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Madison Alumnus Nominated for Design Engineer Hall of Fame

September 9, 2010

Dan Reneau, recently inducted into Herzing University – Madison’s own Hall of Fame, is a contender for Product Design & Development magazine’s Design Engineer Hall of Fame. Other nominees include Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor Company, and William R. Wilkinson, inventor of a 5-pound portable oxygen tank.

Reneau certainly holds the credentials to be in such distinguished company. With 11 patents in product technologies for automotive safety, his career has been dedicated to engineering automobiles to be safer, thereby protecting and saving lives of drivers and their passengers. Most recently employed as the Design Manager for Bourns Automotive, formerly the SSI Technologies automotive group in Janesville, Wis., Reneau was also R&D Manager at Hamlin in Lake Mills, formerly a Breed Technologies company.

Reneau holds an A.S. in Electronics Engineering Technology from Herzing University – Madison and has returned to pursue his B.S. in Technology Management. He is taking advantage of online classes in order to fit his education around his demanding schedule, and it’s working—he currently holds a 4.0 GPA.

More information about Reneau and the competition can be found on the Product Design and Development web site. Winners will be announced the week of September 28, 2010 at Design & Manufacturing Midwest expo held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. You can also learn more about Dan’s accomplishments and view examples of his work at his web site,

Congratulations to Dan on this honor of being nominated!

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