Wisconsin Sea Grant launches new series: Setting Sail for Great Lake Learning

Wisconsin Sea Grant is launching a new series of free, public talks called “The Lake Talks.” The talks will take place in communities on or near Lake Michigan and touch upon issues of importance to the Great Lakes. The first event will be held at the Neville Public Museum (210 Museum Place) in Green Bay, Wis. on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The topic is “Setting Sail for Great Lakes Learning.” Admission to the Neville Museum is free for Brown County residents after 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, so area residents will be able to visit the museum and attend the talk for free.

“Setting Sail for Great Lakes Learning” will be a panel with time for audience questions. The speakers will be three educators who set sail from St. Ignace, Mich., in August 2019 aboard a replica 19th-century schooner, the Denis Sullivan. Over the course of six days, they sailed to Duluth, Minn., along with 13 other educators. Their main purpose was a shipboard science workshop focusing on Great Lakes ecology, water quality and awareness of tribal approaches to research and natural resource management. While engaging in a busy schedule of science activities, the educators were also expected to pull their weight as crew members sailing the three-masted schooner, from swabbing the deck to keeping watch at night. Attendees will hear from panelists about the challenges and high points of this unique voyage and how it enhanced their classroom instruction once they got home.

The panelists are: Kelly Koller, Howard-Suamico School District; Dave Landers, Pulaski Community Middle School; and Christina Dzwonkowski, conservation warden with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. All are welcome to attend this event. It will be of special interest to those with an interest in the Great Lakes, sailing, science (including citizen science efforts) and Ojibwe culture. Future installments of the Lake Talks will take place in Green Bay on May 28 at the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, and on May 30 in Kenosha at Public Craft Brewing Co. Those events are also free and open to the public. More details will be released soon.

STEM Center Engineering Equipment

Media event: UW-Green Bay celebrates new equipment arrival to Brown County STEM Innovation Center

Green Bay, Wis.—On Feb. 20, 2020, the UW-Green Bay community celebrated the installation and demonstration of  $1.5 million in equipment delivered to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center to help prepare the next generation of engineers and others headed into STEM careers.

Equipment was manufactured from the company TecQuipment, which is based in the United Kingdom, and was delivered and installed by provider LAB Midwest (Mequon, Wis.). The celebration included comments from LAB Midwest CEO Renee Kirchner and UW-Green Bay College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET) Dean John Katers, followed by demonstrations.

Assistant Prof. Jagadeep Thota (Mechanical Engineering) was in charge of researching, selecting and ordering the equipment. “The process started two-and-a-half years ago,” explains Thota. “When trying to get the Mechanical Engineering program approved, we needed to first show a plan and budget for the equipment.”

Once the Innovation Center was built, Thota had the approval to start purchasing the equipment, and almost all equipment has been ordered and installed. “We haven’t completely finished.” he said. “About 90 percent is complete. For the other 10 percent, some has been purchased and is on the way, and some still needs to be purchased.”

There are currently more than 100 pieces of laboratory equipment to fill four labs and a machine shop in the STEM Center. Notable equipment to be on display on Feb. 20, 2020 includes turbines, which take energy from fluid motion and convert it to mechanical energy; a fluid flow channel, which allows students to better understand the fluid dynamics; and a tension and hardness testing machine, which tests how hard a material is and can also characterize them for mechanical properties. In addition to the TecQuipment, a Stratasys 3D printer will also be demonstrated to the public.

What a great day for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and for the entire state of Wisconsin!” said LAB Midwest CEO Renee Kirchner. “LAB Midwest has the opportunity to work with colleges and universities across seven Midwestern states and we see many different programs and many approaches to teaching engineering disciplines. Not only is UW-Green Bay’s Mechanical Engineering program the only Mechanical Engineering program in Northeast Wisconsin, its engineering lab is among the very best equipped in the entire country.”

The equipment has real-world applications for the students using them, Thota says. For example, the turbines are often found in hydroelectric plants and students can get hands-on experience with machines before entering the job market.

The equipment delivery plays an important role in contributing to STEM-related endeavors in Northeast Wisconsin.

“The STEM area is very much in demand, and the job market is good in the area,” Thota said. “The equipment allows students to get practical experience for the work force.”

Thota shared his enthusiasm for the new equipment and the opportunities it will provide for UW-Green Bay and the community. His ambitious goals include helping students get hands-on experience with equipment they may be using in the workforce and making the UW-Green Bay Mechanical Engineering program into one that is highly rated and nationally recognized.

“In addition, its our hope that having this top-notch equipment will influence more students to attend UW-Green Bay and continue to stay in Northeast Wisconsin and make contributions to the community,” Thota said. “We don’t want to lose talent in the area. This program is a good way for students to give back to the region and state and will be a good pipeline for companies to hire locally.”

Thota is especially excited to share the new equipment with the community. He states, “this would not be possible without the community’s help. They have been excited and very supportive of the process; they should see what we invested in.”

Kirchner says her company is excited to help future engineers hone their skills.

“As I pursued my engineering education, labs like these didn’t exist in either my undergraduate or my post graduate programs,” she said. “And while I am eternally grateful for what I learned in those programs, the truth is that exposure to hands-on learning opportunities such as those provided in these labs would have made me a much better engineer, especially early-on in my career. How fortunate are the current and future students of UW-Green Bay, who will hone their engineering skills and knowledge on cutting edge engineering equipment?

