Ryoichi Amano, professor of mechanical engineering, and Alaa Hasan, an engineering doctoral student, stand in front of a wind turbine before Vice President Kamala Harris tours the research lab. Harris saw the wind tunnel faculty members use to develop quieter and more efficient wind turbines. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Vice President Kamala Harris waves as she enters the room during a visit to UWM energy research labs. Looking on is Ezana Mekonnen, a UWM alum and chief technology officer at Imagen Energy. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Adel Nasiri (left), professor of electrical engineering, speaks with Sen. Tammy Baldwin (center) and Vice President Kamala Harris about sustainable energy research on microgrids and batteries. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
UWM Chancellor Mark Mone greets Vice President Kamala Harris (clockwise from right), Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Gwen Moore. Behind the Chancellor is an all-electric Ford Mustang on display. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Wilkistar Otieno, associate professor of industrial manufacturing and assistant director of UWM’s Industrial Assessment Center, participates in the roundtable discussion. Otieno described the research and development gains that additional investment would bring, including next-generation lithium-ion battery systems for electric cars, new strategies for more efficient manufacturing, and electricity generated from wastewater treatment plants. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Chancellor Mark Mone listens as faculty member Wilkistar Otieno speaks to the vice president. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Milwaukee fifth-grader Lenaya Mejia-Rodriguez of Lincoln Avenue Community school speaks about a project she and her class are participating at her school. She explained the environmental initiatives at the school, including recycling, composting, green spaces and gardens. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Vice President Kamala Harris smiles at Lenaya Mejia-Rodriguez of Lincoln Avenue Community school as the 10-year-old speaks confidently about the environmental initiatives at her school. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Vice President Kamala Harris talks with Lenaya Mejia-Rodriguez after the Lincoln Avenue Community School spoke at the event. Harris gave Mejia-Rodriguez a standing ovation. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
The group from the event poses for a photo. Involved were UWM faculty, staff and administrators, local and federal political leaders, and local leaders and community members. (UWM Photo/Elora Hennessey)
Vice President Kamala Harris visited the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to see the university’s clean energy research efforts and promote the Biden administration’s planned investment in American infrastructure.
Harris talked at a roundtable discussion about what the $2.3 trillion legislative package would mean for sustainable energy, research innovation and education, and she toured some of the energy research labs in the College of Engineering & Applied Science to highlight a clean energy economy.