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MSOE SAE wins Outstanding Collegiate Branch award for fourth time

February 24th, 2017

Feb. 24, 2017 – MSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) was the Class 1 recipient of the 2016 SAE Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Chapter Award. This award, which was established in 1963 and is administered by the Education Board, recognizes SAE Collegiate Branches for exemplary performance in the areas of technical meetings, networking opportunities, promoting SAE membership, activities including the Collegiate Design Series™ competitions, and community service programs like A World in Motion.®

2016-17 MSOE SAE Chapter Officers

2016-17 MSOE SAE Chapter Officers

The MSOE Chapter has won this award 4 times in the last 6 years. For their efforts, the group will receive a plaque and $1,000 award, which will be presented at the Annual Faculty Meeting during the SAE 2017 World Congress this April in Detroit.

“We are honored to receive this award. It’s a testament to the hard work and commitment of the students in our SAE chapter,” said Dr. Christopher Damm, head of MSOE’s mechanical engineering program and faculty advisor to the student chapter. “The SAE student officers and competition teams continue to excel in providing the MSOE community with meaningful exposure to the engineering profession.”

As of the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, MSOE’s SAE student chapter has 146 members with 84 involved in senior design teams. Its board members are mechanical and electrical engineering majors. The chapter officers are Lauren Goulet, Brandon Vanderheyden, Spencer Rich, Lucas Bednarski, Daniel Fricke, Britt Campbell, Bailey Walsh and Austin Bartz.

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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Young students tour Ruehlow Nursing Complex

February 15th, 2017

2017_news_NUtour1Feb. 15, 2017 – MSOE’s School of Nursing provided an educational session and tour of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex for home-schooled students ages 5 to 12 who were studying how the body works. Patricia Plitcha, a mother and instructor for the students, requested the tour so they could associate what they were learning to real life. Faculty developed educational sessions that demonstrated how nurses assist clients to get and stay healthy. Activities included the effects of exercise on heart rate, healthy eating, proper handwashing, how to apply slings, splints and head wraps, and the use of isolation gowns. The favorite activity was when students interacted with one of the manikins in the simulation hospital. Students left with a better understanding of the role nurses play in keeping clients healthy, and a good time was had by all.

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 wins Wisconsin Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

February 14th, 2017

2017_news_CCDCFeb. 14, 2017 – Tech-savvy MSOE students put their cyber security skills to the test during Wisconsin’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in February. For the fourth straight year, the team, all members of the MSOE Cyber Raiders Organization for Networking (CRON) took first place and will move on to the Midwest regional competition in Chicago in March.

The students built and defended a mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who are given the challenge to take each team’s production systems offline and breach their security.   While the teams worked hard to fend off the hackers, the competition judging staff deployed network enhancement and upgrade challenges. The teams were judged on their performance and success in keeping their infrastructure secure.

Congratulations to the team. Pictured, left to right, are: Thomas Hill, Management Information Systems (MIS) major; Nathan Stachowiak, MIS; Tchaas Alexander-Wright, MIS; Matt Mahnke, software engineering (SE); Devin Vincent, SE; Erick Darrington, MIS; Aqeel Alshafei, computer engineering; and Team Captain Carl Saffron, MIS. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing, professor and MIS program director, is their faculty advisor.

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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Students earn second place at national ASC competition

February 14th, 2017

MSOE Preconstruction Team with competition judges

MSOE Preconstruction Team with competition judges

Feb. 14, 2017 — Two teams of students from MSOE’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department competed at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) National Open Student Competition in Reno, Nevada in early February. MSOE was one of 12 universities from across the United States to compete at the event, and MSOE’s Preconstruction Team took second place. Brian Mueller, received the MVP Student Award from the judges who said his performance was the best among all participants.

The teams had to put together a professional proposal for a $60 million vehicle maintenance facility project located in Denver. After receiving problem statements and accompanying documents at 7 a.m., they had 18 hours to develop solutions, including means and methods, cost, schedule, safety and sustainability considerations. The proposal presentation was judged the next day by the professionals who had worked on the actual projects.

Members of the judging panel commented that MSOE is always one of the top schools in this competition, which was sponsored by PCL Construction. MSOE looks forward to welcoming PCL Construction to campus when they recruit talent. Congratulations to those students who were involved:

Preconstruction Team
Deanna Engelmeyer, Max Morache, Constantine Moshi, Brian Mueller, Trevor Symbal and Michelle VanBuskirk (captain). They were coached by Dr. Jeong Woo, associate professor and construction management program director.

Electrical Construction Team
Owen Burnikel, Becky Guzman, Travis Smith, Ben Mahrer, Alex Phillips and Joey Trevis. They were coached by Christine Brotz, instructor.

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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Winter Commencement is Feb. 25

February 14th, 2017

Feb. 14, 2017 — Nearly 80 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors, the Rader School of Business and School of Nursing will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Winter Commencement, Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Kern Center.

MSOE Regent Neal Wunderlich

MSOE Regent Neal Wunderlich ’74, P.E.

