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Matthias, F. T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 33, Number VIII (May 1929)

Poss, Robert J.
Campus notes,   pp. 286-287

Page 287

MAY, 1929
Prof. Gus L. Larson of the department
of steam and gas engineering and
under the immediate charge of Mr.
Henry Zantow of the staff of the state
power plant engineer.
  Observations have shown that at
some of the big field houses the range
of temperatures between the lower
seats of a balcony and the higher ones
is as much as twenty degrees. While
the spectators on the lower seats are
uncomfortably cold, those on the up-
per seats are uncomfortably warm. In
the present tests heat is applied at
various points on the model and the
cir-ulation is under careful control.
The heating system finally adopted will
represent the most advanced practice
in this field.
            TAU BETA PI
   At a recent meeting of Tau Beta
Pi, the following men were elected
to membership: Ralph A. Kraut, m'30,
Theodore Bolliger, e'30, Alvin H.
Benesh, c'30, Everett A. Johnson, e'30,
Robert W. Kubasta, m'30, Frederick
Hornig, c'30, Alexander Schefe, m'30,
Robert  Fairweather, e'30, Edward
Howes, e'30, and Adolph Hove, e'30.
   Wisconsin is one of the leading
 states in the production of gray iron,
 cast steel, electrical steel, and malleable
 iron. The increase in use of these
 materials, and the rapid growth of
 foundries for their production has
 created a demand for trained foundry
 technologists. The University has
 never been able to supply the men
 needed in this field, and as a result
 there is a shortage of trained men.
 Realizing the seriousness of the situa-
 tion, and in an attempt to attract men
 who are already interested in the
 work, Prof. McCaffery is incorporat-
 ing a course in foundry technology in
 the curriculum. This course will be
 taken as advanced work towards a
 master's degree. The subjects covered
 in the course will be, Iron and Steel
 Metallurgy, Metallography, Physical
 Chemistry of Metals, Laboratory work
 in Foundry Sand Testing, Pyrometry,
 Alloys of Iron and Steel, Foundry
 Practices, and Heat Treatment.   By
 offering this course it is hoped that a
 number of students will enter the new
 field which has become so enlarged
 with the increased use of iron and
 steel products.
  On Friday, April 26, a delegation
of 100 engineers from the Engineers
Society of Milwaukee were guests of
the faculty of the College of Engi-
  The Engineers society is made up
of members of the various national so-
cieties of engineers. Last fall the
society was visited by the faculty of
the college. The purpose of the meet-
ings is to establish a greater co-opera-
tion between the practicing engineers
and the faculty.
  The program arranged for the vis-
itors was as follows:
  Afternoon: Inspection of shops and
laboratories with a discussion of the
research work being carried on in
each department.
   Evening: Banquet at Great Hall,
-AmoriaUnion Building. Songs-
led by Prof. L. H. Kessler. Some fun
- Dr. J. C. Elsom of the Medical
   Introduction of Guests -Mr. Hans
Dahlstrand, President of the Engineers
Society of Milwaukee.
   Introduction of faculty members-
 Head of each department.
   Greetings from the College of Engi-
 neering - Dean F. E. Turneaure.
   Response from the Engineers Society
 of Milwaukee -- Mr. Fred H. Dorner.
   The new Mechanical Engineering
 Building -G. L. Larson.
   Research activities of the College of
 Engineering - representatives of vari-
 ous departments.
   Post collegiate training at Wisconsin
 -Prof. Edward Bennett.
   Engineers Society of Milwaukee and
 the College of Engineering of the
 University of Wisconsin-Mr. Ar-
 thur Simon.
   There are over 40 research projects
 being conducted by the faculty of
 the College of Engineering.  Practi-
 cally all departments have one or more
 projects under consideration. The re-
 sults of these studies are published and
 made available to those who desire
    The type of project varies with the
  department in   which  it is being
  studied.  The mechanics department
  has by far the largest number of pro-
  jects under consideration, numbering
  16. The studies are along all branches
  of mechanics, covering the subjects of
steel  columns,   concrete  research,
welded joints, fatigue of metals, and
tank stresses.
  Next in number of research pro'
jects is the department of mining and
metallurgy with 7. The studies are
on the various phases of iron and steel
problems. The hydraulics and sani-
tary department has 5 projects, steam
and gas department has 3, the electri-
cal engineering faculty is studying 4
problems of interest to the electrical
engineer and one in co-operation with
the Geophysicists of the University.
The chemical engineering is co-oprat-
ing with the Wisconsin paper makers
on a paper research project along with
2 problems of general interest to chem-
ical engineers.
            CHI EPSILON
   The five junior civils with the best
scholastic average and who have taken
an interest in the civil engineering
activities are elected to the honorary
civil engineering fraternity Chi Epsilon.
   This year, James W. Arnold, Alvin
 H. Benesh,    Franklin T. Matthias,
 Rezin S. Plotz, and George Washa
 were elected to membership.
   At the annual meeting of the
 American Foundrymen's Association
 held at the Stevens Hotel, Chicago,
 April 8-11, Prof. R. S. McCaffery was
 appointed to the committee on Cast
 Iron. Prof. McCaffery of the Mining
 Department is also a member of com-
 mittees on Iron Blast Furnace Prod-
 ucts, on Physical Chemistry of Steel
 Making, on co-operation with Canad-
 ian Institute of Mining and Metal-
 lurgical Engineers.
   At the Chicago meeting, Prof. Scott
 Mackay, also of the Mining Depart-
 ment, was made chairman of the
 committee on Malleable Iron.
            AT WISCONSIN
    The first mention of an engineering
  course at Wisconsin was made in a
  letter of Edwin Coe to his parents
  written August 19, 1860, published
  in the Wisconsin Alumni Magazine of
  April, 1929. Mr. Coe writes:
    :"We are settled now and every-
  thing is in running order.   I have
  not had to study very hard yet to
  keep up with my classes, and have
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