University Now Offers Four Engineering Programs to Meet Student Demand and Regional Talent Needs
Green Bay, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced today it is now accepting freshmen and transfer students with freshman or sophomore status into its inaugural Mechanical Engineering program for the fall 2018 semester and beyond.
“We’ve been offering the first two years of mechanical engineering on this campus for 40 years, so we’re certainly ready to welcome these students into our new program,” says John Katers, dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Technology.
The Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering will be UW-Green Bay’s first four-year engineering program and brings the total engineering programs offered at the campus to four. Since 2014, the University has collaborated with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to deliver Environmental, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs.
Students interested in applying to any of these programs should contact the UW-Green Bay Office of Admissions http://www.uwgb.edu/admissions/apply/. More information can be found at http://www.uwgb.edu/mechanical-engineering.
UW-Green Bay’s Mechanical Engineering program was expedited from concept to reality earlier this year through the unanimous support and approval of the UW System Board of Regents and private support, including a transformational gift from Richard J. Resch, CEO of international furniture manufacturer, KI. According to Katers, the need for engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin is extreme.
“This region has the most open positions for engineers in the state and has seen an 18% increase in demand for engineers since 2010,” says Katers. “As an aspiring engineer, I had to leave the Green Bay area to complete my engineering degree. Our future students won’t need to do that.”
“Business leaders in this community have wanted engineering to be offered at UW-Green Bay for decades; we are now on the cusp of something very transformational for this community, our economy, and most importantly, our students, who are the workforce of the future,” UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller said.
“Locally it really feels like the time is right to expand the engineering program at UW-Green Bay to help satisfy the needs of the local employers,” noted Bill Lynch, vice president of engineering for Faith Technologies. “I’ve been associated with interviewing engineers for this area for most of my career. I believe we miss opportunities for a lot of students that otherwise would go into STEM programs that they just don’t have available and don’t have the means to travel to a further away school, so they end up not going into it at all.”
Director of Culture and People Development at Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), Mike Kwaterski agrees, saying that having (engineering graduates) within 25 miles of Green Bay is an asset to all businesses that support the paper industry. “Now is a perfect time to be looking at the engineering educational resources within Northeast Wisconsin. Every business person I talk to within a 50- to 75-mile radius of Green Bay is very busy with work right now.”
According to Miller, the University has already secured gifts and pledges totaling close to
$10 million to support the University’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the construction of the STEM building on campus and the updating of STEM curriculum for The Einstein Project’s outreach with school districts across the State of Wisconsin. Mr. Resch generously committed $5 million through the Resch Foundation for this important expansion of STEM education. Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation announced a $1 million contribution in February—the largest single donation made by the charitable organization in its 54-year history. More recently The George Kress Foundation pledged $1 million to the campaign.
About the College of Science, Engineering and Technology
Faculty and staff in the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, which includes the recently established Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, provide a dynamic, hands-on learning environment in the classroom and the laboratory for a diverse array of majors. This approach to education fosters new and exciting opportunities in STEM fields for our undergraduate and graduate students, our faculty, and the surrounding community, thereby contributing to economic innovation and environmental sustainability.
About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs to 7,158 students. The University transforms lives and communities through exceptional and award-winning teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities and a problem-solving approach to education. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.