Friday Features - April 14, 2017

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Friday Features
April 14, 2017

Safari-Shad honored with senior member ranking

Nader Safari-ShadDr. Nader Safari-Shad, professor of electrical engineering at UW-Platteville, was recently elevated to the grade of senior member of the IEEE – an honor bestowed on only 10 percent of its members. IEEE is an international technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The organization has more than 420,000 members across 160 countries.

Safari-Shad has been teaching at UW-Platteville since 2001. He earned his bachelor and master’s degrees at Oregon State University, and his Ph.D. at UW-Madison.

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Tesdahl makes presentation in New Orleans

Eugene TesdahlDr. Eugene Tesdahl, assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and Dr. Margaret Huettl, assistant professor of history and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and former University Fellow in ethnic studies at UW-Platteville, collaborated for a second time to present the panel, “Kinship, Exchange, and People: Great Lakes Indigenous Borderlands, 1701-1920,” at the Organization of American Historians annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The idea for the panel was fueled by prior collaboration between Tesdahl and Huettl in December 2015, when both taught at UW-Platteville. They presented the lecture: “Dans une cachette rouge: Women Smugglers in Early America, 1701-1754,” as part of the UW-Platteville College of Liberal Arts and Education’s faculty forum series.

“I am extremely grateful for the College of LAE faculty forum series. It permitted Dr. Huettl and me to welcome even more people into this conversation of the vibrancy of Native American kinship networks in the Great Lakes. It also permitted our collegiality to endure, even states away,” Tesdahl said.

50 students, 5 faculty attend AUTOMATE 2017

Students at AUTOMATE 2017Fifty UW-Platteville students and five faculty members attended AUTOMATE 2017 last week. The students were from industrial studies and engineering majors as well as the Women in STEM program, with Department of Industrial Studies faculty accompanying them.

AUTOMATE 2017 is the largest automation exhibition in North America, held alternate years in Chicago, Illinois, drawing over 60,500 exhibitors. The students and faculty members were able to network with industry leaders from different geographical areas who share a common discipline. It was a venue to build professional networks, including prospective employers and explore career paths, and provide unique learning and career building opportunities not found anywhere else. The students were able to present their academic skills and knowledge, including career interests to industry leaders. Students were also able to learn the state-of-the-art developments in their field. The cost of attending the exhibition was underwritten by generous grants from Sub-Zero Wolf and Alliance Laundry.

Students, faculty present at national geography conference

UW-Platteville was well represented at the at the American Association of Geographers meeting in Boston, Massachusetts last week.

Students Caleb Cizauskas, Micah Darling, Adam Donaldson, Kalina Hildebrandt, Ciara Miller and Anna Schulz were joined by Department of Geography and TREES Lab faculty and staff members Dr. Rich Waugh, Dr. Lynnette Dornak, Dr. Chris Underwood, Tom Wilding and Dr. Evan Larson as presenters. The conference is the single-largest gathering of geographers in the world.

“In many cases the presentations our students gave represent a capstone experience that culminates a long-term research process in which they have deeply invested themselves,” Larson said. “This conference experience is fundamental to the hands-on experiences students gain in the Department of Geography and exemplify what an education at UW-Platteville can be.”



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