2017 Fall Academic Edition

Colleagues and Friends,
Location, location, location. Taking advantage of our distinctive position in a city known for its industrial innovation, UW-Milwaukee researchers have formed strong partnerships with local, regional and global companies that enable them to tackle key concerns for our society. Read More

Longer-Lasting Pavement

Water-repelling concrete, developed at UWM, could lower repair and replacement costs of the nation’s roads. This concrete prevents pooling on its surface and minimizes cracking related to water infiltration. It is just one example of higher-performing concretes and cements being developed by Konstantin Sobolev, Professor and Department Chair, Civil & Environmental Engineering. Read more.

Polymer Overlays for Bridge Decks

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) cited research from UWM on thin polymer overlays for concrete bridge decks as among the nation’s most promising for addressing top highway and transportation concerns. This joint project between UWM and Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation was featured in AASHTO's magazine Maintenance Research, which noted the polymer reduced corrosion and improved skid resistance. Read More.

Improving Traffic Safety

For the first time in decades, Wisconsin’s traffic fatalities jumped significantly in 2014 and UWM is studying the causes. With funding from state and national grants, two faculty members are poring over data pulled from roadside sensors, mobile phones and simple police crash reports, all with the goal of making driving safer, be it in a construction zone or on the open road. Yue “Troy” Liu, Professor, and Xiao “Shaw” Qin, Associate Professor, are part of the college’s new Institute for Physical Infrastructure & Transportation. Read more.

Cyber-Physical Systems

Our drinking water infrastructure is nearing the end of its useful life, and replacing aging or broken components will cost an estimated $1 trillion over the next decade. Lingfeng Wang, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering, is at the forefront of the emerging field of cyber-physical systems, which can evaluate these infrastructure components and support the triaging of repairs. Read more.
Interest in microgrids started with the military and has grown as the costs of solar power and energy storage come down. UWM has emerged as a powerhouse in this area, with expertise in AC and DC microgrids, distributed generation integration, power distribution and protection, ancillary services, smart distribution, and grid-connected energy systems. We bring this expertise in secure and reliable energy storage to GRAPES (GRid-connected Advanced Power Electronic Systems), a NSF I/UCRC. Read more.
UWM Engineering Grad up for Federal Post
Pres. Donald Trump has put forth UWM alumnus Paul Trombino III, B.S. Engineering ‘95, for consideration to lead the Federal Highway Administration, within the U.S. Department of Transportation. Trombino, who is currently president of McClure Engineering Company, served as director of the Iowa Department of Transportation from 2011-16. Read more.

Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference

The second UWM Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference, or MERC, brought together representatives from federal agencies including NSF, DOE, DARPA, and industry and academia. Technical discussions included focus on energy storage, smarter buildings and cities, and advanced embedded systems. For information on MERC 2018, contact Adel Nasiri, Associate Dean for Research, at nasiri@uwm.edu. Read more.
About UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science
UW-Milwaukee is classified as R1 by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education, and its College of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to expand the boundaries of knowledge and change the world through education, research, innovation and commercialization. Our student body includes 450 graduate students at the doctoral and masters levels and 1,725 undergraduates in seven ABET accredited programs and a new Biomedical Engineering degree program.