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Student-built rocket wins award

August 18th, 2017

Aug. 18, 2017 – A team of MSOE students placed 10th overall in the Midwest High Power Rocketry Competition and received the additional honor of “Coolest Looking Design.”

The Raider Rocketeers

The Raider Rocketeers

The Raider Rocketeers was one of three teams chosen by the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium to participate in the national competition. Students were challenged to design and construct an “adaptable” single stage, dual deploy high-power rocket system that will fly to the same highest possible altitude on two distinctly different motors. The rocket had to be recovered safely and in flyable condition.

In addition to building the rocket, students were tasked with predicting the rocket’s flight performance with each selected motor and constructing a non-commercial on-board data collection package for the rocket that would directly measure velocity versus time, for comparison with data collected by a commercial rocketry altimeter, as well as sense and log airframe separation and parachute extraction from the airframe for both drogue and main parachute deployments, and also collect up and down video from outside the airframe to certify expected (i.e. primary, not backup) drogue and main parachute full deployment.

“The overall objective of the competition is to promote engineering design skill development for aerospace applications that encompasses STEM areas,” said Dr. Anand Vyas, team advisor and adjunct assistant professor of mechanical engineering. “The competition objectives tacitly embed research as part of exploring design options and learning from published papers, articles, and codes related to high power rocketry.”
IMG_6955The competition typically has a final launch date during the second weekend of May. This year, due to inclement weather, the launch was rescheduled. MSOE’s Raider Rocketeers launched on July 8.

“We are grateful to Frank Nobile from Tripoli Rocketry Association for serving as safety advisor to the Raider Rocketeers and facilitating the rescheduled launch on July 8,” Vyas said. “Without his help, rescheduled launch would not have been possible.”

MSOE has been participating in the Midwest High Power Rocketry Competition since 2012-13. The competition was run by the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) but open to college/university student teams from across the nation, during the 2016-2017 academic year.

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, Money, Wall Street Journal and The Princeton Review. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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IE students place among top three in technical paper competition

March 8th, 2017

March 8, 2017 — Two industrial engineering students from MSOE placed in the top three in a technical paper competition. Seniors Andrew Anderson and Krystal Sombke took second and third place, respectively, in a competition held in conjunction with the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers North Central Regional Conference at the University of Illinois-Chicago, February 23-25.

Andrew Anderson and Krystal Sombke

Andrew Anderson and Krystal Sombke

Both students presented papers based on their senior design projects.  Anderson’s paper was entitled “Inventory Visibility Solutions for a Sheet Metal Manufacturer,” and Sombke’s paper, co-authored by Sean Mann, also a MSOE senior studying industrial engineering, was called “Pump Assembly Improvement Project.”

The IISE North Central Regional Conference is an annual three-day event that brings together between 200-300 participants in both industrial engineering academia and industry to socialize and exchange ideas. A total of 18 student chapters within the North Central region attended the conference.

The purpose of the paper competition is to encourage undergraduate students to write and present outstanding technical papers. Principal authors were required to make an oral presentation as part of the contest.

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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MSOE’s biomedical engineering program receives hyperbaric chamber

May 5th, 2016

May 5, 2016 — Hyperbaric chambers are pressurized environments used to treat a variety of conditions such as non-healing wounds, decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning and infections. Patients receiving such hyperbaric oxygen therapy also need to be treated and monitored by a variety of medical devices; most of which, however, were not originally designed or approved for use in such hyperbaric environments.

Dr. Larry Fennigkoh ’74, ’86, MSOE biomedical engineering2016_news_hyperbaric_chamber professor, has been working with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center on the evaluation, modification and design of medical devices that can be used safely in hyperbaric chambers. Recognizing the need to give students access to the same equipment and technology, Fennigkoh helped secure the donation of a hyperbaric chamber from Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center. With a chamber on campus, he can now increase the level of research and also involve students.

“The hyperbaric chamber is a fabulous teaching platform for actually observing the basic gas laws in action as well as evaluating high pressure effects on electronic medical devices,” said Fennigkoh. He plans to further instrument and modify the chamber this summer. “And no, we won’t be putting students in the chamber!”

