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Friday, September 23, 2016

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The Wisconsin Electric Machines and Power Electronics Consortium (WEMPEC) is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and we invite all ECCE attendees – including first- time visitors as well as alumni and long-time friends – to come spend a day with us at the University of Wisconsin - Madison for this special open house event. Activities planned for the day includes a mixture of lab tours, open lab sessions to meet our students, presentations by our two co-founders, and plenty of opportunities for socializing, including a buffet lunch. Optional afternoon/early evening activities include campus tours and a boat cruise on lovely Lake Monona! Expect a casual environment (no ties necessary) and an emphasis on schedule flexibility so that you can spend your time doing the things that most interest you. For your convenience and to avoid parking problems, bus transportation (for a minimal fee) is offered from Milwaukee to Madison and return. We look forward to having you spend the day with us!

        Bob Lorenz and Tom Jahns, WEMPEC Co-Directors

        Giri Venkataramanan, Bulent Sarlioglu, and Dan Ludois, WEMPEC Associate Directors


Not necessary if you plan to participate in this event as a day trip. However, if you plan to come early or stay late, a small block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Inn Towner Madison for September 22 and 23 at a rate of: $119.00 per night. This includes free parking and free hot breakfast, plus a free shuttle to the Engineering campus. Reservations can be made by calling (608) 233-8778 and use GROUP CODE: ECCE.


We recommend taking the Friday morning bus from Milwaukee (see below). If you plan to drive, please be aware that campus parking is extremely limited and will cost $12 for a daily pass.

Fee Schedule:


Lectures, lab tours, and lunch (Required registration fee)


Bus transportation, Milwaukee-Madison, round trip (Optional)


Betty Lou Boat Cruise on Lake Monona (Optional)

Visit WEMPEC Itinerary

Main Activities (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

8:00 AM

Board Badger Coach Bus at Milwaukee Convention Center
(Optional, with fee. Two return departure times at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM as noted below.)

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Presentation – Past, Present and Future of WEMPEC
WEMPEC Co-Founders: Dr. Donald W. Novotny & Dr. Thomas A. Lipo
Wisconsin Institute of Discovery (WID), 330 N. Orchard St.

11:15 - 4:00 PM

WEMPEC Lab Tours

11:30 - 1:00 PM

Buffet Lunch in the Mechanical Engineering Building Lobby 1513 University Ave.
(Included in required registration fee)

1:00 PM

First bus departs to Milwaukee with pick-up in front of Engineering Hall
(Optional, included in fee for bus round trip)

Optional Activities

1:00 - 4:00 PM

Campus Walking Tour(Free)

Leave from Union South at 1308 W. Dayton Street
Explore the beautiful University of Wisconsin-Madison campus on a guided walking tour. These 100-minute tours are led by experienced tour guides and highlight campus life, academics, and the history of the university.

1:00 - 4:00 PM

WEMPEC Lab Tours           Continuation from morning activities

4:30 PM

Bus departs Engineering Hall for Betty Lou Boat Cruise
(Included in fee for optional boat tour)

5:00 - 7:00 PM

Betty Lou Boat Cruise on Lake Monona (Optional, with fee)
Enjoy scenic views of Madison's skyline, including the State Capitol, Monona Terrace Convention Center, and lakefront estates. First-class catering and service in provided. The dinner buffet includes salads, the famous Wisconsin Fish Fry [fried walleye, broiled haddock & roasted chicken] and cheesecake with Door County cherries. Sunset at 6:52 PM.

7:15 PM

Bus back to campus from Betty Lou Boat Cruise
(Included in fee for optional boat tour)

7:30 PM

Last bus departs from front of Engineering Hall for Milwaukee
(Optional, included in fee for bus round trip)

We look forward to welcoming you to WEMPEC after ECCE this September! If you require a letter of invitation, please contact Helene Demont (demont@engr.wisc.edu).


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