Alan Kulwicki, BSE ’77, Inducted into 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame; New UWM Kulwicki Garage “Thinkerspace” Honors Legacy
Kulwicki’s UWM Legacy: Inspiring Student Innovators
In 2013, Kulwicki’s stepmother, Thelma H. Kulwicki, provided funding to establish the Alan Kulwicki Memorial Student Center, affectionately known as the Pit Stop. This space is located on the first floor of UWM’s Engineering & Mathematical Sciences building, and is a meeting space and occasional classroom.
To honor Kulwicki’s induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Pit Stop was reimagined as the Kulwicki Garage. This flexible place, where students in engineering and other disciplines can collaborate and innovate, is being called a “thinkerspace”; it will be used as a non-traditional classroom with many possibilities for other public events, including pop-up workshops, speaker series, entrepreneur-in-residence “office hours” and student meet-up sessions.
Replacing the front wall with a garage door expanded the capacity–and invites more students, visitors and industry partners to stop in. The Kulwicki Garage has tools for creative thinking and collaborative problem-solving, such as massive wall-mounted whiteboards, low-resolution prototyping materials for conceptual design and idea sharing, audio-video equipment for sharing design research and ideas and movable flexible furniture allowing for various room configurations.
In the spirit of open innovation, the UWM Kulwicki Garage honors Alan Kulwicki — the impact of his college education and unique path to success — and inspires today’s student innovators.
An Inspired Vision for the New Kulwicki Garage