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2015_Top_Logo-02-02.jpgMilitary Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Milwaukee School of Engineering the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to  Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. (See msoe.edu/veterans and the MSOE Military & Veteran Students online group.)

The guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Now in its eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Performance ratings are listed by category, enabling prospective students to quickly target those that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

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.

Military Advanced Education (www.mae-kmi.com) serves education services officers (ESOs) and transition officers (TOs) at every U.S. military installation, along with the service members they counsel.  Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights, service member, school, and program profiles, and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. (www.kmimediagroup.com) is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations. Serving as a unique forum for senior military and Department of Defense leadership, KMI focuses on distinct and essential communities within the defense market.

Students from Mitchell Middle School in Racine, Wis., were the 2014 Overall Winners in the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge. The team was coached by Keith Kohlmann.

2014 Fluid Power Challenge.jpgThe competition is designed to get middle school students excited about fluid power and on Dec. 8, 34 teams competed at MSOE. There were four students on each team, and they worked hard to design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completed, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio was used in the final evaluation.

Six teams from Lake Country School (Hartland, Wis.) participated in the challenge. Team A was the 2014 Design Winner and Team D was the 2014 Portfolio Winner. Fred Levenhagen was the coach.

Team C from St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (Milwaukee) was the 2014 Challenge Winner and Melissa Steidl was their coach. Five teams from STAA participated.

Lake Shore Middle School (Mequon, Wis.) was the 2014 Teamwork Winner. Charles Harris was their coach.

This was the largest NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at MSOE to date. Students were introduced to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in November where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge, they returned to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Advance Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Force America, GS Hydraulics, HUSCO Intl., JM Grimstad, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Sun Hydraulics and Web Tech.

Participating schools included:

Brookfield
Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Hartland
Lake Country School (6 teams)
North Shore Middle School (4 teams)

Mequon
Lake Shore Middle School (2 teams)
Steffen Middle School (2 teams)

Milwaukee
Bruce Guadalupe Community School
Golda Meir School (2 teams)

Humboldt Park School (3 teams)
Milwaukee Scholars Charter Academy
Thomas Aquinas Academy (5 teams)

Mukwonago
Park View Middle School

Racine
Mitchell Middle School
Starbuck Middle School

Waterford
Fox River Middle School (4 teams)

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

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.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is hosting the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, a competition that gets middle school students excited about fluid power. On Monday, Dec. 8, 33 teams of eighth-grade students will design and build fluid power mechanisms that pick an object from one platform, rotate and place it on another. In addition to the number of pick-and-place cycles a school’s machine completes, a review of each team’s design approach, teamwork and portfolio will be used in the final evaluation.

This is the largest NFPA Fluid Power Challenge held at MSOE to date. Students were introduced to the world of engineering and fluid power during an on-campus workshop in November where they built a pneumatic lifter. During the Challenge on Dec. 8, they return to campus to apply their knowledge and compete against other teams and gain more hands-on experience while building a fluid power mechanism with real world applicability.

Through the Challenges, the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) hopes to encourage students to select more mathematics and science courses in their high school curricula to keep their options open for technology-based post-secondary studies. The program is sponsored by Advance Hydraulics, Bosch Rexroth, Force America, GS Hydraulics, HUSCO Intl., JM Grimstad, Poclain Hydraulics, Price Engineering, Sun Hydraulics and Web Tech.

Participating schools include:

Brookfield
Wisconsin Hills Middle School

Hartland
Lake Country School (6 teams)
North Shore Middle School (4 teams)

Mequon
Lake Shore Middle School
Steffen Middle School

Milwaukee
Bruce Guadalupe Community School
Golda Meir School (2 teams)
Humboldt Park School (3 teams)
Milwaukee Scholars Charter Academy
Thomas Aquinas Academy (5 teams)

Mukwonago
Park View Middle School

Racine
Mitchell Middle School (2 teams)
Starbuck Middle School

Waterford
Fox River Middle School (4 teams)

A video of teams in action can be seen at http://www.nfpafoundation.org/FPChallenge/Index.aspx

To learn more about the NFPA Fluid Power Challenge, please contact Carrie Tatman Schwartz, NFPA Program Manager at (414) 778-3347 or ctschwartz@nfpa.com, National Fluid Power Association, 3333 N. Mayfair Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53222.

