October 12: The Need for “Badger Engineers”

–submitted by Joy Cardin

UW-Madison’s College of Engineering Dean Ian Robertson explained the growing demand for engineers in Wisconsin and how he plans to recruit and educate more students to meet the demand.   UW-Madison ranks 7th best in the nation among public universities for the quality of its undergraduate program and nearly all undergraduates seeking jobs have one before their senior year.  However, there are thousands of more jobs than graduates at this time and the demand is growing because of retirements in the field.  Dean Robertson highlighted how “Badger Engineers” are involved in research that will improve the economy and the quality of life in Wisconsin – from better environmental sustainability to health care technology – to happier cows!  The one thing holding back the College of Engineering when it comes to educating more students and even more research breakthroughs according to Dean Robertson is its aging infrastructure and lack of space.  He shared plans for a new $355-million dollar state-of-the-art engineering building that he believes will attract more students, faculty, and employers to UW-Madison.  

Did you miss our meeting last week? You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpzYp8CvbRo&t=4s.

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