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Steel: The Cycle of Industry opens Jan. 20 at Grohmann Museum

January 18th, 2017

2017_news_Grohmann_SteelJan. 18, 2017 – Steel mills are the focus of the newest special exhibition at the Grohmann Museum, Steel: The Cycle of Industry. Between 1962 and 1985, photographer David Plowden sought to capture the majesty of the steel industry while at the same time documenting the demise of the industry as we knew it. He states that “the architecture of steelmaking is like no other. Nowhere can you find this massiveness, drama, spectacle and danger but in a steel mill.”

This exhibition allows for a re-examination of Plowden’s steel portfolio, including many photos printed specifically for this purpose. Featuring more than 100 of his finest photographs, Steel places the viewer at the point where shovel meets dirt in the mining process and ends in the same soil surrounding these long-abandoned mills.

The exhibition will be on display Jan. 20 through April 30, 2017. The museum is offering free admission during Milwaukee’s Gallery Day and Night, Friday, Jan. 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 21 from Noon to 6 p.m. There will be a Gallery Talk with Plowden on Jan. 20 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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Professor Russ Meier, Ph.D. is president-elect of IEEE Education Society

January 13th, 2017

Jan. 13, 2017 — Dr. Russ Meier was elected 2017-2018 president-elect of the IEEE Education Society. Meier is a professor in MSOE’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and a long-time, award-winning member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE Education Society is an international organization that promotes, advances and disseminates state-of-the-art scientific information and resources related to the society’s field of interest and provides professional development opportunities for academic and industry professionals.

In his role as president-elect, Meier will take over all tasks of society strategic planning, evaluation and product portfolio management. He will assist the president in conducting the day-to-day business of the society, serve as an IEEE dignitary at invited events, and represent the society as an appointee on international committees and boards of governors. Meier automatically will become the 2019-2020 IEEE Education Society president. As Meier becomes president-elect, he will leave his current position as vice president of conferences—a position he has held through repeated election since 2009. IEEE is the largest professional society in the world with more than 430,000 members.

MSOE 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 97% 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 freshman to represent U.S. in World University Games

January 13th, 2017

2017_news_speedskatingJan. 13, 2017 — If you blink, you might miss him. With a top speed of 30 miles per hour, freshman Lukas Anderson, 18, is one of the fastest students at MSOE. But he’s not zooming around in a vehicle that he designed and built—he’s moving under his own power.

Anderson has been speed skating since he was 8 years old and has won several national competitions. Now, he is ready to take his skating to bigger arenas in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics. The next step in that journey is to compete at the 2017 Universiade, or “World University Games,” which will be held Jan. 29-Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Second only in size and scope to the Olympics, the games are an international multi-sport competition organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation. Anderson, a native of Lansing, Michigan, is one of five athletes who will represent the U.S. in speed skating at the World University Games.

One of the reasons Anderson chose MSOE was for its proximity to the Pettit National Ice Center, an official U.S. Olympic training site. The other was for MSOE’s academic reputation. “I wanted to make sure I earned my degree from a great university so that I’m prepared for a lifelong career after my skating career comes to an end,” he said.

The software engineering major starts his day long before most college students. He wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and is out the door before breakfast is served in his residence hall. He takes the bus from MSOE’s downtown campus to arrive at the Pettit by 6:45 a.m. He’s on the ice at 7:30 a.m., preparing physically and mentally for what will be the biggest and most important races of his career to date. After his morning workout at the Pettit, he takes the bus back to campus for his first class at 11 a.m. Anderson spends his late afternoons at MSOE’s on-campus athletic facility, the Kern Center, focusing on strength training.

His busy schedule leaves little time for sleep and homework, but Anderson manages to fit it all in. (He did admit to catching a few naps on his bus rides.) He’s excelling in the classroom as a part of the University Scholars honors program, and also was named to the Honors List.

