Contest Judges

Ed Gisske

  • Education
    • BSEE UW-Madison 1970
    • BSME UW-Madison 1973
    • Thirteen postgraduate credits in Thermoscience and Fluid Dynamics at UW-Madison
  • Registered professional engineer in Wisconsin since 1979
  • 15 US and foreign patents issued, 8 applications pending. More than 50 US Patent citations
  • Owner Gisske Engineering, Mt. Horeb, WI
    • Sole-practice that designs and develops electrical and mechanical products for forensic analysis and testing
    • Participated in bringing more than 150 products to market since 1978
  • Served as a Lecturer/Specialist in the UW-Madison Mechanical Engineering department teaching Manufacturing Processes, Welding Engineering, Instrumentation and various short courses
  • Taught ME349 (Mechanical Engineering Senior Design) as an adjunct lecturer in 1997
  • Interests
    • Amateur radio: First licensed in 1961, Amateur Extra class license
    • Aviation: Commercial, Instrument, and Multi-engine ratings
    • Precision metalworking and machine tool renovation
    • Home brewing beer

Jody Peterson

  • Education
    • BSME, UW-Platteville
    • MSME, Clemson University
      • Participated in Motor-sports Engineering Program
      • Worked with NASCAR Winston Cup teams doing data acquisition
      • Worked with NHRA Top Fuel dragster team, complete finite element analysis of chassis
    • MS Engine Systems, UW-Madison
      • Studied compressible fluid flow, project management, and engine design processes
      • Projects: Detailed study of crankshaft design, optimization of air flow of intake and exhaust systems
  • Employed by Hamilton Sundstrand in Rockford, Illinois since 1999
    • Currently Lead Design Engineer for Boeing 787-9 G5 Coolant Pump System
    • Has worked on projects for F-35, F-22, F-18, F-16 fighter jets along with Boeing 787, 777, and 767 and Airbus's A320 airliners
  • Interests
    • Hot Rodding- Owner of the "Hot Rod With No Name," a 1931 Model A Ford with a 392 Hemi

Tom Quigley

Tom Quigley, Vice President of Engineering for the Oshkosh Fire & Emergency Segment, is happy to serve as one of the judges for the design competition.

Tom graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Tom joined Oshkosh Truck in March of 1995 as a design engineer for the Oshkosh concrete placement products. He held various job titles and responsibilities within the Oshkosh organization, and in 2003 became the Director of Engineering for concrete placement, snow removal and Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) products.

In 2005, Tom became Vice President of Engineering for the Oshkosh commercial segment, located in Dodge Center, MN. In 2007 he joined the Fire & Emergency Segment as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for the development of Pierce fire apparatus, Oshkosh ARFF and snow removal, Medtec ambulance, Frontline broadcast, and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicle mobile medical equipment.

Tom and his wife Shari reside in Oshkosh with their two children. Tom enjoys hunting, snowmobiling, and UW athletics and has been a season ticket holder for Wisconsin football since 2009.

Since 1917, Oshkosh Corporation has built its reputation on innovation, reliability, and superior performance. Oshkosh products are marketed worldwide under the Oshkosh®, Pierce® and McNeilus® brands.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Engineering Physics
Madison, Wisconsin
Revised: 12/15/2011