2016 Symposium Agenda



May 2, 2016  |  8:00 am - 5:00 pm  |  Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, UW-Milwaukee 

RM2NSPRProgram_FC PDF of program




7:30 am - Lobby, Zelazo Center
Students set up for poster session

8:00 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Welcome address
Dr. Brett Peters, Dean of College of Engineering & Applied Science
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

8:45 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
What is the Regional Materials and Manufacturing Network?

9:00 am
Group breaks into tracks (below)

Afternoon sessions listed below tracks


Be part of a spring 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

Student Track Tour

ati_ladish_forging_homeThe student track includes a tour of ATI Forged Products, Inc. at Cudahy, WI. 
Students, learn what makes a successful materials and component supplier, and if this could be a potential career path for you. Tour includes a Metallurgical and a Non-destructive testing lab

Industrial Track

9:00 - 9:30 am  - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Break | Visit exhibit booths

9:30 am - 10:00 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Keynote Address: The Importance of entrepreneurial thinking in engineering education

Keynote Speaker: Ilya V. Avdeev, Ph.D.
Director, NSF I-Corps Site / Student Startup Challenge
Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

10:00 - 10:15 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Industry Focus Group Results

Presented by: Dr. Jon J. McCarthy
Senior Scientist- Emeritus and Researcher
Wisconsin Materials Institute
College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10:15 - 10:45 am - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Available Wiscmat.org Web Resources

Presented by: Prof. Marlann Patterson
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stout

10:45 am - 12:15 pm - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Proposed Initiative: Agile Solutions for Industrial Challenges

Presented by: Prof. Doug Dunham
Director, Materials Science Center
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

12:15 - 12:30 pm - Room 250, Zelazo Center
Break | Visit exhibit booths


Student Track

9:00 - 9:15 am
Board the bus for industry tour

9:45 am - 11:45 am
ATI Forged Products Inc. tour 

12:00 pm
Bus leaves ATI Forged Products, Inc.

12:30 pm
Bus returns to Zelazo Center, UW-Milwaukee


About ATI’s forged products operation in Cudahy, WI.
  • Tour a forging operation that produces components for
    turbine engines, mining, and transportation industries

  • Get advice from engineers in industry

  • Learn what makes a successful materials and
    components supplier

  • Find out if this could be a potential career path

Shared afternoon events

12:30 - 2:30 pm - Room 250 and Lobby, Zelazo Center
Student Poster Session with Lunch Reception

2:30 - 3:00 pm - Room 171, Zelazo Center
Break | Move to second floor for Parallel/Shared Track | Exhibits close

3:00 - 4:00 pm - Room 171, Zelazo Center
Parallel/Shared Track:

What are Industry Sponsored Undergraduate Research and Capstone Programs?

Presented by: Prof. Palash Banerjee
Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

4:00 pm - Room 171, Zelazo Center
Closing Remarks

Presented by: Prof. Ben Church
Associate Professor,
Materials Science & Engineering Dept.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Symposium Host