Industrial Studies

Construction Career Day

UW-Platteville hosts Construction Career Day and Construction Networking event

Authored on: Oct 10, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Hundreds of high school students from across the Midwest packed the UW-Platteville campus for the third annual Construction Career Day held on Oct. 6. The event featured nearly 300 students from 14 schools and dozens of construction companies.

Construction Safety Lab

MidWestOne makes pledge to complete hands-on construction classroom

Authored on: Sep 09, 2021, Written by: Kristie Reynolds
MidWestOne Bank Foundation has pledged $5,000 over two years toward the completion of a hands-on student construction classroom in the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Construction Safety Lab.

Matt Babich

Construction management student leaves his mark on campus through internship projects

Authored on: Sep 09, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
As the fall semester gets underway, students are once again filling the hallways of the newly renovated Boebel Hall, but for one student, touring the floors has an extra special meaning. Since May of 2020, UW-Platteville senior Matt Babich, who is double majoring in construction management and construction safety management, has been interning for Miron Construction, the company responsible for the Boebel Hall remodel and the building of Sesquicentennial Hall – two projects Babich has been heavily involved in.

Chancellor Shields and President Wee

Renewed articulation agreements ease transfer 
for students from NICC to UW-Platteville

Authored on: Aug 08, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins, UW-Platteville and Doug Ropa, NICC

Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Northeast Iowa Community College met on Friday, Aug. 27, to sign articulation agreements that will streamline transfer opportunities for students.

Pictured left to right are Mark Miner and Dakota Bockenhauer.

UW-Platteville Industrial Studies collaborates with local schools on innovative safety protocol

Authored on: Jun 06, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
With 31 years of experience in the safety profession, Mark Miner, who is currently the program safety coordinator in UW-Platteville's Industrial Studies Department, is always looking for new ideas to incorporate into the program’s curriculum. During National Safety Week, he found inspiration just down the road from UW-Platteville in the Potosi (Wisconsin) School District.

UW-Platteville construction management program

UW-Platteville designated as official OSHA training center

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Alison Parkins
UW-Platteville was recently designated as an official Mid-America OSHA Education Center training site, making it one of the only universities with a construction management program to be designated as such. 

Industrial Studies

Partnership with Wisconsin Technical Colleges helps industrial studies students find success

Authored on: May 05, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Through a memorandum of understanding between UW-Platteville and Wisconsin Technical Colleges, students pursuing industrial studies can transfer their credits from an approved associate's degree program to UW-Platteville and significantly streamline their time to graduation.

Dr. Karim Iskandar

Pioneer Spotlight: Dr. Karim Iskandar

Authored on: Jan 01, 2021, Written by: Ruth Wendlandt
Dr. Karim Iskandar, assistant professor of construction management in the department of industrial studies, always knew he would be involved in the field after watching his father work in the construction industry. He earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in civil engineering with an emphasis in construction management from UW-Madison and joined UW-Platteville in 2018.

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