With more than 90 members, partners, and supporters, the Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is excited to announce an expanded presence with a new office at the Grainger Institute for Engineering on the UW-Madison campus.

“This partnership will more closely align M-WERC and our members to the premier research institution in the University of Wisconsin System and represents another significant step in reaching across the Midwest to foster industrial collaboration and realize our goal of more quickly transitioning technology innovation into economic growth and job creation in the Energy Power and Controls (EPC) sector,” said M-WERC CEO and Executive Director Alan Perlstein.

The office will be a collaboration staffed with Bruce Beihoff, GIE’s Technical Director of Industrial and Systems Research; and Dan Ebert, who joins the M-WERC team as the Managing Director of the Madison office. Beihoff will also continue to serve in his leadership role for M-WERC’s TI 2.0 technology innovation program.

Beihoff has more than 35 years of engineering and research experience in many primary industries for some of the largest enterprises within these Industries including Rockwell Automation, EATON Corp, and Whirlpool Corp, where he led a global pool of industrial researchers and scientists from technical centers located in North and South America, as well as in regions of Europe and Asia. During these 35 years of engineering, technology development, and R&D management, Beihoff was awarded 44 patents, and seven major technical achievement / innovation awards. He was a key contributor in engineering and research supporting the new facility construction and capability expansion of the Wisconsin Energy Institute of the UW-Madison. Currently, he is the leader of M-WERC’s Technology Innovation committee overseeing cooperative research efforts between industry and academic partners. Read the full story here.