2020 Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference (MERC): Leading with Innovation & Entrepreneurship

This conference was co-hosted by the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at UWM’s Student Union (2200 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee) on Thursday, February 27 and Friday, February 28.

Attendees learned more about the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the college and the university. This signature event brought together federal agencies, industry and academia for technical discussions around the nation’s research enterprise. There were deep dives around today’s critical topics, which include water, energy, big data and more.

Featured Speakers Included:

  • Brand Cheng, CEO, Foxconn Industrial Internet
  • Peter Faguy, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Missy Hughes, CEO and Secretary of Wisconsin’s flagship economic development agency, WEDC
  • Keri McConnell, Executive Director, Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute
  • Tom Still, President, Wisconsin Technology Council
  • Brian Thompson, President, UWM Research Foundation and Director, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center


Includes conference admission, CDUs/PDHs, daily continental breakfast and catered lunch PLUS Thursday networking reception and tours of the new Lubar Entrepreneurship Center.

  • General Admission: $69
  • Student Admission: $29

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It was beneficial . . . to have learned the information I did on the industry trends, as well as make powerful networking connections.

– 2019 MERC Attendee

Important Details:

  • 0.9 Continuing Education Units (CEU)/9 Professional Development Hours (PDH) available for attending this conference. Contact Wendy Pero at pero@uwm.edu for details.
  • Registration Deadline Extended: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 4:30 pm Central Time.