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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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Academic excellence shines at Opportunity Conference

December 1st, 2014

High school students put their computer, math and science skills to the test during Milwaukee School of Engineering’s annual Opportunity Conference in November. A total of 83 teams competed at the OP Conference, which gives high school students the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in academic pursuits.

OP Conference Computer Competition
1st place: Brookfield Central High School (Team A), Brookfield, Wis.
2nd place: Whitewater High School (Team A), Whitewater, Wis.
3rd place: Fort Atkinson High School (Team B), Fort Atkinson, Wis.

OP Conference Math Competition
1st place: Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, Ill.
2nd place: Brookfield Academy (Team 2), Brookfield, Wis.
3rd place: Marquette University High School, Milwaukee

OP Conference Science Competition
1st place: Vernon Hills High School (Team 1), Vernon Hills, Ill.
2nd place: Libertyville High School (Team 1), Libertyville, Ill.
3rd place: Arrowhead High School, Hartland, Wis.

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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Fall Commencement is Nov. 22, 2014

November 4th, 2014

Dwight Diercks ’90 to receive honorary degree

Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their diplomas at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Fall Commencement on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Kern Center. MSOE Regent Dwight Diercks ’90 will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree and deliver the keynote address.

Ryan Fessler is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Fessler is graduating with high honors and will receive two Bachelor of Science degrees—one in biomolecular engineering and another in computer engineering.

Elizabeth Kelnhofer 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. Kelnhofer, a mechanical engineering major, is graduating with honors.

Honorary Degree Recipient:

Dwight Diercks

When MSOE Regent Dwight Diercks began his career at NVIDIA in 1994 as a senior software engineer, he was employee number 22. In 1999 he was promoted to vice president. Today, the computer hardware and software giant employs more than 8,000 people; 2,600 of whom report to Dwight in his role as senior vice president of software engineering. His engineering team is one of the largest at the company and builds software for all of NVDIA’s products, ranging from cell phones and tablets to PC graphics cards, automobile dashboards, gaming machines and more.

Prior to NVIDIA, Diercks was a systems software engineer at Pellucid Inc., a PC graphics company, and a multimedia software engineer at Compaq Computer Corp.

Diercks graduated from MSOE in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering. He feels MSOE prepared him well for his career. He said, “The learning and education at MSOE was a good foundation for me. The focus on the lab work pushes you to get your hands dirty on all projects, whether you’re an engineer or a manager. It also helped me to form connections. I have worked with more than 10 people at NVIDIA who went to MSOE.”

He became a member of the MSOE Corporation in 2002, a Regent in 2005, and was inducted into MSOE’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 2006.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 students. 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 to compete at national design-build competition

October 1st, 2014

2014_DBIATeam.JPG.jpgMSOE is one of only three universities to advance to the final round of the 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Congratulations to team members (pictured, left to right): Zane Witt, AE/MSST; Donald Bogle-Boesiger, AE/CM; Benjamin Ihlen, AE/MSST; and Jordan Borst, AE/MSST. Associate Professor Robert Lemke is the team’s advisor.

Student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 120,000-square-foot comprehensive recreation center on a college campus.

The three teams moving on to the final phase of the competition are Milwaukee School of Engineering’s “Atlas Design & Construction,” University of Oklahoma’s “Sage Building and Construction,” and University of Washington’s “TASA Design-Build Collaborative.”

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the 10 regional winners for the first phase of the competition based on their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) submissions, which advanced them to the second phase of the competition. In the second phase, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was released to each finalist team. Regional winners were California State University-Long Beach, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, MSOE, New School of Architecture & Design, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington.

From this pool of regional winners, the three finalists—including MSOE—will present their proposals before a national jury on Oct. 7 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the Conference.

Composed of DBIA members, the following distinguished design and construction professionals are serving on the 2014 Design-Build Student Competition Jury: Dennis Ray Ashley, AIA, jury chair, preconstruction manager, Swinerton Builders, Denver; Greg Gidez, DBIA, AIA, LEED AP, director of preconstruction, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Greeley, Colo.; Dr. James Pocock, RA, LEED AP, professor, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.;  David Eichten, regional vice president, Charles Pankow Builders Ltd., Pasadena, Calif.; Rodney D’Spain DBIA, PE, LEED AP, regional construction manager, Burns & McDonnell, Fort Worth, Texas; Mary Anderson, senior vice president, Schnabel Engineering, Sterling, Va.; David Bloxom, DBIA, president, Speed-Fab-Crete, Fort Worth, Texas.

About DBIA

DBIA is the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost and quality goals. Unlike other student competitions, DBIA’s design-build competition is designed to mirror best practices in design-build procurement by breaking the competition into a two-phase best value process in which the regional and national jury serves as the owner’s project team.

