UW-PLATTEVILLE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE VALUES
We, the employees of the University of WisconsinPlatteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science, value being a key player in our undergraduate students’ success.
We value teaching excellence, continuously improving our teaching skills, creating engaging learning environments, and implementing known best practices in STEM education.
We value nurturing a culture of care toward our students and our colleagues.
We value the university’s goal of serving students with a wide range of preparation, and we meet our students where they are.
We value high standards to prepare our students for the rigors of the STEM workplace.
We value providing job-ready skills to our students through authentic, applied, and hands-on learning experiences.
IN THIS ISSUE
On the Cover:
Our students are enjoying our new makerspace, the Huff Family Innovation Center. Joe Bormann, the Huff Family Innovation Center Director, shares his vision for the space: “We’re set for the tinkerers and people who want to craft, create, and develop concepts,” said Bormann. “But we also have the type of equipment that allows us to take in a project and prototype it from the business community, or local entrepreneurs or from those right here on campus. While you’ll find typical makerspace items like 3D printers, laser cutters and textile support and video production pieces, you’ll also find high-end Tormach mills for metalworking and machinery people generally don’t have access to—plasma cutters, full woodworking, an auto lift, and paint booth. We also have a 5-ton hoist to bring in larger projects.
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS,
• Built 1976 | Renovated 2021
• Houses laboratories, preparation and support space, classrooms, and research space for biology, environmental sciences and society, and chemistry
• Named after Leo Boebel, dean of Arts and Sciences
• Built 1961
• Houses offices for mathematics, biology, social sciences, the Mathematics Learning Center, and Algebra Skills Learning Center
• Named after Bee A. Gardner, school librarian from 1893–1937
• Built 1966 | Addition 1985
• Houses offices, classrooms, and laboratory space for chemistry
• Named after C.W. Ottensman, dean of the School of Engineering (1963–66)
Busby Hall of Engineering
• Built 2008
• Houses offices and classrooms for computer science and software engineering, electrical and computer engineering, as well as sustainability and renewable energy systems
• Named in honor of Edward Busby, former College of Engineering dean (1966–88)
• Completed in 2022
• Houses offices and classrooms, Huff Family Innovation Center, accessible green roof, and laboratories for interdisciplinary engineering and computer science
• Named for the recent 150-year anniversary of UW-Platteville
MATHEMATICS, AND SCIENCE
COLLEGE OF EMS
The College of EMS offers Bachelor of Science degrees in seven engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET along with degrees in mathematics, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, and sustainability and renewable energy systems.
COLLEGE OF EMS ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS
CIVIL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND SOFTWARE
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING
COLLEGE BUDGET AND FUNDRAISING
WHAT WE DO
Indicates a University of Wisconsin-Platteville engineering Bachelor of Science degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Enrollment numbers are 10th day enrollment for the fall terms of the academic years listed. Values for the current academic year represent totals up to the date of the last update. Source: Office of Institutional Research
First- to second-year retention percentages
Source: Office of Institutional Research
Graduation numbers are the total degree conferrals that occurred in the fall and spring semesters of the listed academic years, as well as the summer term preceding the academic year. Values for the current academic year represent totals up to the date of the last update.
*Data Science major began in 2020
Source: Office of Institutional Research
In 2018 and 2019 engineering programs changed to direct admission and students in this category after 2019 are largely engineering undecided.
UW-PLATTEVILLE DISTANCE ENGINEERING PROGRAMS
Students from anywhere in the state of Wisconsin can earn ABET-accredited mechanical, electrical, and industrial and systems engineering degrees through UW-Platteville Engineering Partnerships. Unique hybrid delivery includes face-to-face and online courses, along with hands-on lab experiences—all designed for working adults and students unable to move to Platteville.
UW-PEP students have graduated and earned their UW-Platteville Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical or electrical engineering
BSME = Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering ISE = Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering
BSEE = Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
BSAPC = Bachelor of Science in Applied Computing
Master of Science in Engineering with four emphases:
• Engineering Design
• Applications of Engineering Management
• Control Systems
• Structural/Geotechnical Engineering
Master of Science in Cybersecurity
*Master of Science in Cybersecurity began in 2020
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH
During the 2021–22 academic year, dozens of students participated in undergraduate research funded by Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity scholarships.