NFPA provides a forum for the fluid power industry’s channel partners—manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, customers and educators. Its 335+ U.S. and multinational members work cooperatively in advancing hydraulic and pneumatic technology through the association’s many programs and initiatives.

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.

2015_STEMJobs.jpgMilwaukee School of Engineering has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media. The inaugural list is the first of its kind to rate universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high demand, high growth STEM occupations.

MSOE was among more than 1,600 schools participating in the STEM JobsSM survey process, which scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary questions around three key indicators of success: STEM job alignment, STEM job placement, and diversity in STEM programs. MSOE will be featured in the Winter 2015 issue of STEM JobsSM magazine, along with the entire 2015 list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges.

“With the list of STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges we’re able to help parents, students and guidance counselors evaluate how well education is translating into real-world jobs, and how responsive institutions are to meeting those demands,” said Daniel Nichols, president of STEM JobsSM.

The STEM JobsSM Approved Colleges survey measures how effectively schools align their programs to high demand, high paying STEM jobs, and how well they assist their students in achieving career aspirations in STEM fields. A complete description of the methodology is available at www.stemjobs.com.

Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Victory Media connects individuals in transition with education, business, and career opportunities. It provides members of the military community with resources and information to evaluate civilian opportunities. The company extended its reach by introducing STEM JobsSM tools, media and curriculum designed to engage students, along with their parents, teachers and guidance counselors, as they make education and career planning decisions.

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.

MSOE’s 2014 Fall Quarter Dean’s and Honors Lists have been released. Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (out of 4.0) are on the Dean’s List. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive “high honors.” Students on the Honors List have earned a term grade point average of at least 3.2 (out of 4.0) and are not on the Dean’s List.

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Students: want to be a celebrity in your hometown? Make sure you fill out the hometown news release form so MSOE can send out positive news about you to your hometown newspaper.

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 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.

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.

MSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International took first place at the SAE Student Night, sponsored by the SAE Milwaukee professional section. Chapters from Marquette University, Michigan Tech, MSOE, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison gathered for the annual event to present their chapter’s accomplishments, strategic initiatives and collegiate design series technical accomplishments. The groups were judged by the SAE professional members in attendance (from industry and academia).

MSOE SAE is a student-led organization that strives to expose students to different facets of the transportation industry and the technologies within this dynamic field. The chapter is currently working on several projects, including SuperMileage, Formula Hybrid, and Aero design teams and an annual car show. They also organize events throughout the year, host industry speakers at their biweekly meetings, conduct community outreach activities, and provide leadership development.

2014_SAE.jpgThe group currently has 132 members and is the second largest student chapter in the U.S. and third largest in the world. Its board members are mechanical engineering majors Karl Hundt, president; Adrian Robillard, vice president; Lauren Goulet, secretary; Simon Gall, treasurer; Ben Mueller, sponsorship coordinator; Brandon Vanderheyden, program coordinator; Greg Kucab, design team liaison; and David Doyle, webmaster. Dr. Christopher Damm, professor and mechanical engineering program director, is the group’s faculty advisor.

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.

Originators of the deep dish pizza, Rudy Malnati brings family’s famous nationally renowned Chicago pizza traditions to Milwaukee; Voted #1 thin-crust pizza by Oprah Winfrey

pizanos.jpgMilwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and Rudy Malnati Jr. announced the famous Chicago deep dish pizza restaurant, Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta, will open on the first floor of the MSOE Tower Apartments, located at 1150 N. Water Street, in late spring 2015. Malnati owns six Pizano’s locations in Illinois and Rudy’s Bar and Grille in Chicago. This will be the company’s first Wisconsin Pizano’s location.

The family’s pizza history dates back to 1943 when Rudy Malnati Sr. opened the first Pizzeria Uno in Chicago and founded the “Deep Dish Pizza,” an innovative creation that made a meal of pizza. Rudy Malnati Jr., son of Rudy Malnati Sr. and brother of Lou Malnati, opened his first Pizano’s in 1991, keeping the family legacy and deep-dish pizza tradition alive. Pizano’s pizza has received numerous national recognitions, voted #1 thin-crust pizza by Oprah Winfrey, named one of the nation’s top by USA Today, ranked #4 on a national list of America’s 35 Best Pizzas by The Daily Meal and was featured on the Today Show as one of Chicago’s best.

