By Jeff Sherman Staff Writer Published Jun 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM

Recently some one told me that UWM is considering building a $149 million engineering campus and research park on the Milwaukee County Grounds in Wauwatosa.  What?  Why?  

I hadn't read or heard much on this, so I turned to the Web for some research.  Seems many local leaders had gone straight to the daily newspaper to pitch and float this idea.  There it was on jsonline, "Engineering school would go on Tosa acreage."  I also found takes on the story on other media like the Daily Reporter, and a few other entities.  

Anyway, why expand the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Wauwatosa?  I know it's all about regional development these days, but honestly what type of college student would want spend his/her college days apart from the buzz and life of a real campus?  And, shouldn't UWM take charge and help figure out ways to build life and economy in its own city?  Why not build on or around the current campus, in the Park East, Pabst City or Menomonee Valley?

Who knows, maybe I'm being too parochial.  Maybe not.  Either way, we need more discussion and input about where to put key assets like this.  Especially key assets like an engineering school that can truly help increase Milwaukee's brain gain!  

Thoughts?  Please use the talk backs and start the discussion!  

Jeff Sherman Staff Writer

A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.

He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.

Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.  He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.  

He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.

He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.