Microsoft has given $1.2 million to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation to support UWM’s Connected Systems Institute.

The gift will be used to help educate and expand Wisconsin’s talent pipeline for Industry 4.0 manufacturing, which allows small and medium manufacturers to integrate new technologies, such as the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, into their production process.

This is the second major gift from Microsoft to UWM’s CSI. The company gave $1.5 million in 2019.

“We at UWM are so grateful to Microsoft for their continued support of the Connected Systems Institute,” UWM chancellor Mark Mone said. “This gift allows us to expand innovation among Wisconsin manufacturers through the adoption of Industry 4.0 and AI technologies and to meet the ever-increasing demand for a highly skilled workforce. Together, we are advancing the economic growth of our region.”

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