MSOE Regent Neal K. Wunderlich ’74, P.E. will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Collin Seubert is the class respondent. Seubert is graduating with honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.

Abigail Johnson will receive the Alumni Association Award. Recipients of this prestigious award are first nominated by faculty members in their respective academic departments and then the entire graduating class selects from among its peers the student who is most deserving. She is graduating with honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Technical Communication.

Wunderlich founded what is today Wunderlich-Malec Engineering in Eden Prairie, Minnesota in 1981. He grew the company to more than 350 employees who provide advanced engineering, system integration and fabrication for a variety of industries across the globe. The company has offices in 20 states and 30 cities as well as employees working internationally.

For the last eight years, Wunderlich-Malec has made the Top 500 Design Firms in the U.S. list by Engineering News Record. Wunderlich-Malec has also been named to the Inc. 5000 list of the Fastest-Growing Private U.S. Companies in six of the last eight years. The company has also been named as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Minnesota Business Magazine and employees voted Wunderlich-Malec as a Star Tribune Top Place to Work in Minnesota.

Wunderlich-Malec is a 100 percent employee-owned company (ESOP). “After working for other companies and then starting my own, I have learned that the most important thing is the people. Employees and customers are together my number one priority and I work hard to make sure they know this. We have provided our employees with numerous ways to grow and contribute to the company, and reward them accordingly,” Wunderlich said.

He began his career in 1974 working as a project engineer at Goulet-Ruud and Associates in Milwaukee. He later worked as a project engineer at Donohue and Associates in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and at International Multifoods Inc. in Minneapolis. In 1980 he became employed at Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, an architectural engineering firm in Minneapolis.

Wunderlich earned his B.S. in electrical engineering technology from MSOE and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a registered professional engineer in 34 states. When asked about MSOE he says, “MSOE has had a great impact on my life. The lab work really prepared me to hit the ground running when I graduated. Many of my instructors became my mentors.”

Wunderlich has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus and was inducted into the Alumni Wall of Fame in 2013. The Wall of Fame recognizes distinguished alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and have made significant contributions to their workplace, community and MSOE. Wunderlich has served on the MSOE Board of Regents since 2013.

Today most of Wunderlich’s focus is on engineering management, customer relations, contract/legal reviews and employees. He and his wife Deborah live in Edina, Minnesota. They have three grown children, Jeremy, Joel and Tracy, and four grandchildren.

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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President Walz to speak at STEM Forward Engineers Week Banquet

February 13th, 2017

2017_news_STEMForwardFeb. 13, 2017 — Dr. John Y. Walz, MSOE president, will deliver the keynote address at STEM Forward’s 64th Annual Engineers Week Banquet at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee on Feb. 16, 2017. He will share his thoughts and vision for MSOE, STEM and community partnerships.

At the banquet, STEM Forward will honor Dr. Kristina Ropella of Marquette University as 2016 Engineer of the Year, Jared Wendt of CH2M as 2016 Young Engineer of the Year and Caterpillar Inc. as the 2017 Spirit of STEM recipient.

“These awards honor the very best local engineers, who serve as experts, educators and mentors to others,” said Rich Merkel, Executive Director of STEM Forward. “They represent professionals — from both the corporate and academic worlds — who are making significant contributions in [science, technology, engineering and math] STEM and building a pipeline of talent.

STEM Forward’s Engineer of the Year has been a tradition since the 1950s. The award is given to a remarkable person in the Milwaukee 7 community who has made an extraordinary contribution to the engineering profession. The Young Engineer of the Year recognizes an exemplary engineer under 40. The Spirit of STEM award honors businesses committed to advancing STEM education and building talent in southeastern Wisconsin.

To learn more, visit STEM Forward online.

STEM Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and metro Milwaukee’s leading STEM education and outreach provider. STEM Forward’s programs, events and activities inspire local youth to pursue STEM careers and provide a pipeline of talent to businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.

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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NCAA honors MSOE alumnus Logan Andryk

February 9th, 2017

Feb. 9, 2017 — A recent Milwaukee School of Engineering graduate, Logan Andryk, was one of 10 exceptional former student-athletes honored as Today’s Top 10 Award winners during the NCAA’s annual convention.

The Today’s Top Ten award recognizes former student-athletes for their successes on the field, in the classroom and in the community. Recipients completed their athletics eligibility during the 2015-16 academic year and were recognized at the Honors Celebration during the convention, which was held Jan. 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. See Andryk’s video.Top 10 web 3

Andryk, who graduated in May 2016 with a degree in biomolecular engineering, was a four-time All-American for the Raiders, as well as the 2015 National Soccer Coaches Association of America Player of the Year and the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year. Andryk is employed by Epic in Verona, Wisconsin where he works as a technical problem solver for laboratory software.

“It was an honor to receive this award from the NCAA and I’m truly thankful to all of the individuals who helped make it possible,” Andryk said. “I’m very proud of what my team and I accomplished over my four-year career as a Raider and I look forward to following the bright future of MSOE athletics. Go Raiders!”

