Menomonie, Wis., is home to the University of Wisconsin-Stout. UW-Stout enrolls about 9,400 students and offers 47 undergraduate and 24 graduate majors, including one doctoral program in career and technical education. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with a graduate employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 2001. The UW System Board of Regents designated UW-Stout as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University in 2007.
UW-Stout also has established a well-organized manufacturing and industry-relations office, called the Discovery Center, which promotes technology transfer between the UW-Stout and industry. The Discovery Center serves to advance UW-Stout’s polytechnic focus of cross-disciplinary applied research with a commitment to quality and innovation, transformative education, strategic collaboration and results-focused technical assistance to business and industry.
Since July 2009, the center has facilitated dozens of collaborative projects involving the creativity and technical skills of more than 300 students and faculty. These projects tap resources from every college on campus and connect UW-Stout with industry and community partners to advance economic development and workforce opportunities. The Discovery Center includes a digital fabrication laboratory, Research Services, the Manufacturing Outreach Center, technology centers, the UW-Stout Technology and Business Park and Professional Education.
Photos courtesy of UW-Stout Communications
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