The STEAM Engine joins The Weidner Downtown on Dec 10

The long running series returns with first live event at The Tarlton Theatre with Theme: Sustainable Infrastructure & Futuring

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 2, 2022                 

Green Bay, Wis. – It’s full steam ahead as the STEAM Engine returns with its first live, in-person event in over a year as part of The Weidner Downtown Series on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the historic Tarlton Theatre. Admission is pay what you may at the door.

The STEAM Engine showcases individuals and organizations in our region who are seeking new horizons in the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics.

“This year we have five outstanding panelists expressing perspectives from five different backgrounds on ‘Sustainable Infrastructure and Futuring.’” Says STEAM Engine organizer and director, Kent Hutchison. “How will the Green Bay Area look in 5, 10, 30 years down the road? What do we need to consider to ensure we have not only a beautiful and vibrant community, but also a robust and sustainable future?”

STEAM Engine Panelists:

Oliver Buechse
Oliver is a strategist and thought leader on future trends impacting Wisconsin. He has founded and led innovative efforts like Advancing AI Wisconsin, The Digital County, Forum for Innovation, His latest initiative, Futures of Choice, aims to help prepare Wisconsin for what could be the new Golden Era for the Great Lakes

Jamie Lynch
Jamie Lynch is an Associate Professor or Sociology at St. Norbert College where he teaches statistics and courses on health, education, and socialization. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Strategic Research Institute.

Christine Harris
Christine Harris spent over 30 years in the arts and culture industry as a senior leader. In Milwaukee she was CEO of the Milwaukee Ballet and the United Performing Arts Fund. Christine has become a nationally recognized strategist in creative community building.

Mohammad Upal Mahfuz
Mohammad Upad Mahfuz is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He has a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada. His research interests include bio-inspired communications systems and nanonetworks.

Kristina Shelton
As a former public educator, State Representative Shelton brings a voice to the State Legislature to protect and fund our state’s public schools and higher education institutions. Shelton’s legislative agenda has included authoring the Economic Justice Bill of Rights, bills to advance voter education, and criminal justice reform.

Amanda Chu, Moderator
With a vision that centers equity and justice, Amanda serves the region as a food systems navigator, gatherer, facilitator, and planner. Amanda is the founder and operator of the NEW Food Forum, she is the President of the SLO Farmer’s Co-op. Also on food systems and economic vitality with NWTC.

STEAM Engine at The Tarlton Theatre. Saturday, December 10 at 7 PM. Admission to this event is pay what you may at the door, and is open to the public.

Get involved and jump aboard the STEAM Engine! For more information on the STEAM Engine web site, or contact STEAM Engine at or call 920-791-1237.

About The Tarlton Theatre

The Tarlton is Green Bay’s hometown, circa-1925 Art Deco, draft house cinema and performing arts venue, with a menu of classic and modern American cuisine and craft beverages. For more information, visit, and follow at Facebook, and Instagram.

About The Weidner

UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Weidner Center is home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions, and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. Beyond the large-scale touring productions that grace the stage, the Weidner Center also focuses on scholastic development, programming and an impactful education series — Stage Doors. For more information visit and sign-up for The Weidner Wire.

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About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving more than 9,600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 95,000 continuing education learners each year. We educate students from pre- college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2021, UW-Green Bay was the fastest-growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit


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