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MSOE announces faculty changes for 2017-18 academic year

September 7th, 2017

Faculty Promotions

Dr. Aaron Armstrong, associate professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
Dr. Victoria Carlson-Oehlers, associate professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Nazieh Masoud, associate professor, Physics and Chemistry Department
Dr. Jane Paige, professor, School of Nursing
Dr. Walter Schilling, professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Dr. Jay Wierer, associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department

New Hires

Rader School of Business

Dr. Ellen Bartling, adjunct clinical faculty
Daniel Geigler, adjunct assistant professor
Kate Kerrigan ’90, ’92, adjunct clinical faculty
Cynthia Marino, adjunct clinical faculty
Kathy Miles, adjunct clinical faculty

Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department

Megan Hayes ’16, lecturer
Josh Halvorsen ’12, lecturer
Adam Freidman ’08, ’09, lecturer
Philip Ciha, lecturer
Mark Maday, lecturer
Dr. Mitzi Dobersek, adjunct assistant professor
Steven Doocy ’11, ’12, lecturer

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department 

Deborah Varnell, assistant professor
Dr. William Retert, adjunct assistant professor
Paul Licato, senior lecturer
Laura Stevens, lecturer

Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department

Rebecca Arnell, lecturer
Dr. Kimberly S. Baker, adjunct assistant professor
Ashley Dzick ’13, lecturer
Amii LaPointe, adjunct assistant professor
Lyle Maryniak, lecturer

Mathematics Department

Joshua Jaszewski, lecturer
Annie Meyers, lecturer
Dr. Jeffrey Roland, adjunct assistant professor

Mechanical Engineering Department

Dr. Michael Cook, instructor
Dr. Ngon (Simon) Dao, adjunct professor
Ralph Harkins, adjunct assistant professor
Mark Ryan, adjunct assistant professor
Oliver Sams IV, adjunct assistant professor

School of Nursing

Raymond Garay ’12, adjunct assistant professor
Jennifer Klug, adjunct assistant professor

Physics and Chemistry Department

Dr. Bernoli Baello, adjunct assistant professor

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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Professor Russ Meier, Ph.D. is president-elect of IEEE Education Society

January 13th, 2017

Jan. 13, 2017 — Dr. Russ Meier was elected 2017-2018 president-elect of the IEEE Education Society. Meier is a professor in MSOE’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and a long-time, award-winning member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The IEEE Education Society is an international organization that promotes, advances and disseminates state-of-the-art scientific information and resources related to the society’s field of interest and provides professional development opportunities for academic and industry professionals.

In his role as president-elect, Meier will take over all tasks of society strategic planning, evaluation and product portfolio management. He will assist the president in conducting the day-to-day business of the society, serve as an IEEE dignitary at invited events, and represent the society as an appointee on international committees and boards of governors. Meier automatically will become the 2019-2020 IEEE Education Society president. As Meier becomes president-elect, he will leave his current position as vice president of conferences—a position he has held through repeated election since 2009. IEEE is the largest professional society in the world with more than 430,000 members.

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

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Dr. Alicia Domack is Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner

January 5th, 2017

2017_news_domackJan. 5, 2017 – Dr. Alicia Domack, associate professor and chair of MSOE’s Humanities, Social Science and Communication Department, has been named a Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winner.

More than 260 nominations were submitted for the award, which recognizes professional achievement as well as community involvement. According to Mark Kass, editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Business Journal, “40 Under 40 is one of the most important awards programs we put together every year because it identifies young professionals from throughout southeastern Wisconsin in all industries who are making a difference in the office and in the community.”

Domack joined the MSOE faculty in 2009 and was promoted to department chair in 2015. In her time on campus, she has created a minor in psychology, worked with faculty to introduce the new user experience and communication design major, implemented a community-service focused first-year curriculum, and supported faculty in the creation of new study abroad opportunities and courses requested by students.

While continuing to teach psychology courses, Domack has been part of multiple institution-wide committees including the Executive Education Council, Women at MSOE, Freshman Year Experience, Institutional Review Board and MSOE Faculty Book Club. She also advises the Kappa Sigma Mu sorority and is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, American Statistical Association and Society for Research in Child Development.

Outside of MSOE, Domack is involved in the Village of Shorewood Foundation and Ex Fabula Milwaukee. During her recently completed term as president, the Shorewood Foundation sponsored Shorewood’s inaugural Plein Air Festival; brought a farmer’s market to the village; was a major sponsor of the Ghost Train public art display (currently running daily); provided $10,000 to building tennis courts at Lake Bluff School and $15,000 for playground equipment at Atwater School; provided scholarships for graduating seniors at Shorewood High School; supported various community organizations such as RedGen; and was the sole sponsor for the 4th of July fireworks at Atwater Beach.

