Case Study: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Connected Systems Institute

Transforming manufacturing

Digital transformation is fueling the fourth industrial revolution. Learn how the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee partnered with Cisco and Rockwell to launch The Connected Systems Institute—a center of excellence in next-generation manufacturing.



  • Prepare the manufacturing workforce for the future
  • Accelerate industry and academic innovation
  • Facilitate digital transformation in manufacturing


  • Develops manufacturing domain specialists
  • Addresses the shortage of trained workers 
  • Offers center of excellence in next-generation manufacturing

What they’re saying

The UWM Connected Systems Institute wouldn't be running today without Cisco. We're just deeply grateful for the contribution that Cisco made, because when you look at the way that the entire project was spec'd out, Cisco components were integral to the design of the project.

Jennifer Abele, Senior Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Who is University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Industry: Education
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Size: 6200 employees and 23,000 students