Engineering lecturer honored with emeritus status

May 19, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE-A first-ever honorary title to a teaching academic staff person was conferred recently on retiring University of Wisconsin-Platteville general engineering lecturer Eugene Korb.

Korb was awarded academic staff emeritus by UWP Chancellor David J. Markee. In his congratulatory letter, Markee asked Korb to "accept my sincere appreciation for your many contributions and your valued service to your students, your discipline and this University during a distinguished career."

Korb's distinguished career includes two U.S. patents for mechanical components, 16 years of teaching general engineering at UWP and 18 years of teaching technical mathematics and mechanical design at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

He served at Allis Chalmers Manufacturing Corp., West Allis, for several years in design engineering and became supervisory project engineer before entering his teaching career.

The veteran engineer and teacher was recently honored at a retirement party where he received accolades and plaques for his years of service.

UWP Dean of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Richard Shultz presented the plaques, one from the UW Board of Regents for meritorious service and one from the governor's office for 23 years of distinguished service.

Shultz expressed his appreciation for Korb's service at UWP. "You filled a need here, teaching graphics courses. You were a benefit to the students, and we appreciate your efforts."

Korb said he enjoyed his tenure at UWP. "I don't look at this as my retirement. I look at it as turning in my chalk."

Korb's counsel for emeritus status came from General Engineering Department Chair Abulkhair Masoom. "I give him my highest possible recommendation and endorsement," Masoom wrote in his letter.

"Students have come back to say how much they appreciated Gene's dedication. They knew the value of his strict adherence to rules and discipline," said Masoom.

Masoom said not only would the general engineering department miss Korb, but all employees of Ottensman Hall. "Gene was so helpful. He was very generous with his time. We will most certainly miss him."

Students were Korb's first priority, said Masoom. "He was a very thorough teacher, valued for his honesty and ethics. He taught exceptionally well. He taught so students would become better than average engineers."

In addition to serving as a dedicated member of UWP's teaching staff, Korb was active in governance as a member of the academic staff senate. He served on several University and college committees, including key search and screen committees and numerous departmental committees.

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