Originally published June 13, 2012

Each academic quarter, graduating students from MSOE are invited to nominate an individual from their own secondary school experience or their working experience—someone who not only “knew her/his stuff,” but could communicate it, and whose commitment to others included encouragement of further educational and career goals. MSOE is proud to recognize those who have had a significant influence on their students’ futures. Not only does MSOE shine a spotlight on its graduates, but also thank those, who in some important way, motivated them, inspired them and helped make it happen for them.

Congratulations to the following:

Steve Akin, Sussex (Wis.) Hamilton High School
Akin was nominated by his former student Joshua Kapelke, who graduated from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. He  said, “Mr. Akin’s regular lectures were very fast paced, yet he made sure that every topic was being taught in its entirety. The casual yet informative lectures made sure that every student understood the material and was comfortable.”

James Anderson, McHenry (Ill.) West High School
Anderson was nominated by his former student Marshall Schaeffer, who graduated with high honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Schaeffer said, “The primary trait that made Mr. Anderson an exceptional teacher was his genuine interest in his students. This coupled with his extreme patience and dedication as he helped guide his students to ‘find the answer within themselves.’”

Todd Everson and Joan Hartung, Milwaukee School of Languages
Both were nominated by their former student John Eggert, who graduated with honors from MSOE with bachelor’s degrees in architectural engineering and construction management. Eggert said, “Mr. Everson is an incredible educator and has motivated me to pursue a career in architectural engineering. He is an extremely effective educator who gives his students one-on-one, direct instruction and incorporates a variety of teaching strategies to assist his students in understanding the abstract and difficult concepts of physics. Ms. Hartung is a very dedicated, passionate and patient teacher and is always willing to go the extra mile for her students. She has given me the resources and motivation to pursue my goals.”

Rich Frost, Neenah (Wis.) High School
Frost was nominated by his former student Paul Gessler, who graduated with honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He said, “Mr. Frost is an outstanding educator because his teaching style encourages students to ask questions about material rather than take his word for it. His style also promotes the higher-level synthesis-type thought process required in higher education and beyond, especially in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.”

Christopher Kraly, West Bend (Wis.) East High School
Kraly was nominated by his former student Kasteny Knutson, who graduated from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. Knutson said, “Mr. Kraly gave me the greatest gift a teacher can give a student—a strong work ethic. His high expectations drove me to endure when I wanted to give up and to succeed when all I could see was my failures.”

Fr. James Kurzynski, Regis High School (Eau Claire, Wis.)
Kurzynski was nominated by his former student Brittany Farley, who graduated with honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She said, “Fr. James is an outstanding educator and truly devoted to the well-being of his students. Fr. James’ dedication to others has positively impacted my life as a nursing student, and he has ultimately helped me succeed by teaching me compassion like no one else ever could.”

Brian Leopold, Manteno (Ill.) High School
Leopold was nominated by his former student Jennifer Anderson, who graduated with honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering. She said, “Mr. Leopold went out of his way to be sure that each student got the opportunity to make the most of their high school education. He took great initiative to introduce the students to engineering competitions which would not have been present in such a small high school if he hadn’t done so.”

Mark Margelofsky, Bonduel (Wis.) Middle School
Principal Margelofsky was nominated by his former student Amanda Carpenter, who graduated with honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Margelofsky was Carpenter’s social studies teacher at Bonduel Middle School and basketball coach at Bonduel High School. She said, “What makes ‘Mr. Margo’ stand out in my mind as an outstanding educator and person is his kindness, support and joy for mentoring his students and players. He influenced my future education and life goals by always pushing me to do better.”

Heather Molnar, Rome Corners Intermediate School (Oregon, Wis.)
Molnar was nominated by her former student Alex Izzo, who graduated with high honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Molnar was Izzo’s sixth grade teacher. Izzo said, “Ms. Molnar made math interesting for the students and also displayed a clear, overwhelming passion for the topic herself. This passion as well as her dedication to students has allowed her to become a teacher and a person who I will always remember.”

John and Carla Radewahn (Wauwatosa, Wis.)
Home school educators John and Carla Radewahn were nominated by their son Daniel, who graduated with high honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Daniel Radewahn said, “VIPs not only educate, but motivate, inspire and instill the desire for knowledge and understanding. VIPs don’t emphasize the power of knowledge, but the wisdom to use the knowledge properly. My parents have done this and infinitely more. They have instilled the importance of hard work, enabled and motivated me to always do my best.”

Theodor Struck, Fachgymnasium Oldenburg (Holstein, Germany)
Struck was nominated by his former student Mareike Redder, who graduated with high honors from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. Redder said, “Mr. Struck made the electrical engineering really easy to understand and interesting. I never would have started this career path without the guidance and education of Mr. Struck.”

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; and extremely high placement rates 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.