From Dean Brett Peters

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

In each issue of Milwaukee Engineer, we talk about the ways in which our researchers are tackling society’s biggest challenges. For instance…

We are at the forefront of finding ways to protect the power grid with better assessment of cybersecurity risks. One of our researchers has developed a model to determine whether companies are better off creating a new product or a remanufactured version. And here on campus, we’re seeing promising research from our own students at all levels, research that suggests what technology in many fields will look like years down the road.  Read more.

What We Are Researching:

How Cyber Insurance Could Protect Power Grid
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Lingfeng Wang and Wei Wei are building predictive models that will make it easier for insurance companies to cover the damages incurred by cyberattacks to public utilities. The result could be safer infrastructure. Read More

Nosonovsky Published in ASME’s Flagship Magazine
Michael Nosonovsky wrote the cover story of the March issue of American Society of Mechanical Engineering's ME magazine, which reaches 160,000 engineers in 150 countries. His article discusses modern theories of friction and how they can help engineers. Read More

Renewable Horizons in Manufacturing
Wilkistar Otieno helps companies get the most out of what they make, developing a scientific model that advises industries and their customers when a remanufactured product is better than a new one. Read More

Community Engagement

Industry Expo Attracts Record Number of Employers
Thank you to all the members of our engineering community who helped make this spring’s Industry Expo larger than ever. A record 93 companies recruited engineers and computer scientists at the College of Engineering & Applied Science’s bi-annual recruitment event on March 1. Read more and secure your place at next fall's Industry Expo.
What's Next in Engineering? Student Research Poster Competition Offers a Glimpse
The college's 10th Annual Student Research Poster Competition drew 100 undergraduate and graduate students and about 100 judges, largely from industry. The event’s success depends on the generous support of industry sponsors, who say the day is a sneak preview of the future of technology. Read more.
UWM Hosted Wisconsin Science Olympiad
More than 1,500 middle and high school students from all over Wisconsin came to UWM April 6 and 7 to compete in the 2018 Wisconsin Science Olympiad. For the first time, the college made available scholarships to eligible Wisconsin Science Olympiad participants. Read more.
Registration Open: MERC 2018 - Connected Engineering
Please save September 12-13 for the next Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference (MERC). This year, the college is partnering with the new UWM Connected Systems Institute to focus on the future of connectivity. Now in its third year, MERC brings together federal agencies, industry and academia for technical discussions. Register here.

In the Classroom

Congratulations, Class of 2018
This spring, 176 undergraduates, 66 master’s students and 16 PhD students applied for graduation. Thank you to all our community partners who supported the engineering and computer science graduates in a myriad of ways. Of course, crossing the finish line after enormous effort is both solemn and celebratory, as shown in these videos. Click here for a video featuring the research of an engineering doctoral student whose story was shared at graduation; Click here to enjoy a "TV throwback" celebration featuring two of our engineering students.
NEW: UWM Online Applied Computing BS Program
A new UWM Applied Computing undergraduate program is being offered online through UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science. This degree-completion program is ideal for candidates who have earned at least 60 credits who want to advance their computing careers—or start a whole new career—but don’t have time for on-campus courses. Read more or contact or 414-229-4667.

Alumni News

Voigts Pledge $100K to College for Scholarships
Kenneth Voigt (MS Engineering ’74) and Susan Voigt recently pledged $100,000 to establish the Kenneth and Susan Voigt Engineering Diversity Scholarship. Kenneth says his gift was prompted by the events that surrounded his first summer internship in the ‘60s, when he was part of a crew that built I-43 through Milwaukee’s North Side. Read more.
Engineering & Applied Science Alumnus Nadella Named to List of World's Most Influential People
TIME magazine named Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (’90 MS Computer Science) to its 2018 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, joining Trevor Noah, Roger Federer, Elon Musk and others. The magazine states that its annual list is “a designation of individuals whose time, in our estimation, is now.” Read more.
Alumnae, Save Aug. 1 to Inspire Future Women Engineers and Computer Scientists
On Aug. 1 the college will host an event at the Global Water Center to bring together alumnae and high-school girls enrolled in EnQuest, the college's all-girls engineering camp. At past events, alumnae provided inspiration, advice, and even invitations to the young women to visit them at work. For more information, contact Christine Beimborn, STEM Outreach Specialist, at or Jean Opitz, Development Director, at
Join our Milwaukee Engineer Panther Prowl Team
Registration is open for the UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association’s 14th annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 13. All proceeds support student scholarships. Join our growing Milwaukee Engineer team of faculty, staff, alumni, students and community partners for a family-friendly event that includes a kids' dash, a toddlers' dash and canines in prowl couture. Read more.
UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Alumni!
If you're in southeast Wisconsin, consider joining our UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science alumni chapter. There are many opportunities for alumni to stay involved and engaged as you socialize, cheer on the Panthers, host UWM speakers, mentor current students and join a great and engaged group. There are no fees or dues for group membership. We welcome your ideas, service, fellowship, and camaraderie.

If interested, please contact Sara Padarath, alumna and chapter president ( ) or Rachel Flessner, assistant director, UWM Alumni Association (
About UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science
UWM is one of the nation's top 115 research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education. UWM's College of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to expand the boundaries of knowledge and change the world through research, education and technology transfer with more than 2,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.