“The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay opened its new STEM Innovation Center to the public last week to showcase $1.5 million of new equipment for its engineering students.” Read more via ‘Kids love it’: As demand for engineering program exceeds expectations, UW-Green Bay installs $1.5 million worth of equipment | Green Bay Press Gazette.
Future UW-Green Bay student Arabella Adams, a senior at Luxemburg-Casco High School, was presented with a $10,000 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation 2019 Initiative Scholarship. The Herb Kohl Initiative Scholarship recognizes “Students who have demonstrated a high level of motivation, have shown strong promise for achieving success in college and beyond, and have overcome significant personal obstacles or adversity.” Adams plans to study mechanical engineering.
UW-Green Bay student Paul VanderKelen (Mechanical Engineering) has been named a 2019 scholarship recipient by the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA). VanderKelen is a six-year employee of HART Design and Manufacturing Inc. in Green Bay, and will be working there after graduation in May 2020. Read more.
UW-Green Bay Engineering Club students toured KI in Green Bay on Friday, March 8, 2019. KI is one of the top 10 furniture manufacturing companies in the world (and much of the furniture used on the campus is from KI). The tour provided a great opportunity for the students to see first-hand how a big manufacturing plant operates, learn more about the fabrication processes, and network with employees. The Engineering Club members were accompanied by their faculty adviser, Assistant Prof. Jagadeep Thota (Natural and Applied Sciences, Mechanical Engineering). KI is a generous supporter and invaluable partner of UW-Green Bay.
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Md. Riaz Uddin Ahmed (Natural and Applied Sciences) has been selected as a round two winner for the Smart Cities-Smart Futures Competition sponsored by Foxconn. Ahmed will now move on to the third and final round of the competition. Evaluation of round three will occur in the month of April, with winners being announced in early May. Learn more.
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1. Commencement Speaker Xiong tells graduates, ‘Create your own paj ntaub story’
Tears of pride and joy, for her family, her Hmong heritage, her UW-Green Bay family, flowed freely as graduate Bao Nhia Xiong ’18 spoke at the UW-Green Bay Spring Commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center, Saturday, May 12, 2018. She was chosen to speak on behalf of her graduating class by UW-Green Bay faculty.
Comparing the student journey to a paj ntaub story — the Hmong art of adding intricate embroidery to traditional Hmong clothing — Xiong encouraged her fellow students to hold onto three distinct threads as they create their own paj ntaub: Family, university community and the spirit of giving back. See more.
2. UW-Green Bay offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing starting in 2020
The University received approval from the UW Board of Regents August 24, 2018 to move ahead in offering a prelicensure Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program, paving the way for students to begin in fall 2020. The program will expand UW-Green Bay’s ability to fulfill unmet student demand for a high-quality BSN degree at an affordable tuition cost. See more.
3. UW-Green Bay names leaders at Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan campuses
Provost Greg Davis announced Friday, July 20, 2018 the new leaders of the branch campuses — Cindy Bailey at Marinette, Rachele Bacik at Manitowoc and Jennifer Williamson-Mendez at Sheboygan. See more.
4. UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering gets the green light
UW-Green Bay’s efforts to establish an in-region resource for developing highly needed mechanical engineering talent in Northeast Wisconsin took a gigantic step forward Feb. 9, 2018 with the UW System Board of Regents approving the University’s request to offer the new program on its campus. UW-Green Bay began accepting freshmen into the program in Fall 2018. See more.
Two projects from UW-Green Bay faculty have been selected to go on to the next round of the Smart Cities-Smart Futures competition sponsored by Foxconn. The competition has the goal of generating new, unconventional ideas to develop smart, connected communities throughout the state. Assistant Prof. Maruf Hossain (Natural and Applied Sciences) project is an Integrated Wind Power Generator, which is a system of mechanically integrated vertical axis wind turbines (VAWTs) that will connect to a single unit generator and electronic interface to more efficiently and cost-effectively produce electricity. Assistant Prof. Riaz Ahmed’s (Natural and Applied Sciences) project, “Smart traffic and street lights powered by smart flag,” was also selected as a round one winner. Learn more.
On Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, UW-Green Bay students had the opportunity to have lunch at Lambeau Field and network with Kohler executive leaders from across the globe. Twenty-six students participated in the mentoring event, and were given the chance to interact with the executives to learn about career pathways, qualities and skills for success and overall thoughts on the global employment and marketplace. Majors represented included Accounting, Business Administration, Data Science, Mechanical Engineering and Integrative Leadership.
The State of Wisconsin Building Commission approved a proposal to release $5 million to help fund construction of the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus. Read the press release.