Vol. 3, No. 3                                                                                                       December 2016


From Dean Brett Peters

This seems to be a year full of changes and surprises. The Cubs won the World Series. It was 77°F in Milwaukee on November 1. And the struggles of higher education continue making the news…
…but things remain good in UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science. Student and industry demand for our programs and graduates remains strong. Our new biomedical program has enrolled 33 students in its first semester. Research initiatives in the college continue propelling knowledge creation and economic growth. Read more.

Could This be the Next Big Thing in Cheaper, Greener Energy?

Converting just some devices and fixtures in your home to DC could reduce your power bill by up to two-thirds. Rob Cuzner, assistant professor, electrical engineering, explains the science behind a neighborhood microgrid and how this new technology combined with smart DC-enabled homes can have a real impact - especially in lower-income neighborhoods. Read more and watch here.

With State's Traffic Deaths on Rise, WisDOT Turns to UWM for Answers

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recently awarded two grants to Xiao Qin, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering. Through one award, Qin and his team will identify potential causes for the recent surge in Wisconsin's traffic fatalities, a number that rose from 498 in 2014 to 550 in 2015. Read more.

UWM Leads Student Transit Pass Program

Jie Yu, assistant professor, civil engineering, received a $45,000 grant to study college student transit pass programs in North American cities. The grant was awarded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Transportation Research Boards Transit Cooperative Research Program. Read more.

Save The Date for MERC

This spring, MERC madness returns. Please save the dates—May 11 and 12—for the second annual conference that brings together federal agencies, industry and academia for technical discussions to advance the nation’s research enterprise. This year's event is sponsored by Johnson Controls, We Energies and ATC. Read more.

Help Develop Better Home Water-Quality Sensors

University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is conducting a survey to assist their research efforts in developing better home water-quality sensors. Please help us by completing this survey. Click here to begin. (Survey may take a few seconds to load.)

Next Employer Recruitment Event, Feb. 24

The Industry Expo Career/Recruitment Event helps employers secure the quality engineering talent they need. Register now or contact Julie Pickering for more information.

Connected Enterprise Featured at State's Festival and UWM Classrooms

Nearly 600 people watched as UWM faculty and industry partners joined in hands-on demonstrations during the Wisconsin Science Festival, co-sponsored by Kohler, in the Milwaukee area in October. Mike Cook, director of the university partnership program at Rockwell Automation, showed how the Internet of Things will change how we live and work during the show “Connected Enterprise: Shaping the Future.” Read more.

Civil Engineering Grad Making News

The Daily Reporter, which covers Wisconsin construction and transportation news, honored its 29 Newsmakers of the Year recently at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Honorees included UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science alumnus Roberto Gutierrez, who is SE Freeways Chief at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Read more and watch video.

Panther Prowl Raises $30K for Scholarships

More than 1,600 runners and walkers registered for the 12th Annual Panther Prowl held on Oct. 8. Sponsored by the UWM Alumni Association, the event raised about $30,000 for UWM scholarships. Read more.

14 UWM Students Attend World's Largest Computing Conference for Women

Fourteen UWM students took part in the three-day Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, held in Houston this October. The conference has become the world’s largest gathering of women technologists, with attendance reaching 15,000. Read more.

College’s Top Supporter Meets Student Scholarship Recipients

In October, Avi Shaked (’80 BS Electrical Engineering) lunched with many of the 103 engineering students who have received between $1,000 and $5,500 in scholarships this academic year from the Avi Shaked and Babs Waldman Engineering Scholarship. The fund supports more students than any philanthropically funded scholarship awarded through the university and is designed to support students throughout their undergraduate years. Read more.

Toastmasters - Charter & Party

Tues., Jan. 23, 2017, 7 pm. Join the club and the inaugural celebration! You'll enjoy networking with UWM engineering alumni while developing your leadership and public speaking skills. Best of all, it's a really good time! Contact Lisa McGovern for more information.

Save the Date: Student Research Poster Competition Set for April 8

GE Healthcare, Johnson Controls, We Energies and Sage Water are proud sponsors of this year’s Annual Student Research Poster Competition, an annual highlight where students present their research to professional judges and compete for cash prizes. Sponsors and judges are still needed to make this important event possible. Read more.

Farewell to Our Good Friend and Colleague

Mike Krauski, who was a beloved part of this college and our engineering community, passed away Oct. 29 from his battle with cancer.

About UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science

UWM is rated with R1, the highest standard of assessment by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education, in the Top 2% of colleges and universities in the nation. UW-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to expand the boundaries of knowledge and change the world through research, education, innovation and commercialization.