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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Gov. Doyle to dedicate new UWP engineering building

PLATTEVILLE - Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle will preside over the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the University of Wisconsin-Platteville's new engineering building on Saturday, Dec. 13.

The new building, located at the intersection of Southwest Road and Longhorn Drive on the UWP campus, will open at 8 a.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.

Parking is available in Lot 24, off of Longhorn Drive, and Lot 10, near Pioneer Stadium.

Richard Shultz, UWP dean of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science, and UWP Chancellor David Markee also will deliver remarks during the brief ceremony to inaugurate the $25.6 million, 108,500-square-foot building.

When classes resume after winter break, the building will be home to electrical engineering, engineering physics, physics and the general engineering labs as well as the Nanotechnology Center for Collaborative Research and Development. Student organizations also will have workspace.

Plans for the new engineering building were driven by a need for more space as enrollment and other program needs had grown past the capacity of Ottensman Hall, the current engineering building. Discussions already are under way for an extensive renovation of Ottensman Hall.

The new building will have more than 300 computers, many dedicated for special equipment. There will be three computer labs, facilities for distance education and nine study areas for students.

The two main wings of the building have been named for two respected and popular former members of the faculty. The wings are named for Dale C. Dixon, who taught in Platteville for 42 years and was here during the transition from the Wisconsin Mining School, and Edward O. Busby, who was dean of the College of Engineering from 1966 until his retirement in 1988.

For more information on the ribbon-cutting ceremony for UWP's new engineering building, contact Barbara Daus, UWP special assistant to the chancellor, at (608) 342-1282 or

Contact: Barbara Daus, UWP special assistant to the chancellor, (608) 342-1281, Written by: Gary Achterberg, UWP Public Relations, (608) 342-1194,

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