Wengler, John (ed.) / Wisconsin engineer
Volume 87, No. 3 (February, 1983)
Christopherson, Penny J.
A walk on the dean's side, pp. 10-
A Walk on the Dean's Side by Penny J. Christopherson Thc UWColl eg of Engineering has a prowl heritage of outsta nding deans. Dean Kuirt F. Wendt, the namesake of loir ( liblrary, a nld Dea nl W. Robert Mar- shall hare passed their legacy to our present (lean, John G. Bollinger. Penny Ch ristopherson offers th is review of Dean Bollingrers first year in office. When Dean John G. Bollinger as- sumed the responsibility for the ad- ministration of the College of Engi- neering in July, 1981, he knew he had a few obstacles to overcome to guarantee engineering students a quality educa- tion. Bollinger always enjoys a chal- lenge, and as he saw it then, he had four: -- The need to divide the engineering program into two levels with separ- ate entrance requirements. -- The need for additional building space for classrooms, instructional laboratories, and research facilities. - The need to hire more top-notch engineering faculty and staff. -- The need to continue building a broader communication network with industry. At a time when the operating budget was tightened and costs and inflation rates were spiraling, Bollinger faced these problems head-on. He rolled up his shirt sleeves and got down to business. In the process of addressing these challenges, Bollinger's administration saw three other innovations occur in the College of Engineering: -- The availability of graduate credit for off-campus study. -- The opening of the Computer-Aided Engineering Center. -- Ready accessibility of computers for engineering faculty. Admission and Entrance Require- ments The engineering program was di- vided into pre-engineering and engi- neering levels the fall semester of 1981. At the pre-engineering level, any fresh- man student eligible for admission to the UW-Madison campus is also eligi- ble for admission to the College of Engineering as a pre-engineering stu- dent with an EGR classification. At the engineering level, prior to admis- sion to any degree-granting classifica- tion, the student must have a min- imum cumulative 2.50 or 3.00 GPA depending on the field of interest. Although the College imposed stiffer entrance requirements for admission to the engineering level, the changes do not appear to effect the current trend of swelling enrollments. The following chart indicates the pattern of soring enrollments in the undergraduate engineering program over the past two years: Semester/Academic Yr. # of Students Semester I, 1980-81 ................ 4,571 Semester II, 1980-81 ............... 4,247 Semester 1, 1981-82 ................ 4,850 Semester II, 1981-82 ............... 4,513 Semester I, 1982-83 ................ 5,101 Graduate student Weishaung Qu, working with Professor Arne Thesen of the Department of Industrial Engi- neering, formulated a mathematical model to study alternative programs aimed at curbing the growing enroll- ment numbers in the College. Based on this study performed by computer analyses, Thesen and Qu presented two principal options to engineering faculty at their October meeting for consideration: -- Raise the present grade point require- ments (in some departments the en- trace requirement would be a 2.25, 2.50 or a 3.00 GPA) for students being accepted into any degree- granting classification. -- Raise the maintenance grade point for students already accepted in a degree-granting classification from the 2.00 GPA standard. Bollinger thinks the first option is the best way to curtail the influx of undergraduate engineering students and so do several departments in the College. For the second semester of 1982-83, the Departments of Mechani- cal Engineering, Chemical Engineer- ing, and Electrical and Computer En- gineering have raised their entrance requirements from the established 2.50 GPA to a 3.00 GPA. No action was taken by faculty on the second option presented by the Thesen/Qu duo. Space Needs for Growing Demands A major success was met this fall when the final go-ahead was given by the UW Board of Regents on the Cen- ter for Applied Microelectronics ren- ovation at 1410 Johnson Drive, the former state highway laboratory. The State Building Commission must still approve the $2.3 million project, but UW officials do not foresee any diffi- culties in obtaining it. Work is sche- duled to begin this spring. Bollinger says another plan is in the works for takeover and renovation of an additional building that would pro- vide a significant space increase. The building lies in close proximity to the engineering campus. Dean John G. Bollinger Faculty and Staffing Needs "The College is hiring as many qual- ified faculty as there are appropriate people to find," Bollinger says. "Com- petition for qualified candidates is very severe among institutions." The College needs to increase its faculty rolls to compensate for attri- tion and earlier fiscal cuts. Several full-time positions were lost in the last budget although the College did gain in teaching assistant positions. Bollin- ger says the College is being forced "to become more fluid" in dealing with decreasing state revenues. A new program was introduced to the engineering campus this fall. IBM loaned two staff members to serve as adjunct assistant professors for the 1982-83 academic year. Thomas E. Dillinger is working on research that has potential for creating high tech- nology jobs for Wisconsin businesses at the Center for Applied Microelectron- ics. James D. Kelly divides his time between teaching in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineer- ing and working with the Engineering Minorities Program. Wisconsin Engineer, February 1983 10
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