The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) will be the recipient of a $1 million gift from Rockwell Automation to support and develop a strategic alliance to ensure the competitiveness of manufacturing throughout the Southeastern Wisconsin area, according to an announcement made Monday by Rockwell's Chairman and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch.
The partnership gift will focus on three major areas of advanced automation – materials, sensors and devices, and software and informatics – that will also complement the needs of other industry clusters in the region, including biomedical imaging, printing and medical informatics, said UWM's Chancellor Carlos E. Santiago.
Santiago said that Rockwell's investment will expand UWM's research enterprise in the area of advanced automation.
Besides conducting research, the partnership will also aid in developing a skilled local work force, creating a research infrastructure, fostering interdisciplinary teams that will integrate technology, business and the sciences, and instituting collaborative research and teaching between UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business.
Rockwell's funding will also allow UWM’s Research Foundation to create a catalyst grant program in the field of automation. Catalyst grants provide internal support for UWM research from a pool of designated private money.