Vol. 2, No. 2                                                                                                           October 2016


From Dean Brett Peters

Colleagues and Friends,

I hope this update finds you enjoying a new beginning of some kind. Here at UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, our academic year has begun, a reminder that our students stand on the threshold of personal, unprecedented moments of discovery in coursework, internships, and research. It is an exciting time of year for many. Read more.

Liu to Research Smart City Work Zones

With the DOT’s push for smart cities that would fully integrate innovative technology (self-driving cars, connected vehicles, artificial intelligence and big data mining, for example) into transportation networks, Milwaukee Engineers are researching next-generation work zone management systems and data-hub development. Read more.

Church Testing Alloy That Could Save Millions

Milwaukee Engineer Ben Church aims to save millions of dollars in the manufacturing of hydrocarbons, namely ethylene, the most widely-produced organic compound in the world. Church, Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, is testing a newly patented alumina-forming alloy with the support of a U.S. Department of Energy grant. Read more.

Chen Recognized with Award, Medal, Grant

Junhong Chen, UWM Distinguished Professor, Mechanical Engineering, is developing promising sensor technology. Chinese-based Huawei Technologies Co. made a generous grant to support his work (read more); Chen’s company, NanoAffix Science LLC, took home a Wisconsin Innovation Award (read more); and Chen received an award from the International Association of Advanced Materials for his contributions. Read more about Chen’s work.

Bani-Ahmed's Research Earns National Attention

A UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science Ph.D. candidate and graduate research assistant was named one of 14 finalists from around the globe for the National Instruments Engineering Impact Award. Abedalsalam Bani-Ahmed, graduate research assistant, was nominated for his paper that discussed hybrid battery cycle life testing. These awards recognize innovative projects based on NI software and hardware.

Rayz Seeks Two RAs to Assist in Numerical Modeling of Blood Flow in Brain Aneurysms

A UWM cardiovascular flow research lab is looking for graduate assistants (from math or engineering disciplines) to work on a NIH-funded project on numerical modeling of blood flow in brain aneurysms. The application of this research is to provide neurosurgeons with models that guide decision-making when considering treatment options of uncommon brain aneurysms. For more information, please click here.

Graduates Reconnect to College at Social

The August Women in Engineering Alumnae Social at UWM’s Innovation Accelerator was a fabulous evening that reconnected alumnae with the college and one another. Alumnae learned of our programs supporting the success of the next generation of Women Milwaukee Engineers including EnQuest, Girls Who Code and others. Watch this event video.

High School Girls Experience Engineering Through EnQuest

Twenty high school girls from 14 Wisconsin and Illinois communities attended EnQuest summer camp, where they designed and created solar-powered flashlights for 34 Guatemalan households living off the grid. Watch this year's events in a slideshow along with this video.

Materials Camp Offers Hands-On Lessons

High school students from southeastern Wisconsin gathered at UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science this summer for the annual ASM (American Society of Materials) Materials Camp. Read more.

Rohatgi Discusses Stronger, Lighter Composites

UWM scientists are working to create new, stronger and lighter metal composites that give products a competitive advantage over others. WUWM interviewed Pradeep Rohatgi, the UWM Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering, and the chief research officer for a new company called Intelligent Composites, and Chris Jordan, the chief marketing officer of the company. Listen to the interview.

Siemens PLM Software Supports Student Success

The college received an in-kind grant from Siemens PLM Software, with a value of more than $24 million. The grant gives students access to the same technology that companies use to develop products within industries including automotive, aerospace, machinery, and high-tech electronics. Graduates trained to use software are frequently recruited for advanced technology jobs. Read more.

Multi-Nation Search Leads to UWM, Lands at Apple

Meet the engineering graduate student who sent out 1,000 emails from Iran in search of the right materials science professor – a search that brought him to UWM’s College of Engineering and took him to a job at Apple. Read more.

Group is Finalist in Elon Musk's Hyperloop Competition

A group of engineering students was one of the 27 collegiate teams chosen to advance in a competition to design an element of futuristic high-speed transportation. They are building a pod model for the final round of the Hyperloop Pod Design Competition to be held in California. Read more.

Join the Milwaukee Engineer Panther Prowl Team

Lace up your running shoes for the UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association’s 12th annual Panther Prowl 5K Run/Walk, Saturday, Oct. 8. Join our growing Milwaukee Engineer team of faculty, staff, alumni, students and community partners for a fun event that supports student scholarships. Stick around after the race for an EMS open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for family-friendly, hands-on demonstrations. Read more.

About UW-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science

UWM was recently rated with an R1 ranking, the highest standard of assessment by the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education. UW-Milwaukee’s College of Engineering & Applied Science seeks to expand the boundaries of knowledge and change the world through research, education and technology transfer.