EPD - eHelp - EPD Essentials - Degree Program Alumni Resources

All graduates of the Master of Engineering programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are granted certain access and benefits after graduation.

UW NetID Access WiscMail, myUW, and UW-Madison Box

Graduated students will retain their UW NetID in order to access their MyUW portal, however about 3-6 months after graduation they will begin losing full access to other UW systems (i.e., WiscMail, UWBox, Campus Software Library, etc..).  UW's DoIT Helpdesk KnowledgeBase page discusses UW NetID access for former students. If you are an Alumni of an EPD Online Master of Engineering Program, our department takes steps to maintain your access to the Community & Support sites.

It is best to update your contact information in myUW portal before you graduate and before your Full Service Deactivation occurs.  However, after UWNetID deactivation, Alumni can use the links below to maintain their NetID and access to their Program's Community & Support Site.

Community & Support Site in UW-Madison Moodle and Desire2Learn (Learn@UW)

Since the current UW policy is to deactivate the UW NetID after graduation, including WiscMail, please be sure the learning management system's user profile has an updated email address. EPD also encourages graduates to update their employer and/or home address information as well. Both of these steps keep the graduate connected to EPD to receive occasional future relevant announcements from the program.

The material maintained in the learning management system is available for six months after the course has concluded, or at the instructor's discretion. Students will continue to have alumni access in UW-Madison Box. Please be sure to copy ALL course files onto a personal computer for permanent access BEFORE this date.

EPD provides students that graduate (and become alumni) after Fall 2013 special access to the Community and Support site and the  Alumni Private Forum, which alumni will access with their UW NetID, so it is important to remember the current UW NetID and password (even though it has been officially deactivated).

For alumni prior to Fall 2013 who have not yet requested a UW NetID via Manifest, please read how to obtain a UW NetID to regain access to the Community site on UW-Madison Moodle from the Document 46022 is unavailable at this time. page.

Should an alumni need to change the email address or password associated with their NetID after the Full Service Deactivation has happened and they no longer have access to WiscMail, myUW, etc., (approximately 6 months after graduation). You can reset password, or update your preferred email via Manifest.

Additional Alumni Information - By Degree

MEM Alumni: MAD Series, Spring and Summer

The "MEM Alumni Development (MAD) Series" was started in 2001 to serve alumni professional development needs and maintain contact after graduation.
  • Each spring, there are five monthly webinars for MEM Alumni only. These are three-hour sessions with some time set aside for general sharing of personal news. There is no cost for these monthly webinars.
  • Each August, during Residency Week, there is a two-day workshop, again for MEM graduates only and with a reduced enrollment fee.
Topics for both online and summer activities are selected based on a survey conducted among all MEM alums each Fall. Please join whenever possible and continue engineering professional development. Check the Alumni Forum in MEM Community for current MAD Series information.

UW-Madison Alumni Association

Consider joining the Wisconsin Alumni Association to stay connected to the alma mater and other UW Resources.

Library Resources

After graduation, there are a combination of options, but none of them give full access to the library resources that students have. Most of the database licenses are restricted to only registered students (and staff). After graduation, the UW ID and NetID will expire, and alumni will not be able to get into most library databases.

UW Alumni Database Access

Those who join the Wisconsin Alumni Association will have access to a few databases for which EPD has signed special licenses: Proquest Research Library and ABI Inform. These are both very useful databases, but if looking for Engineering Village, IEEEXplore, or Knovel, they will not be found.

Public Libraries

Most Wisconsin residents have access to BadgerLink through the public library system. Other states have similar programs. Again, Engineering Village or IEEEXplore will not be found.

Interlibrary loan of books are also available through the public libraries. They can lend books through the same system as UW-Madison libraries. The WorldCat database can be used to identify what is available.

Live Near a University?

People who live near a university campus may be able to visit the library and use their databases. Do not hesitate to talk to librarians and ask them what is available. Universities have benefits for local communities. For example, local residents in Madison can borrow books from any UW-Madison campus library when they purchase an annual $30 card.

Fee-Based Services

An important option for alumni is fee-based library services. Wisconsin TechSearch is a fee-based service on the campus that has clients all over the U.S. Those clients are businesses that do not have their own library. They will often link users to publishers websites where the articles can be purchased. Time is money, and Wisconsin TechSearch can save a lot of time.


Free search engines and open source documents are improving. Google Scholar and other free search engines are available. They will often link to publishers websites where the articles can be purchased. If there is time, these articles can be obtained through the public library.

Keywords:EPD eHelp   Doc ID:46020
Owner:Leah N.Group:Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
Created:2015-01-08 11:27 CDTUpdated:2016-06-06 10:00 CDT
Sites:College of Engineering - Online Learning Resources, Engineering Professional Development - Department Resources
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