Originally published May 20, 2013

Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Spring Commencement will be Saturday, May 25, at the Kern Center and  427 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.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from Dr. Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead The Way. Bertram also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree.

Samantha Thorn is the class respondent. Thorn is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Eric Mealy, Kelly O’Callaghan and Jordan Wagner will receive the Alumni Association Award. The award is given to students who have made time in their hectic schedule to serve as a leader in university and community activities in addition to achieving academic excellence. Recipients 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 of this prestigious award. Mealy is graduating with high honors and will receive a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. O’Callaghan is graduating with honors and will receive a B.S. in Software Engineering. Wagner is graduating with high honors and will receive a B.S. BioMolecular Engineering.

About Dr. Vince Bertram:
Bertram joined Project Lead The Way as president and CEO in June 2011. His passion for PLTW began in 2002 when he implemented the program as a high school principal. His commitment to PLTW continued as he supported implementations of Gateway To Technology, Pathway To Engineering, and Biomedical Sciences Programs.

Prior to joining PLTW, Bertram was superintendent of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp., and led Indiana’s third largest urban school district to unprecedented improvements in student achievement, community collaboration and operational efficiency.

Bertram chaired the National Council for National Honor Society (2006-07), served as director on several non-profit boards, and is a member of the Indiana Education Roundtable. Among his many honors, the Buffalo Trace Council of Boy Scouts of America named Bertram its “2011 Distinguished Citizen of the Year,” in 2010, Governor Mitch Daniels honored him with one of Indiana’s highest awards – naming him a “Distinguished Hoosier” – and in 2007, his Harvard peers and faculty members honored him with the Intellectual Contributions/Faculty Tribute Award recognizing his dedication to scholarship and his contributions to intellectual life at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Bertram earned doctorate, specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from Ball State University, a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard University, an executive certificate in strategy and innovation from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and is an alumnus of the Chicago Management Institute at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

About PLTW
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curricular programs used in middle and high schools across the U.S.

PLTW’s comprehensive curriculum for engineering and biomedical sciences 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 engineering courses for high schools and middle schools and biomedical sciences courses for high schools engage students on multiple levels, expose them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provide them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success.

About MSOE
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.