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 is dedicated to enhancing the learning and industry-aligned experiences of students in UW-Stout's engineering programs to help produce the next generation of engineers needed to serve Wisconsin and our surrounding states. To serve its mission, the Cervenka School also focused on lab modernization processes and providing professional development. 

UW-Stout’s engineering programs began with the Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology in 1956. UW-Stout then added manufacturing engineering in 1994 followed by computer engineering, plastics engineering and mechanical engineering, all of which are in the Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering. UW-Stout's engineering and engineering technology programs comprise more than a 1,000 students.

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. 


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