Pulkrabek Retires from UWP
PLATTEVILLE- Willard Pulkrabek listed "doing a proper job" as one of the biggest challenges about teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. After doing that for nearly 24 years as a professor of engineering department, he looks towards retirement and new interests. "UWP has a very good mechanical engineering department and we have a good staff. I'm proud to have been a part of it."
Pulkrabek came to UWP in 1980 because he wanted to work at a teaching orientated university, as opposed to a school with an emphasis on research. A Minnesota native, he also wanted to stay in the midwest. Pulkrabek attended the University of Minnesota where he received his bachelor of science degree in 1961 and his master's degree in 1963. He earned a PhD from the same university seven years later. Prior to coming to UWP, he worked with the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minn., and taught at the US Naval Academy and the Colorado School of Mines.
Pulkrabek has also authored a book, "Engineering Fundamentals of the Internal Combustion Engine," that is used in several countries throughout the world. He says writing is something he'd like pursue in his retirement.
EMS Dean Richard Shultz says, "Pulkrabek has been a long-term member of the department of mechanical engineering. He has taught both mechanics and thermodynamics. He is our resident expert on engines. He has always been a strong contributor to our department and has authored a textbook. The only reservation I have about him is that he cheers for the wrong football team."
Pulkrabek and his wife have three children, John, who is a student at UW-Madison, Timothy, who is a swim coach at Grinnell College and a daughter, Rebecca, who works at a day care center at a college in Rochester, Minn.
Pulkrabek plans to stay in Platteville and would like to get involved in volunteer work.