An engineer’s tour of Madison, Wisconsin

With growing advanced manufacturing, information technology, agriculture and healthcare industries, engineering is a key dynamic in Madison’s future. Many aspiring engineers are educated at the UW-Madison College of Engineering, which is 14 on the 2016 U.S. News and World Report rankings of the best graduate schools. Dialogue cohost Rockwell Automation is a leader in industrial automation and information, and as the largest company of its kind, employs 22,500 people worldwide and serves customers in more than 80 countries. Civil engineers have made Madison a cycle-friendly city, with 46 miles of paved bike paths and 112 miles of bike lanes on streets. While you’re riding around town, you’ll notice beautiful architecture abounds here. See Jacobs I, the “solar hemicycle,”  and the Unitarian Society Meeting House, all designed by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Jacobs I was the first of Wright’s Usonian houses. The Wright-designed Monona Terrace Convention and Visitor Center took 60 years to complete and now hosts local, regional and international events. The Harold C. Bradley house is a prime example of Prairie School design. The Wisconsin state capitol celebrates renaissance revival and beaux-arts architecture, and its grounds play host to the country’s largest producer-only farmer’s market. Don’t forget to celebrate Wisconsin’s famous beverage engineering with a tour of one, or several, of the breweries around town.