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Janett, Leslie G. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 39, Number 2 (November, 1934)

On the campus,   pp. 28-29

Page 28

  Riding high on the wave of the
100% enrollment increase, the highest
in the post war history of the State
University, the Engineering College
records show a total enrollment of 915
for 193.4-35 over 826 on 1933-34, a
9.7 % increase. The compilation re-
leased by the Dean's office reveals the
Mechanicals heading the list, with an
enrollment increase of 3 6, followed
closely by the Electricals with 30. The
Chemicals and Miners follow in that
order with the Civils bringing up the
rear, having held their enrollment even
with last year.
  If figures can be relied upon, statis-
tics reveal that the profession of chem-
ical engineering has steadily gained
prominence in recent years, since that
collcge has increased its student body
from 193)2 up to the present time. The
mechanical and   electrical egineering
courses continue the battle for suprem-
acy, while the "bridge builders" and
chemists are in close competition for
third place. The mining school gain-
ing added momemtum each year, looms
as a worthy competitor in the near
  Not only do the engineers believe
in the merits of their chosen profession
but they encourage their sons to fol-
low in their footsteps. This conclusion
was arrived at after a perusal of the
Dean's freshman files, which revealed
that among the class of '38 are five
S)ns of Wisconsin engineering gradu-
ates. John H. Woy, electrical, brings
hack to this campus a well known
na me, for his dad was F. P. Woy,
e'03, professor of engineering adminis-
tration. Hugh R. Rather, mechanical,
plans to design machinery while his
father, Maxwell Rather, graduated in
civil engineering in 1913,. Sumner P.
Youngblutt, mechanical, is the son of
F. C. Youngblutt, c'06.     Paul M.
Ketchum agreed to pursue engineering
studies but entered the chemical phase
while his dad is an electrical, '06.
Louis L. Arnold matriculated in the
civil college twenty five years after his
dad, Louis G. Arnold, c'09.
  The acetylene-oxygen welding lab-
oratory, through the efforts of Mr.
Dorrans, superintendent of mechanical
practice, is the proud possessor of a
unique, though simple, arrangement of
its thirteen  welding  stations.  Each
torch is supplied with the proper pro-
portion of the necessary gas from an
overhead piping system, the operator
controlling his apparatus by a dia-
phragm style feed regulator. The com-
pressed oxygen is supplied from tanks
at the end of the room and the
acetylene is fed into the line directly
from its generating plant in an ad-
jacent room. The piping, extending
the length of the shop, eliminates the
necessity of equipment on the floor,
results in greater flexibility in the use
of the apparatus, and is of very low
initial cost. It is claimed that this is
the only installation of its kind in any
college laboratory, in fact, in any shop.
  Sedate, reserved, exacting . . . dis-
tinctive, bushy moustache . . . schol-
arly appearance . . . yet a definite
ruggedness apparent . . . inherited as
a son of Erin . . . nurtured by long,
active years in the open spaces . . .
born in New York City . . . Mining
degree in 1896 at Columbia School of
mines . . . Went places in pursuit of
career . . . New Mexico, Chili, Utah,
Nevada, Virginia . . . Blew in from
the Idaho Mountains in 1913 . . . ac-
cepted chairmanship of the mining
College in 1916 . . . honorary member
of Triangle, Tau Beta Pi, Sigma Xi
. . . inventor of improvements on a
process of Bessemerizing steel . . . con-
tributor to technical journals
  Head of large family . . . four boys,
two girls . . . one a lawyer, an archi-
tect, a social worker . . . Great on
the out of doors . . . enthusiastic
camper, true Izaak Waltonian . . .
canoeing, yachting, motorboating ex-
pert . . . formerly vigorous in all . . .
in step with current problems. . . well
informed in American history . . .
  Favorite sporting magazine is the
"Rudder" . . . also Harpers and
Scribners . . . Whell known in local
Boy Scout group . . . famous on
campus for his ever present pipe . . .
subject of many anecdotes . . . Alleged
it can be heard gurling a half a block
away . . . once offered a box of cigars
in a trade . . . still smokes the pipe.
            CAST IRON
  Showing promise of contributing
substantially to an understanding of
certain problems of foundry practice,
a research project on the "Properties
of American Malleable Cast Iron as
Affected by Variations in Method of
Manufacture" is being caried on in
the Department of Mining and Metal-
lurgy under the direction of Profes-
sors R. S. McCaffery and Scott Mac-
  A preliminary survey was under-
taken in December, 1933, as part of
the CWA program of the Depart-
ment. The possibility of practical re-
sults attracted the attention of the
Malleable Club of Milwaukee and this
organization of ten foundries offered
financial support to continue the work.
At present the work of examining
approximately 2500 individual cast
samples taken at ten foundries under
carefully controlled conditions and of
correlating the data, is being carried
on under a grant from the Wisconsin
Alumni Research Foundation.
The Wisconsin Engineer
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