CBU History

Byproduct materials


The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Center for By-Products Utilization (UWM-CBU) was authorized by UWM in September 1988 and started operation in January 1989. The Center is a part of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) at UWM. The UWM-CBU facilities are provided by the Department of Civil Engineering and Mechanics and the CEAS. They are located on the UWM campus in the Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS) Building and at the University Services and Research (USR) building.

The Center has a highly qualified group of faculty and staff with many years of experience in applications of using by-products in construction materials and other applications. CBU has the support of Affiliated Faculty from other departments on the UWM campus, partner companies, and researchers from other institutions. The Center is fulfilling its teaching and training functions by working with undergraduate and graduate students, thereby disseminating its available information to as many future engineers and scientists as possible. In addition to working with sponsors and others, the Center is in contact with governmental agencies, industry associations, technical and professional engineering committees, and other organizations for the purpose of mutual exchange of information and assistance.

The UWM Center for By-Products Utilization has sponsored or co-sponsored many workshops to fulfill its goal of technology transfer. Since 1989, over 65 workshops, symposiums, and lectures have been sponsored by the Center on coal ash recycling, used foundry sand recycling, flowable slurry, non-destructive testing, roller compacted concrete, many other topics. Over 2,000 people have attended workshops sponsored by the Center. Attendees have been not only from North America but also from overseas. These include representatives of government, education, consultants, contractors, and industry.

The UWM Center for By-Products Utilization was established with a generous grant from Dairyland Power Cooperative, Lacrosse, Wisconsin; Madison Gas and Electric Company, Madison, Wisconsin; National Minerals Corporation, St. Paul, Minnesota; Northern States Power Company, Eau Claire, Wisconsin; We Energies, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Wisconsin Power and Light Company, Madison, Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation, Green Bay, Wisconsin.