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MSOE Career Fair is Sept. 29-30

September 23rd, 2016

2016_news_career_fairSept. 23, 2016 — Competition at MSOE is fierce—by employers, that is. MSOE students and graduates are in demand and employers are flocking to campus to recruit some of the nation’s top talent. MSOE’s two-day Career Fair will give more than 230 employers the opportunity to meet students and hire them for internships and full-time positions.

The Career Fair will be held Thursday, Sept. 29 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Kern Center.

Premier Sponsors of this year’s event include Accelogix, Carlisle Interconnect Technologies, Corporate Technology Solutions, Esterline, McGough Construction, Milwaukee Tool, Plexus Corporation, Red Arrow Labs, Saint-Gobain and Yaskawa America Inc.

“We continually hear from employers that MSOE’s students and graduates are ready to hit the ground running. Employers are anxious to fill their open positions and look forward to recruiting MSOE students,” said Dr. Mary Spencer, director of career services. “The Career Fair is a great event for freshmen through seniors to network with employers and showcase their skills.”

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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U.S. News & World Report ranks MSOE among the best for 2017

September 13th, 2016

MSOE CC Campus Center

Sept. 13, 2016 — Milwaukee School of Engineering earned the 11th spot on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 list of Best Universities in the Midwest and was ranked 10th Best Undergraduate Engineering Program in the U.S. among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. In addition, MSOE was ranked 8th Best Value School in the Midwest.

MSOE was recognized among universities having the Best Foreign Student Factor in the Midwest. This list identifies those institutions with large proportions of international students, which provides a professionally and personally rewarding dynamic on campus. The university also was ranked 11th Best College for Veterans in the Midwest.

About the rankings:

The 2017 rankings by U.S. News provide an examination of how nearly 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence. Rankings are based on several factors and scores are weighted to arrive at a final overall score. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

U.S. News bases its undergraduate engineering programs rankings on the judgments of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions, who are surveyed each spring and asked to rate each program they are familiar with on a scale of 1 (marginal) to 5 (distinguished).

MSOE is ranked highly by a number of organization, and while this is gratifying, it is important to note that rankings should not be overemphasized by students or their families during the college selection process. Choosing a college is an individual decision that should be made by students and families based on the student’s individual needs. Students come to MSOE because of its focus on laboratory experience and career practice, expert faculty dedicated to student learning, its small college feeling within a vibrant downtown neighborhood, extremely high placement rates for graduates and the success of its alumni.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Panel Discussion: What makes a great construction professional?

September 9th, 2016

Sept. 9, 2016 – The Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department is hosting a panel discussion with construction industry executives. All majors from the CAECM Department are encouraged to attend and hear firsthand what education, skills, traits and abilities are necessary to become a great construction professional. Dr. Jeong Woo, MSOE construction management program director, will serve as moderator.

Register here.

The discussion will take place Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Alumni Partnership Center. Panelists include:

2016_news_CAECM_panel_abuls Mike Abuls
Executive Vice President and COO
CG Schmidt
 2016_news_CAECM_panel_rounds Mark Rounds, P.E.
Vice President of Corporate Development
Vogel Brothers Building Company
 2016_news_CAECM_panel_christov Kitts Christov
Vice President
The Boldt Company
 2016_news_CAECM_panel_schreiber Gary Schreiber
Vice President
Power Construction
 2016_news_CAECM_panel_myers Rob Myers ’98
Project Executive
Mortenson Construction
 2016_news_CAECM_panel_simonides Mark Simonides ’82
Vice President
Turner Construction

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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On the Job: Photography by Jim Seder now open at Grohmann Museum

September 9th, 2016

Grohmann_on_the_jobSept. 9, 2016 — Following decades of work in local industry, Jim Seder resolved to take a new look at work—and the worker—through the lens of his camera. This homage to work took the form of portraits of the workers he encountered in daily life. Included are carpenters, masons, landscapers and the like, all captured in a trademark style in which the subject is the singular focus. On the Job features dozens of Seder’s recent photographs of working people.

