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Class of 2017 shows their designs for the future on May 26

May 22nd, 2017

Novel Powered Multi Axis Lower Limb Prosthetic

Novel Powered Multi Axis Lower Limb Prosthetic

May 22, 2017 — Throughout their senior year, MSOE students collaborate with classmates on a final project related to their degree program. It’s an opportunity for them to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. The projects are often sponsored by companies looking to solve a problem, and others are driven by a student’s interests. Friday, May 26 is Senior Project Day and more than 80 projects will be on display:

  • 10 a.m. to Noon – School of Nursing
    Campus Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex, 1025 N. Broadway
  • 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
    Walter Schroeder Library and Werwath Mall, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Physics and Chemistry Department
    Campus Center, second floor, 1025 N. Broadway
  • Noon to 3 p.m. – Mechanical Engineering Department
    Campus Center, Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway

A sampling of projects is below, and a complete list can be downloaded here.

Tracking Stand Light for Milwaukee Tool
The Milwaukee Tool Tracking Stand Light is a modified version of the Milwaukee Tool TRUEVIEW Stand Light, currently on the market. The new version is able to autonomously track a single user based on the color of the person’s shirt. Using infrared sensors and a camera module, motors on the light automatically position it so that the user is in the center of the beam of light. The motors are controlled by a Raspberry Pi and image processing is done with a Raspberry Pi Camera Module. Location: Library

Lower Limb Prosthetic
There currently is no lower limb prosthetic on the market that allows for motion similar to rolling an ankle. A team of students designed a powered prosthetic device for lower limb amputees that can provide control in both the flexion extension (heel strike, toe-off) and inversion eversion (rolling of the ankle) movements. This novel powered multi-axis lower limb prosthetic provides proof of concept that lower limb prosthetics have the potential to provide complete support throughout the gait cycle over any terrain. Location: Library

Featherprint
Featherprint is an app for a mobile device that identifies a specific bird based on its song. Much like apps that identify songs heard on the radio, this app compares the song of a bird to a database of bird calls. It provides a list of the top five birds that are the closest match and details about the identified bird including its common name, behavior, different calls and more. It also provides a field guild for manual identification of all North American birds. The app is made for Android and iOS devices and relies on neural networks to analyze the audio. Location: Library

Robot Pentathlon
Two teams of students participated in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Competition where they designed and created robots that would compete in an Olympic-themed pentathlon by throwing a tennis ball, hit a golf ball, mass lift, climb stairs and sprint. Location: Campus Center, Todd Wehr Auditorium

LEGO® Automated Storage and Retrieval System
For as long as LEGOs have been around, so have LEGO storage and retrieval problems. Gone are the days of sorting through bins of blocks to find the exact piece needed for a project. Students designed a cabinet that can store more than 270 unique LEGO components and retrieve any piece within a minute using an Android-based application. With an easy-to-use interface, users select the piece they want. The app will communicate via Bluetooth which piece to retrieve, making it child’s play for the users to get their pieces. Location: Campus Center, Todd Wehr Auditorium

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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SAE Day: See the vehicle technology of the future at MSOE

May 18th, 2017

The MSOE student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers is hosting “SAE Day,” an open house on Friday, May 19 from 12 to 3 p.m., for the public to meet the students and see the vehicles they’ve been working on this school year including:

MSOE SAE Supermileage Team gas-powered vehicle. Photo: Shell Eco Marathon

MSOE SAE Supermileage Team gas-powered vehicle. Photo: Shell Eco Marathon

  • The Formula Hybrid car, which just took first place in the world at the Formula Hybrid competition at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The car reached 60 mph and was the first-ever to complete the endurance event.
  • The Supermileage gas-powered vehicle, which achieved 588 mpg at the recent Shell Eco Marathon in Detroit (they took 14th place out of 56 teams). This vehicle weighs only 17 pounds, and the body is made of carbon fiber.
  • The Supermileage electric-only vehicle, which took 9th place out of 27 teams at the Shell Eco Marathon in Detroit.
  • The Baja vehicle, which is still in production. The team will display the chassis that they designed and built this year, in preparation for next year’s competition.
  • There also will be a pit crew obstacle course.

 

 

SAE Day takes place in the MSOE’s Broadway Lot. Please enter at N. Broadway and E. Highland Ave.

