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Godfrey, Kneeland, Jr. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 59, Number 6 (March 1955)

Peterson, H. A.
Electrical engineering,   pp. 35-[36]


Page 35


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            by Professor H. A. Peterson
                 rof essor H. A. Peterson
        Chairman, Electrical Engineering Department
      Prof. Harold A. Peterson has been Chair-
    man of the Depaitrnent of Electrical Engi-
    neering since 1947. He is from Essex, Iowa,
    and received his BS and MS (with high dis-
    tinction) from the University of Iowa. He
    is a Fellow in AIEE, a Senior Member of
    IRE, and a member of several other engi-
    neering societies. He also holds eight pat-
    ents in the field of electrical engineering.
iung profession and, therefore, a young man's profession.
Iors were put in operation. The first electric gener-
put in operation in Appleton, Wisconsin, on Septem-
bth and development of the profession have been phe-
nitute of El-etrical Engineers (AIEE) has over 45,000
f the other founder societies. In addition there are over
Radio Engineers ( IRE) .
zity was available in the homes of only a few. Today it
Electrical engineers have been largely responsible for
Lsks around the farm home, and other tasks in all homes,
Id without drudgery. The benefits of radio and television
.These are some of the more obvious consequences of
sare less obvious and very complex such as the con-
ritrol, automatic pilots, transistors, and high speed elec-
magination and keen insight along with advanced train-
required for creative work in these areas.
nour facilities in the Engineering Building are among
He of study in electrical engineering is constantly under
can be made from time to time to keep in step with the
L of the AIEE-IRE on the campus with a faculty mem-
.This student branch elects its own officers, holds regu-
s of interest to student engineers. It affords a means for
professional activities within the AIEE and IRE follow-
offers excellent opportunities for study in electrical engi-
ith good high school records and a real interest in sci-
ell to consider enrolling in this course of study which
nal life of basic importance to our economy and security.
                                                 END
                     Electrical Engineering is a young profession and, therefore,
a young man's profession.
                 In 1882 the first electric generators were put in operation.
The first electric gener-
                 ator driven by a waterwheel was put in operation in Appleton,
Wisconsin, on Septem-
                 ber 30, 1882. Since that time growth and development of
the profession have been phe-
                 nomenal. Today the American Institute of El--ctrical Engineers
(AIEE) has over 45,000
                 members. This is more than any of the other founder societies.
In addition there are over
                 37,000D members of the Institute of Radio Engineers (IRE).
                     A few generations ago, electricity was available in
the homes of only a few. Today it
                 is available in almost every home. Electrical engineers
have been largely responsible for
                 bringing this about. Today heavy tasks around the farm home,
and other tasks in all homes,
                 can be done quickly, efficiently, and without drudgery.
The benefits of radio and television
                 have been brought to many homes. These are some of the more
obvious consequences of
                 electrical engineering. Many others are less obvious and
very complex such as the con-
                 trol of guided missiles, gunfire control, automatic pilots,
transistors, and high speed elec-
                 tronic computing devices. Much imagination and keen insight
along with advanced train-
                 ing in science and mathematics are required for creative
work in these areas.
                     At the University of Wisconsin our facilities in the
Engineering Building are among
                 tie best in the country. Our course of study in electrical
engineering is constantly under
                 surveillance so that improvements can be made from time
to time to keep in step with the
                 needs and demands of industry.
                     There is a joint student branch of the AIEE-IRE on the
campus with a faculty mem-
                 ber in charge as branch councilor. This student branch elects
its own officers, holds regu-
                 lar meetings, and sponsors activities of interest to student
engineers. It affords a means for
                 orienting students with regard to professional activities
within the AIEE and IRE follow-
                 ing graduation.
                     The University of Wisconsin offers excellent opportunities
for study in electrical engi-
                 neering. Young men and women with good high school records
and a real interest in sci-
                 ence and mathematics would do well to consider enrolling
in this course of study which
                 leads to a most interesting professional life of basic importance
to our economy and security.
                            END
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