12 from the college on 5 winning teams in Foxconn competition

Seven teams from UWM—five from the College of Engineering & Applied Science—were among the 88 winning teams in the first round of Foxconn’s Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition. (Teams are listed by team leaders.)

Congratulations to the following team leaders, team members and faculty advisors—12 in all—who constitute these five teams from the College of Engineering & Applied Science.

Farhad (Mohammad) Balali, PhD candidate, industrial engineering, in the energy and environment category. Team member and faculty advisor: Hamid Seifoddini, associate professor, industrial & manufacturing engineering.

Zihao Jin, PhD candidate, civil engineering, in the internet of things category. Faculty advisor and team member: Jie Yu, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering. Other team members: Zhong Liu, graduate student, civil engineering, Shamsi Trisha, graduate student, civil & environmental engineering.

Mohammad Rizwen Ur Rahman, graduate student, mechanical engineering, in the energy and environment category. Faculty advisor: Woo-Jin Chang, associate professor, mechanical engineering and biomedical engineering.

Shane Wesener, adjunct professor and research specialist, in the internet of things category.

Jie Yu, in the mobility and transportation category. Team members: John December (’91 MS Computer Science); Dahai Han, graduate student, civil engineering; Weijie Tan, graduate student, civil engineering.

Other UWM winners:

Kyle Talbott, associate professor in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning, in the education category

Lynne Woehrle, associate professor in the College of Nursing, in the food category.

The competition attracted 325 entries from students, faculty and staff at higher education institutions across Wisconsin, who submitted ideas for using smart technology in education, health care, transportation and housing. Winners were announced in mid-December and will receive $500 to develop their projects and ideas under the assistance and support from Foxconn.

Earlier this year, Foxconn committed to providing up to $1 million in awards over the next three years through the Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition. First-round winners will compete in the second round of the competition, which ends Jan. 31. The third and final round concludes March 31.