Andryk is only the second NCAA Division III student-athlete to earn both the NSCAA Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in the same season. As a two-time captain for the men’s soccer team, Andryk completed his career as one of just 31 players in NCAA history to earn All-America honors in each of his four seasons. He holds school records for goals (61), assists (60) and career points (182). He is also one of five players in collegiate soccer history to score 60 goals and record 60 assists. Away from the field, Andryk won a school-sponsored biomolecular engineering design contest as a senior. In addition, he was co-chair of the campus Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

The NCAA Honors Committee, which selects the honorees, is comprised of representatives from member schools and conferences, as well as nationally distinguished former college athletes.

Andryk was honored alongside Elizabeth Aronoff (swimming and diving, Emory); Kendall Coyne (hockey, Northeastern); Taylor Ellis-Watson (track and field, Arkansas); Nicole Hensley (hockey, Lindenwood); C.J. Krimbill (tennis, Case Western Reserve); Haylie McCleney (softball, Alabama); Tiffany Mitchell (basketball, South Carolina); Dak Prescott (football, Mississippi State); and Jason Vander Laan (football, Ferris State).

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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WSGC accepting applications for high-altitude balloon project

February 9th, 2017

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Feb. 9, 2017 — The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) is looking for four to six full-time students majoring in a science or engineering discipline to join the science payload team of its high-altitude balloon project, Elijah.

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Cheyenne Phakousohn participated in the 2016 program.

MSOE sophomore Cheyenne Phakousohn, a mechanical engineering major, participated in the 2016 program and was recently highlighted in NASA WSCG’s Student Spotlight.

It was in an Introduction to Engineering class taught by Dr. William Farrow that Phakousohn first heard about the program. “I applied and lo and behold I made it,” she said.

The project’s duration was from June to August 2016. Phakousohn primarily worked on the mounting and usage of 360-degree cameras on the payload.

The Student Satellite Initiative is an innovative NASA project that provides students an opportunity to fly science experiments in a near-space environment.

Selected students form a collaborative team of science and engineering specialists, whose task is to design and build a payload to be launched from a high-altitude balloon that will ascend up to 100,000 feet or more.

“Launching your creation into the skies is exhilarating and amazing,” Phakousohn said.

WSGC forms the team and provides the launch personnel and vehicle, as well as a mentor. Students are expected to define an important science question or set of questions that might be addressed by a high-altitude balloon flight; and then with the assistance of mentors, design and build a science-driven payload. Students design and build the science experiments to fly; assist the Elijah Balloon Launch Team in the launch of their payload; track and chase the balloon as it traverses; retrieve the payload upon landing; and analyze the resulting data. Phakousohn and her team presented their findings at the 2016 Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium Conference in Superior, Wisconsin.

Interested students do not need to have experience, a pre-formed team or an initial idea for a payload project – just a desire to work with other students to conceive of and carry out a payload project. Phakousohn highly recommends the program. “Seeing the weather balloon ascend into the sky was a moment that I will cherish forever.”

Phakousohn continues to pursue her passion for aerospace and aeronautics through her involvement in the MSOE NASA Robotic Mining Competition. The RMC team, on which Phakousohn is secretary, is tasked with creating a robot able to dig simulated soil of the Martian surface. In May, the MSOE team will head to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida where they will put their work to the test.

Applications for the 2017-18 Elihah Balloon Payload Program are being accepted now through Feb. 20. See what Phakousohn’s experience was like in 360 footage captured by the payload and this video made by one of her teammates.

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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Former NASA engineer appointed VP of academics at MSOE

February 7th, 2017

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Dr. Eric T. Baumgartner

Feb. 7, 2017 — Eric T. Baumgartner, Ph.D. has been appointed vice president of academics at Milwaukee School of Engineering effective July 15, 2017. Baumgartner comes to MSOE from Ohio Northern University where he has served as dean of the T.J. Smull College of Engineering and a mechanical engineering professor since 2006. While at ONU, he executed strategic plans and fundraising campaigns on behalf of the college, and also developed new partnerships and degree programs. He previously was a senior member of the engineering staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

“Dr. Baumgartner brings a wealth of experience to MSOE,” said Dr. John Walz, president of MSOE. “His academic leadership and credentials along with years of experience in industry made him the ideal candidate for vice president of academics. I am excited to welcome Dr. Baumgartner to MSOE’s leadership team.”

Baumgartner also taught at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Michigan Technological University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Notre Dame; a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Cincinnati, a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a certificate from the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

While at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Baumgartner held leadership roles on the Mars Science Laboratory Sample Acquisition/Sample Processing and Handling team and Mars Exploration Rover project that successfully launched, landed and operated the Curiosity, Spirit and Opportunity rovers on the surface of Mars.

“I am incredibly humbled and excited by the opportunity to serve as the next vice president of academics at Milwaukee School of Engineering. MSOE has a long-standing commitment to excellence in engineering, business and nursing education,” said Baumgartner. “I look forward to collaborating with the faculty and staff to continue the growth and development of the academic programs at MSOE so that both the institution and its graduates have a positive impact on the region and the nation.”

Baumgartner and his work have been recognized with several honors, including the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) Outstanding Dean Award and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Award.

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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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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