There are many ways to stay involved with the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. Alumni are strongly encouraged to consider attending a meeting of the EMS Advisory Board to help us set goals and plan for the future of the college. The College of EMS also hosts several outreach events during the year, including our annual EMS Expo, which are always in need of volunteers.

Objectives

The objectives of the alumni chapter include the following:

  • Cultivate friendships and foster mutual aid among its members.
  • Advance the interests and standards of the engineering, mathematics, and science departments of the College of EMS of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
  • Promote a mutually beneficial relationship between the University and it's engineering, mathematics, and science alumni.
  • Receive, invest and use gifts, contributions, devises, and bequests of the money and/or real and personal property for the benefit of the engineering, mathematics, and science departments of the College of EMS of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Current Initiatives

The alumni chapter's current initiatives include the following:

  • Increase supporting member revenue.
  • Support the Geode publication by providing content and monetary support.
  • Improve documentation and organizational structure of the Alumni Board.
  • Review the Constitution and By-laws.
  • Increase the number of award nominations.

Get Involved

There are many ways that you can become involved as an alumni including becoming a supporting member, volunteer for events, or by joining the UW-Platteville Alumni Association.

Outstanding Alumni Awardees

2021

Lauren Ray graduated in 2001 with a degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis. This year marks her 20th anniversary at Origin Design (formerly IIW, P.C.), where she is Vice President. Her leadership positions at Origin Design have included Structural Department Team Leader, Land Development Department Team Leader, and she currently serves as the Field Services Department Team Leader. She has been a licensed Professional Engineer since 2006 and licensed Structural Engineer since 2007. Ray serves on UW-Platteville’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board and volunteers her time giving presentations in UW-Platteville classrooms and taking part in the Engineering Seminar Series. Her volunteer work in her community includes a recently completed term on the Shullsburg School District Board, a coach on the Shullsburg Miners Trap Team, and more. 

2021

Samantha Kevern graduated in 2005 with a degree in civil engineering with a structural emphasis before earning her master’s degree in the same field from Iowa State University. Her career has spanned the fields of forensic engineering, construction and demolition engineering, and bridge engineering. Kevern is currently a Senior Project Engineer at HNTB Corporation. She is a licensed Professional Structural Engineer in Nebraska and Nevada and a Professional Engineer in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, and California. She volunteers with the American Society of Civil Engineers and with a variety of STEM education outreach events for school-aged children, with a particular focus on introducing girls to STEM. Kevern also serves on UW-Platteville’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board. 

2020

Taryn Nall graduated in 1975 with a degree in civil engineering, before earning his master’s degree in the same field from Marquette University. Nall worked in the wastewater and water facilities field for 44 years. Nall was a corporate officer for Kaempfer & Associates, Inc. for 30 years, and is currently Senior Project Manager for Wastewater and Water Projects at Ruekert-Mielke. He holds a Professional Engineer license in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan and is a lifetime member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and the Wisconsin Wastewater Operator Association. Nall supports scholarships for Oconto Falls High School graduates to attend UW-Platteville and has hired several UW-Platteville graduates throughout his career. 

Emeriti Awardee

2021

Dr. Lynn Schlager retired as professor of mechanical engineering in 2017 after seven years in industry and a 28-year teaching career, the last 19-and-a-half at UW-Platteville. During his time at UW-Platteville, he was active in developing the ME thermal science laboratory curriculum and was involved with several student groups, including First Robotics, Tau Beta Pi, and ASHRAE. Honors include the EMS Outstanding Academic Advisor Award and Pi Tau Sigma Outstanding Professor Award. After a sabbatical in Nicaragua, he led a number of short-term education abroad trips there, having students work with a local women's cooperative to build and implement renewable energy technologies. He was also actively involved with community service, sitting on the Platteville Water and Sewer Commission and being elected to the Platteville School Board. After his retirement, he continued to give back to the college and provide support as needed. He has offered tutoring to students in thermodynamics courses, taught spring of 2019 to cover a maternity leave, and in the current semester is filling in while the course instructor awaits immigration paperwork.  

2020

Dr. Jeff Hoerning, retired from UW-Platteville in 2020, following more than 15 years of service in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. He was a full professor and also served as a mentor for the Society of Automotive Engineering student organization for many years, providing leadership to countless students in national competitions. He also assumed leadership roles within the College of EMS, including one as interim associate dean. Prior to his time at UW-Platteville, he was and instructor and shop instructor at UW-Madison. 

Friend of the College

2021

Bill Huff and Family

Bill Huff graduated in 1959 with a degree in mining engineering. He worked as an engineer for Kaiser Steel Corporation and North American Rockwell, before launching a successful real estate investment company, Huff Properties, in 1962. Huff is one of the largest financial supporters of the College of EMS. He and his family foundation have supported the university, students, staff, and faculty in multiple ways, including providing individual $1,000 scholarships to students from Dubuque Senior and Lancaster high schools; sponsoring the construction of Engineering Hall, where a classroom now bears his name; creating the Huff Family Scholarship Fund; and establishing the Huff Family Innovation Center Fund, which supports the Huff Family Innovation Center in the new Sesquicentennial Hall. 

