Innovation that Defines the Future

Chancellor Rebecca Blank is heading to New York City this fall to share scientific breakthroughs and bold ideas. Mike Knetter, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association, will introduce some of UW–Madison’s top visionaries and innovators.

  • Laura Albert McLay, associate professor of industrial and systems engineering, College of Engineering
    • Her research focuses on modeling and solving real-world, discrete optimization problems in homeland security, disasters, and health care.
  • Barry Burden, professor, Department of Political Science; director, Elections Research Center
    • A specialist in American politics and political methodology, his research focuses on U.S. elections, public opinion, representation, and the U.S. Congress.
  • Thomas Friedrich ’97, PhD’03, associate professor, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine
    • Runs the UW’s Friedrich Laboratory, which researches pandemic viruses. In his lab, he seeks to answer one basic question: why do we get sick?

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet these UW professors who are living the Wisconsin Idea.

Event Details

Join faculty experts, alumni, and friends for a reception with drinks and hors d’oeuvres, followed by a moderated panel discussion.

The program schedule and additional details are still to come.

Registration will also be coming soon.

Questions? Contact Linda Grace at or 608-308-5400.