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MSOE graduates enjoy 97% placement rate, high starting salaries

December 6th, 2016

Dec. 6, 2016 – MSOE’s recent graduates are enjoying an even higher placement rate and average starting salary than in previous years. According to MSOE’s Career Services Department, 97 percent of the university’s 2015-16 graduates are currently employed in their fields of study or enrolled in graduate school. Their average starting salary has increased to $60,146 from $56,991 last year.

“Employers continually remark on our students’ ability to hit the ground running and begin contributing on day one,” said Dr. John Y. Walz, MSOE president.

A total of 253 companies hired these graduates and the top employers (those hiring four or more) were Aurora Health Care, Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Direct Supply, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, GE Healthcare, J.W. Speaker, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee Tool, Mortenson Construction, ProShip Inc., Rockwell Automation, Snap-on Tools, U.S. Navy and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare (now Ascension).

In an average of the past four years, 58 percent of MSOE full-time undergraduate students came from Wisconsin—and 75.9 percent of the class of 2015-16 has remained in the state.

“MSOE graduates are helping Wisconsin’s brain gain,” said Walz. “Students are gaining real-world experience in our laboratories thanks to our faculty, who bring years of industry practice into the curriculum.”

Students and graduates continue to be in demand. In September, 242 employers attended MSOE’s annual career fair, making it the largest ever; and 32 employers have conducted on-campus interviews this school year so far. Dozens more are scheduled to visit campus on recruiting missions in the coming weeks and months.

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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Graduate Program Online Information Session is Dec. 6

December 5th, 2016

Dec. 4, 2016 — Learn more about MSOE’s graduate programs in business, engineering and nursing, including an MBA and M.S. in Engineering Management, at the Graduate Program Online Information Session on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 12 to 1 p.m. CST.

With MSOE’s applications-oriented course work, you will be able to apply what you learned in class immediately on the job. The MBA curriculum, for example, goes beyond the rudimentary first-year master’s curriculum. We offer a learning experience that enables you to learn today and apply your skills tomorrow.

MSOE’s master’s degrees include:

Business

MBA
MBA in Education Leadership
MBA in STEM Leadership
Engineering Management
Marketing and Export Management
New Product Management

Engineering

Architectural Engineering
Civil Engineering
Engineering

Health

Nursing: Health Care Systems Management
Perfusion

MSOE also offers a variety of in-person or online professional education courses and Professional Engineers can take advantage of continuing education opportunities that support their renewal for State of Wisconsin Licensure.

Connect with a graduate admissions counselor by calling (800) 321-6763, emailing gpe@msoe.edu or visiting msoe.edu/admissions/adult-learner.

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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Lake Country School wins NFPA Fluid Power Challenge at MSOE

November 15th, 2016

Nov. 15, 2016 – Students from Lake Country School in Hartland, Wisconsin, scored well at the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge. Team C was named the 2016 Overall Winner of the event, and Team E was the 2016 Portfolio Winner. Both teams were coached by Fred Levenhagen.

The competition is designed to get middle school students excited about fluid power and on Nov. 7, 41 teams competed at MSOE. There were four students on each team, and they worked hard to design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completed, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio was used in the final evaluation.

Team B from Pilgrim Park Middle School (Elm Grove, Wisconsin) received the 2016 Teamwork Award. Bret Fredrickson was their coach.

Team B from The REAL School (Racine, Wisconsin) was the 2016 Team Challenge Winner and Blair Kath was their coach.

Wisconsin Hills Middle School (Brookfield, Wisconsin) won the 2016 Design Award and they were coached by Mark Oelstrom.

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Overall Winner - Lake Country School Team C

Overall Winner – Lake Country School Team C

Portfolio Winner - Lake Country School Team E

Portfolio Winner – Lake Country School Team E

Teamwork Winner - Pilgrim Park Middle School Team B

Teamwork Award – Pilgrim Park Middle School Team B

Team Challenge Winner – The REAL School Team B

Design Award – Wisconsin Hills Middle School

The NFPA Fluid Power Challenge introduced students to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in October where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Enerpac, FORCE America, Grimstad, GS Global Resources, HUSCO International, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Rexroth Bosch Group, Ritter Technology LLC, Sun Hydraulics, Thomas Magnete, TTP an API Heat Transfer Company, Webtec and ZF Industries.

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

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 Commencement is November 19

November 15th, 2016

Nov. 15, 2016 — More than 100 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) Fall Commencement, Saturday, Nov. 19, at the Kern Center.

