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.
Wisconsin Energy Research Consortium (WERC)
The state’s largest academic energy research organizations have merged to form a single entity, headquartered in Milwaukee, with a mission of making Wisconsin a nationally recognized center of expertise in energy, power and control technologies. WERC brings together UWM and three other engineering schools – UW–Madison, Marquette University and Milwaukee School of Engineering. Since its formation, WERC has grown to 15 industry members and has sponsored 18 seed-funded research projects.
Water Equipment and Policy Center (WEP)
Combining their individual strengths in freshwater technology research, UWM and Marquette University have joined with six area industries to form this NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center on freshwater technology and policy. With the goal of applying research to industry projects and producing intellectual property around the resulting discoveries, the center is one of only two such NSF centers in the country focused on freshwater.
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 co-use of the partners. 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.
Children’s Environmental Health Science Core Center (CEHSCC)
UWM, Children’s Research Institute and the Medical College of Wisconsin, backed by an $8.5 million federal grant, have formed a national research powerhouse to study the impact of environmental factors on childhood diseases. It is one of 17 environmental health centers in the nation funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the only one devoted solely to children’s issues.
Great Lakes Transportation Enterprise Institute (GLTEI)
Through GLTEI, four universities have joined forces with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and regional industry to jointly develop innovative products related to highway safety and green technologies. In addition to UWM, the universities include the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Business members are led by Traffic & Parking Control Co. (TAPCO) Inc. of Brown Deer and TrafficCast International, based in Madison.
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Backed by $20 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 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 Materials Manufacturing (CAMM)
Backed by a $1.2 million federal grant, UWM has launched CAMM, which will support the transfer of UWM research in bulk nanostructured materials to the manufacturing industry in both Wisconsin and the nation. These high-performance metallic materials hold the potential to revitalize foundries if they can be mass-produced. CAMM researchers will work with Oshkosh Corporation and other companies to develop an infrastructure for scaling up their production.
UWM School of Freshwater Sciences
Unique in the nation, this new graduate-level school and its research arm blend modern aquatic sciences with expertise from UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science, the Department of Economics and the School of Public Health. The school is linked with a wide range of partners, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Milwaukee Water Council, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, Growing Power and UW Sea Grant Institute. Support from Lynde B. Uihlein brings the expertise of the University of Wisconsin Law School to the new Center for Water Policy at the school.
Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health
Building on the multidisciplinary nature of public health, this new graduate-level school was created in concert with the City of Milwaukee Health Department. Through its many partnerships, the school aims to identify the urban area’s worst health threats, address health disparities and guide public health policy. Some of the affiliated organizations are the Center for Urban Population Health and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
NSF 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 National Science Foundation, the IAC at UWM is the only such center in Wisconsin and the largest of the 24 NSF funds nationwide. The center also trains both graduate and undergraduates in the growing field of industrial energy system management and assessment.
Milwaukee Institute for Drug Discovery (MIDD)
Established to advance research and later-stage development of new drugs from UWM research, the institute focuses on several areas: neuroscience, cancer and infectious diseases. Because of the cross-functional nature of drug discovery and development, the MIDD is focused on collaborations among UWM departments, regional and national academic centers, and medical product companies.
The Knowledge-Based Nursing Initiative (KBNI)
Based in the UWM College of Nursing, this initiative brings clinical decision support to nurses by embedding nursing knowledge and evidence-based recommendations into intelligent clinical health information systems. The partnership, forged by Aurora Health Care, Cerner Corp. and UWM, is transforming both nursing practice and health informatics.
The Milwaukee Institute
The Milwaukee Institute is providing high speed computing resources to various organizations at UW Milwaukee. Through the sharing of high speed/performance computers, modeling, simulation and visualization tools, as well as advanced analytic techniques, UWM researchers are able to reach beyond the university's current computing capacity to undertake new, increasingly innovative research. Among the research areas that can benefit are water quality/usage, cell mutation and disease prediction, smarter product design/virtual prototyping, crime analysis and prediction, nano-sensor technology and biomechanics.