“We work with industrial and technology employers across the country and they all tell us the same thing. The ability for an engineer to not only understand engineering theory, but to engage with technical hardware in a hands-on fashion, is one of the most valuable and sought- after traits in new engineers. These state-of-the-art engineering labs will specifically equip this program’s students with that experience, positioning them to add tremendous value to their employers and our economy as they move on to what comes next after they earn their degrees.”

The media event began at 12:15 p.m. followed by photo and video opportunities with tours and simultaneous equipment demonstrations. The public was welcome from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with UW-Green Bay Engineering faculty and students.


Press release by Emily Gerlikovski, Marketing and University Communication student assistant.

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STEM Center Engineering Equipment

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

All are invited to celebrate the arrival of new equipment to the STEM Center, Feb. 20

Whether you are a student, faculty or staff member of UW-Green Bay, local media or just a curious community member, everyone is invited to come celebrate the exciting arrival of new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The $1.5 million of equipment comes from LAB Midwest and has made the journey from Germany to Green Bay in the past months.

A media event will begin at 12:15 p.m., with tours and equipment demonstrations to showcase the importance of this arrival to Northeast Wis.

In addition, there will be an Open House from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. which includes building tours, STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H, Einstein Project Open House and equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty.

Questions about the event can be directed to Director of Development Jacob Depas at depasj@uwgb.edu.

Cash, prizes can be earned at Quick Pitch event, April 1

Faculty and staff, please encourage participation in Quick Pitch on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center, Rooms 136-139. WiSys Quick Pitch is a “pitch” competition that inspires UW-Green Bay undergraduate and graduate students to consider the impact of their research. Students are welcome to present research from any discipline, including science, technology, social sciences, humanities, arts, education, business and other studies. Students may present research at any stage of development, meaning the project does not need to be finished in order for students to participate. Participants have three minutes to impress a panel of judges with their research and their ability to articulate its larger importance to society. The best of the best win cash prizes and secure a spot in the Quick Pitch State Final. The event is free and open to the public. To learn more information or to register, visit the WiSys website.

Brown County STEM Innovation Center equipment celebration, Feb. 20

The campus community is invited to celebrate the arrival of $1.5 million in new equipment to the Brown County STEM Innovation Center on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The community has had the opportunity to visit the impressive building, and now, UW-Green Bay faculty in the Resch School of Engineering and their students will be demonstrating some of the equipment that helps prepare students for careers beyond UW-Green Bay. No RSVP necessary. There will be a few brief remarks followed by demonstrations. This is a joint celebration with LAB Midwest, College of Engineering and Technology, and partners of the STEM Innovation Center. Details:

Media Event at 12:15 p.m., tours to follow with equipment demonstrations
Open House 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and includes the following:

  • Building Tours
  • STEM related activities with Brown County, UW-Extension and 4-H
  • Einstein Project Open House
  • Equipment demonstrations with Engineering faculty



Brown County’s ‘Taste of Wisconsin’ occurring at STEM Innovation Center | wearegreenbay

Over ten chef stations will be present at the STEM Innovation Center on UW-Green Bay’s Campus on Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m for “Tase of Wisconsin.” “Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door at the STEM Innovation Center on the UW Green Bay campus, 2019 Technology Way.” More via Brown County’s Taste of Wisconsin | wearegreenbay.

Innovation in Aging event is March 4

On March 4, 2020, from 4 to 6 p.m., the STEM Innovation Center will be hosting a student idea competition called Innovation in Aging. This competition challenges UW-Green Bay students to create solutions to combat hardships and improve overall quality of life for an aging public. The team with the best solution will receive a cash prize. Prizes include $1,000 for first place, $500 for second place, $250 for third place, $100 for the people’s choice selection, and a $100 prize for the top five student organization teams.

The competing teams will be in groups of three to five participants. Teams will be practicing with mentors from Feb. 17 to 21 in preparation for the competition on March 4.

UW-Green Bay is partnering with WiSys to organize this event. WiSys is a nonprofit organization that works with faculty, staff, students and alumni of the UW System to faciliate cutting-edge research programs, develop and commercialize discoveries and foster a spirit of innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the state. For further questions or more information, please contact WiSys Regional Associate Brian Walsh at bwalsh@wisys.org.

STEM Center unites partners around education efforts | Insight on Business

Insight on Business featured the collaborative partnership of the STEM Innovation Center, recently. “Among the many strides the region has made [in promoting engineering education], the opening of UW-Green Bay’s STEM Innovation Center, which includes the Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, is one of the biggest. The facility represents the dedication and efforts of several stakeholders, including the University, UW-Extension, Brown County and manufacturing industry partners.” More via STEM synergies – NEW UW-GREEN BAY CENTER UNITES PARTNERS AROUND EDUCATION EFFORTS | Insight on Business.

Brown County Taste of Wisconsin 2020

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the STEM Innovation Center, there will be an evening of education and sampling some of Wisconsin’s tastiest commodities. Dine around the restaurant chef stations who have created dishes featuring products and diary items made in the state of Wisconsin. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit agricultural education in Brown county.