Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference

The first Milwaukee Engineering Research Conference, held May 5-6, brought about 300 researchers, federal agencies and business leaders together in Milwaukee to advance the national research agenda. The focus was on research and commercialization in water and the environment, energy and sustainability, advanced manufacturing, transportation and infrastructure and biomedical and health and more. Sponsors plan on holding the event annually.


Associate Dean for Research Adel Nasiri talks at this year’s conference. (UWM Photo/Troye Fox)

“We’re bridging the gap between fundamental research and privatization,” said Barry Johnson, Division Director, Industrial Innovation, National Science Foundation.

Guests were able to see more than 30 UWM Engineering & Applied Science faculty research presentations from water sensors to renewable energy and blood flow. General sessions included talks from NSF, NIST, Sandia National Labs, JISEA/NREL and UWM’s Research Foundation and business partners from A. O. Smith, Johnson Controls, Rockwell Automation and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. Find a full list of presenters and available PowerPoint presentations on the MERC website here. For information on next year’s event, please contact Associate Dean for Research Adel Nasiri (