These competitive $1,000 scholarships are awarded to students interested in exploring an area of academic interest in greater depth outside of their regular classes. Source: Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Justine Horst, electrical engineering, had a paper, “STEM Code Using Drones” published for the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Integrated STEM Education Conference.
2022 Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Scholarship recipients Scholarship
recipient Faculty mentor Research topic
William Straka Danny Xiao Concrete Durability
Johanna Peplinski Jodi Prosise Recycling Plastic Into Medical Devices
Adam Zell Kristina Fields Bicycling and Walking Research
Rachel Bronson Gana Natarajan Developing Immersive Learning Apps
Ryan Jeanty Doug Selent Automatic Program Test Case
Allyson McGettigan Joseph Wu Development of Colorimetric Detection Kit for U-47700 and Its Analogues
Dylan Notsch Danny Xiao Evaluating the Impact of Anti-Icing Solutions on Concrete Durability
Alauna Gentz Chelsea Lancelle Why Students Attend Their College Classes
Mitchell Makowski Joseph Wu Development of Colorimetric Detection Kit for Isotonitazene and Its Analogues
Eliot Driessen Hal Evensen Carbon Nanotube-Based Vertical Vacumm Field Emission Transistors Optimization
Devon Lee Hal Evensen The Vertical Nanoscale Vacuum-Channel Field Emission Transistor
Bryan Boettcher Bo Yu Non-Linear Vibration Energy Harvesting
Olivia Schweiger Toni Cummings High Tech Thermostat For Non-Tech-Savvy People
Natalie Hayes Ian Mackenzie Synthesis and Characterization of Pyrylium Dyes for Light-Driven Catalysis
Brooke Steeno Ian Mackenzie Photochemical Synthesis and Characterization of Aryl Fluorinated Ethers for Application as Fungicides
WHO WE SERVE
1,190 College of EMS students involved with a student organization, fraternity/sorority, or student governance
Source: Pioneer Involvement Center
National student organizations
American Concrete Institute
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
American Institute of Steel Construction Steel Bridge Team
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Associated General Contractors of America
Association for Computing Machinery
Association for Computing Machinery – Women
Engineers Without Borders
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers
Institute of Transportation Engineers
Society of Automotive Engineers
Society of Manufacturing Engineers
Society of Women Engineers
Local student organizations
Game Development Club
Math Modeling Club
Pioneer Maker Club
Pioneer Performance Engineering
Pioneer Rocketry Club
Platteville Society of Environmental Engineers
Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers
Alpha Pi Mu
Eta Kappa Nu
Pi Mu Epsilon
Pi Tau Sigma
Tau Beta Pi
Internships are optional summer positions related to the student’s major field of study. The typical duration is about three months, and students may opt in to obtain credit for their academic work. 400 hours of work are required, in a full-time program. Based on the First Destination Survey from graduating students, nearly 94% of our graduates participate in experiential education, which includes internships, co-ops, student teaching, and more. In 2021, 100 students participated in summer internships.
Dayne Friday, mechanical engineering, interned with August Winter & Sons back to back in 2021 and 2022. After his second internship, August Winter & Sons offered Friday a full-time position for December 2022.
Cooperative Education Programs
Co-ops combine classroom learning with on-the-job experience. The time frame for a co-op is one semester plus a summer session spent in full-time employment with a private industry or governmental agency and requires 800 hours of work in a full-time position. Co-ops are optional, credit bearing, and some majors count these credits toward technical electives. In the 2021–22 academic year, 76 students participated in a co-op.
One of the most important phases of preparation for a teacher’s professional career is the student teaching experience. Candidates serve a dual role as both student and teacher in classroom instructional settings and share instructional responsibilities in and out of the classroom in progressively increasing amounts. This holistic approach allows candidates to grow through direct experience with all the challenging and rewarding aspects of working in the school environment.
“REAL PROJECTS, REAL PEOPLE, REAL SOLUTIONS.”
