2016 Symposium Agenda

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October 17, 2016  |  8:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  Memorial Student Center, UW-Stout


8:00 - 8:30am
Registration and Breakfast
Students set up for poster session

8:30 - 8:45am
Welcome Address
Dean Charles Bomar, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Chancellor Bob Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Stout

8:45 - 9:00 am
What is the Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network?
Prof. Doug Dunham
Director, Materials Science Center
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

9:05 - 9:30am
Keynote Address
Opportunities in Outreach

Dr. Forrest Schultz
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
University of Wisconsin-Stout

9:30 - 9:50am
Group photo
Coffee break

9:50 - 11:25am
Poster session
Exhibit booths

11:25 - 11:30am
Group breaks into tracks (below)


Be part of a fall event that brings together approximately 100 materials and manufacturing researchers and students from across the state. This one-day symposium offers:

  • Learning tracks for industry and academic researchers, and students.
  • Networking lunch reception and student poster session.
  • Meet state-wide industry and faculty researchers, and students from campus affiliates.
  • Exhibit booths from area sponsors

Industry Track Tours

ati_ladish_forging_homeTour the Discovery Center at University of Wisconsin - Stout!

Tour venues within the Discovery Center include the Packaging Lab, Clean Room, Fab Lab, and Vacuum Technology Lab Class.



Sunday Tours

Join us on the afternoon of Sunday, October 16 for a leisurely stroll through the Materials and Nanoscience facilities at University of Wisconsin - Stout. Meet at the Jarvin Science Wing parking lot at 4pm to participate.

Student Track

11:30 - 12:15pm
Table mentoring groups

  • Students, bring a copy of your resume! (Any level is fine)
  • Get feedback and advice from peers and industry professionals
  • Learn about skills and experience employers desire
  • Learn more about opportunities to work in industry


Erica Grant
Vice President, Research & Development, Badger Mining Corporation

Ray Tilkens
Director, Innovation and Collaboration, Greenheck

Brandon Rose
Manager of Metallurgical Development, Fisher Barton Technology Center

Jeff Hammes
R&D Manager, Process Engineering, Brady Worldwide, Inc.

Steve Nelson
Principal Applications Development Engineer, Preco, Inc.

Industrial Track

11:30 - 12:15pm

UW-Stout faculty and staff lead you on facility tours.  Meet in the Fab Lab and then choose a tour group there.  Options are:

Fab Lab: Stay at the lab for a tour of the 3D printer, laser engraver, and more!
Location:  Applied Arts room 132.
Tour leader:  Mike Cropp

The Discovery Center oversees Stout's Manufacturing Outreach Center, Office of Sponsored Research, and the Fab Lab, among other units.  The Fab Lab is an enabling environment that attempts to democratize access to the tools for personal expression and invention.  Fab Labs support and subscribe to the fab lab charter, must share a common set of tools and processes, and participate in the larger, global fab lab network.

Packaging Lab
Location: Applied Arts, Room 129
Tour leader: John Scheffler

UW-Stout is fortunate to have received donations from local manufacturers that allow us to teach students how to design, mold and recycle plastics and other materials.  Come see the impressive array of educational equipment.

Clean Room
Location: Jarvis Science Addition room 145 - the far north side of the building
Tour leader: Daniel Sinkovits

Learn what capabilities exist at UW-Stout for manufacturing in a controlled environment.  Typical applications for such manufacturing are in semiconductors and circuit boards.  However, microfluidics, pharmaceuticals, and other industries are also adopting elements of the controlled environment. 

Vacuum Technology Lab Class
Location: Millenium Hall room 201, Broadway St
Tour leader:  Marlann Patterson

Visit an immersion classroom doing lab work on vacuum equipment.  The class is networked to a location in the Twin Cities where they also have vacuum equipment, and are simultaneously doing the same lab.  See how your employees can get hands-on training locally at minimal cost to your company.