About MSOE

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,700 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 among the best in the Midwest

August 6th, 2014

Milwaukee School of Engineering is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Only 158 institutions were named to the “Best in the Midwest” list on The Princeton Review’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

To compile their lists, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site.

The 158 colleges chosen for the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West, and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 644 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

In addition to being named one of the “Best in the Midwest,” MSOE was one of only 24 colleges nationwide included in The Princeton Review’s “2015 Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll.” The honor roll honors colleges and universities concerning their on-campus housing fire safety practices and policies, and measures how prepared they are to prevent or respond to campus fires. MSOE was the only university in Wisconsin to be named to the Fire Safety Honor Roll.

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 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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Forbes names MSOE one of Americas Top Colleges

August 1st, 2014

Milwaukee School of Engineering was named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes on its seventh annual list. MSOE has been included on the list every year since Forbes began ranking colleges and universities in 2008.

According to Forbes, “What sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in ‘output’ over ‘input.’ We’re not all that interested in what gets a student into college. Our sights are set directly on ROI: What are students getting out of college.”

Postsecondary institutions in the U.S. were evaluated in five general categories: student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate and academic success. Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in determining their list of the 650 schools that distinguish themselves from competitors by analyzing what students are getting out of their college education. There are more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the United States.

Read more about the Forbes ranking and view the complete list of America’s Top Colleges.

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 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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Milwaukee Art Museum to unveil MSOE student-built LEGO replica

June 16th, 2014

web_calatrava.jpgOne of Milwaukee’s most notable landmarks, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion, has been replicated with 15,000 LEGO pieces by students at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The creation includes the museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil, and Windhover Hall, the grand entrance of the pavilion. The replica’s wings are made of LEGOs and open and close just as the Burke Brise Soleil.

The LEGO replica will be unveiled at the Quadracci Pavilion during the museum’s Lakefront Festival of Art June 20-22, 2014.

The Quadracci Pavilion was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1997.The students worked with GRAEF, the original project’s engineering firm, to obtain plans for the building so their replica could be as accurate as possible.

The students, who are members of MSOE’s Architectural Engineering Institute, spent a combined 525 hours designing and building the project. Approximately one-third of that time was spent on the electrical components of the project and the wings. The scale of the project is 1:6, where one inch equals six feet.

Members of the team include:

  • Matt Furey, architectural engineering, Hermitage, Penn.
  • Jason Genz, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
  • Leah Hendricks, architectural engineering, De Pere, Wis.
  • Adam Laux, architectural engineering, Baraboo, Wis.
  • Michael Rajzer, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
  • Devon Searfoss, architectural engineering, Ojibwa, Wis.
  • Brittany Vitkovich, architectural engineering, Crown Point, Ind.
  • William Walters, architectural and structural engineering, Waukesha, Wis.
  • Chris Zajac ’12, structural engineering, Carol Stream, Ill.

Following the Lakefront Festival of Art, the project will be displayed at MSOE’s Walter Schroeder Library.

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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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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MSOE advances to national DBIA student competition

May 15th, 2014

The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), the only organization that defines, teaches and promotes best practices in design-build, has announced that MSOE was one of ten regional winners of its third annual National Design-Build Student Competition. Seniors Donald Bogle, AE/CM; Jordan Borst, AE/MSST; Benjamin Ihlen, AE/MSST; and Zane Witt, AE/MSST are members of MSOE’s team, which is advised by Associate Professor Robert Lemke.

Student teams from leading design, construction and engineering universities across the country entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a more than 120,000-square-foot comprehensive recreation center on a college campus.

DBIA’s 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition Regional winners represent teams from California State University, Long Beach, Colorado State University, Iowa State University, MSOE, New School of Architecture & Design, Roger Williams University, University of Florida, University of Oklahoma, and University of Washington

Regional juries, comprised of industry veteran professionals, selected the 10 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 will be invited to present their proposals before an expert panel on Oct. 4 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. The final winners will be announced and presented awards at the Conference.

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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MSOE bowlers are Academic All-Americans

May 9th, 2014

Five members of the MSOE Bowling Team were named Academic All-Americans by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association for the 2013-14 season. To qualify for this award, bowlers must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA. The team is coached by Stephanie Parrish ’03.

Congratulations to:

  • Donald Deda, mechanical engineering major
  • Brandon DuPrey, computer engineering major
  • Kyle Kallhauge, mechanical engineering major
  • Dylan Keegan, software engineering major
  • Turner Swanson, mechanical engineering major and team captain

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Back row, left to right: Coach Stephanie Parrish ’03, Kyle Kallhauge, Turner Swanson, Donald Deda.
Front row, left to right: Brandon DuPrey, Dylan Keegan

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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