This has been a very successful year for the MSOE SAE chapter, in addition to the awards mentioned above they earned:

  • 1st place in the SAE Milwaukee Student Night.
  • 2017 SAE Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch award (an award they’ve earned four out of the past six years).
  • 3rd place in the SAE World Congress Student Exhibit Competition where they presented on the Hybrid Vehicle Controller of the Formula Hybrid team.
  • 5th largest student chapter of SAE in the U.S., with 105 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 Commencement is May 27

May 17th, 2017

May 17, 2017 – More than 450 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) Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 27, at the Kern Center.

MSOE Regent Agustin “Gus” Ramirez will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Savannah Neu, of West Bend, Wisconsin, is the class respondent. Neu is graduating with honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in BioMolecular Engineering. She also was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award.

Austin Campbell, of Newman Lake, Washington, and Rebecca Sondelski, or Mosinee, Wisconsin, 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 students who are most deserving. Campbell and Sondelski are both graduating with high honors and will each receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

More about Gus Ramirez

Gus Ramirez

Gus Ramirez

Ramirez is an award-winning business professional who also has been recognized for his civic achievements. He is the executive chairman and CEO of HUSCO International, a global leader in the development and manufacture of hydraulic and electro-hydraulic controls for off-highway applications. With more than 1,300 employees including a staff of over 300 degreed engineers in locations across the globe, including China, India and England, HUSCO is strategically located to provide best-in-class products and services to market leaders in off-highway and automotive markets across the globe.

Ramirez has served on the MSOE Board of Regents since 2004 and is dedicated to improving the educational opportunities for students throughout Milwaukee and the world. In 2015, the Agustin A. Ramirez Jr. Family Foundation launched the Ramirez Lean Scholars Program, a joint initiative between MSOE and the Medical College of Wisconsin to train a new generation of scholars in Lean health care management techniques. The program provides MSOE seniors an opportunity to work closely with Lean managers at clinical locations.

HUSCO International and Ramirez are strong supporters of scholarships for students at MSOE and have hired a significant number of MSOE graduates.

Ramirez has been named the Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year by the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin, which recognizes business leaders for their management achievements and civic involvement. He was inducted to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers Hall of Fame; has been named the Wisconsin Master Entrepreneur of the Year and received the YMCA Key Leader Award.

The Ramirez Family Foundation also invests in schools around the world so all young people have equal access to life-changing education. Since 2003, they’ve helped build Christian schools in Central America that have impacted approximately 100,000 students. Closer to home, Ramirez was the initial funder of Schools That Can Milwaukee and has funded major expansions at the United Community Center, Milwaukee College Prep, St. Marcus and Carmen School of Science and Technology.

St. Augustine Preparatory Academy is the foundation’s most significant investment in education. The K4-12 non-denominational Christian school will open in summer 2017 on the south side of Milwaukee and will ultimately serve more than 2,500 students each year.

Ramirez holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to leading the management team that ultimately bought HUSCO International, Ramirez worked for AMCA International and FMC Corporation.

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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Faculty and staff honored at MSOE

May 15th, 2017

Dr. Chunping Xie and Seandra Mitchell

Dr. Chunping Xie and Seandra Mitchell

May 15, 2017 – Dr. Chunping Xie, associate professor in the Mathematics Department, received the Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. The award was established by the university in 1967 to recognize excellence in teaching.  All nominees for this award must have a minimum of seven years of full-time service to MSOE. Students choose the award winner through two rounds of voting. On their ballots, students described Xie as one of the most approachable professors in the Mathematics Department who is excellent at explaining both general and abstract concepts; he is kind, incredibly well-prepared, very passionate about teaching, friendly and understanding.

Seandra Mitchell, dean of admissions in the Enrollment Management Department, received the Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award. This award is given annually to the employee who is considered to possess those attributes of excellence of character, outstanding ability, a high order of integrity, loyalty and dedication to duty and a sincere willingness to cooperate with others in maintaining the highest standards of staff performance and service to students, Regents, faculty, other staff members, and the public. All nominees must have seven or more years of full-time service as a staff member. Officers of the university are not eligible for this award nor are previous award winners. The award recipient is voted on by MSOE faculty and staff, who described Mitchell as someone who goes beyond the call of duty; is very visible, approachable and helpful; works very hard and clearly has a passion for the wellbeing of MSOE; and a pleasure to work with.