The Senior Design program pairs student groups with industry and community partners to work on real-time projects to solve a problem or create a new product. Student teams apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their undergraduate studies to develop innovative solutions that adhere to engineering standards as well as problem constraints. With guidance from engaged corporate and community partners and faculty advisors, students explore all
aspects of problem solving or product development: analysis, synthesis, project and time management, engineering ethics, communication, product safety and liability, copyrights and patents, economics, creativity, and robust engineering. Projects require a significant design component and analysis of the problem, and preferably hands-on tests, experiments, and prototyping.
Over 400 students participated
100 Projects from the engineering disciplines including civil, environmental, electrical, physics, industrial, mechanical and software, areas of computer science, and sustainability and renewable energy systems Over
20 Industry sponsors including Trane, Vortex Optics, Spectrum Brands, Seats Inc., Subzero Wolf, John Deere, Weasler, Ctech, BCI Burke, Klauer Manufacturing, Eck Industries, Tormach, Oshkosh Corporation, Cove, Ariens, Extreme Engineering Solutions, Toro, Emmi Roth, Seats, and Pierce
Project teams are paired with a faculty mentor in their discipline. This allows projects to be paired with the right people and have more faculty involved.
Students interact with other disciplines during lecture as they learn about project management and other professional skills
Interdisciplinary projects are much easier to place and execute since faculty and students are in the same format. All students can bid on interdisciplinary projects to match their interests.
FACULTY AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Dr. Samuel Owusu-Ababio Professor of Civil Engineering
2022 Nimocks Family Faculty Appreciation Award
Dr. Kristina Fields Professor of Civil Engineering
2022 Dr. Carol Sue Butts Woman of the Year
Dr. Jodi Prosise
Assistant Dean and Chair of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
2022–23 Drexel University Executive Leadership in Academic Technology, Engineering and Science program Fellow
Dr. Danny Xiao Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
2022 Excellence in Academic Advising
Dr. Thomas Zolper Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
2021–22 Dale Dixon Professor of Engineering Award
Dr. Ian MacKenzie Assistant Professor of Chemistry
2022 Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Douglas Selent Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
2022–23 Wisconsin Teaching Scholar
Gary Lindahl Lecturer in Computer Science
2022 Academic Staff Senate Award for Excellence
COLLEGE OF EMS ALUMNI CHAPTER
Stay involved with the College of EMS after graduation. Cultivate friendships, foster mutual aid, advance the interests and standards of the EMS departments, and help keep the university and alumni connected by attending advisory board meetings, volunteering at the STEM Expo, mentoring students, nominating deserving alumni for awards, or simply become a member.
1,184 EMS Alumni Association memberships
649 Lifetime memberships
535 Annual memberships
Source: Development and Alumni Engagement, April 2021
College of EMS 2022 Outstanding Alumni
Alex Zwart, PE, ’11 – President firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliation: Strand Associates Inc.
Tom Stetzer, PE, ’05 – First Vice President email@example.com
Affiliation: Strand Associates Inc.
Jessica P. M. Fick, Ph.D., ’03 – Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
Alec Roschen ’17 – Treasurer email@example.com
Affiliation: Mi-T-M Corporation
Brad Samz ’06 – Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliation: Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Scott Whitsett ’05 – Director email@example.com
Affiliation: Jewell Associations Engineers Inc.
Ryan Bonell ’06 – Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Affiliation: Trane Engineering
Danielle Izdepski graduated from Platteville with a degree in mathematics in 1996. Since graduating, Izdepski has remained highly involved with her alma mater. She’s been a part of the UW-Platteville Women in STEM Advisory Board for over 10 years, where she is an industry representative from Epic. She has spent more than 25 years as a health care IT professional with a focus on customer support and team management. Izdepski joined Epic in 1996 and is currently the MyChart Patient Portal Technical Services Team Lead, guiding a team of more than 150 people. She also provides product development support for patient communication, registration, and billing functional areas of the patient portal product.
Submit a nomination and learn more at go.uwplatt.edu/ems-alumni-chapter
Philip Parker, Ph.D., PE – Acting Dean, College of EMS email@example.com
James Hamilton, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org
Chemistry and Engineering Physics
James Swenson, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison email@example.com
Mathematics and Spanish
Stacia Stephenson – Development and Alumni Engagement Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org