“I am excited to bring my family recipes and Italian traditions to Milwaukee for the first time,” said Malnati “Our first Wisconsin location will feature our famous gourmet deep dish pizzas, our award-winning thin crust pizzas and other signature menu items. Pizano’s Pizza is looking forward to establishing itself here in Milwaukee and sharing the Pizano’s experience with students, residents and businesses in the surrounding area.”

The 8,500 square-foot restaurant will be located in the vacant retail space of the 14-story MSOE apartment building. MSOE purchased the building in 2013 and completed the first phase of construction in time for students to move in for the 2014-15 academic year. There are 102 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments to meet the demand of MSOE’s growing student population. The second phase of construction to finish the upper floors will be completed in spring 2015.

“The Tower Apartments add more life to downtown Milwaukee,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “We’ve turned a blighted property into a vibrant location, and we are pleased to have Pizano’s Pizza on campus. Not only will it be popular among our students, downtown visitors are looking forward to authentic Italian cuisine in the heart of the city.”

Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta will seat approximately 260 guests and plans include an outdoor seating area during the warmer months. Pending city approval, a full-service, U-shaped bar will serve as a focal point. A glass wall will separate the bar from the seating area and the restaurant will feature a separate takeout area where individuals and students can pick-up menu items to go or pizza by the slice. The concept will include sports memorabilia and décor with multiple large screen TVs, in a warm, family-friendly environment.

Adding to the excitement and nightlife on Water Street, Malnati said Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta will be another great location for watching the latest sporting events while enjoying a beer, cocktail, authentic, high-quality Italian fare, sandwiches and burgers. “At Pizano’s, we want to create a warm, inviting atmosphere built on great service and food – a place you will want to come back to. This is an exciting day for us as we bring our traditions of family, friendship and great food to Milwaukee.”

With Pizano’s locations in the Loop, State Street, Dearborn, Division, Lincoln Avenue and Glenview, Ill., the family recipe is known to produce the most addictive thin crust in Chicago, featuring irresistible caramelized edges. Famous deep dish pizzas, which allow 30 minutes for preparation, include a variety of restaurant specials such as the ‘Hey Hey’ Jack Brickhouse Special featuring sausage and mushroom, Rudy’s Special featuring cheese, sausage, mushroom, onion and green pepper, Vegetarian Special and Mark’s Special featuring sliced tomatoes, basil and fresh garlic. Nine-inch gluten-free thin-crust pizzas are also available.

In addition to pizza, Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta offers traditional Italian dishes and pastas such as chicken parmesan, chicken marsala, chicken cacciatore, traditional spaghetti or mostaccioli, homemade fettuccini alfredo, seafood marinara, homemade angel hair pasta, four-cheese homemade tortellini, gnocchi and a variety of additional homemade pasta dishes. Delicious custom-made burgers and sandwiches are also available, and are served with fresh cut French fried potatoes, creamy coleslaw and a dill pickle.

Appetizers include Italian favorites such as fried calamari, Portobello mushrooms, bruschetta, sausage and peppers, Annette’s tomato bread, toasted ravioli, cheesy garlic bread, cheese sticks and chicken wings. Fresh salads, such as the antipasto salad, Caesar salad, BBQ chicken chopped salad and Pizano’s chopped salad are perfect for the lunch crowd or those who may want a lighter meal. And who can’t live without dessert? Dessert offerings include the famous Holly and Little Rudy’s Chocolate Chip Cookie which serves two, Uncle Bill’s cheesecake, Annette’s peanut butter cookie and more.

Visit www.pizanoschicago.com for a full menu preview, history and location information. Follow Pizano’s on Facebook and Twitter for updates, specials and other exciting happenings.

About the MSOE Tower Apartments

The MSOE Tower Apartments building originally was slated to be an extended-stay hotel, but the project went bankrupt while it was under construction in 2008. Thanks to a generous donation, MSOE was able to acquire the unfinished building in October 2013 and work feverishly to complete the first phase of construction in time for the 2014-15 academic year.

Currently 184 MSOE students live in 102 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments on the fourth through ninth floors. Construction is under way on floors 10-14 which will feature apartments and conference rooms.

The first floor features retail space, currently occupied by Qdoba Mexican Grill. Pizano's Pizza & Pasta will occupy the remaining 8,500 square-feet of retail space.

MSOE 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.

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.

Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president, received the 2014 CTSI Bolger Award at the fifth annual Milwaukee Regional Research Forum – CTSI – Public Policy Forum Viewpoint luncheon on Oct. 27.

The CTSI Bolger Award, in addition to recognizing and preserving the historic accomplishments of former Medical College of Wisconsin president T. Michael Bolger, also recognizes international, national or regional individuals or organizations whose accomplishments have resulted in improved patient care and/or the treatment and curing of disease. Dr. Viets’ leadership at MSOSE has resulted in substantial involvement in research undertaken to improve health care.

MSOE has been a member of the CTSI since its inception in 2010. “Milwaukee is fortunate to have many top-notch academic, health care and engineering professionals and resources in the area. It is logical and practical for us to work together on research projects to improve patient care,” said Dr. Viets. “Each institution brings a unique set of knowledge and skills to the Clinical Translational Science Institute, making it a very powerful collaboration. From discovering new principles to applying those means to practical human means, I am pleased that MSOE is part of the work happening in the CTSI, which has improved the health of Wisconsin residents.”

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.

2014_ASC.JPG.jpgFour teams of architectural engineering and construction management students from Milwaukee School of Engineering traveled to the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 3 Conference and Student Competitions in October. They took first in the nation in two competitions: health care and virtual design/construction; first place in the regional design/build competition; and third place in the national electrical 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 and tested each team’s ability to estimate and plan the construction of a hospital and their ability to present that plan professional and efficiently to a client. MSOE competed against Purdue, Sacramento State, Ohio State University and others. Congratulations to team members: Sitlalic Aguilar, Trevor Koziczkowski (captain), Michael Laskowski, Ryan Moldenhauer, Jill Vande Boom, Brett Vollmer and coach Dr. Jeong Woo.

National Champion: Virtual Design and Construction

The Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Team won the National Open Championship. Mortenson Construction sponsored this competition in which teams submitted proposals addressing the many aspects of VDC including site logistics, building information modeling, 4D scheduling, 5D estimating, quality management and clash detection for a data center facility in the central United States. Congratulations to team members Jacki Lesser, Mark Peterson, Theo Sessler, Marina Sharp, James Simonson, Justin Wolfenden and coach Dr. Jeong Woo.

Regional Champion: Design/Build Team

The Design/Build Team won the regional title with their RFP for a multi-story urban mixed-use development. McCarthy sponsored the competition. Congratulations to Sarah Bower, Jessica Johnson, Chad Kraus, Travis Smith, Morgan Squiers, Marly Trier and coach DeAnna Leitzke.

National Third Place: Electrical Team

The Electrical Team took third place in the National Open Competition, which was sponsored by Aldridge Electric.  The team submitted a proposal for the electrical design and construction plan for Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago, including an emphasis on safety, strategies to deal with a constrained site and using prefabrication to get the materials on site ready for installation. Congratulations to Zachary Dawiec, Margot Giesey, Adam Heffington, Adam Hurtz, Brian McCabe, Cory Miklas and coach Christine Brotz.

Since entering the competition in 1999, MSOE has had 23 top three places in national student competitions and 12 national championship teams. No other university in the country has experienced the consistent level of success demonstrated by MSOE.

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.

Moon_Scott.jpgDr. Scott Moon, chairman and CEO of DLSM Inc. in Milwaukee, has been named the new chairman of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Board of Regents. He has served on the board since 1993. He succeeds Dr. Alan J. Ruud ’69, P.E., vice chairman of Cree Inc., who was chairman of the Board of Regents for four years.

Born in Milwaukee, Moon graduated in 1974 from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in management science. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1976. After working several summers in internship programs at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., Moon joined Bee Chemical Co. in Chicago as a market development specialist. In 1979, he joined Res Manufacturing as sales manager and became president in 1982. In 2014 Moon received an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics from MSOE.

For many years, Moon was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where he served as a director of the YPO Manufacturing Project, and as vice chairman of YPO Manufacturing Seminars. He chaired a YPO program for high school and college educators at New United Motors Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI), the joint venture between Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Corp., and also the YPO Manufacturing Excellence Seminar at Motorola Inc. He worked with Motorola to put together a series of one-week seminars on quality improvement methodologies for YPOers and their key reports.

In 1999 Moon purchased DLSM Inc. becoming its CEO. DLSM is a holding company containing Res Manufacturing and Kondex Corp. Res Manufacturing is a diversified contract manufacturer of metal components supplied to the U.S. automotive and appliance industries. Kondex Corp. supplies cutting parts to the agriculture and turf care markets.

