UW-Madison receives grant for new engineering institute

Special to The Freeman

June 16, 2014

MADISON - A new research institute in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering is being created to drive technological advances that will enhance the success of U.S. industries, while spurring economic growth, according to a statement.

The Grainger Institute for Engineering, which was funded by a $25 million commitment from The Grainger Foundation, will let the College of Engineering hire 25 new faculty members, according to a statement. Many of the new staff will work in two departments as a way to promote trans-disciplinary research.

"The positive and transformative effects of this investment within the College of Engineering will resonate throughout the state and our nation far into the future," said UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank.

"Through innovation in advanced manufacturing technologies and education of the workforce, the institute will accelerate the renaissance of the U.S. manufacturing industry and enhance the nation's economy."

The institute will strive to make new discoveries, create new research concepts and advance the university’s reputation in solving technological challenges, according to the statement.