Four from UWM advance to the final round of the ‘Smart Cities’ competition

Four UWM entries, including three from the College of Engineering & Applied Science, are among the 30 projects that have advanced to the third and final round of the “Smart Cities-Smart Futures” competition, sponsored by Foxconn.

The Round 2 winners receive $1,500 awards and have a chance to earn $5,000 more if they are chosen in Round 3, which will be announced later in the spring.

Jie Yu

The competition, open to students, faculty and staff from all of the state’s institutions of higher education, drew 325 entries for its initial round in October 2018.

The competition encouraged entries from all disciplines, from liberal arts to math and engineering, to develop innovative ideas that advance connected communities.

UWM winners include:

  • Jie Yu, UWM assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, in the mobility and transportation category
  • Mohammad Rizwen Ur Rahman, doctoral student, in the energy and environment category
  • Shane Wesener, adjunct professor and research specialist in biological sciences, in the internet of things category
  • Zihao Jin, doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, in the internet of things category

This year, the competition will award over $200,000 in its three rounds. The competition is also supported by the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, the Wisconsin Technology Council, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the UW-Milwaukee Research Foundation and the WiSys Technology Foundation.

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