MSOE Athletic Field low-res.jpgThe new athletic field and parking complex at Milwaukee School of Engineering has officially been named Pamela and Hermann Viets Field in honor of the university’s president and his wife. Dr. Robert Kern suggested the name during the grand opening and dedication of the complex in August to recognize Dr. Hermann Viets’ unwavering persistence in pursuing the project and improving MSOE and Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor. The MSOE Board of Regents unanimously approved the name during their annual meeting in October.

Viets Field, located at 1305 N. Broadway, features an athletic field constructed on top of an in-ground, 780-car parking facility. The field is used for collegiate soccer, lacrosse, rugby and youth sports. As an extension of the Kern Center, it further supports MSOE’s commitment to student wellness and development as a whole person. In addition, there is 12,000 square feet of retail space and a small ground-level public park on the northern end of the site. The $30 million project is the first major development of its kind in the Park East Corridor. The development was largely supported with a very generous donation from Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.

John J. Allen (Jack), Stephen G. Booth, Daniel J. Moceri, James C. Rahn and Neal K. Wunderlich have joined the Board of Regents at Milwaukee School of Engineering. In addition, five individuals were added as MSOE Corporation members.

JackAllen.jpgJohn J. Allen (Jack) ’80 is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of Navistar International Corp. in Lisle, Ill. He was named to the position on April 16, 2013. Allen has served at Navistar for more than 30 years, and in that time, he has held numerous leadership positions in nearly every key area of the company. Most recently, Allen was president of North America Truck and Parts.  Prior to that, he was president of Navistar’s Engine Group. Allen also led global expansion efforts in China and India by establishing partnerships and joint ventures with industry leaders in those countries. Allen has also served as vice president and general manager of the company’s Parts organization and was vice president and general manager of the Blue Diamond Truck Company, a joint venture with The Ford Motor Company. His additional roles include vice president, sales, of the company’s Western Region and vice president, marketing and product development, of Navistar’s Heavy Vehicle Center. He joined the company in 1981 as a design engineer. Allen holds a Bachelor of Science in Architectural and Building Construction Engineering Technology from MSOE. He also serves on the boards of Valspar Inc. and Chicago’s Lurie Children’s Hospital.

SteveBooth.jpgStephen G. Booth is the chief operating officer and director of investment banking for Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee. Booth oversees Baird’s global corporate finance and M&A activities. He also co-manages Baird’s Equity Capital Markets Group and is a member of the board of directors and executive committee of Robert W. Baird & Co. Booth has extensive experience originating and directing M&A and equity financing transactions in a wide variety of industries. Before heading Baird’s Investment Banking Group, he previously led its Global M&A business and prior to that, its Industrials Group. Prior to joining Baird in 1994, Booth was at Kidder, Peabody & Co. in its Chicago Corporate Finance Office. Booth received his Master of Management degree, with distinction, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and economics, magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University.

DanielMoceri.jpgDaniel J. Moceri ’76 is the chief executive officer of Convergint Technologies in Schaumburg, Ill. Moceri has more than 35 years of experience in the electronic security, fire alarm and life safety, and building management systems industry. Prior to starting Convergint Technologies, Moceri was the president of Siemens Building Technologies Security Division for North America. During the span of his career, he has held positions in marketing, engineering, and executive management focused on integrated building management systems throughout the United States and Canada. Moceri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from MSOE and a master’s degree in management from Northwestern University. Active in professional and civic organizations, Moceri is a member of the American Society for Industrial Security, a member of the Canada-US Business Council, an advisory board member for Techsec Solutions, and is actively involved as a board member of his local church.

