Innovation that Defines the Future

UW–Madison is heading to Silicon Valley this summer 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:

  • 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?
  • Rebecca Willett, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, College of Engineering
    • Her optimization lab performs research in machine learning and signal processing.

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.

  • Reception: 6-7 p.m.
  • Program: 7-8 p.m.

Cost: $50 per person ($30 for recent graduates, 2013-2017)

Please RSVP by June 7.

Quadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

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