Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nuclear Arms Expert and Negotiator George Bunn Dies

George Bunn

Former UW-Madison Law School Dean and nuclear arms expert and negotiator George Bunn (BSEE, ’46) died of spinal cancer in Palo Alto, Calif., April 21.
He served at the UW Law School from 1969 to 1986 and was dean from 1972 to 1975.
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Detecting Explosives: Schuff Seeks Funds to Finish Invention

Apollo 17 Astronaut, U.S. Senator, and Geologist Dr. Harrison "Jack" Schmitt presents a poster commemorating the Apollo 17 mission to Craig Schuff.

It’s been nearly two years since that fateful evening in May 2011 when Craig Schuff (then 25), a former competitive swimmer, dove into Lake Monona in Wisconsin and severely damaged his spinal cord.

Craig, now a quadriplegic, spent an entire year hospitalized at the University of Wisconsin hospital, but that did not impede his educational pursuits. Last November, Craig passed the oral exam for his master’s degree in nuclear engineering. He now is trying to finish experimental work for his Ph.D. and raise funds to complete an invention that can detect explosives.
To contribute to the fund, visit: http://www.gofundme.com/1f7jlk
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Johanek Pursues Entrepreneurial Dreams

Scott Johanek with his prize-winning invention, NoVo

Mechanical engineering alumnus Scott Johanek (BSME, ’12) won the Tong Prototype Prize in 2012 for his luggage system designed with pivoting wheels. The wheels kept the bag from falling over while in travel. The idea place second in the Schoofs’ Prize for Creativity.
Now, he is pursing a new venture; messenger bags with removable flaps that hold customized messages. He hopes to build his business and create jobs in Shawano County. Read more… 

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Zinkle Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

Steven Zinkle

Senior materials researcher and Corporate Fellow Steven Zinkle of the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been named a 2013 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

Zinkle was awarded the UW-Madison College of Engineering Distinguished Achievement Award in 2010. He earned his BS, MS and PhD in nuclear engineering from UW-Madison in 1980, ’82 and ’85.

Acknowledged for his “pioneering contributions to the understanding of radiation effects in materials and for advancing the scientific basis of performance limits for structural materials in advanced nuclear energy systems,” Zinkle will be formally recognized during the spring MRS meeting in April. Read more…

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