John Dzissah, professor, operations and management department, and Anne Schmitz, assistant professor, engineering and technology department, have been appointed to the Fulton and Edna Holtby Manufacturing Engineering Chair from July to June 30, 2024. The chair provides $29,000 annually for professional development.
“It is my plan to use this appointment to establish laboratories for measurement, quality and reliability improvement activities to support applied research works with faculties and students in manufacturing engineering program,” Dzissah said. “This is to prepare the students to master the concepts and tools of product design and development, learn about managing creativity and design, project management, customer-focused innovation, research and financial issues, all from the perspective of product development.”
Schmitz said the award funds will help keep her current on technology issues and manufacturing trends.
“The overall objective of my research is to optimize the energy absorption capability of an auxetic mesostructure created from stereolithographic (SLA) additive manufacturing,” Schmitz said. “This contribution will be significant because designer auxetic structures, combined with the flexibility inherent to SLA manufacturing, has promise to bring about a new class of sports equipment, such as helmets, gloves and mats. This work promotes the goals of the manufacturing engineering program by expanding our additive manufacturing portfolio.”
Professor Jongeun Rhee, business department, earned the Lenore Landry Apparel Design and Development Professorship from July through June 30, 2024. The professorship provides a variable amount each year for professional development. In 2021-22 the amount is $3,600.
The award was established by Lenore Landry, a 1945 UW-Stout graduate in home economics education. Landry, a UW System specialist, was respected nationally for her expertise in textiles and clothing.