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Milwaukee Tool donation connects students to future careers

October 12th, 2017

Milwaukee Tool engineers (and MSOE mechanical engineering alumni) gather with faculty from MSOE's Mechanical Engineering Department

Milwaukee Tool engineers gather with faculty from MSOE’s Mechanical Engineering Department. All of these engineers are mechanical engineering alumni.

Oct. 12, 2017 — MSOE students recently had the opportunity to get a glimpse into potential careers when Milwaukee Tool sent about a dozen engineers (all of whom are MSOE alumni) to campus for a hands-on demonstration of their tools. Students, faculty and members of the MSOE Facilities Department interacted with Milwaukee Tool’s engineers and learned more about the engineering that went into the development and creation of the tools.

Industry partnerships are a critical part of the MSOE curriculum and a practice that is mutually beneficial: leading manufacturers have access to potential future employees and students experience real-world applications of their education.

“Milwaukee Tool is a longtime supporter of MSOE and we are continuing to increase our contributions,” said Matt Bertsch ’97, vice president of engineering – cordless NPD at Milwaukee Tool.

The company recently showed their support of the university with a donation that will both enhance the classroom experience and the campus as a whole. MSOE the grateful recipient of nearly $15,000 worth of Milwaukee Tool products for the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Facilities Department, which allowed them to standardize their tool set and have a consistent set of batteries and devices to maintain laboratories as well as campus buildings and grounds.

MSOE students had the opportunity to pre-register with Milwaukee Tool for the MSOE Career Fair.

MSOE students had the opportunity to pre-register with Milwaukee Tool for the MSOE Career Fair.

“This donation is a welcome addition to the tools available to our students for work on class and senior projects,” said Dr. Matthew Panhans, chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. “Not only will it help their projects, the students are benefitting from the relationship MSOE has with Milwaukee Tool.”

“We view MSOE as a strategic partner to our growth and want the facilities staff to have the best tools to do their jobs. Through our contributions to labs, SAE, ASME, IEEE, etc. we want to strengthen our brand recognition on campus as well as provide students and staff excellent tools to do their jobs and become the world’s best engineers.”

In addition, the hands-on demo served as an opportunity for students to register their information and credentials with Milwaukee Tool in advance of the MSOE Career Fair, where the company would be an exhibitor. Ninety-six students registered, and many of them were interviewed on campus after interacting with Milwaukee Tool’s recruiters at the Career Fair—several received immediate offers.

“We considered it a huge success and are discussing future events of similar or larger scope. Milwaukee Tool has an incredible amount of opportunities for MSOE students and graduates: new product development, mechanism design, value engineering, quality, test engineering, firmware, hardware, software, App development,” said Bertsch. “Milwaukee Tool is an engineer’s paradise – we strive to employ the best and brightest while equipping them with the highest caliber of support equipment, software and staff. Milwaukee Tool has grown at over 20 percent per year since 2009 and we have aggressive plans to continue this world-class expansion. We are continuously recruiting for new team members to join us in our vision and culture.”

Members of MSOE's Facilities Department

Members of MSOE’s Facilities Department

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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FLAME Project introduces girls to mechanical engineering

March 21st, 2017

2017_news_flame1March 21, 2017 — Two dozen high school girls spent a Saturday at MSOE to learn more about the field of mechanical engineering. They toured MSOE’s laboratories and heard from faculty and students about the different career opportunities that are available to mechanical engineers.

It was all part of the new FLAME Project (Female Leaders Advocating for Mechanical Engineering) at MSOE. Of the 303,000 mechanical engineers in the United States, only 8.8 percent are female. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Women in the Labor Force). Thanks to an anonymous donor, MSOE was able to offer the FLAME Project to engage young female students in on-campus activities to expose them to the field and encourage them to pursue an education in mechanical engineering.

The students also had the opportunity to put their own skills to the test in a team-based engineering challenge. They designed and built self-propelled cars using common household items such as a mousetrap, CDs, string and paint sticks. Many of them reported that the design challenge was their favorite part of the day. In a post-event survey, 81 percent of the participants indicated they planned to study engineering in college, and 43 percent plan to study mechanical engineering specifically.

