Originally published September 12, 2012

Students at Milwaukee School of Engineering now have access to the latest technologies available from Apple. The Gene Carter Apple Technologies Learning Suite was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Dr. Gene P. Carter, MSOE Regent Emeritus and alumnus.

The learning suite has been outfitted with iMac computers, iTouch mobile devices, iPad tablets and Apple TV digital streaming technology. In addition, the classroom layout was redesigned to allow for small group collaboration. The modular concept is intended to capitalize on Apple’s mobile technology and includes global multi-media connections that will allow students and faculty to connect live audio and video to any place in the world.

Carter has supported MSOE’s efforts to provide students with high-tech computer equipment since 1989, when he established the Carter Desktop Media Laboratory. Several renovations and upgrades to the laboratory have occurred since then, and Carter’s most recent contribution brings the total to just over $300,000.

“Gene Carter has led a very successful career at Apple Computer and with his own companies. We are proud to call him an MSOE alumnus,” said Dr. Hermann Viets. “We are grateful for the continued dedication Gene and his wife Patricia have shown to MSOE.”

Students in the technical communications program and MSOE’s Rader School of Business use the new technology in their promotions/advertising and desktop publishing classes. Software engineering students use the space for a mobile programming course featuring Apple’s iOS.

“The renovation of this learning suite will serve as a template for future classroom upgrades in Rosenberg Hall, including the integration of mobile technology, modular teaching and learning space, and digital connections to a world of resources,” said Dr. Steven Bialek, chair of the MSOE Rader School of Business.

About Gene P. Carter
Gene P. Carter earned a degree in electronic communications technology from MSOE in 1960. After graduation, Carter worked for Sandia Corp. as a technical staff assistant until 1966 when he accepted a position with Fairfield Semiconductor.

Carter was vice president of sales and a member of the original Apple Computer Inc. management team from 1977 to 1984. He was responsible for creating the sales and distribution strategy for the company’s growth from zero to $938 million. Carter has worked as a private investor in electronics start-up companies and real estate partnerships since leaving Apple in 1984. He is the co-founder of Productivity Software Inc., Tigan Communications Inc. and Portable Energy Products Inc. Carter, who was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1995, lives in Saratoga, Calif., with his wife, Patricia. They have two grown children, Pam and Brian.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 18 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, building and infrastructure engineering, health-related engineering, computer, business and nursing fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 95% placement rate; and the highest starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.