Each year, the University of Wisconsin–Madison recognizes outstanding academic staff members who have excelled in leadership, public service, research and teaching. They bring the university’s mission to life and ensure that the Wisconsin Idea extends far beyond the campus and the state. Eight employees are recipients of 2023 Academic Staff Excellence Awards. This year’s award winners includes Bill L. Kreamer, Facilities and Equipment Specialist, Waisman Biomanufacturing at the Waisman Center.
Waisman Biomanufacturing produces biologics for use in early phase clinical trials. For more than 20 years, Bill Kreamer has played a crucial role in this intricate process.
The scope of his work includes hiring and training student employees, maintaining and calibrating equipment, and researching and implementing improvements to the facility. His devotion to the job is exemplary. He’s often the first one on the scene to solve a building or equipment problem — at any time of day or night.
Yet this is only part of his campus legacy. With a UW–Madison resume spanning many roles and more than 45 years, Kreamer is a distinguished career researcher who has played an instrumental role in a broad range of research, leading to a significant number of publications and patents.
His breadth of expertise spurs people to seek his assistance, and his deep knowledge and institutional memory contribute to the smooth operation of many labs. Raves one colleague: “In short, Bill gets stuff done, and as a result, he ensures that UW labs also get stuff done!”