UWM starts Connected Systems Institute with $1.7 million from Rockwell Automation

By University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee news release

Nov 06, 2017

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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone announced a $1.7 million gift from Rockwell Automation to support a new Connected Systems Institute at UWM. The institute will be the first of its kind in the state.

“I am thrilled to partner with Rockwell Automation on this groundbreaking endeavor, and I am deeply grateful for their visionary support,” Mone said. “This gift builds on the many different partnerships we have with Rockwell Automation, and we value that involvement. Connected systems – or the internet of things – is a technological evolution that is infiltrating every facet of our lives, and it has powerful implications for all industrial sectors. I believe this institute will be a game-changer for businesses in southeastern Wisconsin and the entire state.”

The multidisciplinary Connected Systems Institute (CSI) will focus on the industrial internet of things (IIoT), which uses sensors to gather data from equipment, machines and manufactured products through secure data networks. The CSI will build on existing collaborations between UWM’s College of Engineering & Applied Science and its Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, along with other academic units at UWM and other UW System universities. By providing undergraduate, graduate, professional, and executive education, research and programs, the institute will develop talent, expertise and solutions to lead companies to greater productivity through IIoT technologies and applications.

Blake Moret, Rockwell Automation president and CEO, said the wide range of disciplines at UWM makes it ideal for this partnership.

“Rockwell cares about the communities where we live and work and believes strongly that it is important that we be a strong community partner,” Moret said. “The Connected Systems Institute is a multidisciplinary program that will enable students to learn skills not only in technology but also in business, and the breadth of courses and research at UWM makes it a perfect fit. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship and working with other members of this institute. I’m more optimistic than ever about the future of our work together.”

 

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