This exhibition will be on display at the Grohmann Museum through Dec. 11, 2016. The museum is offering free admission during Milwaukee’s Gallery Day and Night, Friday, Oct. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 22 from Noon to 6 p.m. There will be a Gallery Talk with Seder on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

The Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; free for children under 12. MSOE students (with ID), alumni, faculty and staff are admitted free.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,900 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

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Awards honor outstanding faculty members

September 9th, 2016

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Dr. Wujie Zhang, Dr. Eryn Hassemer and Beth Slayman

Sept. 9, 2016 – In keeping with tradition, outstanding full-time and part-time faculty members were honored at MSOE to mark the beginning of the new academic year.

Dr. Wujie Zhang, assistant professor in the Physics and Chemistry Department, received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award.

Karl O. Werwath was an innovator in engineering education and the application of technology, and believed that teaching effectiveness was enhanced through applied research and consulting. He felt that MSOE should make an effort to contribute to the advancement of technical knowledge for the benefit of business and industry for the good of the community and the nation. This award was initiated to recognize the vision of Karl O. Werwath and the contribution of MSOE faculty and staff who have fostered the advancement of applied scientific knowledge. Zhang was nominated for this award by MSOE faculty and staff members, alumni, Regents and Corporation members. The award recipient is chosen based on criteria including his or her contribution to engineering, scientific research, consulting, the engineering profession and scholarship, promoting research at MSOE, patentable concepts and publications.

Zhang holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Engineering and Master of Science in Food Science from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from University of South Carolina at Columbia. Zhang joined the faculty in at MSOE in 2012 and is currently the principle investigator on a National Science Foundation I-Corp funded research project titled “Developing an Artificial Red-Blood-Cell Product.” He also is involved with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) as an executive committee member of the Regional Device and Drug Development Initiative.

The Falk Engineering Educator Award was presented to two members of the faculty: Dr. Wujie Zhang and Dr. Eryn Hassemer. The award is given annually to full-time faculty members with less than seven years experience. It is a testament to exemplary dedication and performance. Hassemer is an assistant professor in the Physics and Chemistry Department. She received a Bachelor of Science in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. in cell biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Beth Slayman, adjunct assistant professor in the Rader School of Business, received the Johnson Controls Award, presented to outstanding part-time faculty. The award was inspired by Robert C. Moore, a long-time faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. The award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty to the education, motivation and support of the students at MSOE; encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; recognizes commitment and assistance to students outside of the classroom; and recognizes contributions to the improvement of educational programs and the effectiveness of the learning process at MSOE. Slayman earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Marquette University.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Museum to host Lost Arts Festival

September 8th, 2016

2016_news_blacksmithSept. 8, 2016 — Celebrate the working past at the Grohmann Museum’s Lost Arts Festival. The museum hosts its seventh annual festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in its permanent collection. Artisans including the Knapp Family (of “Milwaukee Blacksmith” fame) will share their expertise and demonstrate their techniques as the museum and its surroundings become a laboratory for the creation of “Lost Arts.” The festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 1000 N. Broadway.

Visitors will enjoy live music by Frogwater, and watching demonstrations by:

Luke and Dev Traver, wooden shoe carvers
Mary L. Spencer, glass artist
Cheryl Myers and the MSOE Yarn Engineers, spinning, knitting and crocheting
Steve Allen, craft brewer
Jeff Selchow, woodturning
Knapp Family, blacksmiths

Regular museum admission applies: $5 adults; $3 students and seniors; free for children under 12 and MSOE students, faculty, staff and alumni (with I.D.).

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,800 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

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MSOE is among Best in the Midwest

August 31st, 2016

Aug. 31, 2016 — Milwaukee School of Engineering is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Only 156 institutions were named to the “Best in the Midwest” list on The Princeton Review’s website feature, “2017 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” MSOE has been included on this list every year since 2003.

