Johnson Controls, Inc. pledged $1 million to the Milwaukee School of Engineering for the development of a software engineering lab, with the vision of uniting academia and industry for the development of real-world software applications. Since its creation, the Johnson Controls Software Engineering Lab has initiated several projects for both internal and external clients ranging from the Hunger Task Force to Johnson Controls' customers. A ceremony held on October 22, 2004, marked the official dedication of the lab from Johnson Controls to MSOE.