The project was led by MSOE’s student chapters of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and Society for Women Engineers (SWE).

2017_news_flame2While the on-campus workshop is complete, the enthusiasm will carry forward. Ten of the participants are planning to replicate the same design challenge at their respective middle schools so that even younger female students have the opportunity to learn about mechanical engineering.

In addition, members of ASME and SWE will visit Notre Dame Middle School in Milwaukee to inspire young female students and engage them in the design challenge on April 24.

MSOE offers a number of precollege programs for middle and high school students, including summer programs. For more information, visit msoe.edu/precollege.

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 percent 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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Society of American Military Engineers honors MSOE student

May 19th, 2014

Dylan Shiltz, a senior mechanical engineering student, received the SAME ROTC Award of Merit. The award was presented by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Steindl on behalf of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) at the Tri-ROTC awards ceremony. Shiltz is part of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), a college-based program for training commissioned officers of the United States armed forces. He also is an MSOE University Scholar and has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.0.

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The SAME ROTC Award of Merit is a bronze medal with bronze key replica, and was authorized in 1948 to be awarded annually to outstanding junior and senior engineering students in the ROTC. A central military service board in each case selects the outstanding students for the awards from nominations submitted by the Professors of Military Science and Technology, Professors of Naval Science, and Professors of Aerospace Studies.

To be eligible for the award students must be a junior or senior engineering student actively enrolled in an ABET accredited school and in ROTC. Nominees must be in the top 25 percent of their engineering class and in the top 25 percent of their ROTC class. A maximum of 20 medals per service area (Air Force, Army and Navy) may be given. Shiltz was one of only two students who received this award in the Northwest Detachment.

“I’ve had Dylan in several classes and have worked closely with him on two different energy research projects,” said Dr. Christopher Damm, mechanical engineering professor. “Academically, Dylan is one of the best students I have known in 13 years of college teaching. He is also a gifted leader, with a quiet confidence that people respond to. He has a tremendously bright future ahead of him.”

Shiltz joined the Air Force ROTC for a number of reasons. “Like many engineering students, I am drawn to opportunities to work on exciting technology, and the Air Force offers engineering opportunities that simply cannot be found elsewhere,” he said. “I am also constantly seeking to challenge myself and develop my leadership skills. Most importantly, however, I feel extremely fortunate to live in a country where our security and freedoms are so well protected, in a world where this is not the case for many. I think it’s important that we each find our own way to give back to society, to take advantage of our opportunities, and to ensure that these opportunities are passed on to others.”

“I knew I wanted to pursue engineering before I had finished high school,” said Shiltz. “I took two Project Lead The Way courses, which helped me determine that mechanical engineering was my major of choice. As a Milwaukee native, MSOE seemed like a natural choice to pursue my undergraduate education.”

“Throughout my AFROTC experience, I have enjoyed the camaraderie with my fellow cadets more than anything. It’s very rewarding working with others who share your values and interests, facing challenges together, and learning from each other.”

After graduating from MSOE, Shiltz will attend MIT to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Ultimately, he plans to enter the active duty Air Force as a developmental engineer.

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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New mechatronics/fluid power lab coming soon

January 17th, 2014

The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded $97,000 to Milwaukee School of Engineering to establish a mechatronics/fluid power laboratory that will include modular hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical, and electrical components.

The lab will support a transformative curriculum that will develop mechanical engineering students’ technical skills throughout their four years of undergraduate study. Fluid power, mechatronics and computer technologies will be used to build student skills in modeling and simulation as well as in experimental techniques and instrumentation. Open-ended laboratory and design experiences in the junior and senior years will foster creativity and innovation and better prepare graduates to work in emerging fields of mobile hydraulics, industrial pneumatics, advanced manufacturing, medical applications, and sustainable energy technologies.

Dr. John Pakkala, associate professor, and Dr. Joseph Musto, professor, will lead the development of the laboratory, which will be in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Preliminary design work is currently underway and the lab is scheduled to be ready for student use by Fall 2015.

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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