OBE’s Summer 2022 Update

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Office of Business Engagement e-newsletter

OBE managing director discusses talent development in industry publication

“We start by seeking to understand.” – John Garnetti

OBE’s Managing Director John Garnetti shared his thoughts on industry-student engagement in Tech Transfer Central’s June issue of University-Industry Engagement Advisor. Read the article here.

Strategic Investment

Clif Bar, UW–Madison partner on $2 million endowment for organic agricultural research

Clif Bar & Company, the largest funder of private organic research in the US, awarded a $1 million endowment to UW–Madison supporting research into organic agriculture. This investment—matched by a 2015 commitment by John and Tashia Morgridge—will support the innovative work of Dr. Erin Silva of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). OBE applauds CALS and Clif Bar & Company for yet again demonstrating the positive impacts that can come from strong partnership. Read more about Clif Bar’s investment.

Find out more about the benefits of strategic investment in UW–Madison.

Access UW Technology

UW–Madison advances quantum computing through university-industry partnership

Many assorted electronic parts connected by conduits and wires
Central components of a quantum computer at UW–Madison (Photo courtesy of Saffman Lab)

There’s a race to build a practical quantum computer, and UW–Madison is in the thick of it. A university-industry collaboration among UW scientists and industry partners ColdQuanta and Riverlane recently published a major advance in the journal Nature.

Quantum computing, which could help find solutions to complex problems unattainable with regular computers, is one of many fields of research in which UW–Madison is leading the way.

Partnering with UW–Madison now easier, thanks to policy change

recent change to University of Wisconsin System policy will allow UW–Madison to move more swiftly on high-dollar research projects and clinical trials with private sector partners. Contracts of up to $5 million (including grants, MOUs, purchase orders, royalties and other commitments) no longer require UW Board of Regents approval. Read the announcement and the full policy.

Talent Solutions

School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences adds degree programs to meet industry needs

UW–Madison’s School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences has established new Master of Science programs in Data Science and Data Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Information Science. These interdisciplinary programs, which will launch in the fall, are designed to increase high-demand skills and further improve a talent pipeline that drives economic growth in the region and beyond. Read more about these programs.

Find out more about connecting with UW–Madison students and recent graduates.

Save the Date(s): Connect with talented UW–Madison students in our next round of in-person and virtual career fairs, which begins in September 2022. For some, registration opens as early as July 1. Find out more on our Career Events page.

Meet UW–Madison’s talented graduates

Photo of graduates at Spring 2022 Commencement at Camp Randall Stadium

Every year, thousands of Badgers achieve something impressive by earning a degree at UW–Madison. Each one has unique experiences and skills that could be a fit for your company; meet just a few grads from the accomplished Class of Spring 2022.


Thursday, July 21, 2022, 8:30 am – 11:30 am, virtual: Digital-first became the way of the world almost literally overnight—and businesses slow to change can be vulnerable. Explore how digital innovation leads to business transformation in a Digital Symposium held by the UW E-Business Consortium, featuring expert guest speakers including our own Christopher Kozina, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Industry Engagement.

On demand: Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago and Wisconsin School of Business (WSB) alumna, recently spoke with WSB Dean Vallabh “Samba” Sambamurthy as part of the Badger Executive Talks series. She shared her thoughts on human-centered leadership and her career journey.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August, onlineUW–Madison faculty, staff, and student innovators: Do you have an innovation or research with potential to be a product, service or social impact solution? Attend a Discovery to Product (D2P) Open House for an overview of available support, including free trainings and mentoring. Visit their website for more information on dates, times, and formats.

September 20 & 21, 2022: The in-person All-Campus Career & Internship Fair will be held on campus; find out about this and more opportunities to connect with UW–Madison students on our career events page.

Professional Development

The UW E-Business Consortium and Engineering Professional Development are now part of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs (InterPro), which provides a portfolio of future-focused professional education programs and services for engineers, managers, technical professionals and partner organizations.

The Division of Continuing Studies offers a wide variety of flexible coursesprofessional degrees and certificates online, hybrid, and in-person.

Contact Us

The UW–Madison Office of Business Engagement (OBE) helps connect businesses of all sizes with UW–Madison’s forward-thinking community of students, faculty, staff, and researchers. Contact us to learn more about how OBE can connect you with the university’s talent solutions, professional development resources, research and technology, or opportunities for strategic investment.

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