MSOE Regent Daniel J. Moceri will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Graham T. Brisch will be the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Brisch is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Marc Xi-Ming Tan 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. Tan is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

About Daniel J. Moceri:

MSOE Regent Daniel J. Moceri is a cofounder and executive chairman of Convergint Technologies, based in Schaumburg, Illinois. Formed in 2001, Convergint is a global, service-based integrator with a dedicated focus in electronic security, fire alarm and life safety, mass notification, communications, building automation and health care technologies. Today Convergint is the world’s second largest security integrator and, employs more than 2,400 people in 70 locations serving companies in the petrochemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace, financial and technology sectors.

Founded on a set of ten values and beliefs that drive the company’s culture and set the industry standard for customer satisfaction, Convergint has been named to the Center for Companies That Care Honor Roll each year since 2004 and has received a number of other awards and industry recognition. Moceri was the recipient of the 2009 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in the Midwest Region.

Moceri graduated from MSOE in 1976 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology. He went on to earn his master’s degree in management from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. An MSOE scholarship in his name provides financial support to freshman (incoming and current). He became a member of the MSOE Board of Regents in 2013. He is also a member of a variety of professional organizations, including the American Society for Industrial Security and the Canada U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the advisory board of TechSec Solutions.

Moceri and his wife Sharon have three adult children, daughter Danielle and sons Paul and Michael.

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; 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 named a military-friendly university

November 10th, 2016

2016_news_military_friendlyNov. 10, 2016 — Milwaukee School of Engineering has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a leader in connecting the military and civilian worlds. To receive this designation, colleges and universities across the country were evaluated using both public data sources and survey responses. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with its ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

MSOE has held this designation since 2013 in recognition of its support of post-military students.

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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Douglas J. Nelson recognized by ASPE for dedication to industry

November 8th, 2016

2016_news_nelsonNov. 8, 2016 – Douglas Nelson, P.E. has received the Kenneth G. Wentink Award of Excellence from the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). Nelson was honored at the organization’s annual conference in October.

Nelson is an assistant professor in MSOE’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department who specializes in design courses for fire protection and plumbing. He received ASPE’s Kenneth G. Wentink Award of Excellence in recognition of his commitment, dedication and inspired service toward the advancement of ideals and goals of the society. Nelson advises MSOE’s student chapter of the organization. He also has been instrumental in establishing and leading Team USA in the Community Plumbing Challenge. The mission of the challenge is to bring clean water, health and sanitation to impoverished communities around the world. Yearly challenges have taken place in Singapore, Nashik, India and Diepsloot, South Africa. At least one MSOE student has been part of the four-student team each year.

ASPE is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public. It disseminates technical data and information, sponsors activities that facilitate interaction with fellow professionals, and, through research and education, expands the base of knowledge of the plumbing engineering industry. ASPE members are leaders in innovative plumbing design, effective materials and energy use, and the application of advanced techniques throughout the world.

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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Middle school engineers discover hydraulics and pneumatics at MSOE

November 4th, 2016

2016_news_fp_challengeNov. 4, 2016 — More than 160 middle school students will participate in the ninth annual Fluid Power Challenge sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) at MSOE on Monday, Nov. 7.

These budding engineers will learn about fluid power (hydraulics and pneumatics) by building a pneumatic lifter that can pick an object up and place it in another location. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completes, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio will be used in the final evaluation.

Their teachers will have the opportunity to tour MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM and learn about educational opportunities at the university. Fluid power is present in a variety of industries including aerospace, agriculture, automation, construction machinery, energy, entertainment, food processing, packaging, medical devices, mining and more.

Thousands of fluid power career opportunities exist. An estimated 269,700 mechanical engineering jobs and 71,900 sales engineering positions are expected to be available in 2022 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Fluid Power Challenge is one of several STEM-related programs MSOE offers for middle school students. For more information contact the STEM Department at (414) 277-7238 or precollege@msoe.edu.

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; 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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Business leaders join MSOE Board of Regents

November 1st, 2016

Nov. 1, 2016 — Brian W. Cooke, John L. Schliesmann and David A. Selby have joined the Board of Regents at MSOE. Since it was founded in 1903, MSOE has benefitted from the advice and support of volunteer leaders. Meaningful involvement is the most accurate way to describe the manner in which MSOE’s Board of Regents and Corporation members assume their responsibilities. Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university.