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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Awards honor outstanding faculty members

September 9th, 2016

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Dr. Wujie Zhang, Dr. Eryn Hassemer and Beth Slayman

Sept. 9, 2016 – In keeping with tradition, outstanding full-time and part-time faculty members were honored at MSOE to mark the beginning of the new academic year.

Dr. Wujie Zhang, assistant professor in the Physics and Chemistry Department, received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award.

Karl O. Werwath was an innovator in engineering education and the application of technology, and believed that teaching effectiveness was enhanced through applied research and consulting. He felt that MSOE should make an effort to contribute to the advancement of technical knowledge for the benefit of business and industry for the good of the community and the nation. This award was initiated to recognize the vision of Karl O. Werwath and the contribution of MSOE faculty and staff who have fostered the advancement of applied scientific knowledge. Zhang was nominated for this award by MSOE faculty and staff members, alumni, Regents and Corporation members. The award recipient is chosen based on criteria including his or her contribution to engineering, scientific research, consulting, the engineering profession and scholarship, promoting research at MSOE, patentable concepts and publications.

Zhang holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Engineering and Master of Science in Food Science from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from University of South Carolina at Columbia. Zhang joined the faculty in at MSOE in 2012 and is currently the principle investigator on a National Science Foundation I-Corp funded research project titled “Developing an Artificial Red-Blood-Cell Product.” He also is involved with the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) as an executive committee member of the Regional Device and Drug Development Initiative.

The Falk Engineering Educator Award was presented to two members of the faculty: Dr. Wujie Zhang and Dr. Eryn Hassemer. The award is given annually to full-time faculty members with less than seven years experience. It is a testament to exemplary dedication and performance. Hassemer is an assistant professor in the Physics and Chemistry Department. She received a Bachelor of Science in human biology from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and a Ph.D. in cell biology from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Beth Slayman, adjunct assistant professor in the Rader School of Business, received the Johnson Controls Award, presented to outstanding part-time faculty. The award was inspired by Robert C. Moore, a long-time faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. The award recognizes the contributions of part-time faculty to the education, motivation and support of the students at MSOE; encourages and recognizes excellence in teaching, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels; recognizes commitment and assistance to students outside of the classroom; and recognizes contributions to the improvement of educational programs and the effectiveness of the learning process at MSOE. Slayman earned a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Marquette University.

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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Faculty and staff honored at MSOE

May 9th, 2016

Annual awards recognize those who exemplify the values and beliefs of the university’s founding family

2016_news_faculty_staff_awardsMay 9, 2016 – Dr. Eric Durant ’98, professor and computer engineering program director, received the Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. The award was established by the university in 1967 to recognize excellence in teaching.  All nominees for this award must have a minimum of seven years of full-time service to MSOE. Students choose the award winner through two rounds of voting. On their ballots, students described Durant as a passionate teacher who clearly wishes for students’ success; extremely dedicated to being the best educator and mentor he can be; incredibly nice and humble; helpful to students, even those he hasn’t met before; by far the most caring professor I have ever had; and he always makes times to answer questions outside of class.

Kathy Griesmaier, Bookstore assistant manager, was awarded the Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award. This award is given annually to the employee who is considered to possess those attributes of excellence of character, outstanding ability, a high order of integrity, loyalty and dedication to duty and a sincere willingness to cooperate with others in maintaining the highest standards of staff performance and service to students, Regents, faculty, other staff members, and the public. All nominees must have seven or more years of full-time service as a staff member. Officers of the university are not eligible for this award nor are previous award winners. The award recipient is voted on by MSOE faculty and staff, who described Griesmaier as friendly and professional; incredibly helpful; embodies the spirit of customer service; a joy to work with; treasured colleague; and truly committed and passionate.

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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AEI Conference at MSOE focuses on integrated buildings

April 24th, 2015

2015AEI.jpgAt the end of March, MSOE hosted the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference at the Pfister Hotel and on campus. A new record attendance was reached with more than 300 attendees: roughly 100 students from across the country and more than 200 professionals from around the world. Dr. Christopher Raebel ’94, MSOE associate professor and conference chair, planned and organized the conference along with help from AEI’s Board of Governors, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) staff and MSOE’s student Chapter of AEI. Student activities were planned and organized by juniors Brittany Vitkovich and Adam Laux. Faculty from the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Department and volunteers from various CAECM student organizations assisted with the conference as well.

