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Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute

We've formed a new partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University to create the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

Over the next five years, Northwestern Mutual and its Foundation will contribute $15 million to support an endowed professorship at each university, fund research, expand university curriculum, and develop K-12 STEM learning opportunities and pre-college programming.

Marquette University and UWM will each invest more than $12 million in data science education and research, bringing the total commitment in this effort to nearly $40 million.

Why Create a Data Science Institute?

Data is no longer optional or back-office—it's integrated into everything we do. To help us stay on the leading edge of our industry, we need strong talent with skills and passion in business, mathematics, behavioral sciences, process design and industrial engineering. This institute will help us develop an organic talent pipeline to meet those needs.


To be a world-class institute that transforms our world through the power of data science.


We inspire and cultivate passion for data science through a unique partnership of academia and industry that galvanizes the brightest minds in the Milwaukee region to solve some of our world's most pressing problems, fuel wonder and intellectual curiosity, and inspire the next generation of data scientists.

Launching in 2019

The institute will launch as part of the 2019-2020 academic year, when classes will be open to students at both UWM and Marquette. There will be components at each university campus, as well as programming at Northwestern Mutual's innovation lab, Cream City Labs, located at our downtown Milwaukee campus.


Send us an email to be connected with a member of the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute.

About Our Partners

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At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, see how researchers use big data to solve big problems.

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At Marquette University, students learn how to turn data into insight and how to approach the important ethical questions that arise from this emerging field of study.

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Collaborating to Create Value

By leveraging the strengths of the three institutions, this groundbreaking partnership will help advance southeastern Wisconsin as a national hub for technology, research, business and talent development.

- John Schlifske, chairman and CEO, Northwestern Mutual