Marquette University has formed many partnerships with organizations that share our values, vision and innovation. Below are a few examples:

Northwestern Mutual

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In June of 2018, Northwestern Mutual began a five-year partnership with Marquette and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to create the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

“As a business needs change, the field of data science has accelerated rapidly, says John Schlifske, chairman, president, and CEO of Northwestern Mutual. "Preparing our future workforce and aligning curriculum with business needs is critical to the economic vibrancy of Milwaukee. Through our partnership with Marquette University and UW-Milwaukee, we will establish Milwaukee as a data science capital with leading academic programs and career opportunities.”

Benefits to Marquette created by Northwestern Mutual partnership include:

  • Funding provided for new research projects, expanded curriculum, and new data science faculty.
  • K-12 STEM learning opportunities and pre-college programming.
  • Flexibility for expansion to include additional businesses and academic institutions.

With $15 million in corporate support and a $12 million investment from both Marquette and UW-Milwaukee, advancements in data science and technology learning will strengthen the talent pipeline in Milwaukee, making the city a national hub for technology, research, business, and talent development.

Wintrust Corp.

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In the Spring of 2018, Marquette University and Wintrust, the parent company for Wisconsin’s Town Bank, began a 10-year relationship which seeks to serve both students and the broader community. This collaboration is uniquely mission-oriented with the goals of increasing access to and affordability of a Marquette education, preparing students to succeed in making a positive impact on the community. Students will also be prepared to affect change in a market where Marquette and Wintrust are deeply invested, and where Wintrust seeks to grow its presence.

Many benefits from this partnership are already visible throughout campus and Milwaukee:

  • Scholarship support for first-generation and low-income students from Milwaukee and Chicago area
  • Support for the College of Business Administration’s commercial banking program
  • Elevated visibility for Wintrust as Marquette’s exclusive commercial and retail bank 
  • Seed funding for a small business revolving loan fund for banking students to administer to local community enterprises
  • Expanded branding opportunities for Wintrust at the Al McGuire Center and Fiserv Forum

“The Marquette University partnership with Wintrust and Town Bank couldn’t be a better fit… we’re growing in Milwaukee, so the opportunity to work with Marquette on initiatives consistent with our mission and growth goals is attractive to us.” - Jay Mack, President and CEO, Town Bank.

Kohler Company

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With a partnership spanning one hundred years, Kohler Company has touched the lives of many at Marquette with generous donations made through the Kohler Foundation, Inc. Through their engagement with the Marquette community, Kohler has been integral in the creation of important facilities and valued opportunities for students at Marquette.

  • Foundational in the success of Marquette’s Center for Supply Chain Management
  • Integral in the creation of Marquette’s MBA program, which is available for professionals throughout Kohler.
  • Created the Kohler Foundation Scholarship and the Kohler Company Scholarship, providing tuition support for students at Marquette in the Opus College of Engineering and the College of Business Administration.
  • Kohler Company’s donations led to the creation of the Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall.
  • Other buildings that Kohler has provided fixtures and amenities for include the Al McGuire Center, Zilber Hall, Eckstein Hall, and Engineering Hall.

Kohler Company has given approximately $4 million in donations to the university, and since 1945, more than 160 Marquette alumni have worked or are working at the Kohler Company.

Rexnord Corp.

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In order to create opportunities for Marquette’s engineering and business professors, staff, and students, Marquette partnered with Rexnord to create the Bridge to Business program. Established with a $1 million investment by Rexnord, this program quickly became a major success, training early-career engineers in necessary business fundamentals. It also advances research and technology in ways that drive innovation at Rexnord while supporting the university’s mission and initiatives.

Rexnord is also a founding investor of the Water Equipment and Policy Research Center (WEP), a research center built on the collaboration between industry and the university. Here, new technologies are developed to help launch new companies and grow employment

Marquette engineering faculty have conducted sponsored research through WEP that is now applicable to Rexnord product development, and WEP also gives Marquette students real-world experience in the fields they will one day have careers in. Rexnord has also sponsored Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF), a senior design class, and the Product Realization course in the Opus College of Engineering.

Our partnership provides high-quality executive education and elevates the brand for the company and the university. With the funding provided by Rexnord, Marquette can continue to guide more business-savvy and professional engineers to become future leaders who meet industry needs at Rexnord and beyond.

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

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This multifaceted partnership is designed to advance research and industry technology, preparing Marquette students with business-relevant skills and experience. 

Engagement initiatives are driven by Marquette alumni in senior management roles at ITW, leading to continuing opportunities to collaborate more extensively across ITW’s business segments. These opportunities advance both organizations, expand the talent pipeline, and help students from underrepresented backgrounds develop STEM skills.

“As ITW builds its relationship across Marquette, we build our company image and recognition with the students, and this has led to boosting the number of Marquette students with internships at ITW companies…” -Mark Boutelle, Group President, ITW.

Other positives that have been created for ITW, Marquette, and the community as a result of this partnership include:

  • Connections between ITW and Marquette’s talent pipeline if students available for internship and career opportunities
  • Gives greater exposure to Marquette’s STEM program for students at the ITW-supported charter school, David Speer Academy, providing opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students
  • Provides sponsored research applicable to ITW product development and technology advancement
  • Offers invaluable research opportunities for Marquette students
  • Establishes a new sales training program that differentiates Marquette and extends ITW’s brand, preparing students to meet industry needs

Badger Meter

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In order to create opportunities for Marquette’s engineering staff, professors, and students, the university has partnered with Badger Meter, a leader in the water industry. Badger Meter is responsible for managing flow measurement technologies and the development of control technologies for the flow of liquids used for a variety of applications.

This partnership promotes water technology research with the main focus being on the establishment and on-going support of the national Water Equipment and Policy Research Center (WEP). This research center is a collaboration between industry/ and university efforts which drives innovation to advance the water industry.

As a partner of the university, both Marquette and Badger Meter have benefitted from this relationship with new breakthroughs in technology and career opportunities for students. Some of the benefits created by this partnership include:

  • Assists in technology transfer agreements between Badger Meter and Marquette
  • Advances the work of the WEP to synergize the region’s assets to create the next generation of products and processes in the advancement of the water industry
  • Connects Badger Meter with a pipeline of talent and Marquette students with career opportunities
  • Sponsors research to pursue new technologies and advance product development
  • Enables Badger Meter to access royalty-free licensing of breakthrough technologies that drive innovation and competitive advantages through WEP