Originally published February 24, 2011
More than 60 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors, the Rader School of Business and the School of Nursing will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Winter Commencement, Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Kern Center.
The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Dr. Walter L. Robb, MSOE Regent Emeritus and consultant with Vantage Management Inc. Thomas Henry Antoine of Port Washington, Wis., is the class respondent. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree.
MSOE Winter Commencement
Saturday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. – noon
Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway
About Dr. Robb:
Dr. Walter L. Robb’s insight and leadership has led to an illustrious career in the medical technology industry. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. Robb joined General Electric’s Atomic Power Laboratory in 1951 and became a researcher at GE’s research laboratory in 1956. He held a variety of positions at GE, retiring in 1993 as senior vice president for corporate research and development.
For six years, Robb directed GE’s Schenectady Research and Development Center in New York, one of the largest and most diversified industrial laboratories with about 1,650 scientists, engineers and technicians. Robb also headed GE Medical Systems (headquartered in Milwaukee) from 1973 to 1986. During his tenure there, GE Medical Systems introduced computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners that have become the established standards in diagnostic imaging.
Robb holds 12 patents dealing with permeable membranes and separation processes, is the author of many articles published in professional journals and has won six I-R (research) awards, sponsored by Industrial Research magazine, for the most significant new technological innovation of the year. Later in his career, Robb invested in several high-tech start-up companies in New York’s Tech Valley, and was honored with a MIKE award at the sixth annual Summit in Tech Valley in 2006.
In September 1993, Robb received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton for his leadership in the diagnostic imaging industry, and he received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1994. He served as an MSOE Corporation member from 1977 to 1991, when he became an MSOE Regent. He currently serves as a Regent Emeritus.
Presently, Robb serves on the boards of two public companies, Celgene and Mechanical Technology, and six start-up companies in the medical and materials area. Robb and his wife Anne reside in Niskayuna, N.Y., and have three sons and five granddaughters, three presently in college. He still enjoys skiing and tennis as much as his busy schedule permits.
Robb is treasurer for the Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, N.Y., one of the camps that Paul Newman established for sick children. He is on the Board of Directors of Union Graduate College in Schenectady, N.Y., and co-teaches a course on leadership at the college.
MSOE is an independent university with 2,600 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and 10 master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, computer, business, nursing and health-related fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; and extremely high placement rates and starting salaries. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.