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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Grohmann Museum’s “Artists at Work” features local artists

May 15th, 2017

Milwaukee at Work by Shelby Keefe

Milwaukee at Work by Shelby Keefe

May 15, 2017 – Local artists are the focus of the Grohmann Museum’s newest special exhibition, Artists at Work. In collaboration with the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move, 42 works by 14 artists will be on display May 19 through Aug. 20. The guild, along with a cadre of Milwaukee artists, was provided the opportunity to create new works – all with a working or industrial theme – specifically for this display. Guild members readily accepted this challenge and created paintings, photos and prints for inclusion.

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with such a wonderful museum and look forward to sharing our versions of human industry,” said Susan Steinhafel, guild director. “Artists at Work, is a diverse and fascinating representation of the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move.”

Artists represented in the exhibition include: Bill Aubrey, Jeff Darrow, Patrick Doughman, Shelby Keefe, Hal Koenig, Cheri Morfe, Jack Pachuta, Jewell Riano-Bradley, Lynn Rix, Pam Ruschman, Michael Santini, Jerry Steingraeber, Susan Steinhafel and Paul Yank.

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 1,300 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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MSOE students get hands-on with hot tech careers

May 12th, 2017

2017_news_UXCD_Traction_FactoryMay 12, 2017 — Students in MSOE’s new User Experience and Communication Design (UXCD) program can look forward to employment in what has been dubbed one of the top five most in-demand tech careers: UX designer.

Members of the “Usability Research Methods” class had the opportunity to get some hands-on experience in this field from experts who employ these skills every day for major companies in the area. They visited Traction Factory, a marketing and advertising agency in downtown Milwaukee, to conduct website usability tests. The company recently was designated as one of “Milwaukee’s Coolest Offices” by the Milwaukee Business Journal.

“This was a great opportunity for our students to gain valuable, real-life insights. The MSOE website was the subject of their testing, during which they solicited feedback from faculty, staff and fellow students,” said Amii LaPointe, adjunct assistant professor. “Their findings will be shared with MSOE’s web development team and will include Information about the current site’s strengths and opportunities for improvement.”

Throughout the quarter, the students were introduced to the basics in UX research methods for each stage of the development process. They learned about the importance of non-traditional user research methodologies, how to determine which method to use for projects when it is most appropriate, and experimented with research methodologies.

2017_news_UXCD_Traction_Factory2“I had an idea of what usability testing would be like from my coursework but there were still plenty of surprises when we actually did the tests,” said Alexandria Dyszelski, a UXCD major. “I’m glad that Traction Factory allowed us to use their company space for our testing—it was fun and a valuable learning experience!”

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’s SAE Formula Hybrid team is world champion!

May 5th, 2017

2017_news_SAE_Formula_Hybrid2May 5, 2017 – For MSOE’s SAE Formula Hybrid team, countless hours spent soliciting sponsors, designing and building their formula hybrid vehicle, testing their work, and consulting with faculty and industry advisors from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles finally paid off—and they enjoyed a record-setting performance on their way to taking first place in the world at the Formula Hybrid competition.

The Formula Hybrid competition was held May 1-4 in at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, N.H. MSOE’s team sailed through their technical inspections; achieved the fastest unlimited class time in the acceleration event; and competed in the autocross event with the fastest time. They also were the first team in the history of the Formula Hybrid competition to complete all 44 laps of the endurance event—and they had the fastest car in this event.

In addition, they received the Industrial Design Award from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the IEEE Engineering the Future Award.

“The team was extremely prepared this year to achieve our goal of winning,” said David Roulo, team captain. “Months of hard work, perseverance and organization prepared us to handle adversity and succeed at the competition.”

Founded and run by Dartmouth College, the competition challenges college and university students to design, build and compete high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles. The competition is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Collegiate Design Series and is regarded as the most complex and dynamic of the series. Building on the Formula SAE program, Formula Hybrid adds an extra level of complexity: fuel efficiency.

2017_news_SAE_Formula_Hybrid1The competition consists of a variety of dynamic and static events. Throughout, students assume the role of a design team engaged to create a prototype vehicle. Teams demonstrate their creativity and project management skills, as well as their vehicle’s performance and durability. The challenge is to create a vehicle that is road-worthy and prevail over other designs. Events are scored to determine how well a vehicle will perform.

