Campus Takes 2nd Place in College Rocket Competition

Wildcat Rocketry Team Scores Big!
By UW-Washington County


Wildcat Rocketry Team
             Wildcat Rocketry Team
      L to R: Max Read, Kota Grauden,
         Shane Flynn and Joe Gawrys.
        (Missing is Vanessa Sawatzke)

The University of Milwaukee at Washington County came in second place in the 2018 Wisconsin Space Grant College Rocket Competition recently held at the Richard Bong Recreational Park in Kansasville, WI.  Washington County’s five-member student team for the “Wildcat Rocketry” included Shane Flynn, Joseph Gawrys, Kota Grauden, Max Read and Vanessa Sawatzke.

In first place with 86.3 points was UW-Fox Valley Rocketeers. Washington County’s team earned 83.9 points, followed by UW-Platteville with 75.3 points in third place. Other participating college teams included Carroll, Carthage, Marquette, MSOE, UW-Green Bay, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Sheboygan.

 Advisors for the students are Dr. Swapnil Tripathi (Astronomy/Physics) and Guy Campbell (Engineering). The competition was held at Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin. The student team received a cash prize of $2,000 and the opportunity to participate in other Space Grant activities.

The annual competition is an opportunity for college students to design and construct rockets to be launched at a competition. For more information about the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium, visit: 

UW-Milwaukee at Washington County is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. Fall classes begin Tuesday, September 4. For more information about the campus, visit                                                                                              


Sue Bausch, Director of Communications