School of Engineering

Students working in the packaging lab
Computer engineering student working on circuit board

The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering focuses on enhancing the learning experience for students in UW-Stout's engineering programs. This includes the process of modernizing laboratories and providing professional development. 

In the long term, the School of Engineering's vision is to grow the number of engineering graduates for the region. UW-Stout has joined with UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire to form the Northwest Wisconsin Engineering Consortium because employers in northwestern Wisconsin need more engineers. 

UW-Stout’s engineering programs began with the Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology in 1956. UW-Stout then added computer engineering, plastics engineering and mechanical engineering, all of which are in the Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering. At present there are 1,053 students in engineering or engineering technology at UW-Stout.

Academic Programs

The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering is designed to provide enhanced support to UW-Stout's engineering programs.

UW-Stout student working with professor on the mechanics of materials

Spotlight on Engineering

Incoming freshman Jordan Roessler planned to attend UW-Stout because of its co-op educational opportunities and reputation for its graduates finding employment. Roessler originally planned to major in plastics engineering. 

However, when the UW Board of Regents approved a mechanical engineering major at the university, he decided to change course.

“It is even more broad and gives me so many more opportunities,” Roessler said. “I would like to work with making things that can help the environment or improve efficiency.”

Robert F. Cervenka


Robert F. Cervenka

The School of Engineering is named after the founder of Phillips Plastics, Robert F. Cervenka, who held UW-Stout in high regard for it’s excellence in applied learning and career focus. Cervenka died Sept. 19, 2015, at the age of 79 in Duluth, Minn. 

The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering is part of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management. The school honors Cervenka and his family’s lifetime of passion and philanthropy to UW-Stout. 

Cervenka began his plastics company in 1964 in his hometown of Phillips. The company grew to 15 facilities in Wisconsin and one in California, with annual sales of $300 million and 1,600 employees. The company was sold in 2010. 

Frequently Asked Questions

This helpful School of Engineering FAQ sheet answers questions about the creation of the Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering.

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Chuck Bomar, PhD
Dean, College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management
Professor, Biology Department