University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Alumni Awards Evening

Lyman W. Tschanz


tschanz Bachelor’s Mechanical Engineering `78 from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville; MBA Business Administration `82 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Meet Lyman Tschanz through his award video spotlight


Vice President, Operations, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Lyman has led a distinguished career as a senior executive at some of Wisconsin’s leading manufacturers.  He has served as Director of Operations at Rockwell Automation, General Manager of both the aftermarket and automotive divisions at Modine Manufacturing, Operations Plant Manager at Square D/Schneider Electric, and Site Manager at Cooper Power Systems. He has more than 30 years of experience in general management and operations, mergers and acquisitions and global business management in the automotive, automotive aftermarket, electrical equipment and industrial automation industries.  As Vice President at Rockwell, Lyman is responsible for the management of over 2,000 employees at facilities across North America and Latin America, including Richland Center, Wisconsin; Cambridge, Ontario, Canada; Tecate, Mexico; and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The companies with which Lyman has been affiliated have made notable achievements under his leadership.  For example, in 2008, Rockwell Automation was named a Green Tier company by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  Today, Rockwell continues to be a leader in environmental management.  In 2003, during his tenure as General Manager of Modine’s Automotive Division, the company was named “SPD Supplier of the Year” by the Chrysler Group for its excellent product quality and service to the Group’s TNAP facility.

In addition to Lyman’s 30-year career achievements and impact, he has demonstrated a high level of commitment to UWM and the Milwaukee Community.  He was key in helping secure a $2.5 million gift for the Rockwell Automation Endowed Chair in Supply Chain Management and elevating the company’s support of education in supply chain and operations management through long-standing scholarship and internship programs for Lubar School of Business students at UWM.  He is regularly on campus guest lecturing in various classes, and he recently led the initiative to transport engineering and business students to the Rockwell Automation Fair in Chicago where student participants had the opportunity to interact with industry professionals. He has been at the forefront in helping the Supply Chain Management faculty at the Lubar School develop a rigorous, relevant and real-world structured curriculum.

Lyman’s value of education is also evident through his commitment as an active board member of Milwaukee-based La Causa, a non-profit organization that provides children, youth and families with quality, comprehensive services to nurture healthy family life and enhance community stability through its charter school, early education and care programs, social services and a crisis nursery.