Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pat Hanrahan Adds Movie Magic to Spreadsheets

Pat Hanrahan

Pat Hanrahan

In the late 1970′s, as an undergrad in nuclear engineering at UW-Madison, Pat Hanrahan achieved perfect grades. That was one of his earlier accomplishments. He went on to earn a PhD in biophysics at Madison. In the 1980s, he worked at the New York Institute of Technology Computer Graphics Laboratory, Digital Equipment Corporation, and was a founding employee at Pixar. In 1989, he joined the faculty of Princeton University. In 1995, he moved to Stanford. He has received two Academy Awards and a technical Oscar and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. In 2003, he co-founded Tableau software to take business analytics to the masses. Read more about it in this article by Businessweek.

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If it’s made from Oil, George Huber can Make it from Biomass

George Huber

George Huber

To George Huber, a petroleum refinery is a beautiful thing.

“They look like dirty pieces of equipment to everyone else,” he says, “but to the chemical engineer, they are really beautiful. They are very efficient, highly integrated systems designed to minimize how much energy is used, maximize profitability and reduce environmental impact. They take cheaper products and make them more valuable and that’s what this country needs.”
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Field Reports: Katherine Turner Reports on her Path to Deepwater Drilling Engineer

Katherine Turner

Katherine Turner

Katherine Turner graduated from UW-Madison with a BS in mining engineering in 1979. Today, she is lead drilling engineer for Norway’s Statoil.

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