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MSOE students win first place at design-build competition

October 10th, 2017

Left to right: Michelle Vanbuskirk, Trevor Symbal, Hunter Ring, Max Morache, Deanna Engelmeyer

Left to right: Michelle VanBuskirk, Trevor Symbal, Hunter Ring, Max Morache, Deanna Engelmeyer

Oct. 10, 2017 – A team of MSOE students took first place in the Central Northeast Region in the 2017 National Student Competition sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). As one of nine regional winners, MSOE will next compete at the national level during the Design-Build Conference and Expo in Philadelphia Nov. 9.

Congratulations to team members Deanna Engelmeyer, Max Morache, Hunter Ring, Trevor Symbal and Michelle VanBuskirk (team captain). They are all students in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. Dr. Jeong Woo, associate professor and construction management program director, is the team’s advisor.

DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Each year, student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the DBIA National Student Competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 14,000-square-foot student health center on a college campus.

DBIA’s 2017 National Design-Build Student Competition Regional winners represent teams from MSOE, University of Denver, Iowa State University, University of Arizona, University of Southern California, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, and Washington State University

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the nine regional winners for the first phase of the competition based on their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions, which advance them to the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, a Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released to each finalist team. From this pool of finalists, the top teams are invited to present their proposals before an expert panel during the annual Design-Build Conference and Expo. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the conference.

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

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MSOE earns three-peat at national ASC competition

October 17th, 2016

2016_news_ASC_teamOct. 17, 2016 — Three teams of students from MSOE’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department competed at the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Conference and Student Competitions in October. Fourteen companies sponsored the four-day event, in which about 300 students from across the county vied for titles in a variety of competitions.

For the third year in a row, MSOE took first in the nation for the health care competition. MSOE teams also took first place in the regional design-build competition and third place in the regional commercial competition.

For each competition the teams receive a request for proposal (RFP) for a real project at 7 a.m. and have 16 hours to turn in their proposal at 11 p.m. The following morning they present their solution to a panel of judges, which usually includes individuals who were involved in the actual project.

National Champion: Health Care Team
The Health Care Team won the National Open Championship. This competition was sponsored by Turner Construction and tested each team’s ability to identify challenges and opportunities and then develop and implement effective solutions for the construction of a hospital and their ability to present their proposal professionally and efficiently to a client. Congratulations to Max Morache, Constantine Moshi, Jenna Powers, Brandon Strzelecki, Trevor Symbal, Michelle VanBuskirk (team captain) and their coach, Dr. Jeong Woo.

Regional First Place: Design/Build Team
The Design/Build Team won the first place regional title with their RFP for a multi-purpose university building. McCarthy sponsored the competition. The judging panels highly complimented the team’s innovative design and inspiring presentation. Congratulations to Owen Burnikel, Patrick Collins, Deanna Engelmeyer, Kevin Gross (team captain), Evan Rogers, Garrett Willems and their coach DeAnna Leitzke.

Regional Third Place: Commercial Team
The Design/Build Team won the third place regional title with their RFP for a refrigerated warehouse project which was sponsored by Walsh. The team had to estimate detailed cost and construction management plans of this challenging project in Chicago. Congratulations to Lucas Hass, Brian Mueller, Austin Paumen, Benjamin Rust, Travis Smith (team captain), Hannah Wassmann and their coach Dr. Jeong Woo.

Since entering the competition in 1999, MSOE has had 27 top three places in national student competitions and 14 national championship teams. No other university in the country has experienced the consistent level of success demonstrated by MSOE.

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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Future Builders introduces high school students to construction management

October 10th, 2016

2016_news_future_buildersOct. 10, 2016 — Since the recession of 2008, the number of students choosing to major in construction management at MSOE and other universities has declined. At the same time, the construction industry is facing a shortage of workers—including construction managers, project managers, engineers, etc. Construction managers are in great demand, as evidenced by the 100% placement rate for MSOE’s 2014-15 construction management graduates who enjoyed an average starting salary of $54,760.

To introduce high school students to the industry, MSOE partnered with the School District of New Berlin, Gilbane, Mortensen and Kiewit construction companies to bring 160 students to campus on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 11-12 for the first Future Builders program.

They heard from industry reps and MSOE faculty, toured the Northwestern Mutual Tower project site, and returned to campus for a hands-on activity with MSOE students modeling a construction management project. Their teachers participated as well, so they can replicate the activity in their classrooms.

The students were challenged to design something that produces energy. They used candy as their currency to purchase construction materials (popsicle sticks, modeling clay, paper plates, etc.) and resources for their project. Each student assumed a role on the team: procurement manager; business manager; designer; safety manager, etc.). “OSHA” inspectors were present on the simulated jobs and real-life situations such as weather and resource limitations affected the teams’ abilities to complete their project on-time and on-budget.

According to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC):

  • 70 percent of firms report they are having a hard time finding qualified workers, including salaried and craft professionals
  • 69 percent of respondents predict that labor conditions will remain as tight, or get worse, during the next 12 months

AGC’s Worker Shortage Survey Analysis shows:

  • 38 percent reported having a hard time filling salaried field positions and 33 percent with salaried office positions
  • The five toughest-to-fill salaried jobs are project managers/supervisors, estimating personnel, engineers, building information modeling (BIM) personnel and quality control personnel

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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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