Foxconn’s promise to build a massive manufacturing plant in Southeast Wisconsin is projected to have a major impact on employment. The UW-Milwaukee faculty listed below can discuss the fiscal, economic and technical issues surround the high-tech giant’s plans to build its first LCD-manufacturing facility in the United States.

Economic development

John Heywood, distinguished professor of economics, director of the master’s program in human resources and labor relations
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An expert in the economics of personnel, Heywood has held appointments in the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong and Australia. His research examines performance pay, earnings discrimination, the labor market for older workers, the determinants and consequences of family friendly firm practices, public sector labor markets and the economics of trade unions. He was recently quoted in a Chicago Tribune story about the Foxconn proposal.

Jeffrey Sommers, senior fellow at UWM’s Institute of World Affairs
A political economist, Sommers has written on the impact on the financial crisis and the austerity response in Europe. He is visiting faculty at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia, and the co-editor of “The Contradictions of Austerity: The Socio-Economic Costs of the Neoliberal Baltic Model.” His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Guardian. His views on the Foxconn deal most recently appeared on Fox6Now.

Business impact

Wilkistar Otieno, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing engineering
Otieno can talk about the impact of economic development from an educational perspective and a supply perspective. What impact would one major employer’s relocation to a region have on similar industries already there and the suppliers from which they would buy materials? It takes most employees about two to five years of training/experience to be an asset to the company that hires them. Dr. Otieno is working with partners such as Rockwell Automation to reduce the training and time needed to prepare tech employees to contribute at a high level.

Anthony Ross, Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management
Founding director of the Supply Chain Management Institute, Ross can discuss the impact of newly arrived companies on the business and operations of neighboring companies in related industries.

Environmental regulation

Seth Siegel, Daniel M. Soref Senior Water Policy Fellow in the School of Freshwater Sciences
Author of the New York Times best-seller “Let There Be Water,” Siegel is an expert on global and domestic water policy issues with focus on water scarcity and water quality. He’s been interviewed often for TV, radio, print and internet stories.

Workforce development

David Yu, professor of electrical engineering
Yu can discuss UWM’s new internship program with Foxconn, which will send students to Taiwan to study at Chung Yuan Christian University and work at Foxconn facilities. He also can talk about international co-op programs more broadly and the unique opportunities they provide for students who will go on to work in a global economy.

Ethan Munson, professor of computer science
Associate dean of academic affairs for the College of Engineering & Applied Science, Munson can discuss the range of education programs that might address Foxconn’s needs for workers.

Brett Peters, dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science
Peters can discuss the skills gap and engineering overall.