Engineering Professional Development (EPD) Leadership

Engineering Professional Development (EPD) is a Department in the College of Engineering. As an academic department in at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, EPD is managed by a Chair who is a member of the Executive Committee. In addition, it has a leadership team to oversee department operations under the direction of the chair.


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Philip O'Leary, PhD, PE

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Department Chair
O'Leary directs the technical outreach program for the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In this capacity he oversees the delivery of more than 400 continuing education courses each year in a wide range of technical specialties. The program, which serves a national audience, delivers training at multiple locations throughout the US and also over the Internet. His area of professional interest is solid waste management, hazardous waste control, groundwater quality protection, and related environmental topics. His landfill design seminar has been attended by thousands of people who are now responsible for developing, permitting and operating landfills throughout the US and Canada. O'Leary also has extensive international waste management experience. He has been Department Chairman since July 1995. His engineering and land resources degrees are from the University of Wisconsin–Madison