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Niles, Donald E. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 48, Number 3 (November 1943)

Johnson, Russ
[To a future electrical engineer],   pp. [10]-11


Page 11


To a Future
               ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
                                             by Russ Johnson, e'44
  The third department created in the engineering school was the department
of electrical engineering in 1892. From
that year until the present time, the value of the electrical engineer has
become greater as the utilization of the re-
sources of nature's mighty electrical power has become ever more pressing,
because of its cheap cost in industry as
compared to other energy producers.
  The electrical engineer has two main fields of endeavor to consider for
his future professional work. These two
fields are power engineering, dealing with the transmission and harnessing
of electrical energy to do man's vital work;
and radio engineering, which is the ability to create apparatus to communicate
with people without any conductor out-
side of the mythical "ether."
  Power engineering may be subdivided into two classifications: (a) Distribution
engineering, and (b) design engi-
neering.
  Regardless of the branch of power engineering which the professional man
enters, he must understand fully the op-
eration and inherent characteristics of the various motors, generators and
other electrical equipment used in the indus-
tries of today.
  There are four courses given to acquaint the future electrical engineer
with these important concepts of electro-
dynamics and equipment and are as follows:
  E.E. I-an introduction to electrodynamics covering the essentials of electrical
phenomena upon which future work
depends; E.E. 2-a well-organized course concerned primarily with teaching
the engineer-to-be elementary magnetism
and D.C. motor and generator theory; E.E. 3-a beginning course on the fundamentals
of alternating currents; E.E. 4
-advanced alternating current theory with emphasis on A.C. power equipment,
such as A.C. motors, generators, trans-
formers, etc.
  The theory obtained in the classroom is applied directly by the student
in the various electrical laboratories through-
out the campus.
  Advanced courses are given to students who wish to become better acquainted
with power distribution systems and
heavy electrical equipment used in industry. E.E. 137 is a power engineering
course primarily dealing with problems
of power transmission of various distribution systems. E.E. 214 is an advanced
laboratory course of main interest to
engineers who wish to enter the equipment field. E.E. 213 is an advanced
course on symmetrical components primarily
for design engineers.
  For all men interested in radio work, the electronics major is well-established
and a thorough background into radio
and ultra-high frequency phenomena is given. Anyone completing the various
courses offered in radio engineering is
able to enter electronic research or other affiliated fields.
  The applications of electronic research can be found everywhere today in
industry; therefore, it is well for the pow-
er engineer to understand the principles of electronic control. Efficiency
of plants and power systems is materially
increased by using automatic controls; ignitranstubes, thyrotrons and other
similar electronic equipment. There is an
ever-expanding field for men well trained in radiotronics.
  The radio engineering course is also subdivided into two major divisions:
(a) electronics, and (b) communications.
  The courses given in radiotronics are the following: E.E. 112-an introduction
to the principles of electrostatic and
electromagnetic fields and a thorough study of electronic applications to
industry; E.E. 155-a course dealing with ele-
mentary amplifier circuit design and theory of radio tubes; E.E. 156-an understanding
of long line transmission and
filter design; E.E. 154, 157, 158-advanced amplifier design and ultra-high
frequency techniques dealing with the prin-
ciples of radar.
  As in the power engineering courses, sufficient laboratory work is offered
in radiotronics so that the student becomes
familiar with everyday radio and electronic equipment.
  The greatest difficulty in any engineering school is to "keep up with
the times." Once the laboratory equipment
falls out of date, the future radio or power engineer will not be trained
in a capacity which would fit him for industry.
The laboratories of the University of Wisconsin are well-supplied with both
power and electronic equipment and are
manned by competent instructors and professors.
N O VEM B E R. 194 3
To the left . .. A 250 ton D.C. Motor. with a 19,000 hp. peak. It can reverse
itself in less
than 1‡/2 seconds.                     -Courtesy Allis-Chalmers Electrical
Review
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