Peter Gross, an incoming Sheboygan campus freshman and Oostburg High School alumnus, started working for Kohler during his senior year in high school helping create new materials from industrial waste. His apprenticeship with Kohler’s Kitchen Product Engineering Team gave him hands-on experience for his future career, as he plans to pursue an electrical or mechanical engineering degree this fall. Read the full story on BizTimes.
Announced yesterday, June 21, 2018, UW-Green Bay is accepting applications for its brand-new Mechanical Engineering program. Fox 11 covered the story.
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.
Writer Harry Maier wrote a thorough story in the March 5, 2017 issue of The Business News on the Dick Resch and WPS gifts to start-up the mechanical engineering program at UW-Green Bay, and future construction of a two-story building to serve STEM degrees and partners. You can find the story on Pages 9-11. The Business News does not have an online version.
UW-Green Bay was featured in Insight on Manufacturing magazine March 1, 2018. “Patience and precision are traits often associated with engineering. Northeast Wisconsin has needed plenty of both as it has grown industries with some of the greatest demand for engineering talent, yet struggled to secure the educational resources to attract, train and retain that talent in the region,” reports Sean Johnson. “But the effort, more than 30 years in the making, was finally rewarded when the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents gave conditional approval for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to offer a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering beginning in the fall of 2018.”
Wisconsin Public Radio ran an extensive story about UW-Green Bay’s new Mechanical Engineering program. “The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has announced a new mechanical engineering program, funded in part by a $5 million private donation. The gift comes from Richard Resch, CEO of the Green Bay-based office furniture manufacturer KI and the new school will be named in his honor. Resch said his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from MIT, “served me well for many, many years. It also got me into Harvard Business School where I learned a lot about business.” Resch said northeastern Wisconsin needs a larger engineering program, “I think this community is large enough.”
KI Chairman and CEO Dick Resch on Monday announced a $5 million donation from his foundation to the UW-Green Bay’s engineering program. The Green Bay Press-Gazette covered the story. “UW-Green Bay will name its expanded engineering program the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering in appreciation for Resch’s gift. The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation also announced it will donate $1 million toward the program. Resch said his experience in the paper industry and more than 35 years at KI have shown him the importance of a regional engineering program and higher education in general.”
“University of Wisconsin-Green Bay announced in a press release Friday the UW-Regents have approved establishing a School of Engineering on campus. The University says it expects to begin accepting freshman into its Mechanical Engineering program for the fall 2018 semester,” reported NBC26.
WBAY featured the new engineering school in a story last week, quoting Dean John Katers and Brown County Executive Troy Streckenbach, who says the school will “create economic development for years to come.“ …”I’m excited to get to the next step in this venture when we begin construction on the home for this engineering school — the STEM Innovation Center,” Streckenbach says. “For me, this STEM Innovation Center is about being a hands-on partner for providing solutions and coming together to ensure all our students have opportunities to be tomorrow’s innovators.”
“Following the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents’ approval of a mechanical engineering program and other components of a university/community shared vision for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) at UW-Green Bay, the university and two community partners have shared details on how they plan to move the program from concept to reality, expediting the university’s ability to meet the region’s rising demand for engineering talent,” reports thefabricator.com.