Keep up with Anderson and all of the U.S. athletes here: http://www.wugusa.com/winter-games/

MSOE 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 97% 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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Biomedical engineering juniors present projects to industry

January 10th, 2017

2017_news_BE_presentations2Jan. 10, 2017 — Biomedical engineering students had an opportunity to network with industry professionals when MSOE hosted the annual December seminar of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Milwaukee Section.

IEEE is the world’ largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. The Milwaukee Section serves southeast Wisconsin and is run by volunteers of industry and academia. The December seminar was held in conjunction with MSOE’s annual Junior Biomedical Engineering Feasibility presentations, an event that showcases the status of current design projects by the biomedical engineering class of 2018.

“The Milwaukee Section holds events throughout the year to promote technical and professional growth and networking,” said Dr. Jeffrey LaMack, director of the biomedical engineering program. “The December seminar was created in 2012 with the specific purpose of combining it with our student presentations for a larger joint event.”

This year, 10 student teams made the case for the feasibility of their proposed capstone design projects, which ranged from head impact monitors for soccer plays to open source software framework for medical device applications.

2017_news_BE_presentations1IEEE members were invited to attend the student presentations and students were invited to attend the IEEE dinner that followed. A highlight of the event was an address by Dr. John G. Webster who is widely regarded as one of the founders of biomedical engineering; textbooks written by Webster are used in MSOE’s biomedical engineering curriculum.

“The IEEE event allows for people in a very diverse industry to get together and share ideas for the betterment of the IEEE community as a whole,” said Thomas Reid ’18, a junior biomedical engineering student. “It is a great environment for learning and sharing experiences.”

Reid was among the 40-plus students presenting at the 2016 event, which took place Dec. 14.

Most MSOE students don’t start thinking about their senior project, much less making a public presentation, until the senior year. In the biomedical engineering program it’s a little different.

“The capstone design sequence begins earlier for BME students because of the considerations involved in medical design,” said LaMack. “FDA regulations, market analysis, and user needs based on conversations with clinicians and patients are all part of their process.”

The presentations not only give students an opportunity to practice the communication skills the industry values, but they also serve as a  starting point for business plan proposal competitions students may enter. “Winnings from such competitions have funded several of our projects over the years,” LaMack said.

Being able to discuss their presentations with industry professionals throughout the evening is an invaluable opportunity for students. “It was helpful to have experienced engineers give us suggestions about what might work and what definitely will not,” said senior Rose Buchmann ’17, who presented with her team in 2015. “They saved us a lot of trouble by avoiding problems that were obvious to more experienced engineers. They also had the knowledge to explain the reasoning behind their ideas and opinions, which helped us learn what variables to consider when discussing design.”

MSOE 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 97% 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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ASME Student Design Team takes fifth in world

January 10th, 2017


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Jan. 10, 2017 — MSOE’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Student Design team took fifth place in the final round of the 2016 challenge to design and build prototypes of a battery-powered, compact manufacturing system that could fire paper projectiles through the air.

Eighteen student teams from 10 countries faced off at the 2016 Student Design finals, which were held Nov. 11-17, 2016 at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) in Phoenix.

The competition’s panel of judges assessed the entries on criteria including total distance traveled by the team’s projectiles and the total measured volume of each system. The MSOE team’s device recorded the farthest distance of all the entries.

The MSOE team’s machine accomplished this by rolling up the paper inside a steel tube, crushing it into a dense cylinder using a ball screw that applied over 1,000 pounds of force, and throwing it using a slingshot style mechanism.

Two members of the 2015-16 senior design team—recent mechanical engineering graduates Arthur Siebel and Sven Kirschtowski—represented MSOE at the national event along with their advisor Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah. Other members of the team included 2016 mechanical engineering graduates Clark Anderson, Bilal Nyazi, Devin Runner, Ou Yang and electrical engineering graduate Pascal Dettmann.

MSOE’s ASME Student Design team qualified for finals in April after receiving second place at the regional ASME Student Professional Development Conferences event at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2017_news_ASME1The ASME Student Design Competition provides a platform for ASME Student Members to present their solutions to a range of design problems – from everyday household tasks to groundbreaking space exploration. Each team is required to design, construct and operate a prototype meeting the requirements of an annually determined problem statement.

