EMS 2022 Annual Report

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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.

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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.

Find us on UW-Platteville College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science
College budget and fundraising
What we do
UW-Platteville Distance Engineering programs
Undergraduate research
Who we serve
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18 Faculty awards


Boebel Hall

• 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

Gardner Hall

• 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

Ottensman Hall

• 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)

Sesquicentennial Hall

• 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

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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.










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Financials Research expenditures Mechanical Engineering $1,713,530 Mathematics $1,616,804 Civil and Environmental Engineering $1,339,045 Chemistry $1,003,541 Electrical Engineering $932,433 Dean's Office $872,203 Computer Science and Software Engineering $811,271 Engineering Physics $667,445 Industrial and Systems Engineering $374,713 Distance programs $370,373 Lab operations $212,067 Capital $204,764 Student Success Programs $132,725 Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems $114,298 Summer session $22,999 Total = $10,388,211 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 $894,533 $771,807 $839,575 $820,306 $247,841 $568,431 6 University of Wisconsin-Platteville
New funds
John W. Reddy Family Scholarship Statz Restoration & Engineering Diversity Scholarship Richard and Paula Boorse Scholarship
Source: UW-Platteville Financial Services Annual donations 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 $789,743 $698,222 $787,351 $2,113,991
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Dr. Tom Nelson Memorial Scholarship



 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

Enrollment Degree program Fall 2020 Fall 2021 Fall 2022 Broad Field Science 27 23 22 Chemistry 78 56 53 Civil Engineering 478 422 391 Computer Engineering N/A N/A 4 Computer Science 181 169 137 Cybersecurity* N/A 10 54 Data Science* 1 9 10 Electrical Engineering 361 328 290 Engineering Physics 112 93 82 Environmental Engineering 121 107 78 General Engineering 67 47 63 Industrial Engineering 137 123 69 Industrial and Systems Engineering N/A N/A 22 Mathematics 57 41 29 Mechanical Engineering 1,080 981 950 Pre-Engineering (associate degree) 7 16 20 Software Engineering 203 46 44 Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems 54 46 44 Undecided Mathematics/Science 18 13 7 Total 2,975 2,640 2,465 Programs Chemistry Standard Electrical Engineering  Chemistry ACS Certified Engineering Physics  Civil Engineering  Environmental Engineering  Computer Engineering Industrial and Systems Engineering  Computer Science Mathematics Computer Science + X Mechanical Engineering  Cybersecurity Software Engineering  Data Science Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems
*Cybersecurity major began in 2021 and Data Science major began in 2020 8 University of Wisconsin-Platteville

First- to second-year retention percentages

Degrees conferred

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.

Degree Program 2019 2020 2021 2022 Chemistry 17 28 12 12 Civil Engineering 94 82 95 85 Computer Science 33 26 42 34 Data Science* N/A N/A N/A 1 Electrical Engineering 53 65 61 62 Engineering Physics 24 29 22 24 Environmental Engineering 27 26 26 26 Industrial Engineering 34 55 50 29 Mathematics 12 7 12 12 Mechanical Engineering 216 191 206 188 Software Engineering 35 50 41 45 Sustainability and Renewable Energy Systems 12 12 16 14 Total 557 571 583 532
0 50 100 79.6 74.4 83.1 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21 College of EMS 9


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

Distance engineering program enrollment by state and
Wisconsin Dane 28 Wisconsin Outagamie 20 Wisconsin Sheboygan 13 Wisconsin Winnebago 12 Wisconsin Rock 8 Wisconsin Washington 5 Wisconsin Waukesha 5 Wisconsin Wood 5 Wisconsin Brown 4 Wisconsin Walworth 4 Wisconsin Calumet 3 Wisconsin La Crosse 3 Wisconsin Marathon 3 Wisconsin Milwaukee 3 Wisconsin Fond Du Lac 2 Wisconsin Green 2 Wisconsin Manitowoc 2 Wisconsin Ozaukee 2 Wisconsin Racine 2 Wisconsin Sauk 2 Wisconsin Columbia 1 Wisconsin Jefferson 1 Wisconsin Juneau 1 Wisconsin Kewaunee 1 Wisconsin Monroe 1 Wisconsin Oneida 1 Wisconsin Price 1 Wisconsin Sawyer 1 Wisconsin Vernon 1 California San Mateo 1 Illinois McHenry 1 Iowa Clinton 1 Minnesota Fillmore 1 Number of students Academic year 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 BSME 99 98 102 BSISE 1 1 2 BSEE 58 67 67 Number of graduates Academic year 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 BSME 24 21 19 BSISE 0 0 0 BSEE 6 10 7 BSAPC 2 1 3
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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

