems by being able to guide them to
specialists who are capable of solving their problems.
  Although there are a large group of expert consulting
engineers in Wisconsin, there are only limited laboratory
facilities for general research and commercial testing op-
erations.
  Laboratories for development and control are operated
by many of the large industries in the state. Among the
laboratories turned over to routine testing and some
fundamental work are the laboratory at Marquette Uni-
versity, the Wisconsin Electric Power Co. laboratory, the
Oshkosh Industrial laboratory, the Research Products
Corp., the City of Milwaukee, and the Twin Cities Test-
ing and Engineering laboratory in Minnesota, sometimes
used by Wisconsin firms.
  In addition, every industrialist in the state has the multi-
million dollar laboratories of the station for research into
fundamental problems of all phases of engineering. The
station's program of research is intended to benefit all in-
dustries in the state, by furthering general knowledge. All
projects undertaken must have sufficient general interest
to benefit a number of firms or an entire industry, as
care is taken not to create competitive advantages. The
findings and results of the station's research are published
in the station's bulletins. Eighty-six of these bulletins
have been published since the station was organized in
1914. In addition, 137 reprints of articles first appearing
in professional journals have helped broaden the scope
and spread the station's work.
  Recently, the Precision Gage laboratory and the Elec-
trical Standards laboratory, which were formerly part
of the College of Engineering were turned over to the
station.
  The $50,000 worth of equipment for the Gage labora-
tory, one of 20 anticipated in the nation, has been loaned
to the university by the Federal government. Its 1375
items of precision equipment are used for instruction in
methods of industrial inspection and can handle an in-
finite variety of work.
  The Electrical Standards laboratory has cooperated
for many years with the Wisconsin Public Service Com-
mission in maintaining and calibrating basic standards for
electrical instruments and meters used by the states' pub-
lic utilities.
  Front-wheel torque-meter developed at the University of
Wisconsin. Note the strain gages just below the upper cap
screw.
  Services of these laboratories are available to industry
for a fee based on hourly labor costs. Wisconsin is in-
deed fortunate to have master gages available to help
check and maintain the standards of industries precision
instruments, gages, and methods.
  Industries interest in the experiment station can best
be seen by noting the extent to which they have used the
station's facilities. Of the 83 research projects now under
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