- Adel Nasiri Ph.D.
- Professor and Associate Dean for Research
Milwaukee has long been a national hub for advanced manufacturing, home to corporate headquarters of global industry leaders such as Johnson Controls and Rockwell Automation as well as small- and mid-sized manufacturers. Whether applying academic research to industry in the early stages of the Internet of Things or creating self-healing materials, our engineers are exploring and innovating the next generation of technologies to continuously improve quality, efficiency and the ways we work. UWM researchers are an integrated, cross-discipline mix, representing materials science and engineering, industrial engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Individually and collectively they offer resources and industry partnerships to usher in the future in advanced manufacturing.
Improving health, promoting quality of life and saving lives: these are the goals of our engineers who focus on biomedical and health research. Our world-renowned faculty and their students have already made an impact on our world on many fronts: a spit test to detect Ebola; more accurate scanners so medical providers have sharper images to make better diagnoses; better prosthetics and medical devices; an ergonomically designed wrench to prevent shoulder injuries among gas utility workers; and a better understanding of blood flow in the brain providing breakthrough knowledge needed to be useful in the quest to cure Parkinsons, Alzheimers, blindness and other conditions and diseases.
The world continues to demand more efficient, sustainable and reliable, secure energy solutions. Microgrids are expected to complement the nation's grid, opening a multi-billion dollar industry and connecting everyone in some shape or form to "energy islands." Meanwhile, cars are shifting gears with cheaper and cleaner lithium-ion batteries; and wind turbines, solar panels and biofuels have opened doors to new sources of energy and ways to store, convert, deliver and manage them. UWM's world-class engineers are discovering new ways to power our communities and our lives, continuously challenging and improving the way we think about and use energy and care for our environment.
With the United States' infrastructure in dire need of repair, UWM's long tradition of leadership in civil and environmental engineering offers just what the nation needs. In our state-of-the-art labs, engineers are finding ways to increase strength, safety and efficiency of our nation's roads, bridges and physical infrastructure. Creating concrete that puts an end to potholes; designing computer systems that help engineers to assess and understand traffic flow and reduce accidents and fatalities; strategizing emergency evacuation routes in the case of catastrophic public emergency; and "earthquake-proofing" bridges and buildings – our engineers are sought after for solutions. It's no wonder we've graduated more State Secretaries of Department of Transportation than any other university in the country.
Fresh water is fundamental to the prosperity of our communities and our personal health. Clean freshwater systems lead to a better environment, economy, and quality of life. The College of Engineering & Applied Science provides a foundation for Milwaukee's world-recognition as a leader in freshwater research, in partnership with UWM's School of Freshwater Science. Our engineers are researching ways to preserve, protect and promote the viability of our fresh water resources – from detecting drinking water contaminants in real time to understanding how E. coli travels into our lakes, rivers and public waterways so it can be stopped. Our engineers work in state-of-the-art labs at UWM's Engineering, Mathematics and Science Building and Milwaukee's Global Water Center, maximizing the benefit of proximity to Milwaukee's rivers and the Great Lakes.