2020

Strand Associates, on behalf of Matt Richards

Strand Associates, Inc.® has had a long-standing relationship with UW-Platteville and the College of Engineering, Math, and Science. The firm currently employs nearly 50 UW-Platteville alumni, including its current president and CEO, Matt Richards, '91. Members of the firm have served in many capacities on campus, including on academic advisory boards and alumni and foundation boards, participating as guest speakers, serving as mentors, continuing to recruit UW-Platteville graduates, providing faculty assistantships, and sponsoring senior design projects. In addition to the endowed scholarship established by Strand Associates, Inc.® to support students pursuing civil and environmental engineering, alumni and friends employed by the firm have established an endowed fund to provide hands-on experiences and student support services for all students within the College of EMS. The firm also made a major gift to support the College of EMS' Center for Projects, Opportunities, Instruction, Networking, and Teamwork (CenterPOINT)—a comfortable space for group work and tutoring, computer stations, and student resources. Strand Associates, Inc.® is one of the university's and the College of EMS' largest donors, making an annual major gift donation in support of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department to support its students, faculty, and staff. 

  • The College of EMS Alumni Chapter sponsors awards each year for both outstanding alumni and emeriti EMS faculty. Honorees and their nominators are invited to attend the annual Homecoming Awards Ceremony for the award presentation.

    College of EMS Chapter Outstanding Alumni Awards

    The mission of these awards is to recognize alumni of the UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science who have demonstrated excellence in professional and humanitarian endeavors. Outstanding alumni come from many backgrounds and represent a variety of attributes; therefore, success is recognized in areas including, but not exclusive to, career achievement, patents, leadership, community service, UW-Platteville involvement, diversity initiatives, education, research, and entrepreneurial spirit.

    View the current list of the College of EMS emeriti.

    To make a nomination, use the online nomination form or use the PDF nomination form

    University Alumni Association Awards

    The University Alumni Association Awards include the following:

    To make a nomination for the University Distinguished Alumni award, use the online nomination form.

    To make a nomination for the University Outstanding Alumni award, use the online nomination form.

    To make a nomination for the University Hall of Fame award use the online nomination form

  • Alex Zwart
    President
    Civil Engineering, '11
    Affiliation: Strand Associates, Inc.
    Alex.zwart@strand.com

    Tom Stetzer, PE
    First Vice President
    Civil Engineering, '05
    Affiliation: Strand Associates, Inc.
    Tom.Stetzer@strand.com

    Jessica P. M. Fick, PhD
    Secretary
    Mechanical Engineering, '03
    Affiliation: UW-Platteville
    meulbroj@uwplatt.edu

    Alec Roschen
    Treasurer
    Civil Engineering, '17
    Affiliation: Mi-T-M Corporation
    roschen.alec@gmail.com

    Brad Samz
    Director
    Mechanical Engineering, '06
    Affiliation: Kimberly-Clark, Corporation
    bsamz52@yahoo.com

    Scott Whitsett
    Director
    Civil Engineering, '05
    Affiliation: Jewell Associations Engineers, Inc
    Scott.Whitsett@jewellassoc.com

    Ryan Bonell
    Director
    Environmental Engineering, '06
    Affiliation: Trane Engineering
    Ryan.bonell@hotmail.com

    Philip Parker, PhD, PE
    Acting Dean of the College of EMS
    Affiliation: UW-Platteville
    parkerp@uwplatt.edu

    James Hamilton, PhD
    Faculty Liaison
    Chemistry and Engineering Physics
    Affiliation: UW-Platteville
    hamiltoj@uwplatt.edu

    James Swenson, PhD
    Faculty Liaison
    Mathematics and Spanish
    Affiliation: UW-Platteville
    swensonj@uwplatt.edu

    Stacia Stephenson
    Development and Alumni Engagement Liaison
    Affiliation: UW-Platteville
    stephensons@uwplatt.edu

  • Finance Committee

    Chair: Treasurer
    Members: President, Past President, Faculty Liaison, Director of Alumni Services

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Prepare and present the annual budget and report.
    • Maintain connections with supporting members program committee.
    • Provide definitions and understanding of budget report.

    Geode Committee

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Coordinate with the Engineering Management class meet with the group regularly and provide direction and answer questions.
    • Support and participate in the distribution of the publication.
    • Facilitates connections with the Dean's office, College Council, Publications office, and other offices on campus as needed.
    • Monitor and manage the budget.
    • Disburse expenses and awards.

    Honors and Awards Committee

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Coordinate recognition of emeriti faculty and college Deans.
    • Provide nominations to the UW-Platteville Parent Chapter Outstanding Recent Alumnus and Distinguished Alumnus awards.
    • Coordinate Chapter awards.

    Membership and Supporting Member Committee

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Oversee recruitment, retention, and recognition of supporting members.
    • Define supporting member benefits.
    • Develop and revise supporting member brochure.
    • Provide annual report to supporting members.
    • Plan for fund utilization.
    • Provide a plan for student and faculty support.
    • Develop a strategy for increasing the number of members in the Chapter.
    • Connect with and inform current board about the UW-Platteville Parent Chapter membership initiatives.
    • Write a membership article for the Geode.
    • Develop and implement marketing strategy for increased membership.
    • Define and provide students and faculty support.

    Nomination Committee

    Chair: Secretary
    Members: President, Executive Member (if needed)

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Maintain a list of potential board members with assistance from the alumni office and College of EMS Dean's Office.
    • Contact prospective board members with the assistance of the alumni office.

    Special Events Committee

    Chair: Faculty Liaison
    Members: Faculty Liaison, Student Liaison, Vector Advisor, one or more student members (possibly a junior or senior close to graduating)

    Issues and responsibilities include:

    • Organize, coordinate, and market activities for VECTOR and Homecoming events.
    • Organize, coordinate, and market other special events as they develop.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn how the College of EMS is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion:

View our Plan


EMS Dean's List

Every semester we recognize students with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher & 12 completed credits. 

View the List