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Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement

Prof. Pascale Carayon

To rise to the challenge of the international quality revolution, the Center for Quality and Productivity Improvement (CQPI) was founded in October of 1985 by the late Professor George E.P. Box and the late Professor William G. Hunter. Since its inception, CQPI has been at the forefront in the development of new techniques for improving the quality of products and processes. Today, the Center is also at the forefront of methods aimed at improving the quality of work processes, quality of working life, and quality and safety of health care.


UW E-Business Consortium

Prof. Raj Veeramani

The UW E-Business Consortium is Wisconsin's leading organization that helps companies gain a competitive advantage through e-business. Our members – business executives and senior managers from the Midwest's leading companies – tap into world-class university resources and the collective experiences of this B2B and B2C group to address and share strategic e-business and information technology challenges, best practices and lessons learned.


Center for Quick Response Manufacturing

Prof. Ananth Krishnamurthy

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is a companywide strategy to cut lead times in all phases of manufacturing and office operations. It helps bring products to market more quickly and secure business prospects by helping companies compete in a rapidly changing manufacturing arena. Since 1993, nearly 180 companies of various sizes, products and locations have used QRM to reduce lead times, and nearly 50 of those continue as supporting industry partners. Center members have the opportunity to not only remain on the cutting edge of manufacturing, but to create it. The Center facilitates a partnership among industry, faculty and students at UW-Madison and conducts various lead time reduction projects, seminars and workshops throughout the year.


Erdman Center for Operations and Technology Management

Prof. Urban Wemmerlöv

The Erdman Center was established in 1994 to prepare students for the demands of 21st century management responsibilities and provide them with the skills necessary to compete in a diverse and competitive, global environment. It trains students in Operations and Technology Management (OTM), an MBA specialization for those seeking advanced positions as consultants, analysts, product/service managers, project leaders, business developers, or operations, information technology, and supply chain managers – while priming themselves for senior leadership roles.


Prof. Tim A. Osswald and Prof. Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng

Polymer engineering activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison dated back to 1946 when Professor Ronald Daggett first included plastics in the mechanical engineering curriculum. Currently, the group has ten faculty members with a wide variety of expertise and research interests. These range from traditional plastics and polymeric/metal composites to biobased polymers, composites, and smart materials; from conventional to emerging and innovative processes; from geometric modeling and prototyping to process control and automation; from nanofilm and nanocomposites to microcellular plastics; and from advanced modeling and simulation to internet- and web-based tools for design and manufacturing. The breadth and depth of research activities at PEC and its sister Rheology Research Center (RRC) at UW-Madison have made them among the nation's strongest research groups in arenas of mechanical engineering, polymer engineering, and rheology research.