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MSOE Fall Commencement is November 18

November 13th, 2017

MSOE CommencementNov. 13, 2017 — Nearly 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. 18, at the Kern Center.

MSOE Regent Kendall Breunig ’79, P.E. will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Casey Mickschl, of La Crescent, Minnesota, is the class respondent. Mickschl is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Amelia Braman, of Whitefish Bay, 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 student who is most deserving. She is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Breunig is principal of Sunset Investors in Franklin, Wisconsin. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural and Building Construction Engineering Technology from MSOE and a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Marquette University. Breunig became an MSOE Corporation member in 2002 and was elected to the MSOE Board of Regents in 2015. As a licensed Professional Engineer in Wisconsin, Breunig’s career has focused on real estate development and management. Sunset Investors led the redevelopment of the historically designated Pritzlaff Building, Plankinton Lofts and Commission House Condominiums in Milwaukee, and several condominium complexes in Germantown, Franklin and New Berlin, Wisconsin. In addition, he is president of Breunig Engineering Inc., managing member of E Z Self Storage LLP, and corporate secretary of Coating Place Inc.

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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Winter Commencement is Feb. 25

February 14th, 2017

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

MSOE Regent Neal Wunderlich

MSOE Regent Neal Wunderlich ’74, P.E.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97% placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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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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Spring Commencement is May 28

May 23rd, 2016

May 23, 2016 — More than 440 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 28, at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature keynote addresses from Stephen G. Myers, retired vice president of flying operations and quality assurance at Lockheed-Martin and former MSOE mechanical engineering instructor.

Ana Sofia Larraga Martinez and Shannon Good are the class respondents, the honor that goes to the graduates with the highest GPA. Larraga Martinez is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur from the Lübeck University of Applied Science through MSOE’s study abroad program. She also participated in MSOE’s University Scholars honors program. Good is graduating with high honors and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

Evan Schilling and Abigail Vogt 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. Both are graduating with high honors. Schilling will receive Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, and Vogt will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

About Stephen G. Myers:

Stephen G. Myers has been instrumental in advancing the aviation industry. After college, he served 12 years as a U.S. Navy pilot. He is a veteran of two Vietnam War carrier-based combat tours. In 1969 he worked as an engineering test pilot at Lockheed Aircraft Company. He was assigned to the Lockheed Skunk Works and worked on the F-117 Stealth Fighter. As director of aerial reconnaissance programs, Myers was responsible for the SR-71, U-2R and TR-1 programs. He contributed to the design efforts of the Mach 2+ Lockheed-Martin F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft. In 1989 he was promoted to vice president, flying operations and quality assurance.

The Racine Wis., native holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison, an MBA from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and is a graduate of the Tuck Summer Executive Program at Dartmouth College.

Myers is active in Racine’s Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 838 and founded and chaired the Chapter 838 Foundation. He also co-founded Racine’s Young Aviators Program, which uses aviation and actual in-flight pilot training to inspire students to pursue technology oriented careers. For 13 years he lectured in MSOE’s Mechanical Engineering Department.

Myers is still an active pilot and built a Lancair Super ES. In 2015 he received the “Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award” from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for his efforts to promote aviation safety and over 50 consecutive years of accident-free flying.

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 February 27

February 10th, 2016

MSOE CommencementFeb. 10, 2016 — More than 80 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors, the Rader School of Business and School of Nursing will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Winter Commencement, Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Kern Center.

Professor Emeritus Owe Petersen, Ph.D. will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Kristi Noll is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Noll is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

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

About Dr. Owe Petersen:

Dr. Owe Petersen is a noted expert in engineering and in education. Following a long career in industry, he brought his real-world experiences into the classroom. Petersen retired from MSOE in 2015 after 22 years of service and is professor emeritus in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He also served as assistant vice president of institutional research and assessment, chair of the EECS Department for eight years. Before that he was the electrical engineering program director for six years, as well as director of the international EE program with the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences, Germany.

His industrial experiences stem from a 30-year career at AT&T Bell Laboratories in Reading, Penn., where he was a member of technical staff in research and development. His work spanned technical topics such as the design of microwave and millimeter silicon devices, integrated circuit design and technology, molecular beam epitaxy, optical data links and transatlantic repeaters, reliability and metallurgy.

Peterson received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from UW-Madison in 1963 and a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1965 and 1971, respectively. He was an AT&T visiting professor at North Carolina A&T State University from 1990-92. In 1993 he accepted a faculty position at MSOE as associate professor in the EECS Department. In 2005 he was awarded the Ehrennaddle (honorary award) by the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences for meritorious service to the university and the field of engineering education. Petersen is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and longtime ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission evaluator in electrical engineering. He served on many church committees at the congregation and regional level in the Lutheran Church and twice was a delegate to their national convention.

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 grads earn top dollar

December 10th, 2015

MSOE Commencement

MSOE is among the top 50 colleges and universities in the nation when it comes to graduate earning power. In a new report, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce looked at the four-year colleges whose students go on to earn the highest salaries 10 years after starting their studies–MSOE is 45th on the list.

See a list of the 50 colleges where students earn the highest salaries at BusinessInsider.com, and see the complete report and methodology from Georgetown.

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 21

November 16th, 2015

MSOE Commencement

Commencement_4010Nov. 16, 2015 — More than 80 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors, the Rader School of Business and School of Nursing will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Fall Commencement, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Kern Center.

