MSOE’s Leadership

Dr. John Y. Walz President

Dr. John Y. Walz

MSOE is under the guidance and leadership of Dr. John Y. Walz, who began his term as the university’s fifth president on July 1, 2016.

Walz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University. After six years as a process support engineer for Shell Oil Company, Walz left to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 and returned to Tulane as an assistant professor. In 1997, Walz joined Yale University’s faculty as an associate professor of chemical engineering and in 2002 he became the department’s chairman. In 2005 he became professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech and in 2012 Walz became dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

“I strongly believe in the MSOE mission – preparing students for exceptional careers as leaders and entrepreneurs. The success of the university in fulfilling this mission is remarkable, and there is no doubt that as our society becomes more advanced, MSOE’s importance and global impact will expand.”

Walz has received honors and awards from the universities where he has taught as well as from the National Science Foundation, who awarded him a Research Initiation Award in 1993 and a Faculty Early Career Development Award in 1997. In 2010, Virginia Tech recognized the Chemical Engineering Department’s achievements, chaired by Walz, with an Exemplary Department Award. Walz is past-chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2011). He and his wife Moira have three daughters: Megan, Bridget and Emily.

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MSOE Board of Regents

The relationship between industry and the university is a hallmark of MSOE. Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university through a series of standing committees.


Dr. Daniel J. Moceri ’76
Co-founder and Executive Chairman
Convergint Technologies
Schaumberg, Ill.

Board Members

Todd A. Adams
CEO, President and Director
Rexnord Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. G. Woodrow Adkins
Managing Partner
Adkins Holdings LLC/
FCF Partners, LP
Milwaukee, Wis.

John J. (Jack) Allen ’80
American Intermodal Container Mfg.
Lisle, Ill.

Robert Arzbaecher
Retired President and CEO
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Butler, Wis.

Dr. Michael J. Barber ’82
President and CEO
Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography
GE Healthcare
Milwaukee, Wis.

Steven G. Booth
President and CEO
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. J. Michael Borden
President and CEO
Hufcor Inc.
Janesville, Wis.

Dr. Kendall G. Breunig ’79
Sunset Investors
Franklin, Wis.

Allen J. Carlson ’79
Retired President and CEO
Sun Hydraulics
Sarasota, Fla.

Bernard A. Cohen, Ph.D. ’71
Founder and President
Neurological Monitoring Associates
Milwaukee, Wis.

Brian W. Cooke
Group Vice President – Power Solutions
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Michael J. Cudahy
President and Owner
The Endeavors Group LLC
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Dwight D. Diercks ’90
Senior Vice President
Software Engineering
Santa Clara, Calif.

John E. Duncan ’79
Vice President
Industrial Division
ZF Industries Inc.
Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

Dr. Susan Feith
Vice Chairman
Mead Witter Foundation Inc.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Kevin Fletcher
WEC Energy Group’s Wisconsin Segment
Milwaukee, Wis.

Patrick Forsythe
Executive VP
Global Engineering
Generac Power Systems Inc.
Waukesha, Wis.

Richard G. Galling ’75
Retired President and COO
Hammes Co.
Brookfield, Wis.

Dudley J. Godfrey III
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Eckhart G. Grohmann
Former Chairman and President
Aluminum Casting & Engineering Co.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Robert J. Hillis
President and CEO
Direct Supply Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Michael E. Hora
Former Vice President
A.T. Kearney
New York, N.Y.

Ronald J. Jensen ’74
Retired President and CEO
Paper Pak Industries
La Verne, Calif.

Dr. Robert D. Kern
Retired Chairman
Generac Power Systems
Waukesha, Wis.

Jay V. Loewi
President and Owner
QTI Group
Madison, Wis.

Paul B. Luber
CEO and Co-owner
Grafton, Wis.
CEO, SuperSteel Products Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. John A. Mellowes
Retired Chairman and CEO
Charter Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Mequon, Wis.

Dr. Scott Moon
Chairman and CEO
Milwaukee, Wis.

Edward W. Raether ‘68
Retired Vice President and Managing Principal
Industrial Valuation Group Associates Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. James C. Rahn
Kern Family Foundation
Waukesha, Wis.

Dr. Agustin A. Ramirez
Executive Chairman and CEO
HUSCO International
Waukesha, Wis.

Michael Reader
Precision Plus
Elkhorn, Wis.

Dr. Kathleen M. Ruehlow ’72
Ruehlow Family Foundation
Oconomowoc, Wis.

Dr. Alan J. Ruud ’69, P.E.
DeltaHawk Engines Inc.
Racine, Wis.

John L. Schliesmann
Attorney, Shareholder
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Milwaukee, Wis.

David A. Selby ’79, ’00
Senior Vice President
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. John S. Shiely
Chairman Emeritus
Briggs & Stratton Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Gary A. Stimac ’73
Compaq Founder, and
Retired Senior Vice President and General Manager
Systems Division
Montgomery, Texas

Dr. Dawn A. Tabat
Executive Vice President of Community and External Relations
Generac Power Systems
Waukesha, Wis.

Alfred J. Tector, M.D.
Retired CEO
Midwest Heart Surgery Institute
Medical Director of Transplant Programs
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Milwaukee, Wis.

Mark Train
Retired President and CEO
Jason Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. David V. Uihlein Jr.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects
Milwaukee, Wis.

Gary J. Vroman ’91
Ladish Co. Foundation
Cudahy, Wis.

Robert A. Wagner ’64
Chairman and CEO
R & B Wagner Inc.
Butler, Wis.

Dr. James B. Wigdale
Former Chairman
Marshall & Ilsley Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Dr. Neal K. Wunderlich ’74, P.E.
Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Eden Prairie, Minn.