Robert F. Cervenka
The School of Engineering is named after the founder of Phillips Plastics, Robert F. Cervenka, who held UW-Stout in high regard for it’s excellence in applied learning and career focus. Cervenka died Sept. 19, 2015, at the age of 79 in Duluth, Minn.
The Robert F. Cervenka School of Engineering is part of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Management. The school honors Cervenka and his family’s lifetime of passion and philanthropy to UW-Stout.
Cervenka began his plastics company in 1964 in his hometown of Phillips. The company grew to 15 facilities in Wisconsin and one in California, with annual sales of $300 million and 1,600 employees. The company was sold in 2010.