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REU celebrates 20th anniversary at MSOE

August 10th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Participants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Download the Welcome Week app

July 22nd, 2016

July 22, 2016 — MSOE’s annual Welcome Week for new students has gone mobile! Incoming students are encouraged to download the app on their favorite iOS or Android device to get the most up-to-date information about Welcome Week events, scheduling, maps and to learn more about the university.

Download the MSOE Guide today!

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The Welcome Week schedule is also available on the Welcome Week page.

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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Graduate Program Online Information Session is Aug. 2

July 22nd, 2016

July 22, 2016 — Learn more about MSOE’s graduate programs in business, engineering and nursing, and four 100 percent online programs: MBA, MBA in STEM Leadership, Engineering and Engineering Management, at the Graduate Program Online Information Session on Tuesday, Aug. 2 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.

Register today!

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 in project management, global competency, Lean sigma green and black belt, and technical sales. In addition, 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 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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Six MSOE students win top honors at PBL national competition

July 8th, 2016

July 8, 2016 – Six members of MSOE’s Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) chapter competed and placed in the top ten of their respective competitions at the 2016 PBL National Leadership Conference in Atlanta. They were among more than 1,700 of America’s best and brightest college students who connected with top future business leaders and showcased their talents as they vied for the opportunity to win more than $92,000 in cash awards.

Back: Joel Foster (left), Marc Tan (center), Hamzah Mirza Front: Brina Whittier (left), Amanda Beberger (center), Samantha Riding

Back: Joel Foster (left), Marc Tan (center), Hamzah Mirza; Front: Brina Whittier (left), Amanda Beberger (center), Samantha Riding

Congratulations to:

Amanda Beberger, business management, Anoka, Minn.
5th place: Project Management

Joel Foster, actuarial science, Burlington, Wis.
1st place: Statistical Analysis

Hamzah Mirza, management information systems, Greenfield, Wis.
5th place: Information Management

Samantha Riding, business management, Melrose Park, Ill.
7th place: Organizational Behavior and Leadership

Marc Tan, business management, New Berlin, Wis.
2nd place: Management Concepts

Brina Whittier, international business, Algonquin, Ill.
10th place: Project Management

Their awards were part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational keynotes on a broad range of business topics.

Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Inc., the premier student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in more than 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

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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Forbes names MSOE one of “America’s Top Colleges” for 2016

July 7th, 2016

July 7, 2016 — For the ninth year in a row, Milwaukee School of Engineering has been named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes. MSOE has been included on the list every year since Forbes began ranking colleges and universities in 2008.

According to Forbes, “What sets our calculation of the best 660 U.S. colleges and universities apart is our firm belief in ROI. We look at factors that directly concern students (and their families): Are current undergrads satisfied? Is it likely I’ll graduate on time or incur a ton of student debt? Will I get a good job and be a leader in my chosen profession?”

Post-secondary institutions in the U.S. were evaluated in five general categories: post-graduate success, student debt, student satisfaction, four-year graduation rate and academic success. Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in determining their list of the 660 schools that distinguish themselves from competitors by analyzing what students are getting out of their college education. There are more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the United States.

Read more about the Forbes ranking and view the complete list of America’s Top Colleges.

In addition to naming MSOE as one of America’s Top Colleges, Forbes gave MSOE an “A” on their annual list of financial grades for private, non-profit colleges and universities today. This grade helps students determine if their college is financially fit. Read more…

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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Nursing students help rescue fire victims

July 5th, 2016

July 5, 2016 — Six students from MSOE’s accelerated second degree nursing program spent part of their summer interacting with children at the Kidz It Iz child care center in Milwaukee through MSOE’s “Nursing Care of the Community” course. The course emphasizes use of the nursing process in partnership with communities for improving health. Students gain firsthand experience dealing with patients in a variety of clinical settings.

On their final day at the center, MSOE’s students encountered an unexpected situation: a fire broke out in the building as they arrived. They jumped to action, helping the child care providers make sure the children were safely out of the building and harm’s way.

“Our students were professional in every way. They did a great job easing the little ones’ fears as they moved them to a safe location. They stayed calm and focused, sat with the children and kept them relaxed as the firefighters entered the building and put out the fire,” said Rhonda Powell, assistant professor. “It is times like this when I am most honored, humbled and proud to be a part of the nursing profession. The owner of the center was almost in tears with gratitude for what our students had done. As a professor, I can’t think of a time when I was more proud of our students!”

Thanks to quick thinking and action by Lindsey Eigner, Tori Hanson, Kay Kilpatrick, Katlynn Orcutt, Tara Robey and Casey Wedell, a very scary situation for young children ended on a safe note and no one was injured.

