Michael R. Lovell was confirmed as the eighth Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in May 2011. He joined UWM in 2008 as dean of the College of Engineering & Applied Science and a professor of mechanical engineering. He was subsequently named a State of Wisconsin Distinguished Professor—a designation by the University of Wisconsin System that recognizes and supports professorships in areas of vital or emerging significance to the state.
Chancellor Lovell has continued to push forward several university construction initiatives including its 89-acre Innovation Campus in Wauwatosa; $53-million expansion of its School of Freshwater Sciences on the Milwaukee inner harbor; and the first phase of the Kenwood Interdisciplinary Research Complex, the first new all-academic building to be constructed on the UWM main campus in nearly two decades.
He has created or strengthened partnerships with many Milwaukee-area corporations. Work with Johnson Controls and the University of Wisconsin has been especially successful as has work in the area of freshwater science, where the chancellor has served on the board of The Water Council and supported the university’s participation in the Global Water Center. Chancellor Lovell is Chairman Emeritus of the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium, which has grown to have corporate and academic representatives from seven states who are united in their desire to make the region the U.S. leader in energy, power and control. He is involved with several Greater Milwaukee Committee initiatives including MiKE and Scale Up Milwaukee.
To help prepare the next generation of students for higher education, Chancellor Lovell is a co-chair of Milwaukee Succeeds, a broad-based, communitywide collaboration that aims to improve educational outcomes for every child in Milwaukee, in every school, cradle to career. He also serves as an executive partner on the Milwaukee Partnership Academy (soon to be renamed the Milwaukee Education Partnership), which seeks to ensure that every child in the Milwaukee Public Schools will be at or above grade level in reading, writing and mathematics.
Prior to joining UWM, Lovell served as Associate Dean for Research at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering for five years. He previously directed two multi-university research centers, working with hundreds of faculty members, graduate students, and private companies. He was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky, after starting his career at ANSYS, a firm that develops engineering simulation software.
Chancellor Lovell holds three academic degrees in mechanical engineering, including a Ph.D., from the University of Pittsburgh. He and his wife, Amy, are raising their family just a few blocks away from the university’s East Side campus.