The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has joined the ranks of top doctoral research universities in the country. In February, UW-Milwaukee became one of only 115 universities in the nation – among the more than 4,600 post-secondary institutions in the United States – to receive the highest rating from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the gold standard for assessment. Other institutions with “R1” status include Yale, the University of Michigan, UW-Madison, Harvard and Duke, among other highly distinguished universities and colleges.

UW-Milwaukee’s role as the state’s only public urban research university has never been more important. As Wisconsin and the nation grapple with societal issues and an urgent need to amplify innovation, UWM scientists, researchers and students are creating solutions through research, discovery and entrepreneurial products. These are the individuals who are shaping the world by advancing brilliant ideas that change lives.

This past summer, hundreds of organizations, the nation’s top CEOs and leaders in education, business and science put out an urgent call to action to reinvest in research at universities and colleges. One of those advocates was UWM alumnus Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

Nationally – and in Wisconsin – there is an ongoing trend for companies and organizations to rely on universities for research that leads to an educated population and economic growth. Our faculty, staff and alumni work side by side with partners who seek answers and solutions to current and future challenges. Their work is making a difference for business, industry and nonprofits, while also giving students exceptional learning experiences and the critical problem-solving skills that our state and nation so urgently need. These collaborative efforts are critical because their dynamism provokes socioeconomic progress and new and better technologies.

UWM is truly a living laboratory of engaged research, entrepreneurship and innovation. All research is critical, whether applied or basic. As a research university, we encompass liberal arts, sciences, professions, arts, humanities and social sciences. Every part of UW-Milwaukee matters. We are Milwaukee’s knowledge factory with a worldwide reach.

As you explore this Research Report, I think you will see the incredible impact of UWM’s research in health care organizations, technology hubs, school districts, arts communities, businesses and our branches of government. The remarkable undertakings of individuals and organizations working together spotlight the power of knowledge created right here in Milwaukee, and shaping the world.

Best regards,

—Mark A. Mone, Chancellor