Dr. Carmel Ruffolo, is the Director for Corporate Engagement and Regional Development at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Currently, Dr. Ruffolo is also the Director of the Wisconsin Center for Commercialization Resources (WCCR), a joint collaboration with Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater that is supported by the Economic Development Administration. She is actively involved in tri-state initiatives in WI, IL and IN, was integrally engaged with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Tri-State Territorial Review and served as a Wisconsin delegate to the OECD. She now serves as the Wisconsin Chair of the Operational Committee for the Alliance for Regional Development.
Dr. Ruffolo has served on committees for education, health, water and transportation. She works closely with regional companies, universities and other organizations such as the Milwaukee Water Council and the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium. She is a member of the board of directors for BizStarts Milwaukee, the Educational Association of University Centers and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Ruffolo received a Ph.D and B. Sci. (Honors) from Monash University, Australia, and a B. A from Carthage College, Wisconsin.