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.