MILWAUKEE – Three Marquette University research projects were among seven chosen to receive funding by the industry members of the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on water technology, in conjunction with UW-Milwaukee.
The goal of the new center is to spur local economic growth by combining the engineering research expertise at Marquette and UWM with industry needs involving water equipment, policy and technology.
In March, the National Science Foundation awarded the two universities a total of $675,000 over five years to form the I/UCRC in Milwaukee. It is one of about 55 such NSF centers in the country and one of only two that focus on freshwater issues. Directors are Marquette College of Engineering Executive Associate Dean Michael Switzenbaum and UWM Engineering Professor Erik Christensen.
The Milwaukee Water Council helped to recruit six local companies: A.O. Smith Corporation, Badger Meter Inc., Pentair Inc., Baker Manufacturing Company LLC, Wisconsin Water Research Corp., and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Each contributes $50,000 annually for membership.
“This is yet another example of the collaboration between higher education and industry partners in the Milwaukee region,” said Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J. “With the support of the National Science Foundation, Marquette is proud to partner with our fine colleagues at UWM as together we move forward on the vision of making our region a worldwide leader in freshwater research and technology.”
“Working together with our industry partners, Marquette and UWM are expanding and redefining ways by which our universities can improve water quality,” said UWM Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago. “Our research – concisely coordinated with the capabilities of participating Milwaukee Water Council companies – will benefit those here in Wisconsin and also well beyond our borders.”
“We know with certainty that Milwaukee’s continued growth as a world water technology leader will primarily come from our own academic and business visionaries,” said Dean Amhaus, executive director of the Milwaukee Water Council. “The I/UCRC is an excellent vehicle to create powerful collaborations that will solve tomorrow’s water challenges.”
Research projects include:
Michael Switzenbaum, executive associate dean, Marquette University College of Engineering, 414-288-6629, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Lovell, dean, UWM College of Engineering & Applied Science, 414-229-4126, email@example.com
Dean Amhaus, executive director, Milwaukee Water Council, 414-828-3817, firstname.lastname@example.org
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