MSOE Regent Kathleen M. Ruehlow ’72 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Corina Rae Konitzer is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Konitzer is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.

David Ramirez 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. He is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

About Kathy Ruehlow:

MSOE Regent Kathleen Ruehlow ’72 is a graduate of the Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing, which merged into MSOE in 1995. Ruehlow served as a nurse for more than 30 years and has said the best part of being a nurse is helping others. In addition to her professional career, Ruehlow has volunteered for the Lake Area Free Clinic in Oconomowoc, Wis., assisting those who otherwise could not afford health care.

Kathy is the widow of MSOE alumnus Gerald Ruehlow ’69. Jerry was President – Chief Technology Officer, Generac Power Systems Inc. and an MSOE Distinguished Alumnus. In July 2001, Generac established a scholarship fund at MSOE in honor of Jerry, who headed up their engineering department for many years. Jerry passed away in August 2004, yet his legacy lives on at MSOE.

Regent Ruehlow retired from nursing, but continues to care for the community through philanthropic efforts as president of the Ruehlow Family Foundation. She is a strong supporter of MSOE students through a multiple-student scholarship program established in the Ruehlow family name, and also through her generous support of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex for the MSOE School of Nursing. In 2013, she was named an MSOE Distinguished Alumna. Ruehlow has four children and five grandchildren. She participates in a number of philanthropic activities in her community of Oconomowoc, Wis., and elsewhere.

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 May 23

May 19th, 2015

More than 350 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 23, 2015 at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature keynote addresses from MSOE Regent James Rahn, president of the Kern Family Foundation, and MSOE Regent Dawn Tabat, executive vice president of community and external relations, Generac Power Systems. Each also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree.

Samantha Scharles is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Scharles is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.

Andrew Kosasih and Brett Nockerts 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. Both are graduating with high honors. Kosasih will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Nockerts will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering.

About James Rahn:

Rahn.jpgMSOE Regent James C. Rahn has served as president of the Kern Family Foundation in Waukesha, Wis., since 2008. In this role, he provides direction for expanding existing programs and establishing new programs in support of the foundation’s mission to build the future through values, education and innovation. He joined the foundation in September 2007 as the education reform program director. Before that, he spent six years as director of the Center for Urban Teaching and assistant professor of education at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Prior to his work in higher education, he served in K-12 Lutheran schools as teacher, principal and regional school coordinator. Rahn became an MSOE Regent in 2013, and is also a member of the Project Lead The Way board of directors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and a master’s degree from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill.

About Dawn Tabat:

Tabat.jpgMSOE Regent Dawn Tabat served as COO for Generac Power Systems from 2002 until 2013, and had oversight of manufacturing, logistics, global supply chain, quality, safety and information services. She currently serves as executive vice president of community and external relations for Generac Power Systems. Tabat joined Generac in 1972 and served as personnel manager and personnel director before being promoted to vice president of human resources in 1992, and chief operating officer in 2002. She was part of the team that witnessed Generac’s growth in the 1980s from 200 to 2,100 employees, and its continued growth since then. With Generac, she has traveled the world and visited every continent. Tabat has served as an MSOE Regent since 2012. She was named a Woman of Influence by the Milwaukee Business Journal in 2011. Tabat is the founding director and board chairperson of GPS Education Partners and she also serves on the Kern Family Foundation Board of Directors.

 

Commencement.jpgMilwaukee 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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Winter Commencement is Feb. 28, 2015

February 19th, 2015

Fall Commencement 2014_04.jpgMore than 50 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors and the Rader School of Business will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Winter Commencement, Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Dr. Rolf Wegenke, who also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree.

Spenser Brown is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest G.P.A. Brown is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Brown also 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.

About Dr. Rolf Wegenke:
Rolf Wegenke, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU). WAICU is the official organization of the 23 private, nonprofit institutions of higher education in the state, including MSOE. Wegenke is also president/CEO of the WAICU Benefits Consortium and the WAICU Educational Technology Consortium.

Wegenke joined WAICU in 1992 and has worked diligently to advance educational opportunities for the 60,000 students in WAICU and to create innovative programs to control college costs. Previously, he served in the administrations of five Wisconsin governors, directing the state’s international trade and investment, business development, technology transfer, community development, and finance programs.

Under Wegenke’s guidance, WAICU has secured tens of millions of public and private dollars for grants to students and organized nationally recognized “transformative” programs to control college costs.

Throughout his career, Wegenke has served on multiple boards and commissions. He co-chaired the Wisconsin PK–16 Leadership Council, chairs the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Foundation. He is president of the Fund for Campus Servant Leadership. He sits on the executive committee of the Wisconsin Technology Council and chairs its Human Capital Committee. He serves on the Board of Directors of Competitive Wisconsin Inc. He is a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities State Executives and of the Foundation for Independent Higher Education.

Wegenke is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political philosophy from the University of Chicago. Wegenke has received many awards and honors including the Governor’s Exceptional Performance Award, the Pro Gloria Dei Award of Wisconsin Lutheran College, the Robert Marshall Award for the advancement of entrepreneurialism and technology transfer, and doctorates (honors causa) from both Beloit and Ripon colleges. He is a native of Montello, Wis., is married and has one son.

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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