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students. 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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Student participates in WiscAMP Excel summer program

August 3rd, 2015

20150710_113700small.jpgFor six weeks from May 31 to July 10, 2015, a special program from the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) took place at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 2004, WiscAMP Excel is a science and engineering preparation program for first- or second-year undergraduates who are underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. Milwaukee School of Engineering, along with over 25 other Wisconsin colleges and universities, is part of the WiscAMP Alliance, allowing eligible MSOE students to participate in WiscAMP programs.

Papa Yorke, a sophomore electrical engineering student at MSOE, was provided with the unique opportunity to participate in WiscAMP Excel this summer. He and 18 other students were accepted to the program after submitting their transcripts, an application, and two essays describing both their choice to pursue a STEM major and their vision of how this program would help them reach their academic goals. Papa demonstrated his commitment to his education through his application and, after being selected, soon found himself on the way.

Every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., a variety of classes and activities were planned for the students. Papa took a number of courses such as chemistry, biology, differential equations, technical composition and physics. Enrichment time was also provided during which the students took field trips to different labs and offices across the hosting campus. Professionals who were once in the students’ position spoke to them about opportunities they could pursue before and after graduation, such as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU). They also were able to network with these and other professionals in the STEM field.

At the end of WiscAMP Excel, Papa and the other students presented research posters that reflected their interests, usually within the field they were in. They were given some class time to work on these, but most of the project had to be completed as homework during the students’ free time. Papa’s poster, which can be viewed in the picture provided in this article, was titled “Bringing Electricity to Millions Using Solar Power.”

Though it was hard work, Papa thoroughly enjoyed his experience participating in WiscAMP Excel and appreciates all that he has learned. “It was really good for narrowing what we wanted to do in our future with our major and also seeing the opportunities that are out there,” he describes. “I feel prepared going into my sophomore year and I’m excited for the challenges.”

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2015 MSOE IIE ConferenceInto Everything: A New Perspective

March 12th, 2015

In early March, MSOE’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) hosted the 2015 IIE North Central Regional Conference for 170 students from 10 universities. Graduate student Patrick Gathof ’14 and IE sophomore Collin Seubert led a committee of 20 MSOE students to plan and organize the event.

Adjunct Professor Kim Pettiford ’93, ’99, senior director of human resources at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, was the keynote speaker on the opening night and orchestrated an activity with the students to break the ice and get them excited for the days ahead.

Students had the opportunity to tour Blood Center of Wisconsin, FedEx SmartPost, GKN Sinter Metals, MillerCoors, Harley-Davidson, Master Lock, Nordco, Rexnord, Spirit Manufacturing or UPS. They also enjoyed a networking lunch with representatives from Anderson Corporation, Direct Supply, FedEx SmartPost, Harley-Davidson, IIE Milwaukee Chapter, J.W. Speaker Corporation, John Deere, Joy Global, Master Lock, Mayo Clinic, McGraw-Hill Education, Nordco, Rockwell Collins, UPS and the VA Medical Center.

IIE_Paper_Winners.jpgSix students presented their work during the paper competition and Molly Kotrba from MSOE was the winner. This marks the third year in a row that MSOE won the competition with Gathof winning in 2014 and Eric Pearson ’13 winning in 2013. Kotrba will represent the North Central Region in the International competition at the IIE Annual Expo in Nashville in May.

The conference concluded with professional workshops, a social event and a closing banquet at the Milwaukee County Zoo with representatives from the local IIE professional chapter and company representatives. IE alumna Stefanie Zeiler ’91 was the keynote speaker. Zeiler has held a variety of process improvement positions in GE, Walt Disney World, Merrill Lynch and McGraw-Hill Education where she currently is a senior director in strategic reengineering.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics 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 and mid-career 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 Deans and Honors Lists Winter 2015

March 11th, 2015

Deans_Honors.jpgMSOE’s Winter 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 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics 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 and mid-career 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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First class of Accelerated Second Degree Nursing students graduate

February 27th, 2015

ASD_Nursing.jpgThe first class of Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing students graduated on Feb. 28. Nine students completed this degree program which was designed specifically for the adult working professional who already has earned a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in another discipline and is looking to change careers.

“Once I decided I wanted to be a nurse, I knew I wanted it to be a quick process since I already have a four-year degree,” said Allison Patterson. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology and minor in chemistry. “MSOE was offering an accelerated program that didn’t make you jump through hoops in order to get accepted. And I had heard wonderful things about the nurses that come out of the program. Having a high-end nursing simulation lab was also a major benefit of this program.”

