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

On the campus,   p. 15

Page 15

Ihe  C amrpact
  There is a happy note to be
sounded this month, though, es-
pecially for underclassmen. The
new engineering building has ger-
minated and the steam shovels (hats
off to all mech. engineers) have dug
in on the Randall Avenue site. It's
pleasant to think that within a fairly
short time a student will be able to
reach for the oscilliscope without
bumping into twenty others like him
all reaching for the same 'scope.
S. A. M.
  We welcome to the campus a new
society this month, the Society for
the Advancement of Management.
We understand that this is a co-
operative venture between the En-
gineering and Commerce schools,
and certainly hope that the bunch
sits down and makes themselves to
home. More details next month on
the SAM's.
  "Job Opportunities for the Engi-
neer" was the topic discussed at the
December 15 meeting of the Ameri-
can Society of Mechanical Engi-
neers. The panel discussing the
question was headed by C. W.
Gamerdinger, Firestone representa-
tive. T-16 was the scene of the ac-
  A joint meeting of the Institute
of Radio Engineers and the Ameri-
can Institute of Electrical Engineers
heard Dr. Warren Gilson speak on
"Electronics in Medicine" Tuesday,
December 14 in room 105 of the
ME building. To keep the audio
men happy a little was thrown in
on the philosophy of sound repro-
  The fall plant inspection trip of
the Society of Automotive Engi-
neers was made on December 11th
to the Gary, Indiana plant of the
Carnegie-Illinois Steel Corp. Eighty
members of the organization made
the trip, which was arranged and
partially financed by the SAE Mil-
waukee Section. Arriving around
11 AM by chartered buses, the stu-
dents were welcomed to the plant
by Mr. Ken Turman during dinner
in the executives' dining room.
Since Carnegie-Illinois is far too
large (the world's largest steel mill)
to be seen in one day, the trip was
confined to the more spectacular
operations. Among the highlights
were the charging and blowing of
the B e s s e m e r converters, open
hearth operations, the  hot-rolling
mills, which handled a 35 ton ingot
like it was a quarter pound of but-
ter, and the wheel mill, where rail-
road car wheels were formed in a
10,000 ton press. The general con-
clusion after the trip was that you
actually have to see steel mill op-
erations to appreciate them. As the
buses were pulling into Madison
(near the  end  of a basketball
game), one engineer who rode the
second bus home, remarked, "if I
didn't learn anything else today, I
learned never to get aboard the
second bus on a field trip-every-
time our driver lost track of the bus
ahead, they made a beer stop while
we caught up."
  Xi chapter of Theta Tau was host
chapter at the national convention
of the fraternity, which was held on
December 29, 30, and 31 at the
Knickerbocker hotel in Chicago.
David Mickelson was the official
delegate to the convention.
                                        (Photo by Hull)
 The big day finally arrived. Here a power shovel is remov-
ing dirt for the basement of the new engineering building.

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