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Ketchum, Paul M. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 42, Number 5 (February 1938)

On the campus,   pp. 90-91

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to use on various woods and ways of
applying them. Here also was an ac-
celerated weather test using a water
spray and arc lamp to simulate ac-
tual weather conditions in the field.
  In the testing lab they have one
of the largest screw testing machines
in the United States. It has a capa-
city of a million pounds and can
handle a wood beam twelve inches
square and thirty feet long. Here,
too, they have a drop impact ma-
chine and a machine for testing the
strength of packing boxes. This lat-
ter machine looks like something
you would expect to see in a carni-
val, only it is used to toss boxes
around the way t h ey would be
stressed in actual use. In this same
laboratory they have a complete
outfit for the manufacture of corru-
gated and fibre board. Both these
products are practically 100 per cent
wood products and constitute the
material used in over 50 per cent of
all the packages shipped. All the
testing machines in this lab are cali-
brated once a year for accuracy. To
do this a Riehle proving ring is used
for the smaller machines, since it
has a capacity of up to 50,000
pounds. An extensometer compara-
ter is used to test the accuracy of
the dial gages. This is done by the
use of Johanson gages in the above
   In an adjoining constant humid-
 ity, constant temperature room they
 are attempting to make accurate
 tests on the strengths of fibre and
 corrugated board. This board is so
 sensitive to change in temperature
 and humidity that the temperature
 is allowed to vary only one degree.
 The tests themselves are extremely
 delicate and are done by the use of
 a Tucherman Optical Strain Gage
 which measures deflections as small
 as one four-millionths of an inch.
    Seen in mechanics 53 final exami-
  nation: One fellow flipping a quar-
  ter, looking at the result and then
  hastily writing down an answer in
  his blue book. Engineering really
  can't be so bad when it can be
  boiled down to the result of a flip of
  a coin!
  The newly organized Society of
American Military Engineers held
its first meeting in the Scabbard and
Blade room of the Armory on Janu-
                     d-y 17. Tte
"V   . X Z., ,,v,
following of-
ficers w e r e
elected  for
the  coming
year: Fred
                     Mueller, pres-
ident; Leo Fuchs, vice president;
Glen Thompson, secretary; Matt-
hew Vea, treasurer. The business
meeting was preceded by the show-
ing of some movies on the organi-
zation, equipment, and duties of the
Engineer Corps in Army work, to
which all engineer R. 0. T. C. men
were invited.
         MINING CLUB
  "The most promising technical
graduates come from mid-western
schools and not from e a s t e r n
schools," said Mr. Wilfred Sykes,
technical assistant to the president
of the Inland Steel company, speak-
ing to the Mining club at its regular
monthly meeting held at the Min-
ing and Metallurgy building.
  "Generally, the students of the
mid-western s c h o o I s haven't too
much money, and, because they
have to work harder for what they
get, are brought closer to the real
significance of their training.
   "There is no disadvantage in
 starting from the bottom. Men of
 reasonable ability, right spirit, and
 willingness to work make good. We
 are not looking for geniuses. Grades
 do not indicate the ability to suc-
 ceed. Interest in one's profession is
 what counts," he said.
   Mr. Sykes, coming to the Mining
 club meeting as the A. I. M. E. rep-
 resentative of the Chicago district,
 pointed out the importance of stu-
 dents becoming affiliated with their
 national professional society. He
 even urged them to try their hand
 at writing for the society's publica-
 tion. "An article in the 'Mining
 and Metallurgy' magazine makes
 contacts that are of real value to the
young graduate looking for a job."
  Howard Grange, president of the
Mining club, was chairman of the
meeting. Prof. Edwin E. Shorey in-
troduced Mr. Sykes and faculty
guests: Profs. M. 0. Withey, A. N.
Winchell, G. L. Larson, and Dean
A. V. Millar.
      A. I. E. E. MEETING
  "Electric Potentials from Living
Tissues." That was the subject for
discussion at the January 12 meet-
ing of the Madison branch of A. I.
E. E. The talk, an extremely inter-
esting one, was given by Dr. J. A.
Eyster of the Department of Physi-
ology. Dr. Eyster has been working
on this subject for many years, and
is quite an authority along these
lines. The equipment necessary for
measuring these minute potential
changes is especially interesting. The
work must be carried on in special-
ly equipped rooms, completely insu-
lated from all forms of outside elec-
tricity. The developments within
recent years in apparatus and meth-
ods have made possible very accu-
rate and detailed studies. The use
and development of this equipment
in this field was Dr. Eyster's main
point of discussion.
   The lecture was well illustrated
 with lantern slides, showing the va-
 rious phases of this work.
       A. S. C. E. MEETING
   The Civils met on January 20 to
 elect their officers for the second se-
 mester. The voting body present,
 the "quorum" consisted of thirteen
 members; and, as ex-president Hup-
 pler said, "All you have to do to be
 an officer is come to the meetings."
 Be that as it may, however, the
 choice of the society was as follows:
 president, G I e n n Krejchik; vice
 president, Allan Jankus; secretary,
 Evan Schuette; treasurer, Daniel
    Aside from the election of offi-
  cers, the only business was the argu-
  ment as to whether the queer look-
  ing contraption in the lecture room
  was a water filter, a water softener,
  or just a plain "still."
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