From Dean Brett Peters

Colleagues and Friends,

Our college is built upon relationships and collaboration–and grows more successful as we expand our vision and our partners. It is fitting that the year’s final issue of Milwaukee Engineer focuses on these important partnerships, which span so many disciplines.

As you’ve likely heard, UWM is launching an interdisciplinary Connected Systems Institute—in partnership with industry—putting the university on the forefront of emerging technologies and preparing our students for the coming revolution that will transform industry as well as impact most aspects of our lives. Read more.


Advanced Analysis Facility Helps Industry Solve Materials Problems of Any Size
With one foot in industry and the other in the college, Ben Church embodies the benefits to industry of being in close proximity to an R1 urban research university. “One hundred percent of my research activities are in collaboration with industry partners,” says Church, Associate Professor, Materials Science.
Church is a human bridge, linking the college’s research in advanced materials sciences with the community. Read more.
Chen Takes NSF Post; Named One of World's Most Impactful Researchers
Nanomaterials expert Junhong Chen, who was named one of the world's most impactful researchers in November, has been tapped to serve the National Science Foundation. A Distinguished Professor, Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Chen is now overseeing and coordinating the activities of the several Engineering Research Centers across the nation for the NSF. Read more.
State Predicted to Benefit from UWM’s New Connected Systems Institute
With support from Rockwell Automation, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and Microsoft, Wisconsin’s first institute devoted to the Industrial Internet of things (IIoT) is now on the horizon. The new, multidisciplinary Connected Systems Institute (CSI) will be located at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and its resources will be available statewide. Read more.
Peters Accompanies Governor to Israel to Explore Water Research Partnership
Dean Brett Peters accompanied Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on a trade mission to Israel last month, and they returned home with a signed letter of intent to collaborate on developing new water technology. Read more.

News from the Classroom

At UWM, I-Corps Reaching More Women, Minorities
A NSF grant has allowed the College of Engineering & Applied Science to work with other disciplines on campus to bring more women and minorities into the world of innovation. Read more.

Community Engagement

How Professor Emeritus Ed Beimborn Helped Save Milwaukee’s Lakefront
Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront is a civic gem. Yet it was nearly divorced from the city in the ‘70s by a proposed highway system that would have laid a six-lane freeway alongside its beaches. Enter UWM professors. Read more.
Volunteers Needed for FIRST Tech Challenge
UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science will again host Wisconsin’s FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) state championship on Feb. 9 and 10. We are looking for volunteers from the engineering community to help with this popular event for students in grades 7-12. Read more.
Milwaukee Engineer Toastmasters
Network with UWM Engineering alumni, friends and students while developing your communication and presentation skills. Recently, professionals from Rockwell Automation and Harley-Davidson presented to the club; future speakers will include those from Johnson Controls, GE, and Northwestern Mutual. Click here for details.


Alumni News

Satya Nadella’s Book Shoots to NYT Bestseller List
In his new bestselling book—“Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a better Future for Everyone”—Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (’90 MS Computer Science) pays tribute to his UWM education, particularly noting the impact Hossein Hosseini, Professor, Computer Science, and K. Vairavan, Professor Emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, had on his career. Read more.
Honored Alumni: Sumit Agarwal and Marcia Silva
Sumit Agarwal, B.S. Computer Science `93, and Marcia Silva, Ph.D. Engineering ’13, M.S. Engineering `06, were among 27 alumni honored Oct. 6 by the UWM Alumni Association. Agarwal received a Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award; Silva a Graduate of the Last Decade Award. Alumni were chosen based on outstanding professional achievements, civic involvement and partnerships with the university. Read more.

Student Scholarship Supporters

Professor Emeritus Levine's Scholarships Give Gift of Time
When it comes to education, Leonard Levine calls himself a lucky man. “When I attended Queens College for my undergraduate degree, the school did not charge tuition,” says Levine, professor emeritus, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. “I didn’t have to worry about money and it made a difference in my education.” Instead of working during his college years, he spent late evening hours studying at the counter of his family’s candy store in New York City. Read more.
Scholarships Boosted by Milwaukee Engineer Team
In a strong show of support for student scholarships, the 113 members of the Milwaukee Engineer Panther Prowl team earned second-largest team honors at the13th annual UWM Alumni Association's Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk. Thank you to every participant who helped make this scholarship fundraiser a success. For awards and race results. Read more.