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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Dr. Carol Sabel named chair of MSOE School of Nursing

July 1st, 2016

2016_news_Sabel_CarolJuly 1, 2016 — Carol Sabel, Ph.D., RN, CNE, has been named chair of the MSOE School of Nursing, effective July 1, 2016. She comes to MSOE from Alverno College, where she served as associate dean of the MSN program in the JoAnn McGrath School of Nursing. She has 30 combined years of experience in nursing, education and research, having cared for patients in obstetrics and same-day surgery settings before focusing on teaching.

Sabel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marian University and earned her Ph.D. in nursing from UW-Milwaukee, with a focus on education and chronic illness in children. She serves as the grant project manager at the Wisconsin Center for Nursing for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Implementation Plan. The purpose of the grant is to move nursing in Wisconsin forward in meeting the recommendations from the 2010 Institute of Medicine report “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change and Advancing Health.”

“The nursing students of today need to be the leaders of tomorrow in providing evidence-based, quality and culturally competent care. They need to be able to effectively collaborate in a rapidly changing health care environment,” said Sabel. “It is through transformative learning and development that they will be ready to practice in this capacity. The innovative spirit that MSOE is known for lends to the development of nurses who are ready to face the challenges of an unpredictable health care environment.”

Sabel is involved in several local and national nursing organizations, including the Southeast Wisconsin Nursing Alliance, Mental Health Nurse Educators Coalition, National League for Nursing, Wisconsin Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, and the Building Bridges to Advance Nursing Research Conference planning committee. She also serves as president of the Delta Gamma At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society.

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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Engineering the weather

June 20th, 2016

June 20, 2016 — 2016_news_prust_class3Undergraduate electrical and computer engineering students applied concepts they learned in class this year to capture live data from a weather satellite orbiting the Earth and turn it into images using digital signal processing technology.

Students in Dr. Cory Prust’s Applications of Digital Signal Processing class gathered in the Werwath Mall on May 18 and 19 when the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite made its way over Wisconsin. The NOAA employs polar orbiting satellites for a variety of environmental monitoring tasks. Included on these satellites is an Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) system, which provides real-time image data of the Earth’s surface. Students were able to collect this data using software-defined radio (SDR) technology and a special antenna.

“Software-defined radio technology has transformed much of the modern communications and networking fields, and exposure to this technology is increasingly important for our students,” said Prust. “Incorporating SDR into my courses has been extremely rewarding. It has enabled me to do things that weren’t previously possible. In the case of this project, being able to collect real data from an orbiting satellite makes for a highly engaging learning experience for my students.”

2016_news_prust_class2But collecting the data was only the first step of the project. “Each student had to apply various digital processing techniques developed through the course to extract the raw data that was captured,” said senior Michael Rajzer, an electrical engineering major. “This included implementing an FM demodulator followed by an AM demodulator to process the data so it would be converted into a grayscale image.”

Rajzer (pictured at left with Prust) used the technical computing program MATLAB to implement the demodulation systems and obtain pixel data that he then organized to produce an image of the Earth’s surface.

“I had to create my own digital filters to remove unwanted portions of the data, which was very important since the desired signal was weak compared to the background noise caused by other sources, such as nearby radio stations,” he said.

But the work paid off. “Although it was very challenging to complete, the outcome was very rewarding,” Rajzer said. “It was awesome to finally see the image of the Earth after all of the processing was complete – especially since the prominence of the Great Lakes in the image made it possible to see where everything was and what the Earth looked like on that particular day.”

This opportunity is one of many at MSOE that enable students to bridge the gap between theory and real-world application.

2016_news_prust_class1“It was great to actually implement the ideas and techniques learned in previous courses in a real-world application,” Rajzer said. Rajzer graduated from MSOE in May, and was hired by Snap-on Inc. as a design engineer in the Power Tools group.

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MSOE Dean’s and Honors Lists – Spring 2016

June 16th, 2016

June 16, 2016 — MSOE’s Spring 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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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 to host Fluid Power Technology Conference

June 16th, 2016

2016_news_FPI_ConferenceJune 16, 2016 — The inaugural Fluid Power Technology Conference, presented by Fluid Power World, will be held at MSOE’s Kern Center June 21 and 22. MSOE Fluid Power InstituteTM and Professional Education and Research Development faculty members will present technical seminars for design engineers and maintenance personnel. A tour of MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute is also incorporated into the conference. Find more information and register today at fluidpowertechconference.com.

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