Matthias, F. T. (ed.) / The Wisconsin engineer
Volume 33, Number VIII (May 1929)
Poss, Robert J.
Campus notes, pp. 286-287
287 'The WISCONSIN ENGINEER 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. THE NEW FOUNDRY COURSE 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. FACULTY ENTERTAINS MILWAUKEE ENGINEERS 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- neering. 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 School. 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. RESEARCH PROJECTS IN THE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING 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 them. 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. WISCONSIN PROFESSOR HONORED 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. THE GROWTH OF ENGINEERING 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 (Continued on page 298)
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