Monthly Archives: March 2013

Rohrig Asks Badgers to Click Him into Space

Jake Rohrig

Jake Rohrig (BSEMA, ’12) has long dreamed of being an astronaut. He knew it was a tough job to get so he studied hard, earned a degree and took a job as a mechanical engineer with UTC Aerospace Systems in Rockford, Illinois. His work designing generators for aircraft keeps him close to all things aerospace and connected to his dream.

Ironically, UTC won’t be sending Rohrig to space anytime soon, but AXE Apollo deodorant body spray just might.

Linx Mark llIn mid February, AXE launched a contest whereby the two people who collect the most votes by midnight, April 27 will win a trip to AXE Space Camp in Orlando, Florida. The winner will be trained and sent to an altitude of 103 km on a premier flight by Space Expedition Corporation. It’s a chance of a lifetime and a trip easily worth $100,000.

Currently, an Internet celebrity who pulls pranks on his girlfriend is in the lead with more than 50,000 votes. Frankly, this breaks Rohrig’s heart.

“Everyone in this contest, in the top five, are all pretty much Internet celebrities. So for me to be competitive with them at all is kind of amazing to begin with,” Rohrig says. “But I hope to show, that through hard work, dedication and the network of a great alma mater, pretty much anything is possible.”

This, hopefully, is where readers of this blog and friends of Badgers everywhere come in. Supporters of Rohrig can vote here

Currently, he moves in and out of the top ten with about 1,400 votes. Rohrig hopes fellow badgers will use their twitter feeds and social media accounts to vote and spread the word.

Already, through a friend of a friend, Rohrig connected with fellow Badger Logan Cascia, a videographer who created the viral video titled “Teach Me How to Bucky.” The two produced the following promotional video, titled “Badasstronaut.”

So now, it is up to you. Will this hard working Badger engineer get his few minutes in space, or will the prize go to someone who famously tricked his girlfriend into eating a spoonful of cinnamon?

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Nondorf Finds Success at Oshkosh Corp.

Jill Nondorf

Jill Nondorf (BSMSE, ’06, ME, ’11) finds success in failure.

The Dodgeville native has worked as a principal engineer at Oshkosh Corp. for the past six years, going “CSI” on broken and failed truck parts to assess what went wrong and to help suppliers ensure it doesn’t happen again.

The job might not be new or unusual for major manufacturers like Oshkosh Corp., but Nondorf has nonetheless blazed a trail as the first woman to join the department. And she’s working hard to encourage other women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These fields are often referred to collectively as STEM fields. Read more…

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Loest, Younkle and Brzowski Listed in 40 Under 40

For 13 years, In Business Magazine has celebrated the successes of rising business stars in its annual 40 Under 40 issue. In Business is a business-to-business publication in the Greater Madison region and looks for examples of business success and those who demonstrate a firm commitment to the local community through board involvement, volunteerism, or other activities.

This year, two College of Engineering alumni are listed. Kyle Loest (BSCEE, ’01) is a Senior Project Manager, J.H. Findorff & Son, Inc. and Matt Younkle (BSECE, ’97) is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder/CEO, Murfie, Inc. Angela Brzowski (BSCEE, ’99) is a design phase manager at Mortenson Construction. Read more…

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Engineering and Business Show Baldovin the World

Donald Baldovin

There are 196 countries in the world. Donald Baldovin has been to nearly 120 of them.

Baldovin joined the Standard Oil Company (later named Amoco Corporation) as an assistant chemical engineer in 1957 and retired from its worldwide exploration business group as vice president of finance and business support in 1998.  (more…)

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