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Mike Allen Retires After 31 Years of Service to UW


January 3, 2013 — This past December marked the retirement of Mike Allen, Master Technician of the college’s Machine Shop.  Mike earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1976.

Mike began his service to UW in February of 1981.  During his time at UW, Mike worked in the Agricultural Engineering Department for five years, the Civil and Architectural Engineering Department for 12 years, and he spent the last 14 years as a Master Technician in the Machine Shop.  In addition to fabricating sophisticated parts for research projects, Mike also provided design assistance on many projects including a rainfall simulator for Agricultural Engineering, parts for the Electrical Engineering Department’s hexapod project, and parts for a complex telescope camera for the Physics Department.  In addition, he assisted countless students with the design and fabrication of their Senior Design projects, and taught many students the basics of precision machining techniques.  Mike is a true master craftsman, and his skills and contributions will be missed by all in the college.

-          Rob Erikson, CEAS Shop Manager, Assistant Lecturer

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