Our Favorite Stories of 2021

Computer science robot demonstration

UW–Madison had a lot of reasons to celebrate this year. Students, faculty, and staff all reunited after more than a year of online work and learning, the university took the top spot in a Washington Monthly poll of best public universities, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) announced its largest-ever annual investment in UW–Madison’s research and education.

The Office of Business Engagement (OBE) welcomed Dean Welch and Sara Braas to the team as Business Engagement Managers, as well as a new Managing Director—John Garnetti—who shared his thoughts on university-business partnerships and the future of OBE.

As December comes to a close, the OBE team is looking back on some of the top stories to come out of the university in 2021.

Sustainability Shines Bright on Campus

As organizations around the world push to make their businesses and the world more sustainable and environmentally sound, UW–Madison students and staff are making their mark.

UW–Madison Champions DEI

A new Chief Diversity Officer and the launch of new support initiatives keeps diversity, equity, and inclusion a top priority across the university.

Data Science Gets Big

With a major gift announcement, a brand-new school, and in-demand programs and majors, the future of data is bright on campus.

Innovation Takes Center Stage

A $30.8 billion annual statewide economic impact. More than 400 UW–Madison-related startups. The university proved once again that it’s an economic powerhouse reaching every corner of the state.

Campus Expands Collaborations

From cycling research to corporate expansions, UW–Madison announced all-new partnerships and shared the impactful work of tried-and-true corporate collaborations.