College of EMS recognizes outstanding achievement

October 1, 2003

PLATTEVILLE - The time has arrived to reward hard work and dedication in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Science (EMS) with the annual graduating senior-alumni recognition dinner Friday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. in the Velzy Commons North, Ullsvik Center.

The dinner will pay special recognition to the College of EMS scholarship recipients, the EMS Alumni Chapter supporting member businesses and the College of EMS Emeriti Faculty Honors Award recipients.

Special recognition will be given to four students receiving awards and scholarships for their contributions to the Geode publication. The Geode is a magazine established in 1925, and is compiled with articles from students in the College of EMS and put together by the engineering co-ed fraternity, Theta Tau. The Geode is primarily received by members of the alumni chapter for EMS and is sponsored by the alumni board.

The four student recipients of the Geode Award are Angela Peterson, civil and environmental engineering; Don Kruger, chemistry and engineering physics; Sara Matson, mechanical and industrial engineering; and Jeremy Koskie, civil and environmental engineering.

The EMS Alumni Chapter will be recognizing four faculty members retiring in 2002-03 from the College of EMS. These faculty members are David Ellestad, electrical engineering; Eugene Korb, general engineering; Dr. Robert Lind, chemistry and engineering physics; and Dr. Joyce Miller, chemistry and engineering physics.

The College of EMS will also be recognizing three recipients of the EMS Emeriti Faculty Honors Award. This will be the first year that faculty members will be awarded with the Emeriti Award. This award was created in lieu of the photograph program, which features photographs of award recipients along the hallways of Ottensman Hall. Due to the limitations of the photograph program, the Emeriti Award was created as a more efficient honor program.

The three recipients of the Emeriti Award for 2003 are Dr. Ross Fiedler, Dr. Walter Chmielewski and Dr. Frank Eshelman.

Fiedler was a professor at UWP from 1976-93. During this time, he served as the chair of mechanical engineering and became the first chair of the general engineering department. Fiedler taught a variety of courses including dynamics, thermodynamics and mechanical systems laboratory and also served on several university bodies such as faculty senate and university rank, salary and tenure commission.

Chmielewski was a part of the UWP program from 1981-96. He was influential is realizing the importance of computers in engineering education and taught courses in computer-aided design and reliability design.

Eshelman joined UWP in 1982 and retired in 1995. While at UWP, he taught courses in engineering materials, developed the materials laboratory and served as a positive mentor to numerous students.

Anyone interested in attending the 2003 College of EMS Annual Graduating Senior-Alumni Recognition Dinner must make reservations by contacting Mary Kurth, general engineering, at (608) 342-1711 or


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