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

Jacobson, Glenn
Campus notes,   pp. 30-33

Page 30

Society Doings ...
by Glenn Jacobson, ch'44
  The student chapter of the A. I.
Ch. E. held its last meeting on Sep-
tember 15 in the Top Flight room
of the Union. After a short busi-
ness meeting, the 27 members pres-
ent were privileged to hear Lt. Sam
Hughes of the V- 12 group sta-
tioned here on the campus. Lt.
Hughes clearly outlined the func-
tions of the V-12 program, indicat-
ing what the boys were learning,
and its correlation to the entire
Navy set-up. He stressed the im-
portance of Chemical Engineering
to the Navy, both today and for
the future. According to Lt. Hughes,
the post-war world will offer ample
opportunities to the specially trained
men that are now being educated in
the V-12 program.
              -Marvin Woerpel
         MINING CLUB
  The Student Chapter of A.I.M.E.
met in the Library of the Mining
Building on Wednesday, September
29. This initiated the current series
of monthly meetings. This meeting
also served as the introduction to
the Mining Club of the V-12 Min-
ing and Met students on the Cam-
  A movie on the heat treatment of
steel, as prepared by the Lindberg
Engineering Company of Chicago,
was shown. This movie illustrated
the modern industrial method in-
volved in heat treating. Following
the meeting, refreshments consist-
ing of cider and doughnuts were
served.        -Warren Friske
  The meeting of the A.S.C.E. was
called to order September 22 by
President Kloman at 7:30 p.m. at
the Hydraulics Laboratory. A short
business meeting was held. Profes-
sor Woodburn, the main speaker of
the evening, presented an illustrated
lecture on "Grand Coulee Dam."
Prof. Woodburn showed approxi-
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they earn. M.E. 74 is a two credit course having a four
hour lab once a week. However, the material required in
the necessary reports and the computations require several
additional hours for even the better students, and figur-
ing on the basis of three hours per credit, the time re-
quired for proper pursuance of the course is not warrant-
ed by the credits given.
  This same impression was mentioned by one of the
teachers, but he said the extra time taken was due to the
fact that some students became interested in the course
and spent more time than was necessary in reading refer-
ence material. However, in either case, if the course actu-
ally requires more time, or if the students feel that
they want to spend the time on it, indications are that
it is worth more credits. Another point in regard to
this course that some students mentioned is that a few of
the men teaching the course were unable to answer their
questions and help with the problems encountered because
they didn't know the material well enough themselves.
Now, it would seem that the instructors chosen for these
labs should be thoroughly familiar with the material
themselves, since it would be in the labs that questions
would arise concerning the engines, even more than in
  In closing, I would like to repeat the statement made
above, that whatever the failings of these courses might
be, they are no more than would be encountered in other
similar courses, and the general feeling is that the courses
serve a definite need among electrical engineers.
Presenting Mr. Koehler ...
O  NE of these days the manufacturers of Briggs Pipe
    Tobacco are going to have to shut up shop and take a
long vacation when their sales dwindle to a mere fraction
of their former size. And on that day you will undoubt-
edly hear rumors humming through the wires of the elec-
trical laboratory to the effect that Professor Koehler has
given up his pipe! Until that day arrives, however, you
will be able to find the Communications Laboratory, Mr.
Koehler, and his pipe together in the east wing of the
electrical laboratory. And what is more, if you are an
electrical engineer or hope to be one (perish the thought!)
you will, in the natural course of events, see a great deal
of the communications laboratory, Mr. Koehler, and his
pipe so that you will have a special interest in the brief
biography of Mr. Koehler that follows.
  At present, and since 1929, assistant professor of elec-
trical engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Glenn
Koehler was born on November 30, 1894, at Van Wert,
Ohio. Brought up on a farm, he attended a country
school and then the Van Wert High School. The first
two years of his college training were obtained at Ohio
State and subsequently he transferred to and was grad-
uated from the University of Illinois.
  Always interested in radio, he assisted in the building
of a radio station for the University of Illinois during his
senior year there. And with a B.S. degree in E.E. he
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