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

On the campus,   pp. 28-29


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        FACULTY BRIEFS
  Prof. Lewis H. Kessler, of the hy-
draulics and sanitary engineering de-
partment, has been conducting experi-
ments with erosion control structures
in an effort to aid the farmers in their
continuous battle against soil erosion.
Annually, millions of dollars and thou-
sands of acres of land are lost and
destroyed by heavy down pours of
rain which wash away the fertile top
soil and ruin farms by the formations
of permanent gullies.
  Field work on Wisconsin farms was
carried on with the testing of four
types of concrete conduit flumes, and
spillways used with earth-filled soil
saving dams for erosion control. The
structures were designed in the Uni-
versity laboratories and have proven
efficient as to proper control and econ-
omy. Prof. 0. R. Zeasman of the
College of Agriculture and several
other engineers aided Prof. Kessler in
his project.
  The building industry, especially
where reinforced brick columns are
used as building supports, profits from
the latest research efforts of Professor
Withey of the mechanics department.
Results of a series of tests to determine
the properties of reinforced brick ma-
sonry columns were presented at the
annual meeting of the A.S.T.M. The
principle conclusion arrived at by Prof.
Withey was that the columns should
be safe under static loads up to one-
fourth of their ultimate strength if
careful workmanship included filled
joints and good materials.
  The project, conceived with the idea
of using relief labor, was brought to
light when Prof. C. C. Barker of the
mining engineering college was en-
listed by the W. E. R. A. to investi-
gate and report on the possibilities of
peat as a fuel through the preparation
of chemical assays and necessary ex-
perimentation on the material. Ac-
cording to Prof. Barker, the tests have
been successful thus far and the pro-
ject has been carefully launched.
  Men are digging the peat out of
marshes, transporting it to a brick
factory donated for the purpose of
processing the material through regu-
lar brick machinery and then cutting
it into blocks. When the peat blocks
have been properly dried, their heat-
ing value is equivalent to that of soft
coal with the added advantages of
clean handling and less soot than the
ordinary fuel.
    CLASS OF '36, CARRY ON
  That the class of 1936 will be well
represented among the engineers of
the future is no idle prophesy, if the
current nomination for the sophomore
honors is the barometer. Of notable
interest is the surprising fact that
among these scholars are many men
who have devoted much of their time
and talent to extra-curricular activities
about the campus. All of which merely
proves that the activity man and the
student are not of necessity to be
placed in separate, distinct categories.
     SOPHOMORE HIGH HONORS
Civil Engineering              Gr. Pt.
Kutchera, Don Henry ___70     2.642
Mechanical Engineering
Cadwell, James Jay -----70   2.671
Electrical Engineering
Hertel, Roland Fred. _.69     2.782
Meister, Melvin Wm. ___68     2.779
Whiteside, Robert E. ___69    2.753
Chemical Engineering
Gordon, Donald H. ____69       2.869
Halamka, Charles Jos. __72    2.902
Senkbeil, Earl Fred -----85  2.835
Williams, Tom Joseph __70     2.642
        SOPHOMORE HONORS
Civil Engineering
Dithmar, Edward U. ___70       2.142
Matthias, Clark D. ___- 70    2.342
Wagner, Eldon C. -____70       2.60
Mechanical Engineering
Cole, Allan W. -______69     2.565
Gross, Edward W. -____70      2.20
Nikors, Leo Sabin ------68    2.455
Electrical Engineering
Scheer, Wilmer Paul ---_70    2.285
Utter, Frederic D. _____69    2.159
Chemical Engineering
Gillies, James A. -______69  2.582
Hougen, Joel Oliver ____70    2.242
Larzelere, Jack S. - ____68   2.426
M\4ohaupt, Alvin Alfred 971   2.169
Senske, William M. ____74     2.418
Urschel, Joseph R. _____66    2.363
Van Dyke, Richard J. __70     2.342
Wright, John F. -______70     2.257
Mining Engineering
Nieman, Gilbert Orval __71   2.521
    ENGINEERING RESEARCH
           CONFERENCE
  With Dean Turneaure delivering the
address of welcome to an assemblage
of 160 faculty members, students, and
guests, the first research conference of
the current year was held Tuesday,
October 31, in the mechanical engi-
neering auditorium. The general topic
of Automotive engineering attracted
the Rock River Valley section of the
A. S. M. E. and the Waukesha and Be-
loit members of the S. A. E. Professor
G. C. Wilson of the Steam and Gas
department presented a paper on the
"Winter Oils for Automotive Engines"
in which he analyzed the market oils.
  That definite progress is being made
in preparing the foundation for the
future development of the high speed
Diesel engines was assured when R. A.
Rose, also of the Steam and Gas de-
partment, outlined his research project
"A Photo-electric Method for Indicat-
ing Ignition Lag and Combustion in
High Speed Diesel Engines." Mr. Rose
followed his talk with a laboratory
demonstration.
   HUMIDITY AND THE DANCE
   Professor Larson may not pose as
an exponent of dry humor, but he un-
wittingly pulled a fast one in steam
and gas 105. Discussing the problem
of air conditioning in auditoriums of
large human capacity, he cited the test
made in Great Hall during the Junior
Prom some years ago. "Air condition-
ing in the Hall during an affair of the
proportions of that Prom presents a
difficult problem, for the heat gener-
ated by the dancers is tremendous!"
    ENGINEERS INVADE LAW
              SCHOOL
  Following the beck and call of St.
Patrick, yet heeding the silver tongued
invitation of Blackstone, three Senior
Mechanicals, Fred Bechtel, Harold Al-
bert, and Burton Zien have compro-
mised by pursuing the six year engi-
neering-law course. Striding fearlessly
into the ancient brownstone building,
law book clasped in one hand and slide
rule in the other, the boys have defied
all tradition and set a precedent for
their brother engineers to follow.
       A PUNT MY WORD!.
  The slipstick experts are well repre-
sented among the leading candidates
on the 1934 football squad. Captain
Bender, Kummer, Lubinsky, Donald-
son, and Budde uphold the honor of
the Civil school, while Allen, Barlow
and Lindner hail from the mechanical
ranks. Parrott and Pohl, well known
grid men, owe their allegiance to the
Chemical engineers, and "Beef trust"
Christianson is the sole representative
of the miners. Evidently, the engineers
prefer the hard physical contant of the
grid sport to the speed and endurance
requirements of cross country running
for Evan James, electrical, and one of
Coach Jones' ace-men is the college's
lone color bearer.
November, 1934
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