JamesRahn.jpgJames C. Rahn is president of the Kern Family Foundation in Waukesha, Wis. He became president of the Kern Family Foundation in February 2008. In this role, he provides direction for expanding existing programs and establishing new programs in support of the foundation’s mission to build the future through values, education and innovation. He joined the foundation in September 2007 as the education reform program director. Before to that, he spent six years as director of the Center for Urban Teaching and assistant professor of education at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Prior to his work in higher education, he served in K-12 Lutheran schools as teacher, principal and regional school coordinator. Rahn holds a bachelor’s degree from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and a master’s degree from Concordia University in River Forest, Ill. Rahn is affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute, Charter School Growth Fund Inc., Compass Educational Partners Inc., EAGLE South Mountain Charter Inc., EAGLE South Mountain Property Inc., Educational Enterprises Inc., Educational Enterprises Real Estate Holding Co. LLC, HOPE Christian Schools Inc., and Project Lead the Way.

NealWunderlich.jpgNeal K. Wunderlich, P.E. ’73, ’74 is president of Wunderlich-Malec Engineering in Minnetonka, Minn., a company he founded in 1982. The company provides customers with engineering, systems integration and fabrication solutions. It has grown to include more than 250 employees in offices throughout the United States and in Saudi Arabia. Wunderlich holds an associate degree in Electrical Power Engineering Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from MSOE. He also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from UW-Milwaukee and is a registered professional engineer in 34 states.

 

 

Curt Culver, Dr. Willie D. Davis, Dr. Eckhart G. Grohmann, Scott Moon and Dr. William D. Van Dyke III return to the Board of Regents from Regents Emeriti status. Regents Allen J. Carlson ’79 and Frank M. Jaehnert are now Regents Emeriti.

New Corporation members include:

  • Bill Berrien, CEO, Invictus Enterprises, New Berlin, Wis.
  • Richard Galling ’75, president and chief operating officer, Hammes Company, Brookfield, Wis.
  • Jennifer Hansen, president, Anderson Seal Inc. (The Anderson Group), New Berlin, Wis.
  • Lauri Rollings, executive director, Plumbing Mechanical Sheet Metal Contractor’s Alliance, Milwaukee
  • Larry Schmidt, Sr., chairman and founder, Lakeland Supply Inc., Waukesha, Wis.

 

Since it was founded in 1903, MSOE has benefitted from the advice and support of volunteer leaders. Meaningful involvement is the most accurate way to describe the manner in which MSOE’s Board of Regents and Corporation members assume their responsibilities. Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.

Four 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 competed in three national competitions: preconstruction, electrical and healthcare; and one regional competition: design/build.

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: Preconstruction Team

The Preconstruction Team won the National Open Championship, in which 11 teams competed. This competition was sponsored by Pepper Construction and included teams from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Purdue University and University of Houston.
Team members: Brett Foster, Megan Hayes, Trevor Koziczkowski, Bryan Makatura, Ryan Moldenhauer, Jill Vande Boom
Coach: Dr. Jeong Woo

Regional Champion: Design/Build Team

The Design/Build Team won the regional title, defeating teams such as Ferris State, University of Cincinnati and Illinois State University. A total of seven teams participated in the competition, sponsored by McCarthy Construction.
Team members: Donnie Bogle, Jordan Borst, Nick Gottlieb, Ben Ihlen, Tyler Mrowiec, Zane Witt
Coaches: Dr. Blake Wentz and Robert Lemke

National Runner-Up: Electrical Team

The Electrical Team was the runner-up in the National Open Competition, finishing behind Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo and in front of Purdue University.
Team members: Nick Cote, Neree Croteau, Zach Dawiec, Courtney Leaf, Cory Miklas, Karina Zarate
Coach: Dr. Blake Wentz

For the first time ever, MSOE entered the National Healthcare Competition. The team did not place in the top three, but students gained valuable experience and plan to compete again next year. Team members were Will Backes, Sarah Bower, Elizabeth Crawford, Christian Mueller, Jake Roberts and Morgan Squires. They were coached by Dr. Gulbin Ozcan-Deniz.

Since entering the competition in 1999, MSOE has had 21 top three places in national student competitions and 10 national championship teams. No other university in the country has experienced the consistent level of success demonstrated by MSOE.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.

