April 28, 2021  |  News & Events, Sad News, Timely Announcements

Dear Colleagues,

I share with you sad news from the College of Engineering & Applied Science. Dr. Joachim P. “Joe” Neumann, Professor Emeritus, Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, passed away on April 17, 2021.

Joachim grew up in Berlin, Germany during World War II and earned a college degree from Technische Universitat Berlin. He embarked on a career in metallurgy and soon emigrated to Canada and continued his work in the field. He spent years studying Spanish in Mexico and emigrated to the United States, where he earned his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley with an emphasis on physical metallurgy. He later worked in Spain and Venezuela for UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Following his time with UNESCO, Joachim moved to several states within the United States to work and teach, before joining the faculty in the UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science in 1985. He taught thermodynamics to a whole generation of UWM materials science students. Joachim retired from UWM as an emeritus professor in 2011 and remained connected to the College. He had to his credit more than 100 publications in books and journals during his successful career.

For additional information, please see the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s In Memoriam article, and Joachim’s obituary online. A memorial will be held on Sunday, June 6, from 1-4 p.m., with the service beginning at 1:30 p.m., at South Shore Pavilion, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Milwaukee. Our condolences to Joachim’s family and to the many others whose lives he touched.

Take care,

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs