Mentor Profiles

Renee Gralewicz, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Research Area

As a cultural anthropologist my research areas are bound only by student imagination. I worked with students investigating the influence of music in contemporary American life, the effects of federal public school food regulations on local middle schools, and more recently how parenting style influences how children make friends. Other past topics included areas of religion, political activism, and body images. My goals with research is teaching research methodologies and then guiding student investigations in their areas of interest.

Presentations and Posters

Parents and Friendships: How parenting styles influence the child’s friendships presented by Shannon Graham, University of Wisconsin – Fox Valley

Teresa Weglarz, Assistant Professor of Biological SciencesTeresa Weglarz

Research Area

My research area is environmental sustainability. Working with students, I helped establish an active composting program on campus which has been used to facilitate scientific investigations. Recently, students monitored the composting process using simple laboratory tests and completed an analysis of the microbial community in compost in collaboration with UW Oshkosh. The finished compost, a valuable nutrient-rich soil amendment, is being used in the hoophouse on campus. I also have worked with the City of Menasha to complete an analysis of their recycling collection schedule to determine the cost-benefit of increasing the number of recycling pick-up dates.

Presentations and Posters

Growing Communities and Gardens Through Composting

Warren Vaz, Assistant Professor of EngineeringWarren Vaz, Assistant Professor of Engineering

Research Statement

My research interests are applying artificial intelligence such as evolutionary algorithms to solve engineering problems. I am particularly interested in alternative or clean energy. My research group, comprising UW-Fox Valley students, is working on several projects including an atmospheric testing drone, an electric vehicle, a muon detector, etc. Contact me if you have questions (

Journal Papers

Jabbr, A.I., Vaz, W.S., Khairallah, H.A., Koylu, U.O. Multi-objective optimization of operating parameters for hydrogen-fueled spark-ignition engines. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 41 (40), 18291-18299, 2016.

Vaz, W.S. Intersection traffic energy management system (ITEMS): formulation and validation. Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems (accepted).

Refereed Conference Papers and Presentations

Carter, J.K., Vaz, W.S., Alnaeli, S.M. Study of the vulnerabilities of open source engineering software packages: OpenFOAM 2011-2017. 27th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, August 10-11, 2017.

Carter, J.K., McDaniel, E.S., Vaz, W.S., Alnaeli, S.M. Study of the vulnerabilities of open-source engineering software packages: OpenFOAM 2011-2018. Midwest Instruction and Computer Science Symposium, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota, April 6-7, 2018.

Carter, J.K., Vaz, W.S., Alnaeli, S.M., Juckem, D.A. A portable cosmic ray detector for engineering, IoT, and science research. 17th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, May 3-5, 2018.

Carter, J.K., Alnaeli, S.M., Vaz, W.S. Empirically Examining the Quality of Source Code in Engineering Software Systems. 17th Annual IEEE International Conference on Electro/Information Technology, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, May 3-5, 2018.

Lenz, K.E., Juckem, D.A., McDaniel, E.S., Carter, J.K., Vaz, W.S., Schumacher, S.R. Obtaining a horizontal panoramic image in a high-power rocket after landing. Proceedings of the 28th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference, University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, Menasha, Wisconsin, August 10, 2018.