BSE Alumni Spring 2015 Newsletter

Gift of $500,000 Establishes Professorship in Biological Systems Engineering


The Department of Biological Systems Engineering is receiving its first endowed professorship. Emeritus professor and former BSE Department Chair Patrick Walsh and his wife, Noreen Warren have committed to a gift of $500,000 to establish a named professorship in our department.


Pat and Noreen's incredible gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar through a "Morgridge Match" that will double its value to $1,000,000. In fall 2014, John and Tashia Morgridge pledged $100 million designated to match gifts toward new endowed professorships at UW-Madison. The names of these endowed chairs are those of the matching donors, not the Morgridges. Their donation is the largest-ever gift by a single donor to the university. Pat and Noreen's gift qualified for this matching fund opportunity. The professorship is to be used at the discretion of the department to support critical faculty contributions to our teaching and research missions.


Opportunity to match all donations to BSE Professorship fund until June 8, 2015!


Because of the tremendous support shown by friends of UW-Madison, the Morgridge match fund was fully committed in less than one year. To show appreciation for this support, the Morgrides offered to match any and all funds that are pledged by June 8, 2015. This creates the opportunity for a second professorship in BSE, or additions to the Walsh/Warren Professorship fund that will be doubled by the Morgridge Match. This is a unique, limited time opportunity to give to the department and have that gift increased dollar-for-dollar. Gifts must be pledged by June 8, while funds transfer can occur at a later date. The faculty and students of BSE are extremely grateful to Pat Walsh and Noreen Warren for their generous gift that is inspiring our contributors to redouble their efforts to support our teaching and research.


If you would like to make a contribution please contact Barb McCarthy at the UW Foundation ( 608-265-5891) or Department Chairman Doug Reinemann ( doug.reinemann@wisc.edu608-262-0223)

 BSE in the News! 
Manure Irrigation Study

Transport of manure to fields through irrigation methods has been under extreme scrutiny for the last few years in Wisconsin. As another manure land-application technology, it is 

appealing to producers for many reasons. This includes a potential reduction in hauling costs, less

road traffic and increased nutrient efficiency due to application throughout the growing season. Read more of this article by Assistant Professor Rebecca Larson in the Wisconsin Agriculturist here.  

Value of Wood Burning
Outreach Specialist Scott Sanford discusses the value of using wood for heating.  Listen here!
Cows are Texting, Too!
Department Chair Doug Reinemann discusses new technology that allows cows to text useful information to herd managers.Listen to the podcast here!
AgrAbility Helps Farmers
BSE Assistant Professor Brian Luck
and AgrAbility of Wisconsin help farmers to continue farming after a disabling farm injury or a chronic health condition.  Read more of this Agri-View article here.
Students Help Disabled Goat
Students in Professor Dave Bohnhoff's Interdisciplinary Engineering 160 class learned how to be problem solvers when they decided to help a crippled goat.  Watch the video and read more here.
Rules of the Road Seminar
UW-Extension agricultural safety specialist Cheryl Skjolaas recently teamed up with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and Wisconsin State Patrol to discuss how the new Implements of Husbandry Laws m ay affect agriculture. Read more here. Read more here.
UW Precision Ag Expert
A Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion rule pro­posed Feb. 15 re­gard­ing the use of drones is a step in the right di­rec­tion for farm­ers, ac­cord­ing to Brian Luck, UW-Ex­ten­sion pre­ci­sion agri­cul­ture spe­cial­ist. Read more about Luck's thoughts in this article in The Country Today.
Adaptive Equipment Helps Farmer
BSE Professor David Kammel and AgrAbility of Wisconsin helped this farmer to continue doing what he loves.  Read the article in the Green Bay Press Gazette here.
Panuska Receives Donald R. Peterson
Technology Transfer Award
John Panuska recently received the Donald R. Peterson Technology Transfer Award for his Irrigation Water Man agement at the 2014 Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Find more about the innovative exhibit here.  


BSE Alum Featured in Wisconsin Agriculturist
 BSE Alum Bryan Rowntree, an engineer at Kuhn North America in Brodhead, discusses the path that lead him to his current career.  Keep reading the full article here!