Moon has been a member of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executives Organization (CEO), which are global organizations for education and idea exchange between leaders of businesses.

In addition to Moon being named chairman, the following individuals have been elected to the Board of Regents:  Dudley J. Godfrey III, first vice president/financial advisor, Morgan Stanley, and Ronald J. Jensen ’74, president and CEO of Paper Pak Industries.

Godfrey_Dudley.pngDudley J. Godfrey III is first vice president and financial advisor at Morgan Stanley in Milwaukee. Morgan Stanley serves as a financial advisor to companies, governments and investors from around the world.  Godfrey joined the firm in 1981. He holds an MBA – Finance from UW-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in finance from UW-Madison. He holds the Series 7 – General Securities License and Series 63 – Uniform State Exam. Godfrey was honored by Smith Barney for 30 years of loyal service and was named to the Smith Barney President’s Council.

Jensen_Ron.jpgRonald J. Jensen ’74 has been the president and CEO of Paper Pak Industries since 2003. PPI has been a pioneer in the introduction of absorbent technologies to the global marketplace for more than 50 years and works in the food, medical and safety industries. Jensen has significant experience in devising strategy and building businesses in China, Europe, Mexico, South America and Asia and has accelerated PPI’s growth in global markets. He has driven improvements in sales and operations, along with a large expansion of new product development. He is a 1974 alumnus of MSOE and holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial management.

MSOE also welcomed new Corporation members:

  • Charles P. Hoke, managing director, Standish International LLP, Mequon, Wis.
  • Jeff Koenitzer ’80, vice president, Helwig Carbon Products, Milwaukee
  • Thomas LaGuardia, vice president-marketing, Milwaukee Valve, New Berlin, Wis.
  • Craig A. Miller ’89, senior vice president, Bert Davis Consulting Services, Milwaukee
  • Michael Reader, president, Precision Plus, Elkhorn, Wis.
  • Robert Whitney, P.E., president, MacLean-Fogg Engineered Plastics Co., Mundelein, Ill.

 

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.

Erich Mercker and Technical Subjects:
A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany

 

Mercker Book Cover.jpgErich Mercker is almost completely unknown in the United States and the English speaking world; even among art historians in his native Germany his name is not familiar. This industrial artist produced more than 3,000 paintings during the course of his career, yet a full-length biography on him did not exist until now. Dr. Patrick Jung, associate professor in MSOE’s General Studies Department, and former faculty member Carma Stahnke co-authored Erich Mercker and Technical Subjects: A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany.

This biography offers a thorough examination of Mercker’s work within the larger context of German art history during the 20th century. According to the authors, this book was written for the general reader who is interested in learning more about Mercker and the artistic and historical contexts in which he lived and worked. As such, they provide the necessary background information concerning Germany and its rich artistic heritage to allow the reader to fully understand and appreciate Mercker’s corpus of paintings.

To celebrate the release of this title, Jung has curated an exhibit at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, entitled Erich Mercker: Painter of Industry, on display now through Dec. 14. New perspectives on the artist’s life, career and art are presented in this captivating exhibition of a master of industrial painting.

Museum guests are invited to a special gallery talk event with Jung during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the event. Erich Mercker and Technical Subjects: A Landscape and Industrial Artist in Twentieth-Century Germany will be available for purchase at the Grohmann Museum’s gift shop.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. This includes the world’s largest collection of Erich Mercker’s paintings; 82 finished paintings and more than 1,000 images of Mercker’s studies.

The Man at Work collection reflects a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,700 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

Wisconsin is at the forefront of technology development in the 21st century and its high school students are a part of that trend, as proven by the winners of the 2014 Wisconsin Engineering Design Competition, sponsored by Rockwell Automation and administered by Milwaukee School of Engineering.

First Place winner Trenton Charlson, a junior at Oconomowoc (Wis.) High School, earned top honors and a $5,000 cash prize for his project, “Active Radiation Shielding for Manned Interplanetary Space Flight.”  The Second Place winners were seniors Heidi Golembiewski and Lauren Champeau from Saint Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, whose project was “Theraband Rehabilitation.”  Third Place was awarded for the “Pneumatic Nail Gun Safety” submission by seniors William Caldwell and Robert “Tommy” Lancaster of James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wis.

