About The Wisconsin Engineer

Publishing great engineering content for over 115 years.


The Wisconsin Engineer is published four times yearly in September, November, February, and April by the Wisconsin Engineering Journal Association. It has been in print since 1896. Subscription is $12 for one year.

The Wisconsin Engineer magazine is published by and for students at UW-Madison. Philosophies and opinions expressed in this magazine do not necessarily reflect those of the College of Engineering and its management. All interested students have an equal opportunity to contribute to this publication.

The group meets every other Wednesday night at 7:00 PM in the Tong Auditorium, located in the Engineering Centers Building. For more info mail us at wiscengr at cae dot wisc dot edu (replace dots with periods).

All material in this publication is copyrighted. We are a member of the Associated Collegiate Press. Our faculty advisor is Professor Steven Zwickel, and our publisher is American Printing Co.

Our Spring 2014 Staff:

Graphic Design: Ashley Bauer, Matt Bollom, Ryan Butler, Akhilesh Dakinedi, Sukhwinder Kaur, Lukas Lindquist, Yuli Liu, Yao Mu, Cara Sandlass, Tanae Swenson, Bo Zhang, Xiaoshen Zhang

Photography: Sommer Ahmad, Nathan Hartung, Catie Qi, Chris Ross, Abby Schaefer, Alex Steinhauer, Matt Malecha, Ruihao Zhu

Business: Evan Albanese, Weston Hartman

Writing: Lori Bierman, Ashley Bredemus, Amanda Brylski, Charlie Duff, Alice Huang, Alexander Jones, Matthew Latuszek, Patrick O’Donnell, Elizabeth Puck, Heather Ruhl, Casey Sennott, Kate Slattery, John Steeno, Eric Trunk, Nathan Vogel, Zach White, Rick Zuern

Web: Max Eggers, Nick Ackerman Maxwell Jin

Copy Editor: Taylor Lauzon

Faculty Advisor: Steven Zwickel

Meet the Staff


Nick Schoenheider


Nick is currently a junior studying Industrial Engineering. He hopes to someday go on to get his MBA and own his own business. Sundays in Fall are his favorite time of the year due to his passion for football. The Green Bay Packers are the greatest thing to happen to this world, and if you feel otherwise he will label you as an outcast and make fun of you. (Just kidding, but seriously hey are the best). Aside from this, he enjoys hunting, biking, camping, and anything outdoors. He hopes someday to live in Colorado. Sports are also another passion of his. He enjoys playing basketball at the SERF and golfing on the local courses in town. Some things on his bucket list include going to a Masters, US Open, and Writer Cup.


Nick Lepak


Nick is a senior majoring in Chemical Engineering from New Berlin, WI. Being from Wisconsin, he really enjoys cheese, and he spends much of his time working at Babcock Hall testing, making, and eating it. For fun, Nick likes to play sports with his friends and go to the symphony. Nick joined the Magazine his sophomore year and he is excited to continue working with the staffers.


Rachel Feil


Rachel can’t fathom leaving behind her years at UW-Madison in May 2014 when she graduates from both her undergrad programs, civil engineering and environmental studies. In the meantime, Rachel leaving her mark on campus by working through the Office of Sustainability after working for campus facilities, Capital Planning and Development, for two years. She is a recovering Candy Crush addict and hearing the theme song triggers her to relapse, spiraling into a black-hole of jelly-clearing hours. To take her mind off this past addiction, Rachel has found solace in Badger football Saturdays, snapchats and the finer things in life.


Elly Underwood


Elly is a 5th year majoring in Mechanical Engineering and joined the magazine back when she was a sophomore. She grew up in Minnesota, but has always been a big Packer and Badger fan and loves to watch football. Elly prefers to be outside either golfing, running, or visiting family cabins up in Northwestern Wisconsin. When forced to stay inside, she enjoys watching James Bond movies (preferably the older ones) or experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen.


Justin Alt


Justin is currently a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering and also pursuing a Certificate of Technical Communication. When he has an ounce of free time, Justin enjoys hanging out with his friends or watching his favorite TV show, Bones. Sports are also a big part of his life. Born and raised in Whitefish Bay, WI, Justin grew up cheering on the Packers, Badgers and Brewers, and now works on the Brewers Grounds Crew. He joined the magazine as a writer in the spring of 2013, and is now in his first semester as a head in the writing department.


Alex Steinhauer


Alex is a second year Mechanical Engineering student from Reedsburg, WI (it’s by the Dells). He joined the photography staff as a freshman and now heads the department. When he’s not looking at photos for the magazine he can usually be found at just about any concert due to his love of music. If not there, try checking the student section on Saturdays cheering on the Badgers.


Mitch Stamp


Mitch is a freshman majoring in Civil Engineering. He joined the magazine because it was a great fit combining his passion for engineering with his interest in photography and other media. Mitch enjoys pretty much every winter sport and loves spending time on the water during the summer. When he’s not outside you can find him listening to music or hanging out with friends. His long term plan after Madison is to get his Masters in Architecture.


Ryan Krull

Graphic Design

Ryan is a junior majoring in Electrical Engineering from Oregon, WI. This is his second semester serving as head of Graphic Design. He hopes to apply his skills in the health care side of engineering. If he’s not studying or doing homework, he just watches paint dry for fun.


James DeBano

Graphic Design

James is a senior studying Electrical Engineering and Technical Communications and has been involved with the magazine since sophomore year. He is originally from Oregon Wi (just south of Madison) and has been born and raised a Badger. When he’s not working on the magazine or at his job at the DoIT Help Desk, James enjoys playing soccer, ultimate frisbee, and disc golf with his friends, and also enjoys camping, hiking, and canoeing.


Weston Hartman


Weston is currently a 4th year senior in Mechanical Engineering, also pursuing a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management. He was in the US Navy for over five years as a jet engine mechanic, working on both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. Being a nontraditional student has it’s perks, but he mostly feels old and grumpy on campus. He hopes to one day get his pilots license and work in the Motorsports industry in Europe. In his free time, Weston obviously loves anything cars, as well as being outside when it’s warm, spirited driving, personal fitness, mountain biking, kayaking, and making up other action sports to put into his autobiography.


Fanying "April" Wu


April is pursuing her Master of Accountancy degree after graduated from UW-Madison as an Economics major. Besides her passion for tax, she is interested in listening to music, composing music pieces, and singing. FYI, if you see her playing pool in Union South, please say hi to her. But please pretend that you do not know her if you see her bowling.


Becca Aronson


Becca Aronson is a junior in Mechanical Engineering. Despite her tendency towards equations and CAD software, she often day dreams about conducting SERIOUS BUSINESS with the Wisconsin Engineering Magazine and as a result is one the business heads of this magazine. In her spare time she tends to gravitate towards watching old reruns of Cheers under her Packer snuggie or pulling out her Bob Dylan vinyls whilst knitting multicolored socks.


Jon Miller


Jon is currently a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering and also pursing a Certificate of Business. Originally from Hartland, WI, Jon loves being outdoors and on the lake (well at least during the summer). Playing lacrosse, golfing, and watching TV series such as House of Cards and That’s 70 Show are also some of his favorite things to do. Jon joined the magazine staff last semester and it is now his first semester as a co-head of advertising.


Justin Russo


Justin is a currently a senior studying Computer Engineering and Computer Science and trying very hard to balance the both of them! When his head isn’t in an engineering textbook, he like to spend his time hanging out with friends, singing, playing games (video or otherwise), and enjoy a good cup of coffee.