Gehring, who retired in June of 1999, came to the university in 1965 to teach in the metals department. He developed and taught courses in materials and processing methods; machining; sheet metal forming; metallurgy; heating and air conditioning; and dimensional metrology.
He also was instrumental in the development of the applied technology and the manufacturing engineering programs, embodiments of the university’s “hand-on, minds-on” philosophy.
Gehring and others were part of the development of UW-Stout’s technology transfer program, actively helping inventors evaluate and develop product designs. He was a leader in the creation and development of the Manufacturing Technology Transfer program and the Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center, which assist companies by applying value added manufacturing methods to operations.
In 1995 Gehring received UW-Stout’s Outstanding Researcher Award for his efforts in the classroom and in industry.
Gehring, an alumnus with an M.S. in industrial education in 1960, has a B.S. degree in industrial arts education from South Dakota State University in Brookings, S. D.
The Reminiscence Speaker Series, sponsored by the Stout Historical Association of the Dunn County Historical Society, features talks that illuminate the “spirit of Stout.” The original series was held in advance of the university’s centennial in 1991 and made a significant contribution to Stout’s oral history. The institution has seen considerable change in the years since and the association reinstated the series to continue documenting the university’s unique culture and history.
The event is free and open to the university and Menomonie community. Participants may bring a lunch.
For more information contact Terese Wentworth, interim alumni director, at email@example.com or 715-232-1259.