The conference kicked off with the CAECM Department’s annual Career Night. More than 70 companies were represented, and the event was open to MSOE students and students participating in the AEI Conference.

The two-day main conference began with an opening plenary session where MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. gave a welcoming address. He was followed by keynote presentations by Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead The Way, who discussed preparing the future workforce. The second keynote speaker was Victor Sanvido, senior vice president of Southland Industries, who presented about a lean approach to planning, design, construction and the operations of buildings.

Five universities participated in the student competition presentations: MSOE, Kansas State, Penn State, Lawrence Technological University and the University of Nebraska. MSOE’s team consisted of Patrick Alcock (electrical specialty), Ali Borrelli (structural specialty), Brock Gerbyshak (construction management), Thomas Kral (construction management), Jacklyn Lesser (structural specialty), Crystal Marmolejo (construction management), Cory Miklas (electrical specialty), and Mark Slonina (mechanical/electrical specialty). MSOE’s team was runner up in the Electrical Systems Design category and the Construction Development category.

The conference also consisted of more than 120 presentations in 34 breakout sessions, professional project award presentations, student chapter leaders workshop, and tours of Johnson Controls Inc., and Marquette University Engineering Hall. There also was a welcome reception at the Grohmann Museum, and keynote lectures by Mitchel W. Simpler, managing partner at Jaros, Baum and Bolles, who discussed the perfect office building, and Nicholas Holt, director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who discussed the integration and innovation in the build environment.

At the 2015 AEI Conference, students and professionals had many opportunities to interact with one another. Assigned seating at the awards banquet encouraged professionals and students to interact with each other. Students, faculty and professionals also attended the Milwaukee Admirals hockey game and a tour of MillerCoors Brewery.

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 is 4th in Midwest cybersecurity competition

April 15th, 2015

MSOE finished 4th among 10 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). The competition features the state CCDC champions from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in a two-day, continuous cybersecurity competition. This is the third year in a row that MSOE took first place in Wisconsin to qualify for the Midwest competition.

Top tech-savvy students from across the country form teams to compete first at the state level, then the regional level. Regional winners go on to a national competition. For the competitions, teams build and defend a mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who are given the challenge to take each team’s production systems offline and breach their security. While the teams work hard to fend off “hackers,” the competition judging staff deploys network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team’s performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.

2015_CCDC_DataCenter_web.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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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.

 

 

 

Total Knee Replacement Sizing ToolBE_Poster_Froedtert.JPG.jpg
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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President Viets to retire from MSOE

February 23rd, 2015

Viets.jpgPresident Hermann Viets, Ph.D. will retire from Milwaukee School of Engineering on June 30, 2015. He is only the fourth president in MSOE’s 112-year history, and currently the longest serving president at any college or university in Wisconsin. Viets has guided the university for 24 years. During that time the university’s campus footprint has grown dramatically and expanded degree programs fueled enrollment.

According to the American Council on Education, in 2011 the average length of service for a university president was seven years. MSOE is fortunate to have Viets at the helm and with the long-term vision he provided, the university is poised to continue its success for a long time.

“MSOE’s national academic reputation has grown under the steadfast leadership of Hermann Viets,” said Scott Moon, chairman of the MSOE Board of Regents. “His vision has kept MSOE firmly on the path for success and students choose to attend the university because they know they’ll achieve success in their careers upon graduation.”

“Throughout Dr. Viets’ tenure, the economy has seen ups and downs, yet the demand for MSOE graduates hasn’t wavered,” he continued. “Employers know that MSOE graduates have an immediate and significant impact on their workplace. At Res Manufacturing we hired our first MSOE student in 1995 as an intern, and last year he became president of that company.” Moon is chairman and CEO of DLSM Inc., a holding company comprised of Res Manufacturing and Kondex Corporation.

Viets’ vision for MSOE is to remain at the forefront of professional education with an emphasis on both theory and technology coupled with an intensity of appropriate laboratory experience and career practice. He has worked to broaden the academic scope of the university while maintaining its “application-oriented” philosophy and at the same time supporting those initiatives that promote a well-rounded college experience.

During Viets’ presidency, MSOE has implemented new programs including several undergraduate international study-abroad programs and a baccalaureate two-degree program. The university added a number of Bachelor of Science degrees such as actuarial science, biomolecular engineering, construction management, nursing, operations research and software engineering, as well as a freshman-to-master’s degree in civil engineering. New Master of Science degrees also were added, including perfusion, construction and business management, medical informatics (a joint program with the Medical College of Wisconsin), nursing, an MBA, MBA in education leadership and MBA in STEM leadership.