IMG_27521.JPG.jpgMilwaukee School of Engineering has received final approval to move forward with its plan to obtain ownership of the building at the corner of Juneau Avenue and Water Street (1150 N. Water St.) in downtown Milwaukee. The final approval came Oct. 15 when the City of Milwaukee Common Council approved changing the zoning to “Detailed Planned Development” for the property, which allows MSOE to acquire and convert the building to a student residence tower.

An anonymous donor has made this opportunity possible for the university. The building was originally intended to be a hotel, but financial problems plagued the project and construction was halted. Once the purchase is completed, MSOE will begin construction work. Project planners are hopeful that the tower will be ready for students in Fall 2014. The architect for the project is Uihlein-Wilson Architects.

MSOE will use the building as a residence for upperclassmen, graduate students and faculty who wish to live on campus. There will be approximately 150 units, ranging from studio apartments to 1- and 2-bedroom units. The ground floor of the building will remain as retail space, generating tax revenue for the city. The second and third floors of the building will be used for resident parking with 62 spaces.

“We are pleased with the Common Council’s decision to support our plan to improve a downtown eyesore. MSOE is committed to adding life to downtown Milwaukee, as evidenced by recent campus developments including our parking complex/athletic field, the Grohmann Museum and the Kern Center,” said MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. “This new residence will be an attractive option for upperclassmen who wish to remain downtown. It will also attract graduate students and faculty to the area. The building and its residents will be a great asset to the city.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.

MSOE’s annual Career Fair is happening Friday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kern Center and students are taking it very seriously. With 205 employers expected to attend, there will be plenty of opportunity for them to secure the internship or job of their dreams. This is the largest MSOE Career Fair to date.

In preparation, students have attended pre-fair workshops about using LinkedIn, visited the Career Services Office for help perfecting their resumes, created accounts in CareerNet, and networked with MSOE alumni to get career advice.

“This year’s Career Fair is filled to capacity,” said Mary Spencer, director of career services. “Employers are excited to visit campus, meet MSOE students, and recruit the top talent for their open positions.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.

The Washerwomen of the Breton CoastOne of the paintings Grohmann Museum collection at MSOE will soon go missing. The museum is loaning Jules Breton’s The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast (1870, oil on canvas, 53 ¼ x 79 ¼ in.) to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from Oct. 19, 2013 through Feb. 9, 2014 for a special exhibit. Impressionist France: Visions of a Nation from Le Gray to Monet is an exhibition that explores the resonances between landscape and national identity as reflected in paintings and photographs made between 1850 and 1880. The exhibition was co-organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast will travel with the exhibit to the Saint Louis Art Museum March 16 through July 6, 2014.

In exchange, the Grohmann Museum will host the reciprocal loan of Julien Depré’s Haying Scene (1884, oil on canvas, 48 5/8 x 59 ½ in., Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Justina G. Catlin in memory of her husband, Daniel Catlin) for the duration of the Impressionist France exhibition.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 900 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect 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 located at MSOE, an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business and nursing fields.

MSOE recently received a $150,000 Career Ready Internship Initiative grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will benefit students enrolled in MSOE’s Student Support Services TRIO Program by offering them opportunities to gain invaluable, real-world experience through paid internships in their fields of study.

The Career Ready Internship Initiative grant will help MSOE expand its already successful internship programs and give even more students the opportunity to obtain paid internships. The university will use the grant to create new paid internships and turn previously unpaid internships into paid internships, for juniors and seniors who don’t receive enough financial aid to cover college costs.

Participants will be required to attend workshops on resume development, interviewing skills, work place etiquette and peer mentoring. Interns will meet regularly with Student Support Services staff after the second week of their internship, and again at the end to discuss growth and their experiences. Transportation costs to and from internship locations also will be provided.

Graduates of MSOE enjoy a 94 percent placement rate due, in part, to the university’s strong relationships with industry, outstanding internship program and applied education. Graduates are ready to hit the ground running.

MSOE is one of 19 Wisconsin colleges and universities to receive some of the more than $2.5 million in Career Ready Internship Initiative grant funds awarded by Great Lakes.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. 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.