Visit to Milwaukee, university partner visit and business leaders roundtable

On June 4, Dean Karl Scholz from the UW–Madison College of Letters & Science led a delegation, including Crystal Potts from State Relations, to tour university partner Johnson Controls in Milwaukee. UW–Madison collaborates with Johnson Controls on numerous cutting-edge research projects aimed at improving fuel efficiency and performance of battery energy storage systems. They have been a strong supporter of the university’s work and recently created the Johnson Controls Distinguished Graduate Fellowships, which provide UW–Madison engineering students the opportunity to conduct research at the Johnson Controls Energy Systems Laboratory at the Wisconsin Energy Institute on campus.

Dean Scholz also led a Business Leaders Roundtable to hear about hiring trends, skill development needs, and strategic goals of Milwaukee area businesses. Representatives from Johnson Controls, GE Healthcare, Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell Automation, and Traction Factory provided key insights on their talent needs and the local economy while learning more about how they can tap into the talent pool of the 15,000+ College of Letters & Science students at UW–Madison. Dean Scholz also outlined the new SuccessWorks career center on campus.

Dean Karl Scholz and Associate Dean Rebekah Paré are joined by representatives from Johnson Controls, GE Healthcare, Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell Automation, and Traction Factory to discuss ways UW-Madison can help fill the talent needs for Milwaukee area businesses with State Senator Leah Vukmir and State Representatives Jessie Rodriguez, David Crowley, and Chuck Wichgers.


State Representative Chuck Wichgers, State Representative David Crowley, J Aaron Rittenhouse, and Rebekah Paré discuss the numerous collaborations UW-Madison has with Johnson Controls.
The tour of Johnson Controls included a stop at their award-winning Customer Showcase Center. The large touchscreen display highlighting numerous cutting-edge projects and products made it easy to see diversified portfolio of the company.