12:15 - 1:30 pm
Lunch Reception

1:30 - 3:00 pm
Combined Session
How can local industries interface with UW System campuses?
-The value of using undergraduate research projects
-Examples of Fee for Service, Facilities Access, and ASIC collaborations
-Industry collaboration presentations

The Value of Using Undergraduate Research Projects: Overview and Examples
Ben Church, Associate Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Interfacing with academic institutions can often be daunting.  It’s not easy to figure out the who-what-when-where-and how when you are looking for technical assistance.  This session will discuss multiple levels of industrial-academic collaborations including fee for service, undergraduate research, and consortium participation.  Examples of these activities from several UW-System campuses and industrial partners will help participants learn how to get engaged and realize benefits through collaborations with RM2N campuses.

Working with Industry: An Introduction
Dr. Douglas Dunham, Materials Science Center Director, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Multi-Institutional Industrial Collaborations
Dr. Laurel McEllistrem, Analytical Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
With the infrastructure RM2N, we are not limited by our local facility. When we come against a limit of analysis, be it instrumentation, detection limit, or expertise, we work to find an alternate solution.  Although customers sometime come to us with a specific analysis and technique, often times, they come in with a problem rather than a plan.  Our work has led to the need for a broader background than any couple of staff members would have.  As such, we have brought other academic specialists into the problem solving, including chemists, engineers, biologists, and geologists.  We have also been the conduit to solutions by subcontracting UW-Eau Claire faculty as well as other facilities and personnel within the UW-System.  If no internal solution is found, we refer clients to appropriate private analysis companies better suited to their needs.  These pathways are intended to be seamless for the clients.

Working with Industry: The Many Faces of Success
Dr. Anthony Wagner, Analytical Scientist, Materials Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
The UWEC – Materials Science & Engineering Center was established in 2004 with the goal of providing local industry with access to research instrumentation.  Over the years, the MSEC has transitioned from an instrument access facility to a staffed facility capable of providing fee-for-service access on a timeframe commiserate with industry demands. I will walk through how we handle a contact from a new client, the importance of setting realistic expectations for cost and work product up front, and discuss how we handle billing. We will walk through a variety of successful interaction with companies and talk about framing success in a realistic way.

Undergraduate Student Reserach/Internship Experience through Faculty-Company Collaboration
Ozgur Yavuzectin, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
At University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, some faculty collaborate with small companies at the Innovation Center of Whitewater. This collaboration results in research and internship experience for our undergraduate students working at these companies. I will talk about lessons learned as a  mentor.

Working with Industry: A Success Story
Todd Zimmerman, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics, University of Wisconsin-Stout
Thomas Technical reached out to the University of Wisconsin-Stout to figure out what was clogging their filters.  This turned into a student project in a course in nanocharacterization.

Working with Industry: A Success Story
Brandon Rose, Manager of Metallurgical Development at Fisher Barton Technology Center
For many years, Fisher Barton has collaborated with students and faculty throughout the UW system.  Brandon Rose will be sharing a few success stories and tips for working with the UW on Senior Capstone projects, equipment training, and building a strong recruitment program for interns/co-ops/grads.
Brandon Rose is an alumnus of UW-Madison (ME Engineering Management 2015; BS Materials Science and Engineering, 2009).

Failure Analysis of Superconducting Composite Thin Films
Matthew Jewell, Assistant Professor, Materials Science Center, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
In this project we worked with an industrial partner to help them understand why their composite thin films were delaminating under applied stress, which film layers were responsible for the debonding behavior, and what microstructural features were associated with stronger vs. weaker films.  During the investigation we also performed chemical and imaging analysis to identify other characteristics of the film that might lead to improved properties in the final product.

3:00 - 3:35 pm
Exhibit booths

3:35 - 4:00 pm
Poster Award Winners
Closing Remarks

Presented by: Prof. Marlann Patterson
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Physics
University of Wisconsin-Stout | Symposium Host