Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering

The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering focuses on enhancing the learning experience for students in UW-Stout's engineering programs.
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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.

The University of Wisconsin-Stout School of Engineering, is named after Phillips Plastics founder Robert F. Cervenka. / UW-Stout

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.