Chancellor Mnookin starts her work

11 a.m., Aug. 4

A chat with the media

Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin took time during her first day on the job to answer questions from reporters in Vilas Hall.


10 AM, Aug. 4

Touring the College of Engineering

Grainger Dean of the College of Engineering Ian Robertson welcomed new Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin to the Engineering campus Thursday morning to help introduce the new chancellor to the college’s teaching and research laboratories, shared spaces like the Huibregtse Commons that foster interaction between faculty, staff, students and guests, and facilities that are undergoing or are scheduled for renovation, redesign and upgrade.

Representatives of Facilities Planning & Management accompanied a tour of the labs and student computing facilities in 1410 Engineering Drive that focused on plans to replace the aging building with one that can better serve the needs of the college as it grows toward its goal of increasing undergraduate enrollment from 4,500 to 5,500 students.

Mnookin got an up-close look at HSX, one of two large-scale fusion experiments in engineering aimed at turning the fusion process that powers our sun into a source of energy that is nearly limitless and nearly free of waste and emissions. At the UW Makerspace — where students can use rapid prototyping equipment and other resources to explore emerging technology — Mnookin met with engineering professors Christian Franck, Jason Kawasaki, Christy Remucal and Reid van Lehn to talk about their research and its impact and the depth and breadth. of the work done by their colleagues in the college.


8 a.m., Aug. 4

Breakfast with student leaders

On her first day as the 30th chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin started by sharing breakfast with 11 student leaders, including two graduate students, at Steenbock’s on Orchard in the Discovery Building.

Mnookin, who previously served as dean of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, planned to spend his first official day meeting with various members of the UW-Madison community and touring the campus. The highlight is an ice cream social on Bascom Hill from 2 to 3:30 pm


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