University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) serves approximately 28,000 students and is one of only two Ph.D.-granting research institutions within the University of Wisconsin System.  UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science is a leading educational provider with approximately 1,900 students, including over 300 at the graduate level.  These students are served by six departments:  Civil Engineering & Mechanics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials.

In addition to the traditional B.S. and M.S. degrees in Engineering and in Computer Science, UWM also offers a combined B.S. and M.S. degree in Engineering.  The doctoral program includes a Ph.D. in Engineering and in Medical Informatics.  An engineering faculty of 85 PhDs engages in state-of-the-art research supported by a wide range of government and industrial funding agencies.  The research areas are broad and include: advanced materials, civil infrastructures, nano-technology, energy and fuel cell technologies, water resources, communication and electronics technologies, thermal science, engineering mechanics, manufacturing, computer science and engineering, ergonomics, biomedical engineering, medical imaging, and medical informatics.

Recently UWM has undertaken a new and aggressive strategy to increase its research productivity to an unprecedented level. The college serves as a driving engine to achieve this bold goal and has made major personnel and infrastructure improvements to support and enhance its research activities. These efforts are highlighted by an aggressive cluster hiring strategy that brought 21 new faculty into targeted research areas.  In addition, the college is making major laboratory upgrades, introducing research seed funding programs, and has hired experienced grant development experts.

A major effort is underway to improve the college’s national ranking through enhancing the quality of its students and improving their undergraduate educational experience.  Such a commitment is exemplified by the college’s two major awards from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education STEM and S-STEM programs that focus on developing new initiatives that target increasing the retention of students.  These initiatives include significant collaboration with industry partners, revising the curriculum to train more innovative engineers of the next generation, improving student selectivity, enhancing admission requirements, recruiting a large number of high quality students on scholarship, and enhancing retention and graduation through academic support programs and close interaction with students by faculty, staff, and alumni mentoring.