“We base our ranking lists entirely on what the colleges’ customers, their enrolled students, report to us on our surveys. As such, they provide unique insights into the campus cultures, aid offerings, services, and student body communities at these schools. In the end, it’s all about the fit,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP-Publisher. “Each year, we salute schools in four regions of the country—Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West that we consider academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search.”

The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Washington Monthly names MSOE a “Best Bang for the Buck”

August 29th, 2016

2016_news_washmonthlyAug. 29, 2016 — MSOE has been ranked among the “Best Bang for the Buck Midwest Colleges” in the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings.

According to Washington Monthly, “We’ve ranked America’s colleges and universities based on their ‘Bang for the Buck’—that is, the extent to which they charge students who aren’t rich a reasonable price for quality education that will advance them in their careers.”

In compiling this ranking, Washington Monthly analyzed the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Part of this data set shows how much students earn ten years after enrolling at a given college and whether they’re paying down loan principal. It also considers the percent of first-generation students enrolled at each college.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

 

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MSOE welcomes Global UGRAD-Pakistan students

August 27th, 2016

Aug. 27, 2016 — Milwaukee School of Engineering is pleased to welcome new international students on campus as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan).

Javeria, Nouman and Maryam decided to attend MSOE through the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program, which builds the capacity of a diverse group of youth leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan. Through U.S.-based training and practical experience in leadership positions, community engagement, and their professional fields, undergraduate students gain the skills needed to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities, building stability through increased local capacity and cross-cultural understanding.

The Global UGRAD-Pakistan students also are exploring U.S. culture, leadership development, and integration into U.S. communities, while developing a broad and nuanced understanding of U.S. values and becoming citizen ambassadors who support expanded diplomatic and development partnerships.

In addition to their academic studies, Global UGRAD-Pakistan students perform community service and explore American traditions. While interacting with Americans in the community and on campus, they develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture and share this understanding with friends, family and others in their communities back home.

“There are huge benefits to having international students on campus. They provide our students with a way to experience the world right here in Milwaukee,” said Mark Anderson, MSOE’s director of international programs and services. “Interacting with them and learning about their culture and background provides students with an opportunity to reflect and learn more about themselves. Also, truly taking the time to get to know international students is a great way to break down barriers and perceived prejudices that we may not even know that we have.”

Global UGRAD-Pakistan students are also give presentations about their home country and cultures at local schools, and national service organizations including the Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club, as well as elderly homes, and other locations, reaching thousands of Americans each year. Their unique perspectives and backgrounds enrich the learning experience for American students.

The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan is a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State and is implemented by IREX (the International Research & Exchanges Board). For more information about the program, visit: https://www.irex.org/project/global-undergraduate-exchange-program-pakistan-global-ugrad-pakistan

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations, as mandated by the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961. http://exchanges.state.gov

IREX is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1968 that provides thought leadership and innovative programs to promote positive lasting change globally. www.irex.org

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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REU celebrates 20th anniversary at MSOE

August 10th, 2016

2016_news_REU1Aug. 10, 2016 — From aneurysm repairs to additive manufacturing techniques, the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at MSOE has focused on a wide range of micro-manufacturing applications in the aerospace, architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, composite, electro-optical, fluid power and manufacturing industries.

Now in its 20th year at MSOE, the prestigious 10-week summer program offers undergraduate students from around the country access to MSOE’s expert faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities. This summer, eight students were selected to participate in the program.

REU is an innovative, interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center, MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to give undergraduates hands-on experience in research. To date, 190 students have participated in the program. For the second year in a row, two participants spent six weeks conducting research in advanced manufacturing at the National Laser Center at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa.

Hands-on access to solid freeform fabrication devices and fluid power laboratories, close partnerships with advisors, industry mentors and other educational institutions, paired with a creative learning environment provided students with a high probability of success in research focused on solving industrial problems through advanced manufacturing technology.

