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The Launch of UWM's Connected Systems Institute

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak and guests

One of the most important and most competitive industries in Wisconsin is manufacturing. It employs hundreds of thousands of workers and accounts for the majority of our state’s exports. But in order to remain competitive, manufacturing has to continue to adapt.

At UWM, a new initiative has launched to help manufacturers do just that. It’s called the Connected Systems Institute. The program was designed to harness the power of the internet - using machines to talk to each other, providing huge amounts of data to use to create more efficient and more profitable operations.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.