More than 70 teams of high school students put their computer, math and science skills to the test during Milwaukee School of Engineering’s annual Opportunity Conference in November. The OP Conference gives high school students the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in academic pursuits.

“OP”portunity Computer Conference
1st place: Parker High School (Team B), Janesville, Wis.
2nd place: Fort Atkinson High School (Team A), Fort Atkinson, Wis.
3rd place: Fort Atkinson High School (Team B), Fort Atkinson, Wis.
3rd place: Whitewater High School, Whitewater, Wis.

“OP”portunity Math Conference
1st place: Lake Forest Academy (Team A), Lake Forest, Ill.
2nd place: Marquette University High School, Milwaukee
3rd place: Whitefish Bay High School, Whitefish Bay, Wis.

“OP”portunity Science Conference
1st place: Vernon Hills High School, Vernon Hills, Ill.
2nd place: Libertyville High School (Team A), Libertyville, Ill.
3rd place: Arrowhead High School (Team A), Hartland, Wis.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and 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.

U.S. News & World Report released its inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans, and Milwaukee School of Engineering was ranked 7th Best University in the Midwest for Veterans.

This latest ranking is in addition to the academic recognition MSOE received from U.S. News. Earlier this year, MSOE was named 21st Best University in the Midwest, 10th Best Undergraduate Engineering Program among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s, and 7th Best Electrical Engineering Program nationwide by U.S. News.

About the rankings:

U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans rankings help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.

All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

In total, there were 234 ranked schools across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West). For further details on how the rankings were calculated, see the methodology.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 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.

Seventy 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) Fall Commencement, Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from MSOE Regent G. Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins. Adkins also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree.

Paula Bohl is the class respondent. Bohl is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Laura Matthew, who is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, will receive the Alumni Association Award. The award which is given to a student who has made time in his or her 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.

About Woodie Adkins:

Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture education and economics from the University of Maryland. After graduation he joined Swift and Company, one of the largest meat industry companies, where he became vice president of marketing and sales for branded product. He was recruited to Wisconsin as president of a $20 million meat business that grew to $250 million. Following that period, he was majority owner of two manufacturing companies and co-founder of an investment fund.

Adkins is an MSOE Regent and the first chair of the Uihlein/Spitzer Center for Entrepreneurship at MSOE Rader School of Business since 2004. He assists the faculty in developing programs and courses as a resource for students and alumni in their entrepreneurial endeavors. He enjoys interacting with students and sharing lessons learned from his business experiences.

Currently Adkins is a managing partner of FCF Funds L.P., a private equity fund that invests in manufacturing companies, and manages his own private investment entity, Adkins Holdings LLC. He is a current member of the International Chief Executives Organization (CEO), past chairman of Wisconsin YPO, and a previous director of International Young Presidents Organization. His interests outside of business include activities with family and friends, motorcycle touring and upland game hunting.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 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.