Students conducted research, visited professionals and problem solved with advisors, teammates and other resources. They participated in poster sessions, group discussions, research documentation, learned new software, made presentations, built models, designed and completed experiments and wrote research papers.

Participants

Romare Antrobus, biochemistry major, Lawrence University from Brooklyn, N.Y.
Project: Electro-spun Nanofibers for Biological and Medical Applications
This research presents a fabrication method of biocompatible pectin nanofibers via electrospun pectin mixtures prepared with the carrier polymer PEO and hydrophilic non-toxic surfactant Pluronic F127. The pectin-PEO-F127 ratio was varied in order to lower surface tension and increase hydrogen bonding for an increase in solution compatibility, which enhances electrospinning. Also, electrospinning process parameters (voltage, spinning distance, needle tip size, and solution flow rate) were adjusted to ensure the prior mixture ratio produces non- aligned nanofibers. Layers of these non-aligned fibers create scaffolds that mimic the extracellular matrix which helps induce cell proliferation, communication, and behavior. These nanofibrous scaffolds are characterized by microscopy and spectrometry.
Advisor: Dr. Wujie Zhang, assistant professor, physics and chemistry, MSOE

Amanda Banks, biomedical engineering major, St. Louis University from McHenry, Illinois
Project: Bio-printing Vascularized Tissues Using a Pectin-Based Bio-ink
This study investigated the capability of bioprinting vascularized tissues using a pectin based bioink. Pectin is a linear polysaccharide found in the peels of apples and oranges, making it biocompatible.  Pectin can act as an extracellular matrix allowing for cells to survive, proliferate, migrate, and carry out specific functions. Pluronic F-127 was incorporated into the bioink to obtain the desired shape during the bioprinting process. The Fab@Home M3 bioprinter was used to create the desired hydrogel scaffold shape. Once an object was printed it was treated with Ca2+ or oligiochitosan (hydrogel cross linker) to create the final tissue/organs, allowing the object to sustain a stable shape at both storage and body temperature. The results indicate viability of pectin to bioprint cells with a vascularized network.
Advisor: Dr. Wujie Zhang, assistant professor, physics and chemistry, MSOE

Angel Chukwu, mechanical engineering major, East Carolina University from Clayton, North Carolina
Project: Applications of Additive Manufacturing: From Coffee Lids to Pediatric Airways
This research explores the problem solving capabilities of additive manufacturing (AM) in a variety of applications. One everyday problem involves a design flaw in the Starbucks hot coffee cup that results in coffee dripping.  After analyzing the problem through a series of experiments, an optimal coffee cup design was modeled and 3D models were printed and tested.  AM can also be used as a tool for specialized biomedical applications such as analyzing the physical effects of obstructed airways in young children. This project used the ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ MIMICS software to convert MRI scans into 3D models. The goal is to use AM to produce physical 3D models clear enough to compete with those produced by CT scans, ultimately demonstrating a more patient friendly method for analyzing biomedical images.
Advisor: Dr. Subha Kumpaty, professor, mechanical engineering, MSOE

Margaret Clapham, chemistry/neuroscience major, Drake University from Cedarburg, Wis.
Project: Hepatotoxicity Testing of Acetaminophen in 2D and 3D Rat Hepatocyte Cultures
This study aimed to establish a more accurate and inexpensive pharmaceutical testing model that has high reproducibility.  Rat hepatocytes were grown in both 2D and 3D cultures.  It is expected that 3D cultures increase cell-cell interactions and preserve better cell function.  3D cultures were grown and cells were treated with acetaminophen and analyzed for cytotoxicity using a Neutral Red Dye.  Cell functionality was then tested based on albumin secretion using an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA).  Results of the 2D and 3D models are compared and examined with previous studies.
Advisor: Dr. Vipin Paliwal, associate professor, physics and chemistry, MSOE