Canada 1 India 2 Nigeria 1 Switzerland 1 Enrollment by location Enrollment by program Master of Science in Engineering 2020–21 2021–22 Master of Science in Cybersecurity 2020–21 2021–22 227 169 5 10 Graduates by program
Science in
2020–21 2021–22 Master of Science in Cybersecurity 2020–21* 2021–22* 40 27 0 0
10 1 1 9 6 2 1 5 2 1 1 1 1 3 5 3 70 1 College of EMS 11


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

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EMS graduates 0 300 600 571 583 532 First generation students Underrepresented students 0 115 230 199 162 156
Office of Institutional Research 0 300 600 783 900 1,200 1,012 915 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 2019–20 2020–21 2021–22 College of EMS 13




606 EMS students received scholarships
Number of EMS students impacted Financial aid recipients 1,622 Scholarship recipients 887 0 500 1,000 2,000 2,500 1,500 Are you interested in starting a scholarship or contributing to an existing one? Contact the UW-Platteville Foundation at foundation@uwplatt. edu or 800.897.2586. www.uwplatt.edu/scholarships
$1,720 Average total scholarship received
Total financial aid distributed to College of
students for 2021–22
IMPACT 2022 salary data Salary range Average salary Median salary $110,000 $22,800 $65,604 $66,300
First Destination Survey 14 University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Total scholarship amounts for EMS students
96% College placement rate 6 of our programs have 100% placement rate Source:


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

FIRST Robotics

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

Alchemists Club

Drone Club

Game Development Club

Math Club

Math Modeling Club

Pioneer Maker Club

Pioneer Performance Engineering

Pioneer Rocketry Club

Platteville Society of Environmental Engineers

Wisconsin Association of Energy Engineers

Honor Societies

Alpha Pi Mu

Chi Epsilon

Eta Kappa Nu

Pi Mu Epsilon

Pi Tau Sigma

Tau Beta Pi

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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.

Student Teaching

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.

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Source for internships and co-op students: College of EMS Engineering Cooperative Education

Senior Design


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

Shared Lectures

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.

Faculty Mentors

Interdisciplinary Projects

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.

Unique industry and community partners
Collaborative Framework
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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

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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

Alumni board

Alex Zwart, PE, ’11 – President alex.zwart@strand.com

Civil Engineering

Affiliation: Strand Associates Inc.

Tom Stetzer, PE, ’05 – First Vice President tom.stetzer@strand.com

Civil Engineering

Affiliation: Strand Associates Inc.

Jessica P. M. Fick, Ph.D., ’03 – Secretary meulbroj@uwplatt.edu

Mechanical Engineering

Affiliation: UW-Platteville

Alec Roschen ’17 – Treasurer roschen.alec@gmail.com

Civil Engineering

Affiliation: Mi-T-M Corporation

Brad Samz ’06 – Director bsamz52@yahoo.com

Mechanical Engineering

Affiliation: Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Scott Whitsett ’05 – Director scott.whitsett@jewellassoc.com

Civil Engineering

Affiliation: Jewell Associations Engineers Inc.

Ryan Bonell ’06 – Director ryan.bonell@hotmail.com

Environmental Engineering

Affiliation: Trane Engineering

Danielle Izdepski

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 parkerp@uwplatt.edu

Affiliation: UW-Platteville

James Hamilton, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison hamiltoj@uwplatt.edu

Chemistry and Engineering Physics

Affiliation: UW-Platteville

James Swenson, Ph.D. – Faculty Liaison swensonj@uwplatt.edu

Mathematics and Spanish

Affiliation: UW-Platteville

Stacia Stephenson – Development and Alumni Engagement Liaison stephensons@uwplatt.edu

Affiliation: UW-Platteville

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