College cites 20 outstanding alumni on Nov. 12 Engineers’ Day

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On Nov. 12, 2021, the College of Engineering celebrates Engineers’ Day, a day focused on honoring the accomplishments of some of its most distinguished alumni. Because the COVID-19 pandemic postponed the event in 2020, the college will recognize 20 young and established alumni award recipients from both 2020 and 2021.

Recipients of the college’s Early Career Award or Distinguished Achievement Award, these respected alumni exemplify what it means to be Wisconsin engineers. Their engineering education has laid the foundation for some very remarkable careers—many of which are still yet in progress, and they illustrate the vast and remarkable impact Wisconsin engineers have in efforts that positively impact the lives of citizens around the world.

Our honorees include:

Early Career Award Recipients

Karien J. Rodríguez
Research technical strategist-life sciences, global research & engineering, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
PhDBME ’10, UW-Madison

Karien is a biomedical engineer who is shaping the personal care industry through her creative and innovative research.


Photo of Paul DauenhauerPaul Dauenhauer
Lanny and Charlotte Schmidt Professor, chemical engineering and materials science, University of Minnesota
BSChE ’04, UW-Madison

Paul is a chemical engineer whose ingenious catalytic processes have revolutionized biomass use and led to three startup companies that put his inventions into practice.


Photo of Subbu RamaSubbu Rama
Founder, Accio Ventures
MSECE ’05, UW-Madison

Subbu is a visionary and entrepreneurial leader in technology innovation, including pioneering virtualization of hardware accelerated devices.


Photo of Benjamin W. LongmierBenjamin W. Longmier
CTO and co-founder, Swarm Technologies
BSEP/physics ’04, MSEP ’05, PhDEP ’07, UW-Madison

Ben is a nuclear engineer whose expertise in aerospace engineering has enabled him to found three companies focused on high-altitude/low-earth-orbit communications to accelerate the Internet of Things.


Photo of James TamplinJames Tamplin
Founder partner, Founder Collective
BSIE ’06, MSIE ’07, UW-Madison

James is a systems engineer and entrepreneur who has fundamentally transformed and greatly simplified mobile and web applications development.


Photo of Daniel R. GriceDaniel R. Grice
Senior materials engineer, Materials Evaluation and Engineering, Inc.
BSMS&E ’09, UW-Madison

Dan is a materials engineer who has significantly advanced the diagnosis and remediation of material failures, provided exemplary professional society leadership, and promoted careers in STEM.


Photo of Kara ByrneKara Byrne
North America Commercial leader, turbomachinery and process solutions-valves, Baker Hughes
BSME ’04, UW-Madison

Kara is a technical and strategic leader in energy, valves and turbomachinery whose passion for inspiring women to enter engineering has enabled her to mentor, develop and retain future women leaders in energy industry.


Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Photo of Michael F. Conway Michael F. Conway
Retired president, Shell Trading, Royal Dutch Shell
BSChE ’78, UW-Madison

Michael is a chemical engineer who rose to the top of the international oil trading business while serving as an exemplar for management practices that reflect his values of integrity and civic responsibility.


Photo of Brian E. Luedtke Brian E. Luedtke
Vice president, Asia Pacific region, global corporate communications and clinical education, Hollister Inc.
BSChE ’85, UW-Madison

Brian is a chemical engineer and executive who has improved life for patients with chronic conditions by supporting innovative technology development, effective partnerships with healthcare providers, and sustained community engagement.


Photo of Steven R. ErbstoesserSteven R. Erbstoesser
Owner, Global Operations and Management Advisors LLC; retired, ExxonMobil
BSMineE ’74, MSMineE ’75, UW-Madison

Steven is an engineer, scientist and executive who, through caring and vision, has transformed organizations and led global teams to achieve world-class safety, operational and business performance in oil and gas operations.


Photo of Laurie Lindborg ParsonsLaurie Lindborg Parsons
Water Resources Division Director, Ramboll US
MSCEE ’87, UW-Madison

Laurie is a respected civil and environmental engineer, leader and advocate for clean water who has been a role model for women in STEM.


Photo of Todd KelseyTodd Kelsey
President and CEO, Plexus Corp.
BSEE ’87, MSEE ’89, UW-Madison

Todd is an exemplary leader of a Wisconsin‐based global company who demonstrates commitment to creating new technologies and products that build a better world.


Photo of David Ira EpsteinDavid Ira Epstein
Executive Director, Susilo Institute for Ethics in a Global Economy, Boston University; venture advisor, investor and management consultant, Epstein Advisors
BSECE ’76, MSECE ’78, UW-Madison

David is an exemplary entrepreneur and executive in cleantech, semiconductors and healthcare who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to social responsibility and ethics in engineering and business.


Photo of Amy WarnerAmy Warner
Vice president and general manager of IT digital business solutions and corporate director of accessibility, Intel Corp.
BSEM ’91, UW-Madison

Amy is an IT leader whose professional adaptability and commitment to empowering those of all abilities make her an example for future engineers.


Photo of Moo Hwan Kim Moo Hwan Kim
President, Pohang University of Science and Technology
PhDNE ’86, UW-Madison

Moo Hwan is a nuclear engineer and academic leader who has made innovations that significantly improve fundamental understanding of two-phase flow and heat transfer as applied to nuclear energy systems.


Photo of Jeff Rotsch Jeffrey J. Rotsch
Retired president, worldwide sales, General Mills
BSIE ’72, UW-Madison

Jeffrey is an industrial engineer and visionary leader who drove global business success in the consumer foods industry.


Photo of Oscar Marcelo SuárezOscar Marcelo Suárez
Professor and coordinator of the materials science and engineering program, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
MSMetE ’93, PhDMetE ’00, UW-Madison

Oscar is a metallurgical engineer who has led innovations in university education, promoted STEM, and advanced research on composite materials and nanotechnology.


Photo of Stephanie M. WhitehorseStephanie M. Whitehorse
Director of intellectual property, physical sciences, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation
BSMS&E ’96, UW-Madison

Stephanie is an engineer and patent agent who has applied her expertise to evaluating, patenting and commercializing more than 1,500 UW-Madison inventions, which have generated more than $100 million of royalty income and formed the basis of 45 startup companies.


Photo of Peter HolstenPeter Holsten
President and managing broker, Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation
BSME ’72, UW-Madison

Peter is a mechanical engineer and humanitarian who is devoted to the principle that everyone deserves affordable, quality housing and who strives to build and maintain healthy communities.


Photo of Bjorn BorgenBjorn Krogh Borgen
Chairman, Borgen Investment Group
BSME ’62, UW-Madison

Bjorn is a leading financial manager and entrepreneur whose success has enabled him to support educational, athletic and cultural causes that have benefited people across the United States and in his home country of Norway.


Author: Staff