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Brian W. Cooke

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John L. Schliesmann

David Selby

David A. Selby

Brian W. Cooke is group vice president, products, for the Power Solutions division of Johnson Controls Inc. based in Milwaukee. He is responsible for partnering with the original equipment and aftermarket businesses to ensure profitable growth. Cooke leads the product development process from ideation through launch and also is charged with developing the advanced battery (lithium-ion) strategy and business. He joined Johnson Controls in 1999 holding positions of increasing responsibility within the automotive, building efficiency, power solutions, and metals and mechanisms businesses. He also held expatriate assignments in the United Kingdom and Germany. Cooke sponsored cohorts in the company’s eXtreme Learning Program (XLP) and is executive sponsor of the African American Business Resource Group. He is on the Board of Directors of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). Cooke earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and bachelor’s degree in management science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Attorney John L. Schliesmann is a shareholder in the corporate law, tax and international practices at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. in Milwaukee. His clients include foreign- and U.S.-based manufacturing and professional services companies seeking to do business in the U.S. He helps them plan proactively and develop financially sound approaches to key issues, including business succession, executive compensation, the financial complexities of mergers and acquisitions, and associated corporate and general tax matters. He is a member of entrepreneurial associations, including ACG, an international organization that fosters sound corporate growth and the Golden Angels Network, established to provide early-stage companies access to capital and B-school resources. Schliesmann earned his BBA from the University of Notre Dame and his law degree from Marquette University Law School (magna cum laude). He has his CPA (Indiana) and is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and Colorado.

David A. Selby, P.E. ’79, ’00 is senior vice president at Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., based in Milwaukee. He began his career with the company in 1980, holding positions of increasing responsibility. He is responsible for new product development, product engineering and engineering management. His areas of expertise include rigorous but agile product development processes, project management, robust engineering principles, portfolio management and innovation management. A Milwaukee native, he earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology and master’s degree in engineering management from MSOE. Prior to joining the Board of Regents, Selby served as an MSOE Corporation member since 2008. He is the highest ranking alumnus at Milwaukee Tool, a company that employs more than 80 MSOE alumni.

Robert Arzbaecher, Dr. Michael J. Barber ’82, Dr. J. Michael Borden, Paul B. Luber and Dr. James B. Wigdale return to the Board of Regents from Regent Emeritus status. Regents Curt Culver, John E. Duncan ’79 and Jay V. Loewi are now Regents Emeriti.

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; 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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Community discussions to focus on Engineering Solutions in a Violent World

October 31st, 2016

Oct. 31, 2016 — The community is invited to join MSOE students, staff and faculty for a discussion on violence and its relationship to technology, politics and survival. “Engineering Solutions in a Violent World” is a free program that will be held Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in MSOE’s Todd Wehr Conference Center, 1047 N. Broadway.

Omar Mohamed, case worker for Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, will be giving a talk on the theme of “Surviving Violence.” Mohamed, a Somali-born refugee who grew up in Kenya, arrived in Milwaukee at the age of 17. He was valedictorian of the Class of 2008 at Washington High School, and continued his education at Marquette University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree at UW-Milwaukee.

Sponsored by MSOE’s Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department and Student Life Department, “Engineering Solutions in a Violent World” is a year-long series of discussions. “Our focus for the fall has been international in scope, and for the winter we will be honing in on the national,” said Dr. Michael Carriere, associate professor and program coordinator. “For the spring, we will be looking locally at Milwaukee.”

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; 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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George Washington portrait finds home at MSOE

October 28th, 2016

Washington Mt Vernon

“Porthole” by Rembrandt Peale

A portrait of America’s first president—and entrepreneur—has found a home in the Rader School of Business. The oil print of President George Washington was a gift to MSOE from the Mount Vernon Ladies Association.

Gene Wright, MSOE’s director of graduate programs, worked with the group to obtain the painting. It was one of 10,000 reproductions gifted to educational institutions since 2008 as part of the George Washington Portrait Program. The 30-by-36 reproduction of the Porthole portrait of George Washington painted by 19th century American artist Rembrandt Peale is displayed on the third floor of Rosenberg Hall in natural light.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon and The Washington Library are run by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association who have owned and preserved the historic property and its educational programs since 1858.  The portrait program started after the opening of the education center and was funded by patriotic organizations and private donors.

“We wanted a way to better bring George Washington to schools across the country and re-introduce the mostly lost tradition of hanging his portrait in every school in America,” said Allison Wickens, who serves as vice president for education in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Wright hopes the portrait will serve to educate and inspire all who cross its path. “I hope people seek to know why he is hanging in the business school and recognize the ‘business’ and ‘innovative’ nature of George Washington’s personality and success.  He was an excellent leader in many dimensions.” Read about George Washington the Entrepreneur…

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