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 students honored for leadership

May 4th, 2017

May 4, 2017 — Congratulations to the more than 60 Milwaukee School of Engineering students who were nominated for leadership awards this year. The following awards were presented at the annual President’s Student Leadership Awards Night on May 3:

Savannah Neu

Savannah Neu

Outstanding Student Award

Savannah Neu, of West Bend, Wisconsin, was chosen as the 2017 recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award. This award is presented annually to the MSOE senior student, who, in the opinion of the faculty, most notably combines an excellent academic record and has at the same time demonstrated leadership and professional bearing in extracurricular or community service activities. It is the most prestigious student testimonial that MSOE bestows. Neu will graduate May 27 with a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering from MSOE.

Other Awards

Vincent R. Canino Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Student Award – Raymond Doudlah, biomedical engineering, Stoughton, Wisconsin

Nursing Leadership Award – Kirsten Oberstar, nursing, Gurnee, Illinois

Matt W. Fuchs Outstanding CAECM Senior Student Award – Constantine Moshi, civil engineering, Tanzania; and Scott Zietlow, architectural engineering, Onalaska, Wisconsin

Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award – Raymond Doudlah, biomedical engineering, Stoughton, Wisconsin

Daniel E. Sahs Award for Service – Lindsey Otto, biomolecular engineering, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Resident Assistant Programming Award – Rachel Ziemba, biomolecular engineering, South Elgin, Illinois Greek of the Year Award – Maria Bintz, nursing, Germantown, Wisconsin

Student Employee of the Year Award – Kendall Krohn, biomedical engineering, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Savannah Neu, biomolecular engineering, West Bend, 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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Dr. Patrick Jung receives honor from state of Iowa

April 28th, 2017

Dr. Patrick Jung (left) accepts an award from Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad

Dr. Patrick Jung (left) accepts an award from Iowa Governor Terry E. Branstad

April 28, 2017 – Dr. Patrick J. Jung was honored by the state of Iowa for his article, “Lonely Sentinel: A Military History of Fort Madison, 1808-1813,” which was published in The Annals of Iowa, summer 2016.

Jung, who is a professor in MSOE’s Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department, accepted an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Throne Aldrich Award from Iowa’s Governor, Terry E. Branstad. This award recognizes the author of the most significant article on Iowa history in a professional history journal during the previous calendar year. It is named in honor of Mildred Throne, longtime editor of the Iowa Journal of History and Politics, and Charles Aldrich, who founded the third series of The Annals of Iowa, a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of history published by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

In addition to teaching history and anthropology at MSOE, Jung has authored a number of books and articles including The Black Hawk War of 1832 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007). Along with Dr. Nancy Lurie, Curator Emerita of the Milwaukee Public Museum, he co-authored The Nicolet Corrigenda: New France Revisited (Waveland Press, 2009).  In addition to his various books and articles on the history of American Indian societies in the western Great Lakes, he has written several works on German art history, particularly industrial art. His most recent book is Erich Mercker: A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany (MSOE Press, 2014).  He is currently planning future books on the War of 1812 in the upper Mississippi River valley and German industrial art from about 1900 to 1945.

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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Civil engineering students win CSWEA Global Water Stewardship Design Competition

April 26th, 2017

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2017_news_CSWEAApril 26, 2017 – Karissa Brunette, Guissel Davila, Finn Finucane, Lila Johnson and Nick Kallmyer took first place in the Global Water Stewardship category of the Central States Water Environment Association (CSWEA) Student Design Competition.

Since the beginning of the school year, these civil engineering majors have been preparing a design for the wastewater collection and treatment system in the community of Dominical, Costa Rica. They traveled to Madison, Wisconsin on April 10 to present their work. As the winners, they will next travel to St. Paul, Minnesota to give a presentation at the CSWEA Annual Meeting in May.

The students will travel to Costa Rica this summer to accompany the Global Water Stewardship team for site analysis and investigations. In addition, they’ll participate in the Water Environment Federation’s design competition at WEFTEC-2017 in Chicago, the world’s largest annual water quality technical conference and exhibition.

For the competition, the students focused their work on a dense portion of Dominical, Costa Rica on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is a growing beach community surrounded by plantations, estuaries, mangroves and marshes. Much of the community is focused on tourists, and many locals also find employment through African oil palm plantations. Existing sanitation problems are being compounded as the area becomes more developed and welcomes more tourists. The students developed a solution to construct a centralized treatment system with a complete collection system.

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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