The Student Design Competition showcases the extraordinary talents of mechanical engineering students while encouraging them to develop innovative ideas towards an improved quality of life for all. Each year, several teams compete at the regional Student Professional Development Conferences in select locations worldwide

MSOE 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 97% 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 SAE is Top Chapter

January 10th, 2017

2017_news_SAE_StudentNight1Jan. 10, 2017 — MSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International was recognized as the Top Chapter at the 2016 SAE Student Night. Sponsored by the SAE Milwaukee professional section, collegiate chapters from Marquette University, Michigan Tech, MSOE, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Platteville gathered for the annual event. Each chapter presented an overview of its activities, highlighting collegiate design series technical accomplishments and challenges. SAE professional members in attendance, who represented both industry and academia, assigned each chapter points for their efforts in different categories. For the third consecutive year, the MSOE chapter received the most points. A total of 140 SAE members, including 40 MSOE students and faculty, attended Student Night.

MSOE SAE is a student-led organization that strives to expose students to different facets of the transportation industry and the technologies within this dynamic field. Chapter teams are currently working on SuperMileage, Formula Hybrid and Baja collegiate design series projects. The projects are an opportunity for leadership development as well as real-world experience. Another function of the chapter is to organize events throughout the year, including a trip to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) June Sprints at Road America and the Chicago Auto Show, as well as industry tours in conjunction with the SAE Milwaukee section.

“In addition, our chapter hosts industry speakers at biweekly meetings,” said MSOE senior mechanical engineering major Lauren Goulet, who serves as chairperson on the chapter’s board. “Recent presentations have included company representatives from MacDon, Harley-Davidson, Husco International, Modine Manufacturing and Trek.” New this year, the chapter is planning an MSOE SAE alumni dinner.

2017_news_SAE_StudentNight2The group currently has 105 registered SAE student members and is the fifth largest collegiate chapter in the U.S. In addition to Goulet, board members include mechanical engineering majors senior Brandon VanderHeyden, vice chairperson; junior Lucas Bednarski, secretary; senior Spencer Rich, treasurer; junior Bailey Walsh, sponsorship coordinator; senior Dan Fricke, program coordinator; junior Britt Campbell, design team liaison; and electrical engineering major senior Austin Bartz, webmaster. Faculty advisor is Dr. Christopher Damm, professor and director of the mechanical engineering program.

MSOE 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 97% 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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Dr. Alicia Domack is Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner

January 5th, 2017

2017_news_domackJan. 5, 2017 – Dr. Alicia Domack, associate professor and chair of MSOE’s Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department, has been named a Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner.

More than 260 nominations were submitted for the award, which recognizes professional achievement as well as community involvement. According to Mark Kass, editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Business Journal, “40 Under 40 is one of the most important awards programs we put together every year because it identifies young professionals from throughout southeastern Wisconsin in all industries who are making a difference in the office and in the community.”

Domack joined the MSOE faculty in 2009 and was promoted to department chair in 2015. In her time on campus, she has created a minor in psychology, worked with faculty to introduce the new user experience and communication design major, implemented a community-service focused first-year curriculum, and supported faculty in the creation of new study abroad opportunities and courses requested by students.

While continuing to teach psychology courses, Domack has been part of multiple institution-wide committees including the Executive Education Council, Women at MSOE, Freshman Year Experience, Institutional Review Board and MSOE Faculty Book Club. She also advises the Kappa Sigma Mu sorority and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, American Statistical Association and Society for Research in Child Development.

Outside of MSOE, Domack is involved in the Village of Shorewood Foundation and Ex Fabula Milwaukee. During her recently completed term as president, the Shorewood Foundation sponsored Shorewood’s inaugural Plein Air Festival; brought a farmer’s market to the village; was a major sponsor of the Ghost Train public art display (currently running daily); provided $10,000 to building tennis courts at Lake Bluff School and $15,000 for playground equipment at Atwater School; provided scholarships for graduating seniors at Shorewood High School; supported various community organizations such as RedGen; and was the sole sponsor for the 4th of July fireworks at Atwater Beach.

