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 Academy of Science and Engineering

Five New Members Inducted

The College of Science and Engineering held its fifth annual Academy of Science and Engineering Ceremony in September 2006 and inducted five new members. The Academy was established in 2002 to give public recognition to distinguished alumni and special friends of the College of Science and Engineering, who have brought distinction to themselves through their participation, commitment, and leadership in their chosen profession.

Inducted this year were Dr. Edward Bersu, Dr. Howard Levine, Dr. Glenn B. Morey, Mr. Gerald Ostroski, and Dr. Charles Taylor. Photo: Front row (l-r) Edward Bersu, Glenn B. Morey, Gerald Ostroski, Howard Levine, and CSE Dean James P. Riehl. Back row: Vice Chancellor Bruce Gildseth and Charles Taylor.

Dr. Edward Bersu (BA UMD 1968, Ph.D. UWM 1976)
Bersu is currently a professor in the UW-Madison Department of Anatomy and an affiliate professor in the UW-Madison School of Education’s Department of Kinesiology. His major research interests have included investigations of the morphology of human malformation syndromes associated with verified chromosomal imbalances such as trisomy. Bersu served as interim associate dean for students for the UW-Medical School in 2003 and 2004. He has chaired the UW-Madison Biological Sciences Executive Division Curriculum Committee and for the past four years has chaired the campus committee that facilitates policies associated with the American Disabilities Act. Bersu is an advisor for the UW-Madison Biology program and sits on the Biology Degree Executive Committee.

Dr. Howard Levine (BA UMD 1964, MA Cornell 1967, Ph.D. Cornell 1969),br> Levine moved in 1978 to Iowa State University where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Mathematics. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals and has been a department head at Iowa State. Levine has published more than 100 referred works and presented over 250 invited lectures, and he is listed in the ISI Web of Knowledge among 300 highly-cited mathematicians. An expert in the field of partial differential equations, one of his recent research interests is mathematical modeling of tumor-driven angiogenesis.

Dr. Glenn B. Morey (BA UMD 1957, MA UMTC 1962, Ph.D. UMTC 1965)
Morey is presently Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, Winchell School of Earth Sciences. He joined the professional staff of the Minnesota Geological Survey as a geologist in 1965 and became principal geologist and general supervisor of geologic activities in the Precambrian terrane of Minnesota in 1973. He was named associate director of the survey in 1976 and in 1979 chief geologist was added to his title. From 1986 to 2001, the year of his retirement, Morey held the titles of professor in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, where he was a member of the graduate faculty in the areas of stratigraphy and sedimentology; and associate director and chief geologist, Minnesota Geological Survey.

Mr. Gerald Ostroski
Ostroski began his Minnesota Power career in 1963 as an assistant system planning engineer and steadily assumed positions of increasing responsibility. He retired in July of 2002 after 39 years of service to Minnesota Power. His career-long interest in new technology and computers and in how they could transform the electric utility industry was legendary at Minnesota Power. Also legendary is his leadership in the group of industrialists and legislators that lobbied to establish engineering programs at UMD in the early and mid 1980s. This leadership continued as he served as the head of the Engineering Advisory Committee and Scholarship Committee and continues to be active in supporting and promoting engineering education at UMD. In addition to professional society memberships he is active in many philanthropic organizations.

Dr. Charles Taylor (BA UMD 1952, Ph.D. UW 1956)
Shortly after completing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 1956, Taylor accepted a scientist position in the Central Research Laboratory at 3M. His distinguished career at 3M spanned nearly four decades and included a variety of projects focusing on organic chemistry, biochemistry and medical devices. In addition to numerous records of invention, Taylor holds a dozen patents on pressure sensitive adhesives, dental restoratives, high performance polymers and biocompatible materials. When he retired from 3M, he had achieved the highest level of scientist, namely 3M Corporate Scientist.

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