Technology continues to advance at an unbelievably fast pace as a generation of STEM professionals is beginning to retire. Recognizing the greater need to fill the pipeline with young students who are prepared to pursue a STEM education at the collegiate level, Viets partnered with Robert Kern, MSOE Regent and retired chairman of Generac Power Systems, and the Kern Family Foundation to bring Project Lead The Way to Wisconsin. This nationwide program is helping curb the ever growing shortage of STEM professionals by encouraging K-12 students to enter those fields. PLTW is a leading provider of curricular programs featuring hands-on, project-based engineering, biomedical sciences and computer science courses that expose students to these areas of study and provide a foundation and proven path to college and career success. MSOE is the National Affiliate University for PLTW programs in the state of Wisconsin. As the affiliate, MSOE’s role is to train middle and high school teachers in the curriculum so they can teach it in their respective schools; serve as an accreditation agent; educate high school counselors about the program; provide transcripted undergraduate course credit for high school students who complete the PTLW classes; and advocate for and raise awareness of the program throughout the region.

The Kern Family Foundation, a major proponent of PLTW, played a significant role in providing Wisconsin with the distinction of having the fourth largest number of schools that have adopted the PLTW curriculum. MSOE is the second largest PLTW teacher training site in the nation, and has trained more than 1,500 teachers.

MSOE is the only university in the state of Wisconsin to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in BioMolecular Engineering. The program came to fruition because of Viets’ vision, the hard work of MSOE faculty and staff, and the support of Kern and his wife Patricia. The program has put MSOE on the map as a leading institution in biomolecular engineering education, with facilities that rival those of industry leaders.

Students at MSOE are encouraged to develop their entrepreneurial skills. Under Viets’ leadership, the university’s Center for Entrepreneurship was established to advance creativity, innovation and entrepreneurialism and develop success in all fields and disciplines. MSOE received a grant from the Kern Family Foundation to help build a spirit of entrepreneurship among students, faculty and alumni. The KEEN grant, MSOE’s Center for Entrepreneurship and the Rader School of Business provide resources to launch businesses, create new products and turn innovation into success. KEEN (Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) is a consortium of 20 universities around the U.S. that strive to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in undergraduate engineering and technology students. Its mission is to graduate engineers who will contribute to business success; and in doing so, transform the American workforce.

The university’s downtown campus increased to 20 acres with the addition of Krueger Hall; Rosenberg Hall, which houses the Rader School of Business; Humphrey House; the Kern Center, a 210,000-square-foot recreation, athletic, health and wellness center; the Grohmann Museum which houses the Eckhart Grohmann Man at Work art collection; Pamela and Hermann Viets Field, a soccer/lacrosse field built atop a 780-car parking garage; and the new Grohmann Tower student apartment building. The Murphy House, in Belgium, Wis., serves as a retreat center for MSOE and provides rooms for seminars. The two-acre property was donated by the late Greta Werwath Murphy, the daughter of MSOE’s founder.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the world’s most comprehensive art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. The Man at Work collection features more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures from 1580 to the present. The collection and the funds to acquire and renovate the museum building were donated by Eckhart Grohmann, MSOE Regent. Students are learning their disciplines with an appreciation of how the fields have evolved. They are able to see the history of health care, business and engineering in the pieces at the Grohmann Museum.

Other highlights include MSOE’s implementation of the state’s first all-notebook computer campus at a university, and the establishment of the Rader School of Business and MSOE School of Nursing. In addition, the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership and Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship were established.

Viets received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Astronautics, all from Polytechnic University in New York City and Farmingdale, Long Island. He was a visiting scientist, aerospace engineer and research group leader for Wright Patterson Air Force Base Aerospace Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio; lecturer at the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium; and a research associate at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y. His other academic experience includes serving as dean of engineering at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston; associate dean for research and professor at West Virginia University, Morgantown; and professor of engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

In 1997, Viets was named “Engineer of the Year” by Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee Inc. (known today as STEM Forward), He also received the 2008 World Citizen Award from the International Institute of Wisconsin and the 2014 CTSI Bolger Award. He holds seven U.S. patents.

Viets announced his retirement to the MSOE Board of Regents in July 2014. A search committee led by Moon is currently conducting a nationwide search for Viets’ successor.

MSOE’s presidents include:

  • Oscar Werwath, founder, 1903-1948
  • Karl Werwath, 1948-1977
  • Robert R. Spitzer, Ph.D., 1977-1991
  • Hermann Viets, Ph.D., 1991-2015

 

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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