Join Us: Distinguished Alum Talk and Engineers’ Day

Thinking about visiting the college? Two great opportunities await you this fall: A Sept. 23 Distinguished  Alumni Lecture by Qualcomm Inc. Vice President Jim Thompson, and the 63rd annual Engineers’ Day on Oct 8.

Jim Thompson, vice president of CDMA technologies for wireless giant Qualcomm Inc. of San Diego, will kick off the first in a new twice-annual Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series for the UW-Madison College of Engineering. The presentation and Q&A will be held in the 3M Auditorium, Mechanical Engineering Building, from 4-5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 23. All are welcome to attend.

Thompson will talk about the importance of innovation to Qualcomm’s ascent to becoming the world’s largest producer of fabless semiconductors for wireless applications. He will also discuss the future of wireless technology. Thompson was part of the team that in the 1990s established the platform for wireless technology that underpins today’s 3G and 4G networks.

The 63rd annual Engineers’ Day on Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, will showcase great ideas in the college, honor distinguished alumni and offer an inside look at the rapidly changing southwest campus.  Visitors will have the special opportunity to tour the new Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a building that will transform UW-Madison research. Please join us by registering online for Friday events and purchase tickets for the Oct. 9 Badger Homecoming football game against Minnesota.

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One Response to Join Us: Distinguished Alum Talk and Engineers’ Day

  1. Jim Hall, PE, BSCE '75 says:

    The two posts from Terry Chapp and Jim Palkovic about helping future UW engineering grads made me think of Professor Jim Marks’ class Professional Orientation. It was a required junior year course, met one day a week in the large lecture hall in the Chemistry Building, and was graded strictly on attendance, if I remember correctly. Is that class or its modern equivalent still being offered?

    I found the class very useful in 1974, specifically regarding advice on interviewing and what to expect out in the real engineering job world, with a few extremely practical do’s and don’t’s on the latter subject. It was also very satisfying to be invited by Professor Marks to speak to the class 5 years later on “Impressions of a Not-So-Recent Graduate”.

    Who runs the UW Engineering Placement Center these days?

    Jim Hall, PE
    Chicago, Illinois but always a Badger Fan!