Vol. 3, No. 4                                                                                                               Summer 2017

From Dean Brett Peters

Now more than ever people are looking to engineers to solve the world’s toughest problems, which include: finding and delivering cheaper, cleaner energy and safe drinking water; advancing lifesaving medical breakthroughs; building and designing stronger, safer roads, bridges and infrastructure; and finding solutions for information security and data risk management. Read more.
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What We Are Researching

Longer-Lasting Pavement

Water is concrete’s ultimate enemy. Although concrete withstands constant beatings from cars and trucks, water can break it down, pooling on its surface and infiltrating the tiniest cracks. Add freezing and thawing cycles, and it’s no wonder roads need frequent repairs. To keep Mother Nature out, researcher Konstantin Sobolev has created a water-repelling concrete. Read more.

Traffic Safety Management

In 2015, the Wisconsin Legislature increased the speed limit from 65 to 70 mph on many interstate highways. That same year, statewide fatalities attributed to vehicle crashes increased for the first time in decades. At first glance, it seems like a simple case of cause and effect. But much like driving in bad weather, the answer is … not so fast. Funded by state and federal grants, Yue “Troy” Liu and Xiao (pronounced “Shaw”) Qin are researching ways to better understand and manage traffic. Read more.

Cyber-Physical Systems

In its most recent report card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the nation’s drinking water and wastewater systems grades of “D.” One big reason: infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life and repairs will be costly. With that in mind, the emerging field of cyber-physical systems is poised to evaluate the pipes, pumps, valves, regulators and tanks in the nation’s 170,000 public water systems and 16,000 public wastewater systems. The goal is to put money into the most needed repairs. Read more.

More Secure & Reliable Energy

UWM joined a federally-funded group that works with government, industries and universities to make the U.S. electrical grid more reliable, greener and less expensive. UWM's contribution to the center is its expertise in microgrids. The group is the National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems, or GRAPES. Read more and watch a news announcement here.

How We Are Engaging With Our Commuinities

Engineers Catch MERC Madness

According to Eaton's Igor Stamenkovic, global technology director, "We can't innovate alone." Stamenkovic was one of more than 20 leading engineers who spoke at the second Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference (MERC). The conference brought together representatives from business, industry and academia and was sponsored by Johnson Controls, We Energies Foundation, American Transmission Company and ANSYS. Read more.

Recruitment Event Open to Employers

About 100 Wisconsin employers participate in the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s Industry Expos. These vibrant job fairs, held twice a year on campus, connect students with employment and internship opportunities. The next Industry Expo will take place Sept. 22. For information or to register for a booth, click here. Or contact: Juli Pickering, Director of Career Services, 414-229 3208, jlpicker@uwm.edu.

Milwaukee Engineer Toastmasters

Network with UWM Engineering alumni while developing your leadership and public speaking skills. Best of all, it's a really good time! The club meets the first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month, 7-8 p.m., usually in EMS E250. You can sit in on a meeting before committing to membership. For details, contact Jonathan Baseheart ('02 BS Computer Science) at jonathan.baseheart@gmail.com. Read more.

Join Our Panther Prowl Team

Please join fellow Milwaukee Engineers at the 13th Annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk, a UWM student scholarship fundraiser scheduled for Oct. 7. Register to join the Prowl’s Milwaukee Engineer team (which has taken home the "Largest Team" award for the last two years) by Aug. 31 and pay only $30; $35 starting September 1. This is a great opportunity to help current students and to network during our pre-event get-together. Learn more.

How We Are Engaging in the Classroom

Connected Enterprise Concepts

A successful pilot course on the Industrial Internet of Things helped prepare 26 graduate, undergraduate and non-traditional engineering students for careers in an increasingly connected, increasingly global, increasingly complex marketplace. The course will be offered again this fall. Read more.

How Donors Change Students' Lives

Richard Schreiner (’82 MS Computer Science) and his wife Alison Graf recently made a generous contribution to the K. Vairavan Undergraduate Scholarship fund. Hear from students first-hand about what scholarships mean to them, and from Schreiner about why he gives to the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Read more.

Undergraduate Research Opens Doors

Many UWM engineering undergraduates take part in groundbreaking research. Because of her research experience--she earned the Senior Excellence Research Award--Anne Barlas ('17 BS Mechanical Engineering) landed a job at Rexnord before graduation. Barlas' research was completed at the Water Technology Accelerator, a collaboration between UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science, UWM's School of Freshwater Sciences, UW-Whitewater, and The Water Council. Read more.

Student Research Poster Competition Sets Record

The college's annual Student Research Poster Competition in April drew 120 abstracts and 91 posters (64 from graduate and 27 from undergraduates students). Thank you to the 91 volunteer judges from the Milwaukee engineering community who were critical to making this event a success. Thank you also to GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, Sage Water, We Energies Foundation, ANSYS, Eaton and GRAEF, whose sponsorship supported the event, our students, and our research mission. Read more.

UWM is one of the nation’s top 115 research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UW-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to expand the boundaries of knowledge and change the world through research, education and technology transfer with over 2,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.