UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Information Related to COVID-19

A Message from the Dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science:

April 7, 2020

Dear UW-Milwaukee Engineering Community:

Thank you for your tremendous support and understanding as we adapt to realities of a world unimaginable just a month ago.

Your resilience and drive to excel in the face of adversity epitomize the Milwaukee Engineer ideal.

I am proud of the extraordinary efforts of our faculty, staff and students for so quickly moving to an online format for all of our lectures, labs, discussion sessions, capstone and senior design projects and for exploring alternative methods to advance our research activity, all in a manner consistent with our mission.

A few bright spots to share:

  • We are in our second week of online instruction and initial reports are positive. Our students are rising to the occasion; their response and adaptability has been impressive.
  • We will host our Student Research Poster Competition in a virtual format for 2020, culminating in a real-time, online awards ceremony on May 11, with over $14,000 in cash prizes thanks to our generous sponsors. This re-envisioned event has enabled judges from across the country and even the globe to participate. Learn more.
  • Our Order of the Engineer ceremony will take place May 16, with a different, modified, virtual format. We look forward to honoring our graduating students in this unique way as they take the oath of a professional engineer.
  • Our college’s faculty, staff and students are actively seeking ways to address the COVID-19 pandemic, including donating personal protective equipment to those on the front lines, forming interdisciplinary teams and writing National Science Foundation grant proposals to seek novel ways to help victims of COVID-19.
  • College of Engineering & Applied Science Student Emergency Fund. For the month of April, all gifts made to the Dean’s Fund will support our engineering and computer science students who have been impacted by COVID-19. Make your gift here.

During these challenging times, clear and consistent communication is critical. We understand that you have many questions, especially as information related to our college’s COVID-19 response continues to unfold.

To that end:

  • We will use this site to post updates regarding the College of Engineering & Applied Science response to COVID-19.
  • For all UWM campus updates visit uwm.edu/coronavirus
  • Please consistently check your email for updates from UWM and from the college’s faculty, advisors, staff, etc.
  • Students: Information regarding changes to specific courses or research efforts will come from your faculty and instructional staff.

We’re known for being a close-knit engineering and computer science community. I am so proud of the many ways we are working together to adapt and to even excel during this time.

Thank you for your support and patience now, as ever.




Brett Peters, Dean

UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the College of Engineering & Applied Science and COVID-19

Current Students:

Software resources (updated 3/24/20)

  • MATLAB: MathWorks will be giving UWM a Matlab site license (at no cost). Please visit this web portal where you will be directed to make a MathWorks account. You can then download all of their tools (approximately 100 tools) to your personal computer. There is no need to be at a UWM computer or to use the UWM VPN. The license is valid through the end of June and is available right now.
  • CodeLab is a programming training system produced by TuringsCraft. They are providing free access to their online system. Associate Dean Munson is checking to make sure that the license terms don’t violate state rules.
  • Creo free software for students is available here. Please note that it only works with Windows.
  • AutoCAD free software for students is available here. Students will have to create an account with Autodesk and their license will be good for three years.
  • We are monitoring other software providers to determine if they follow suit and will update the copy on this page, as needed.

Tutoring Center (3/19/20)

  • The College of Engineering & Applied Science Tutoring Center is moving online March 30th and will be available via our website.
  • The website contains a schedule and clear instructions for how to utilize this service.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • The online Tutoring Center will continue to provide tutoring for any math, physics and College of Engineering & Applied Science courses that you are enrolled in. This is a new service so please bear with us as we work through any challenges that may arise.

Undergraduate Advising (4/6/20)

  • Beginning immediately, all undergraduate advising appointments will be exclusively remote. If you currently have an appointment scheduled, you should plan on your advisor calling you at your scheduled day/time.
  • We also still encourage you to continue to schedule appointments via navigate.
  • We realize this is an uncertain time, but want to reiterate our availability. We will continue to meet with students (by phone) and to be accessible by email.

Graduate Advising (3/22/20)

  • Our college’s graduate team is working hard to assist you. You can reach them at ceas-graduate@uwm.edu or 414-229-6169 or 414-229-7267.

Presenting a PhD defense (3/23/20)

  • Students should continue to defend their work; this will now be done virtually. Information here; scroll down to the Classes/Exams/Defenses section.

Co-op students and course credit (3/20/20)

  • You will receive credit for the semester should you be unable to work due to the pandemic. Please contact Juli Pickering, Career Services Director at jlpicker@uwm.edu with any questions.

Changes to the course from what is described in the syllabus (updated 3/18/20)

  • Should any course change from what is described in the syllabus, faculty members will adjust the syllabus, clearly note the changes, and inform the students as soon as possible, preferably by the first online class day, March 30.

Prospective and Admitted Students:

We understand it is a challenging time to make decisions about your future. We’re working to help you and appreciate your patience.

Who to contact?

Although we are not on campus, our admissions team and academic advisors are available remotely and working to respond as quickly as possible. See below for resources available to you; we’ll work to answer your questions as quickly as possible and are grateful for your patience during this unprecedented time.

Campus visit programs (updated 4/6/20)

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UWM has has transformed all visit programs from in-person to online events. These changes include offering a series of options featuring live presentations, live chat, individual appointments, and a virtual tour. We want you to see all that UWM offers, while keeping health and safety a priority. Learn more.
  • Virtual Engineering and Computer Science sessions: Choose Mondays or Fridays, 11 am -noon. Students have the opportunity to talk with an academic advisor to explore the majors offered within the College of Engineering & Applied Science; topics may include admission, scholarships, course offerings and exciting opportunities external to the classroom. Register here.
  • Take a virtual college tour. Get a 360-view of some of our labs and classrooms.

Faculty and Staff:

  • See link at upper right.