We are fortunate to partner with the programs listed below from across the UW-Madison campus and broader community, and we look forward to further partnerships in the future as our Center grows.
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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to work together in partnership to help build houses with families in need.
Steve Hanrahan, Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County is working with Civil & Environmental Engineering Professor Andrea Hicks to research a more accurate formula to use in determining the amount of waste the H4H ReStores divert from the landfills. As the Chair of the Technology and Research Task Force, Steve is responsible for revising their outdated formula of waste diversion to help with PR and grant writing.
UniverCity Alliance’s mission is to improve the quality and visibility of UW-Madison’s education, research, and service contribution to the high-road development of local communities that reflects the values of equity, democracy, and sustainability.
Gavin Luter, Managing Director of UniverCity Alliance, works with faculty and instructors to identify community projects for engineering student teams to address. Projects have included senior level capstone design projects (Civil & Environmental Engineering 578: “Evaluating Rio Fire Department infrastructure and future designs.”) and leadership development coursework (Interdisciplinary Engineering 303: “Disaster proofing critical infrastructure of Outagamie County.”). Explore completed and ongoing projects on the UniverCity Alliance site.
Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative
Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) conducts and supports program evaluations within the preK-12 education system through partnerships with school districts, professional associations, state agencies, education-based community organizations, and Cooperative Educational Service Agencies (CESAs).
Professor John Booske is working with WEC on an evaluation plan to study the self-efficacy of Electrical and Computer Engineering students as a means to better understand student learning, retention, and success. WEC evaluator, Josh Wallace, is a PhD candidate in the School of Education studying the experience and retention of Black men in engineering and his work with Professor Booske has helped him connect more deeply with engineering students, professors, and curriculum.