Manufacturing Odds & Ends

ASQ Launches New Manufacturing-Focused Podcasts
The American Society for Quality (AQS) has launched a series of podcasts focused on manufacturing. The first podcasts discuss quality methodologies on topics specific to food safety and feature ASQ’s subject matter experts. The content is devoted to exploring timely issues and trends and providing solutions to challenges affecting the quality community. The next podcast in the series set for release in mid- September. The podcasts are available at

Carroll forms engineering partnership with UW-Platteville
Carroll University president Douglas Hastad and University of Wisconsin-Platteville chancellor David Markee recently signed an articulation agreement to give Carroll University students a clear pathway to earn an undergraduate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering.

Under terms of the agreement, students would complete three years of coursework at Carroll University and then transfer to UW-Platteville to complete their final two years of coursework. Students who successfully complete the program will earn a bachelor of science degree in applied physics from Carroll University and a bachelor of science degree in engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

"Area business leaders have been telling us for some time that there is a great need in this community for engineers. We are looking forward to helping fill that need and to supporting the local business community. Hopefully, our graduates of this program will return to Waukesha to begin their professional careers," Hastad said.

The five-year program will build on the strengths of both institutions. Carroll University has strong natural science and mathematics programs, which are foundational subjects in engineering. In addition, Carroll’s strong liberal arts core will help engineering students gain knowledge in such diverse subjects as energy and the environment, politics and special interests, laws and regulations, economics and community development.

Program organizers say the need for integrated solutions to engineering problems is of increasing importance, and Carroll’s general education requirements will add quality and substance to the program.

"Wisconsin and the Midwest have a documented need for more engineers," Markee said. "This program articulation is a win-win partnership. The result: students benefit, and our Midwest technical workforce is enhanced. We should all look for more innovative ways to give students access to sought-after degree programs."

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