From Dean Brett Peters

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to some of our most remarkable advanced materials science researchers. These experts are finding solutions to issues facing individuals, families and community (low-cost methods to detect water contaminants), companies (accelerating new-product testing), and our city (galvanizing Milwaukee’s foundries).

My hope is that this introduction will be a catalyst for finding new ways to work with our current community partners and to begin relationships with other members of Wisconsin’s engineering community. Look for contact information for each researcher at the end of each profile. Read more.

What We Are Researching: Advanced Materials 

Polymers that Give Companies Competitive Edge
Polymer composites have applications in solar cells, water filtration, and manufacturing, where high-quality/low-cost materials can give U.S. companies a competitive edge. Nidal Abu-Zahra, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Materials Science and Engineering, creates polymer composites that—compared to their predecessors—are stronger, cheaper, longer lasting, and reduce the amount of by-products that manufacturers send to landfills. Read more.
Decreasing Testing Times for New Porous Media
Krisha Pillai's research in porous media can accelerate a new product’s speed to market by simulating the potential product’s performance. Pillai, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Flow and Transport Studies in Porous Media, is one of the few researchers worldwide capable of applying the volume averaging technique method to solve such transport problems in porous media. Read more.
Batteries with Higher-Energy Density
You say you want a (battery) revolution? How about a car battery that powers your vehicle for several hundred miles? Or a smartphone battery that lasts a full month, one you never need to charge while traveling? Batteries with higher energy density are the research targets of Junjie Niu, Assistant Professor, Materials Science Engineering. Much of Niu’s research focuses on the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. Read more.
The $1 Water Sensor
Woo Jin Chang, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, has developed a menu of miniature electrochemical sensors that can detect—at low-cost and instantaneously—heavy metals, water acidity, and nutrients in drinking water and other fluids. Three Wisconsin companies have licensed the sensor and now Chang and his co-inventor are collaborating with a California-based company to commercialize it. Read more.
Milwaukee’s Foundry Renaissance
Pradeep Rohatgi believes Milwaukee can reclaim its role as a world-class, foundry powerhouse. Rohatgi is a Wisconsin Distinguished Professor—a designation the UW System gives to researchers working in areas of vital, or emerging, economic significance to Wisconsin. For 40 years, he has created foundry-producible “smart” metal matrix composites that are self healing and self cleaning. Now he is working on developing hydrophobic pipes that will reduce energy loss during water flow. Read more.

Community Engagement

Registration Open for March 1, 2018 Industry Expo
Each spring and fall, the college’s recruitment event, Industry Expo, attracts 100 employers to connect with engineering and computer science students. Secure your place to speak with our students at the next expo. Login to Handshake to learn more.
Questions or account issues? Contact Juli Pickering, Director of Career Services, jlpicker@uwm.edu or 414-229-4208.
Judges Needed for Student Poster Competition
Our Student Research Poster Competition relies on participation from local, professional engineers. This year’s 10th anniversary event – at which graduate and undergraduate students will share their work and compete for significant cash prizes—will be held Saturday, April 21, 8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This also an excellent time for networking, as industry members, faculty, alumni and students come together.
Register to be a judge
Girls Engineering Camp Registration Opens Soon
Registration opens in March for this summer's Enquest. This engineering summer camp for high school girls will be offered at UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, July 29-Aug. 3. Fee: $325. Learn more.

In the Classroom

Engineering Student Featured at Commencement
This fall’s commencement featured a video of engineering transfer student Sam Gardner (’17 BS Electrical Engineering), which spotlit the incredible opportunities our students have here at UWM. The college thanks the more than 120 companies that help students like Gardner through co-op and internship programs that prepare them for the workforce. In fact, 95 percent of our graduates land a job in their field within three months; 5 percent enter graduate school.

Alumni News

Alumnus Donates $1M to Student Scholarships
UWM Avi Shaked (’80 BS Electrical Engineering) is giving back to the university so other students can receive the types of financial support that benefitted him decades ago. Shaked and his wife, Dr. Babs Waldman, are donating an additional $1 million to the Shaked-Waldman engineering scholarship, bringing their support of the college to $3 million. In addition, they are donating $1 million to the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, scheduled to break ground in 2018. Read more.
Join Our LinkedIn Alumni Group
Be sure to join our LinkedIn alumni group, which has more than 1,400 members: UW-Milwaukee Engineering Alumni Network. You'll find news from the college, information on community engagement events and more.