UWM is taking a new approach to harnessing discovery. In the collaborative centers featured here, we join with regional and state partners to merge our diverse paths of expertise and form one road to economic and social vitality in our region.

Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC)

The goal of M-WERC, headquartered in Milwaukee, is to make Wisconsin and the Midwest a nationally recognized center of expertise in energy, power and control technologies. M-WERC brings together UW-Milwaukee and three other engineering schools – UW-Madison, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Since its formation, M-WERC has grown to 80 members. M-WERC funded a 10-kilowatt wind turbine at UWM, which helps power UWM’s microgrid research.

Water Equipment and Policy Research Center (WEP)

Combining their individual strengths in freshwater technology research, UWM and Marquette University have joined with 15 industries to form this NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on freshwater technology and policy. Funded by the National Science Foundation, the center is one of only two in the nation focused on fresh water. The research has led to four patents and 10 licensing agreements in the past six years.

UWM-Johnson Controls battery research

This partnership with the world’s leading automotive battery supplier has led to construction of two research labs supported by Johnson Controls Inc. and located on the UWM campus for the partners’ use. In addition, the company is supporting The Johnson Controls Endowed Professorship in Energy Storage Research, which is shared between UWM and UW-Madison, and graduate fellowships at both universities.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

Backed by $20 million from the National Institutes of Health, this consortium of eight Milwaukee institutions, including UWM, shares resources to accelerate the translation of research discoveries into new medical treatments. Other members are the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital and Health System, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.

Center for Advanced Embedded Systems

CAES is guided by industry members in its mission to develop a regional talent pipeline, offer professional development programming, and conduct industry-aligned research in the field of embedded systems. The center started with GE Healthcare’s interest in developing regional talent in advanced embedded systems and computational imaging.

M³

Milwaukee’s three largest public educators – Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee Area Technical College and UWM – formed M³ (“M cubed”) to help increase student success and career preparedness. The partners serve an urban population with an open access mission and philosophy. The ultimate goal: increase the number of high school graduates and those entering higher education.

National Science Foundation Innovation Corps site

Funded by the National Science Foundation, I-Corps is a three-year program aiming to train 90 academic teams to take a research discovery to the marketplace. I-Corps forces team members to leave the lab and interact with the real world, which helps guide the commercialization process and their research. Part of the National Innovation Network, local teams come from UWM, Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Concordia.

Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)

Faculty experts and graduate students in the UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science provide technical advice to help local manufacturers cut their energy costs, improve energy efficiency and productivity, and reduce waste. Backed by the U.S. Department of Energy, the IAC at UWM is the only such center in Wisconsin and the largest of the 24 NSF funds nationwide. The center also trains students in industrial energy system management and assessment.

The Milwaukee Master Teacher Partnership

UWM and Milwaukee Public Schools are joining forces to improve the teaching of mathematics and science in the city’s public high schools. This partnership, supported by the National Science Foundation, will pair 25 high school teachers with master’s degrees with UWM faculty who will guide them in professional development and classroom-based research to teach more effectively.

Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery (MIDD)

Established to advance research and later-stage development of new drugs from UWM research, the institute focuses on neuroscience, cancer and infectious diseases. The MIDD is focused on collaborations among UWM departments, regional and national academic centers, and medical-product companies.

The Milwaukee Institute

Through the sharing of high speed/performance computers, modeling, simulation and visualization tools, The Milwaukee Institute is helping UWM researchers reach beyond the university's current computing capacity to undertake new, increasingly innovative research in areas such as virtual prototyping, crime analysis, biomechanics, and cell mutation and disease prediction.