As an urban public research university, UW-Milwaukee plays a unique, vital role within the University of Wisconsin System. In addition to our broad research portfolio and curriculum spanning liberal arts, professional programs and the sciences, we extend our reach as a university via thriving community partnerships. Our world-class faculty shape the state and the world with original ideas, brilliant research and uniquely trained individuals – stories that come to life in this report. And, they apply entrepreneurial and educational innovations here in southeastern Wisconsin for a stronger Milwaukee.
Our faculty are leaders in national and international collaborations, contributing to large multidisciplinary teams. The recent inclusion of UW-Milwaukee in a list of most active research universities by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings reflects the increasing visibility and impact of our research programs. This includes a major protein-imaging breakthrough that has lifted the curtain on the behavior of molecules essential to human life and healing. Read about this cross-country, interdisciplinary work on page 24-25.
Within southeastern Wisconsin, research done by our innovative faculty and students in partnership with community organizations improves community health and welfare. On pages 20-21, you’ll meet physical therapy professor and entrepreneur Kyle Ebersole. His data was collected through a years-long partnership with the Milwaukee Fire Department. Today, the protocol he tested and perfected through his own startup company has reduced the city’s firefighter injury rates significantly, saving more than $4 million in taxpayer dollars and counting.
Our creative, world-class researchers and educators also thrive in partnership with international corporations and cutting-edge entrepreneurs. More than $60 million in research is conducted each year in our 13 schools and colleges and more than 150 labs and institutes. Graduate and undergraduate students play key roles in much of this work. On pages 26-28, you’ll meet Naira Campbell-Kyureghyan, who developed a lightweight, industrial-strength wrench that reduces workplace injuries among gas technicians and was licensed by a major tools manufacturer. Much of the testing and research that informed the tool’s design happened in her laboratory at UWM.
The UWM Research Foundation supports commercialization and the development of corporate partnerships. In the past 10 years, this has resulted in 40 patents and more than 50 licenses and option agreements based on UWM research. The foundation also is a strong and early supporter of the startup culture that took root at UWM a decade ago and is spurring economic development in the region and the state. These efforts will take a major leap forward with the Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship that opens in 2017.
As educators, researchers and entrepreneurs, we remain committed to the success of UWM’s research programs, which are central to the institution’s identity and mission
and vital to the sustained prosperity of our community. We look forward to new partnerships that allow our research to grow in scope and in impact in metro Milwaukee and beyond. Interested in joining us? We’d love to hear from you.
–Marija Gajdardziska-Josifovska, PhD
Dean, Graduate School
Interim Vice Provost, Research
President, UWM Research Foundation