Message from Dean Peters

UWM Joins the Ranks of Top Tier Research Institutions in the U.S.

DeanBrettPeters-CUIt’s about time! That was my reaction when I learned that the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ranked us R1, the gold standard for assessment. This elite status is enjoyed by only 2 percent of colleges and universities in the country. Adding to the elite Carnegie status, we just moved up significantly in U.S. News & World Report’s top engineering graduate programs in the country.

As you read this special edition of Milwaukee Engineer, you will learn about only some of the research conducted and being commercialized by our faculty and students. When you do, you will understand why UWM is deserving of this prestigious recognition. From developing water sensors that could instantly alert residents to the presence of lead in household water to designing a wrench to reduce work-related injuries in utility workers and metals smart enough to save gas, Milwaukee Engineers are leaving their mark in visible and invisible ways.

Research brings discoveries that help solve our world’s most pressing problems, help us live more full and productive lives and fuel economic growth in the form of business startups and job creation. Research also makes the academic experience richer and more meaningful for undergraduate students and provides an exciting entrée to academia for graduate students. Our new biomedical undergraduate program and expanded graduate program underscore that. It’s about time UWM is recognized with the Carnegie R1 status, because we have been doing this for a long time – 50 years specifically for the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

On the heels of our 50th Anniversary year, this special edition of Milwaukee Engineer offers examples of our contributions – a proud past and exciting future worthy of celebrating.

To do just that, we have had a number of events to acknowledge our 50th: winning the “largest team” award at the Panther Prowl (a student scholarship run/walk); lab tours during September’s Doors Open Milwaukee; a kick-off river boat tour with John Gurda highlighting the history and impact of Milwaukee Engineers; a newly launched Milwaukee Engineers Toastmasters group; and a celebration scholarship fund raiser in a few days.

We invite you to continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary. More importantly – join us on a long journey ahead by reconnecting with the college, alumni and future