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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 54, Number 3 (Nov. 1952)

Foss, Robert
A blueprint for cooperation,   pp. 16-[17]


Page [17]


how the men on the firing line of in-
dustry are getting together with engi-
neering specialists at Wisconsin and
finding solutions to their common prob-
lems. There are three major fields in
which this growing industry-engineer-
ing college cooperation is being in-
creasingly pointed up.
   The College of Engineering as a
 source of technical "know-how" in the
 persons of the 400-odd engineer grad-
 uates each year needs no elaboration.
 The fact that firms from all over Wis-
 consin-and the entire United States
 -are lined up three deep seeking
 talent at the close of each semester
 speaks for itself.
   Not so well known, outside of the
 engineering profession, is the extensive
 program of institutes, clinics and short
 courses designed by the UW Extension
 Division and the College of Engineer-
 ing to bring practicing engineers up-to-
 date on new developments in their
 fields.
   These institutes, staffed by authori-
 ties from within industry itself as well
 as by academicians, bring together rep-
 resentatives of various companies hav-
 ing common problems with the view of
 promoting cooperation among all con-
 cerned to the mutual benefit of all. The
 amazing 500 per cent increase in at-
 tendance at the institutes in the three
 years of their existence is indicative of
 their worth. During 1951-52 a total of
 615 persons from 396 companies in
 132 communities were represented in
 the program.
   There's no set pattern into which
participating companies fall. They're
big and they're small and last year's list
included Blackford's Radio and Televi-
sion Service of Brodhead as well as the
West Bend Aluminum Company. The
courses presented are, for the most part,
the courses requested by industry itself
-with an emphasis on subjects which
have come to the forefront as a result
of the ever-changing economic, indus-
rial and technological patterns.
   This phase of Extension Division
work in the engineering field, by the
way, is supplemented by another time-
proved method of reaching off-campus
audiences-correspondence study. More
than 100 correspondence study courses
for high school, vocational, technical,
and university credit are offered in this
program.
  'Also available to practicing engineers
are the facilities of the engineering li-
brary, which offers the same service
supplied by all UW libraries. Because
NOVEMBER, 1952
THESE ST. PAT'S Day-celebrating students are finding industry hungry for
their services.
most engineers and industries subscribe
to technical journals, the library's re-
sources are scarcely taxed to the limit.
Requests for articles from more-or-less
obscure sources are most common, and
in some cases these articles are photo-
stated and sent out to the interested
party. The library handles several score
such requests a year.
   All these services on the technolog-
ical front are part and parcel of a grow-
ing program to further extend engineer-
ing's role in the Wisconsin Idea of the
UW's relationship with the state. Of
the many supporters of this develop-
ment, none is more enthusiastic than
Kurt Wendt. As professor of mechanics
and associate director of the Wisconsin
Engineering Experiment Station, he is
on the direct line between University
engineering and the industries of Wis-
consin and the nation. He is, of course,
particularly interested in research pos-
sibilities.
   Wendt points out that what is needed
for universities and industry to work
closely together for their mutual advan-
tage is an understanding of the proper
place of each in the engineering re-
search field.
   "S u c h cooperation is developing
nicely here at Wisconsin, as well as at
many other schools, but it must be ac-
celerated," Wendt maintains. "Industry
has a vital stake in our colleges-it de-
pends upon them for well-trained men
and women who become the lifeblood
of their organizations.
   "More and more advanced training
is demanded by industry at greater and
greater cost to the individual and to
the institution," he points out. "Who
        (continued on page 32)
INSTITUTE-BOUND, engineers move into new Engineering building for a short
refresher course.
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