“I wanted to be able to complete nursing school in as little time as possible, and MSOE was the first place I found where I could complete my degree in only 18 months. I also liked that MSOE offers a wide variety of clinical experiences,” said Michelle Lenz, who previously earned a bachelor’s degree in biology.

The program at MSOE features a compressed, year-round curriculum which enables students to enter the workforce as professional nurses in approximately 18 months.

According to Adam Pischke, it “offers the opportunity to get a BSN without having to retake all of the humanities and social sciences already taken as an undergraduate.” Pischke has a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology.

“I thought it was a well-rounded program with lots of diverse clinical experience and plenty of face-to-face time with professors,” said Leah Wilde, who will work in the cardiac step-down unit at Froedtert Hospital after graduation.

“I would recommend this program to anyone who is willing to work hard and know that they want to become a vital part of the nursing community,” said Patteron. “It’s hard to find such dedicated professors who are willing to sacrifice their own time to see you succeed.”

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics 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 and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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Biomedical engineers show projects at Medical College

February 25th, 2015

In February 2015, senior biomedical engineering students were asked to present posters describing their senior projects at Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). All students at MSOE participate in a senior project, which are a culmination of all they’ve learned in their time at MSOE. Biomedical engineering students begin their senior capstone project at the end of their sophomore year. By senior year they put what they’ve learned to work and complete their capstone project by applying quantitative analysis and systematic synthesis to develop a prototype product for a real-world application.

This year’s projects include:

MCW_Spina.jpgIn Utero Spina Bifida Cystica Repair System
Team: Cody Dziuk, Ayushman Rai and Nik Stasinopoulos
The purpose of this project is to create a toolbox of approaches for a biomaterial delivery system for use in the in utero repair of spina bifida. The minimally invasive device will be used to deliver a protective biomaterial to cover the exposed spinal cord of the fetus while it is in the womb. This toolbox will be given to Amy Wagner, MD at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to use when the final biomaterial is chosen by her team. To show that the device is functional with a mock material, a mock uterus will be created to simulate the surgery.

 

 

 

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Team: Garrison Glowniak, Enyinnaya Okwulehie, Travis Pischel (ME major) and Alexandra Swanson
The goal of this device is to make the knee replacement process more universal and help decrease the number of revision surgeries needed to correct for improper fit and alignment of knee implants. This measuring device will be used to measure the medial and lateral gaps that occur between the tibial plate and femoral component prior to the implant trial being completely installed by spreading two prongs until they come in contact with the femoral component to see what size trial is needed. Currently, the practice of fitting an implant involves a hands-on, trial and error approach, in which the surgeon manipulates the knee to simulate the typical range of motion. This process often leads to an implant size change, which requires the surgeon to remove the current trials, recut the bones, and install a new size trial, which adds a substantial amount of time.

MCW_Rat.jpgTraumatic Brain Injury Research Device
Team: Alex Jandrin, Ryan Damask, Amy Gustafson and Andrea Winegar
This project involves creating a helmet-like device used with an energy delivery device to induce traumatic brain injury in rats. The helmet will be able to transfer energy to induce injury in the coronal, sagittal and transverse planes. The helmet will also minimize the slip between the device and the rat’s skull during energy transfer. The helmet design will allow for the user to be able to set up testing in a short amount of time without harming the rat. The helmet will attach to the pneumatic energy delivery device that will cause a specific degree of head injury.

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Masters degree in nursing now offered at MSOE

June 2nd, 2014

MSOE’s School of Nursing will offer a Master of Science in Nursing: Health Care Systems Management beginning Fall 2014. The demand for well-educated, business-oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.

Nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice.

The new MSN degree at MSOE meets this need and is unique in that many courses are co-taught. For example, the first half of “Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics” is taught by faculty in the Rader School of Business. The second half is taught by faculty in the School of Nursing who will then apply the business learning to a health care setting.

The MSN in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts. The unique blend of nursing, business and engineering concepts will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. Courses are available via blended-Internet format, combining the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning.

More information is available at www.msoe.edu/nursing.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics 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 average starting and mid-career 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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