New engineering facility at UW-Fox Valley expands opportunities

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 :: Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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Students and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley are celebrating the opening of its much-

anticipated “Building 1655” – a new engineering department facility that features more classrooms and

UWFox engineering student Thorsten Chapin

office space, plus state-of-the-art equipment and separate labs for each of its electrical and mechanical engineering programs.

UWFox has a unique partnership with UW-Platteville, enabling students like Thorsten Chapin to earn a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at UWFox. The 21-year-old senior plans to pursue a career in the aerospace field, and is thankful he can earn his degree in the Fox Cities area.

“I drive 30 minutes each way from my home in Omro, and am grateful to be able to stay close to home with my parents and siblings,” explains Chapin.  “That has been the highest priority for me.”

The number of mechanical and electrical engineering students has grown from 30 to 200 in the past decade, and many graduates begin their careers at companies like Miller Electric, Kimberly-Clark, Plexus and Oshkosh Corporation.

The new facility at 1655 University Drive officially opened September 4, in time for the start of the 2012-13 school year. The 42-year-old building was formerly owned by Advanced Tooling Equities.