2021 MERC Speakers

Plenary Speaker:

Tommy Thompson
UW System President

Former four-term Governor of Wisconsin

Keynote Speakers:

Mary Bunzel

UWM, Connected Systems Institute, Executive Director

Advanced ManufacturingHarnessing Data to Lead the Transformation on February 12

Russ Klisch

Lakefront Brewery, Inc President and Founder

  Water and the Environment on February 26

Alexis C. Lewis

National Science Foundation, Deputy Division Director for the Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation in the Engineering Directorate

Advanced ManufacturingHarnessing Data to Lead the Transformation on February 12

Ted Miller

Ford Motor Company, Senior Manager, Energy Storage and Materials Strategy and Research

Evolving Energy Systems: Leading Edge Renewables for Transportation and Stationary Applications on February 5

Frank A. Pintar

Medical College of Wisconsin, Professor, Neurosurgery; Founding Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering

Biomedical Engineering Innovation in Milwaukee: Fostering New Connections on February 19

Session Speakers:

Friday, February 5: Evolving Energy Systems: Leading-Edge Renewables for Transportation and Grid Applications

Abdolhosein Nasiri, PhD_Electrical Engineering

Session Leader

Adel Nasiri 

UWM’s Richard and Joanne Grigg Professor, Electrical Engineering

Rob Cuzner

UWM, Electrical Engineering Associate Professor

Troy Miller

GE Renewables, North American Sales Leader for Energy Storage

Deyang Qu

UWM Department Chair and Johnson Controls Endowed Professor in Energy Storage


Friday, February 12: Advanced Manufacturing: Harnessing Data to Lead the Transformation

Wilkistar Otieno, PhD_Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Session Leader

Wilkistar Otieno

UWM Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering Department Chair and Associate Professor 

Ilya Avdeev

UWM, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Director of Innovation and Kellner Entrepreneurship Fellow, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

Michael Cook

Rockwell Automation, Director of Global Academic Organization

Nicole Otte

Endress+Hauser, Director of Workforce Development

Ted Rozier

Festo Didactic, Director of Engineering

Jela Trask

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Attraction & Investment Director

Friday, February 19: Biomedical Engineering Innovation in Milwaukee: Fostering New Connections

Session Leader

Priyatha Premnath

UWM, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering 


Mahsa Dabagh

UWM, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Mike McOlash

Rockwell Automation, Senior Engineer

Mohammad Rahman

UWM, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Konstantin Sobolev, PhD-Civil and Environmental Engineering

Konstantin Sobolev

UWM, Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Yongjin Sung

UWM, Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering


Friday, February 26: Water and the Environment

Session Leader

Qian Liao

UWM, Associate Professor, Environmental Engineering

Junhong Chen, PhD_Mechanical Engineering

Junhong Chen

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering, Crown Family Professor of Molecular Engineering; Argonne National Laboratory, Lead Water Strategist & Senior Scientist

Marissa Jablonski

Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin, Executive Director

Xiaoli Ma

UWM, Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering

Yin Wang

UWM, Associate Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering