When Johnson Controls built a state-of-the-art dry lab to enable groundbreaking discoveries in the area of energy-storage devices and batteries, it decided to put the facility where UWM students and faculty could readily contribute – right in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS).
The Energy Advancement Center, which opened in fall 2012, is unique in the United States. “The dry lab capability located right here on campus is one that really doesn’t exist in university environments,” says CEAS Dean Brett Peters. “Johnson Controls provides a grounding for the applied research that our faculty are doing.”
The cutting-edge lab at UWM, along with support for graduate research programs and a shared endowed professorship with UW-Madison, represent an unprecedented partnership between the world’s leading automotive battery supplier and the UW System’s two research institutions. It will position Wisconsin as a global leader in energy storage.
“This partnership also is going to transform our campus and transform Milwaukee,” says Chancellor Michael R. Lovell.