MSOE 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 97% 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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Master of Science in Nursing receives accreditation

January 3rd, 2017

Jan. 3, 2017 — Milwaukee School of Engineering’s School of Nursing has received notification that its Master of Science in Nursing degree has been granted accreditation through Dec. 31, 2021. The M.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation), which determined that the program met all four accreditation standards and that there are no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements.

MSOE opened its School of Nursing after a merger with the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSN) in 1995. The program has been growing steadily ever since, and now includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, an accelerated second-degree B.S. in Nursing program and the newly accredited M.S. in Nursing: Health Care Systems Management degree.

MSOE’s MSN helps to address the demand for well-educated, business-oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles, which is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system. Nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice.

MSOE offers a unique approach to its MSN, which is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts. Many courses are co-taught by business and nursing faculty. For example, the first half of “Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics” is taught by faculty in the Rader School of Business. The second half is taught by faculty in the School of Nursing who will then apply the business learning to a health care setting.

The unique blend of nursing, business and engineering concepts equips graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. Courses are available via blended-Internet format, combining the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning.

MSOE 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 97% 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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Fluid Power Industrial Consortium at MSOE offers latest advances in industry to companies

December 29th, 2016

Dec. 29, 2016 – The new Fluid Power Industrial Consortium at MSOE provides educational and networking opportunities for members of the fluid power industry in a non-compete environment. With a combination of OEMs, manufacturers, SMEs, distributors and more, the consortium provides a platform for networking, problem solving and access to cutting edge technology.

In 1962, MSOE established the Fluid Power InstituteTM (FPI) and has been a leader in fluid power education, motion control, research and evaluation ever since. The FPI is one of the nation’s foremost academic fluid power research laboratories.

MSOE began the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC) to further support its industrial partners. The annual membership fee of $2,000 enables member companies to send up to four of their employees to quarterly seminars. Presenters will be leaders from their specific areas of expertise.

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Consortium benefits include access to the latest technology advances in fluid power vetted for no-sales pitch; opportunities to educate employees on current advances within the fluid power industry; association and networking with diverse industries; interaction with the FPI’s students, engineers and researchers; and member discount for professional education training.

The National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) is a supporting partner of the FPIC. As a result, NFPA member companies are exempt from the annual FPIC membership fee and are able to participate freely in the quarterly seminars. Members of NFPA’s Roadmap Committee, who assist the association in maintaining the NFPA Technology Roadmap, are especially encouraged to participate. It is expected that FPIC seminar topics will provide Roadmap Committee members with an ideal way to stay abreast of the technological advancements that will help meet the future needs of fluid power customers, expand fluid power into new customer markets, and attract the best and brightest young engineers to fluid power.

Visit www.msoe.edu/fpic for more information or contact Sheku Kamara, MSOE dean of applied research, at (414) 277-7416 or Tom Wanke, director of the Fluid Power Institute, at (414) 277-7191. MSOE also will be at the International Fluid Power Exposition (IFPE) March 7-11, 2017. Visit Booth SL80036 to learn more about fluid power at MSOE and how the university can assist you.

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 97% placement rate; the highest ROI and average early and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc.; and is highly ranked by organizations such as U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

 

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MSOE Dean’s and Honors Lists – Fall 2016

December 14th, 2016

Dec. 14, 2016 — MSOE’s Fall Quarter Dean’s and Honors Lists have been released. Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (out of 4.0) are on the Dean’s List. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive “high honors.” Students on the Honors List have earned a term grade point average of at least 3.2 (out of 4.0) and are not on the Dean’s List.

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Students: want to be a celebrity in your hometown? Make sure you fill out the hometown news release form so MSOE can send out positive news about you to your hometown newspaper.

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 97% 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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