VP Kamala Harris visits college’s energy research labs; highlights clean energy economy, infrastructure investment

Vice President Kamala Harris enters lab, waving

Vice President Kamala Harris toured UWM’s clean energy labs on May 4. During her visit, researchers in UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science shared their work on sustainable energy, including next-generation electric car fast chargers, wind turbines, and smart microgrids. “It’s an example of the kind of transformative research we do at UWM,” said Chancellor Mark Mone.

Harris discussed support for research and investment in universities and for the Biden Administration’s planned investment in U.S. infrastructure.

UWM was chosen as a stop on Harris’ promotion tour in part because of its longstanding work with businesses to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints. The U.S. Department of Energy has supported an Industrial Assessment Center at UWM for more than 20 years, which is directed by Ryo Amano, professor, mechanical engineering. More than 600 Wisconsin companies and water treatment plants have used the IAC’s services to reduce energy and water consumption, enhance cybersecurity, and adopt smart manufacturing technology.

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The day in photos

UWM is a leading research institution in energy storage and electric grid technology. Advances in these areas could help America successfully switch to greener technologies.

On May 4, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science researchers shared highlights of their work in sustainable energy with Vice President Kamala Harris. “It’s an example of the kind of transformative research we do at UWM,” said Chancellor Mark Mone.

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Media Coverage

Media coverage of VP’s visit, UWM’s clean-energy technology research.

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UWM’s DOE-funded Industrial Assessment Center has helped 600 WI manufacturers reduce energy use.

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People who helped

Faculty and students helped welcome Vice President Kamala Harris and make her visit a success each step of the way.

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