Madison James, chemical engineering-biomed major, University of Oklahoma from Flower Mound, Texas
Project: Phantom Brain for Infrared Neuroimaging
The purpose of this research is creation of a phantom brain to test the accuracy of infrared cameras at mapping blood movement around the brain. Using Mimics and Magics software, the phantom was designed in the shape of half of the human brain, with a network of vessels modeled through it and was additively manufactured using stereolithography.  The phantom, connected to a pump/heating system was used to analyze the ability of infrared cameras to detect temperature differences between the brain surface and the blood.  Using FLIR-62101 T450sc infrared camera, this research showed the functionality of mapping small temperature differences in neuroimaging.
Advisor: Dr. Subha Kumpaty, professor, mechanical engineering, MSOE

Logan MacKenzie, electrical engineering major, Grove City College from Union City, Pennsylvania
Project: Wheelchair Mounted Robotic Manipulator Development and Dynamics
This research presents a low-cost, fluid powered, wheelchair mounted robotic manipulator to assist quadriplegics in reclaiming some independence. Continuing with the work from recent REU, this research focuses on further analysis of the design and development of the manipulator dynamics to determine torques on each joint and appropriately size the fluid power actuators necessary for operation. Further, a method for generating planned motions of the manipulator was developed to provide a basis for future development of Cartesian control of the manipulator and to reduce cognitive fatigue of the user by having a library of pre-programmed behaviors that can be used to perform routine tasks. This manipulator with its reduced cost and increased payload capacity will enhance the quality of living of quadriplegics.
Advisor: Dr. Luis Rodriguez, assistant professor, mechanical engineering

2016_news_REU2Elizabeth Paoli, mechanical engineering major, MSOE from Plainfield, Illinois
Project: Characterization of Functionally Graded Ti6Al4V + Mo Manufactured via Laser Metal Deposition
This research assesses the material characteristics of several functionally graded Ti6Al4V samples with varying percentages of Molybdenum. Laser Metal Deposition was employed to produce several samples with varying percentages of molybdenum: 5%, 10%, and 15%, all of which have constant laser power and scanning speeds. A functionally graded sample was also manufactured, in which there are alternating layers of deposition of 5% Mo, 10% Mo and 15% Mo. The properties of these alloys were compared to those of a pure Ti6Al4V sample. The properties compared are the hardness, microstructure, fracture toughness, and corrosion resistance. In addition, the Scanning Electron Microscopy was used to check the powder morphology and the X-Ray Diffractogram was used to check the phases present in the samples. The usefulness of functionally graded Ti6Al4V-Mo alloy for biomedical applications is established.
Advisors: Dr. Subha Kumpaty, professor, mechanical engineering, MSOE; Dr. Esther Akinlabi, University of Johannesburg; Dr. Sisa Pityana, University of Johannesburg

Arianna Ziemer, mechanical engineering major, MSOE from New Richmond, Wisconsin
Project: Surface Modification of Laser Deposited Ti-6Al-4V + 10% Mo for Medical Application Using Optimum Settings
The main goal of this work is to observe characteristic changes in laser metal deposited Ti-6Al-4V + 10% Molybdenum at different scan speeds (0.5-1.5 m/min).  When Mo added to the Titanium alloy the hardness, biocompatibility and corrosion resistance of the material is increased. Five samples of the laser deposited Ti-6Al-4V + 10% Mo, all at laser power of 1700 W were fabricated at the CSIR National Laser Center in Pretoria, South Africa. The microstructure, micro hardness and corrosion resistance of the samples were studied at the University of Johannesburg.  The ideal scan speed is chosen by identifying the sample that is the strongest and most resistant to corrosion.
Advisors: Dr. Subha Kumpaty, professor, mechanical engineering, MSOE; Dr. Esther Akinlabi, University of Johannesburg; Dr. Sisa Pityana, University of Johannesburg

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 96% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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