About NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Project

The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee College of Engineering & Applied Science is partnering with regional industry to offer a Research Experience for Teachers Site focusing on the theme of energy. The Milwaukee Regional Energy Education Initiative (MREEI) will annually engage 8 to 10 local high school teachers of mathematics and science (preferably recruited in pairs) in hands-on, cutting-edge engineering research projects in energy-related fields.

Energy was specifically chosen for the theme because it is a current topic of direct interest to students and teachers, it can be easily embedded into the high school science curriculum, and it is a core area of research for engineering faculty members and regional industry. Educators of our next generation of technical leaders, particularly those at the pre-college level, are the critical links for engaging students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses (STEM) and becoming attracted to potential careers in these areas.

About National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion (FY 2010), we are the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.

NSF’s task of identifying and funding work at the frontiers of science and engineering is not a “top-down” process. NSF operates from the “bottom up,” keeping close track of research around the United States and the world, maintaining constant contact with the research community to identify ever-moving horizons of inquiry, monitoring which areas are most likely to result in spectacular progress and choosing the most promising people to conduct the research.

About College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS), UW-Milwaukee 

The College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee gives you the best of all worlds: a fun, active campus atmosphere paired with outstanding academic instruction; a friendly neighborhood environment within a large city; and a school that’s prominent enough to have a national reputation with classes small enough for close interaction with professors.

Since 1964, the College has developed a full complement of undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and computer science. To accommodate the changing needs of our student population, courses are offered on an extended day/evening schedule.

Located near Lake Michigan on Milwaukee’s northeast side, UWM’s beautiful 92-acre campus is surrounded by natural areas that offer scenic beauty and outdoor activity all year long. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee combines the excellence of the University of Wisconsin System with the resources only a major metropolitan area can offer.