Industrial Studies

Drew Francis and Chancellor Dennis J. Shields

Newly-renovated automation lab features world-class technology

Authored on: Oct 10, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Last week, the Department of Industrial Studies hosted an open house to celebrate the newly-renovated electronics and industrial controls systems laboratory. Located in Russell Hall, the lab is one of two automation labs that underwent a $1.5 million renovation to offer students the opportunity to use world-class technology and give them an edge in the workforce.

Gretchen Bockenhauer

Pioneer Spotlight: Gretchen Bockenhauer

Authored on: Sep 09, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Gretchen Bockenhauer grew up in the field of construction, learning from her family’s business. But it was her experience as a student at UW-Platteville that cemented her interest in the field. Now, as lecturer and co-program coordinator for UW-Platteville’s Building Construction Management program, she enjoys sharing her experience with students and helping them find their own passion in the construction management field.

Team photo

Safety first: Students take top place in national competition

Authored on: Aug 08, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
A team of five University of Wisconsin-Platteville construction management students took first place in the area of safety and second place overall, among 26 teams, at the recent 2020 National Associated Builders and Contractors’ annual Construction Management Competition.

Kraemer Brothers donates skid steer

Equipment donation enhances student experience in building construction programs

Authored on: Jun 06, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Thanks to a recent donation from industry partner Kraemer Brothers, LLC, the UW-Platteville building construction programs now have a piece of new equipment to offer students additional hands-on experience. The commercial construction firm in Plain, Wisconsin, recently donated a 753 Bobcat skid steer.

Julie Durst teaching

UW-Platteville instructor lends emergency management expertise

Authored on: May 05, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Julie Durst, a lecturer in UW-Platteville's Department of Industrial Studies, is playing a significant role in Grant County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Called on for her expertise and nearly two decades of experience in the area of safety and risk management, Durst is serving as public information officer for the Southwest Wisconsin county during this crisis.

Ullsvik Hall

Industry partnerships help UW-Platteville respond to pandemic

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Thanks to partnerships forged between industry and UW-Platteville's Construction Management and Construction Safety Management programs, custodial staff at UW-Platteville have been able to use advanced equipment to ensure their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Industry partner Miron Construction Co. Inc., in Neenah, Wisconsin, recently provided the university with a Powered Air Purifying Respirator, or PAPR.

Commercial Construction Lab

Industry partners help create one-of-a-kind opportunities for building construction programs

Authored on: Apr 04, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
With the recent UW System Board of Regents approval of a Bachelor of Science in construction management at UW-Platteville, more students will have the opportunity to experience the university’s one-of-a-kind construction labs, including the newly launched Road and Infrastructure Construction Lab.


Students take first place and innovation award for cutting-edge technique at casting competition

Authored on: Mar 03, 2020, Written by: Alison Parkins
Students in the American Foundry Society Club at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently topped their previous successes in a regional casting competition by not only taking a first-place finish, but also earning the competition’s Imagination in Metalcasting Award – a first in the competition’s history.

Alumni at GE

Workforce training at UW-Platteville contributes to high-tech manufacturing in Wisconsin

Authored on: Sep 09, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins
In a commitment to providing students with the most relevant hands-on education and advancing the workforce in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Bandara Gamini, Automation and Electronics program coordinator in the Department of Industrial Studies, recently visited GE Healthcare in Madison, Wisconsin, to further the university-industry relationship.

Industry 4.0 Impact on Manufacturing Workforce conference

UW-Platteville strengthens industry partnerships

Authored on: Jul 07, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

As part of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s goal to build strategic partnerships with industry in Wisconsin, a group of faculty and staff members – from multiple disciplines across campus – recently participated in the Industry 4.0 Impact on Manufacturing Workforce conference, sponsored by the NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

Jon Martin, of Hensel Phelps – and a graduate of UW-Platteville’s Building Construction Management program – gave the students a tour of several Hensel Phelps construction projects at the at the Los Angeles International Airport.

Students gain invaluable experience in national building competition

Authored on: Apr 04, 2019, Written by: Alison Parkins

A team of University of Wisconsin-Platteville students in the Building Construction Management and Building Construction Safety Management programs recently competed against 21 other universities at the national Associated Builders and Contractors Construction Management Competition, held in Long Beach, California.

Rockwell Automation reception

Department of Industrial Studies receives equipment donation

Authored on: Mar 03, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Industrial Studies Department received an equipment donation valued at more than $300,000 from Rockwell Automation, Inc. The presentation was acknowledged in an appreciation ceremony Thursday in UW-Platteville’s Russell Hall.

industrial studies students working

Industrial Studies safety programs become GSP qualified

Authored on: Feb 02, 2019, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Industrial Technology Management program's building construction safety management emphasis and occupational safety management emphasis have been approved as Qualified Academic Programs by the Boa