The annual competition is open to students enrolled in Project Lead The Way’s capstone course, Engineering Design & Development (EDD), which is currently offered at 37 high schools across the Badger state. This year there were 19 entries, which were evaluated by two dozen judges, each of whom reviewed five projects. The judges included STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) educators and professionals from an array of companies such as 3M, Rockwell Automation, Eaton, Kohler, Monarch, Bemis Company, Joy Global, John Deere and others.

The awards will be presented during the 2014 Annual PLTW Professional Development Conference on Nov. 17 at the Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee, Wis., with the winners’ EDD teachers – Robert Blersch of Oconomowoc, Sharon Tomski of Milwaukee and David Lynch of Madison – invited to attend.

In addition to earning a cash award and/or a certificate of commendation and plaque for each school, the winning portfolios will be evaluated for commercial development by the Small Business Development Center at UW-Whitewater.  Funding will be provided for a comprehensive New Product Development Assessment, covering technical feasibility, review of potential competition, estimates of market demand, industry trends, etc.

“This year’s competition was supported by numerous technology and engineering-related businesses throughout Wisconsin, who recognize the value and importance of supporting STEM education and the next generation of engineers,” said Patricia Deibert, associate director of PLTW-Wisconsin.  “Individuals from those companies served not only as judges, but also as mentors for all kinds of EDD projects at schools statewide.”

The competition recognizes and rewards outstanding student projects and highlights the importance of engineering design and problem solving in STEM education. Students identify a need and address it through the design process in the capstone course, building upon the rest of the PLTW curriculum.

While developing projects, students use the online Innovation Portal to house their portfolio of work, evaluate it using a standard scoring rubric and communicate with teachers, mentors and each other.  The password-protected system allows each judge access to his or her assigned entries for evaluation and scoring.  The utility of the Innovation Portal allows this competition to be easily replicated by PLTW organizations in other states, extending the reach and impact of the concept to encompass hundreds of additional students and their projects.

“All of the entries exemplify the outstanding work being done by PLTW students across the state,” Deibert says.  “Unlike most high school courses, Engineering Design & Development is largely unstructured and wide open for students to propose and develop imaginative solutions to real world problems.  The breadth and depth of their work is nothing short of amazing.”

With the 2014-2015 school year under way, EDD students will again have the opportunity to submit their work for consideration in the spring.  “The 2014 competition was a pilot event that we’re building on for 2015,” Deibert says. “Based upon its success, we anticipate receiving even more submissions from student teams across Wisconsin at schools that are offering either PLTW capstone course – EDD for Engineering or Biomedical Innovation (BI) for Biomedical Science.

ABOUT PLTW

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum, high quality professional development, and an engaged network of educators, students, universities and professionals. PLTW's comprehensive curriculum has been collaboratively designed by PLTW teachers, university educators, engineering and biomedical professionals, and school administrators to promote critical thinking, creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving skills in students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,200 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students. For more information, visit www.pltw.org.

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.

2014_DBIA_Champs2_web.jpgA team of four students from Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department took first place at the 2014 National Design-Build Student Competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). MSOE entered the competition to demonstrate design-build best practices by proposing a delivery solution to design and construct a $34 million, 120,000-square-foot activity and recreation facility for Beloit College in Beloit, Wis.

MSOE’s team presented its proposal before a national jury on Oct. 7 during the 2014 Design-Build Conference and Expo in Dallas, Texas. Other finalists making presentations included University of Oklahoma and University of Washington.

The winning team members, their majors and hometowns are:

  • Donald Bogle-Boesiger, architectural engineering and construction management, Bloomington, Ill.
  • Jordan Borst, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Wauwatosa, Wis.
  • Benjamin Ihlen, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Trevor, Wis.
  • Zane Witt, architectural engineering and structural engineering, Albuquerque, N.M.

Associate Professor Robert Lemke, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the team’s advisor.

“What set the Milwaukee School of Engineering team apart was their thorough dissection of the owner’s requirements to understand the owner’s vision in their written response to the RFP. During the presentation to the panel, they communicated with confidence and passion their ability to provide those design and construction services,” said jury chairman Dennis Ray Ashley, AIA, LEED AP, DBIA. “I’m so thankful and privileged to be able to participate in this RFQ/RFP competition that simulates the industry to assist in developing skills vital to their success in beginning their careers.”

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.

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.