Originally published June 5, 2013

For the second year in a row, MSOE is participating in the Social Madness Competition, which is sponsored by The Business Journal. In 2012 MSOE was named the Milwaukee Social Madness champion in the medium companies category in the Milwaukee market, and earned the chance to participate in the competition at the national level!

This year we are really being challenged, as we were categorized in the “large” category. We’re asking alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to connect with us socially and help us increase our following and engagement.

You can help by following and interacting with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter. We also get credit if you vote for us on the Social Madness page in the large category.

Round 1 ends June 17 and only the top eight organizations will advance to Round 2 (June 18-24). Take a moment today to  engage!

Originally published June 3, 2013

MSOE has a contract to purchase the former Staybridge Suites building at 1150 N. Water St. (corner of Juneau Ave. and Water St.). An anonymous donor has made this opportunity possible.

The university will use the building for an apartment-style residence for upperclassmen, graduate students and faculty who wish to live on campus, as well as campus visitors. 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.

“Due to financial turbulence, the building has been unfinished and thus vacant for a number of years, and has become an eyesore in downtown Milwaukee,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “No other developer has stepped forward with a feasible plan for this space. Limitations with the size and parking make it difficult to develop as office space, condominiums or a hotel, but it is perfect for our growing university community. Our enrollment numbers have been rising the past few years and we are on track to keep growing.”

“We want to continue adding life to downtown Milwaukee. Our parking complex/athletic field will be completed later this summer, giving our students and visitors a place to park while they enjoy everything happening in our neighborhood,” said Viets. “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’s offer goes before the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee on June 13.

Once the purchase is approved, the university expects it will take 12 months to finish construction on several lower floors so students can begin moving in.

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.

Originally published May 30, 2013

Several mechanical engineering students from MSOE and Lübeck University of Applied Science (Lübeck, Germany) excelled at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) District C Student Professional Development Conference at South Dakota State University. Students who attended the conference were: John Cote ’13 and Sean Larsen ’14 from MSOE, and Lübeck students Maike Ketelhut ’13, Hendrik Michaelsen ’13, Ronny Sperlich ’16 and Mukunda Tamang ’13. MSOE has a study abroad agreement with Lübeck. Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah, MSOE mechanical engineering professor, was the students’ advisor.

Congratulations to those students who received awards at the conference:

  • John Cote ’13 took first place in the competition and also was the best technical winner in the ASME Old Guard Oral Presentation. He won a cash prize and will be paid for his travel to compete at the international level in San Diego in November.
  • All students who attended the conference participated in an impromptu design competition and took first place.

Congratulations also to Bradley Meissner ’13 and Richard Oliphant ’13, both of MSOE, who took first and second place, respectively, in an ASME poster contest that was held outside of the conference.

Like all professionals, engineers must possess a well-developed ability to synthesize issues and communicate effectively to diverse audiences. Among the highlights of ASME’s Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC) program is the Old Guard Oral Presentation Competition. This competition is designed to emphasize the value of an ability to deliver clear, concise and effective oral presentations, particularly pertaining to some sphere in which an engineer is or should be involved.

ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward a goal of helping the global engineering community develop solutions to benefit lives and livelihoods. Founded in 1880 by a small group of leading industrialists, ASME has grown through the decades to include more than 130,000 members in 158 countries. Thirty-thousand of these members are students.

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.

Originally published May 29, 2013

Eric Pearson and Adam Van Handel, recent industrial engineering graduates from MSOE, were recognized at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition. The pair co-authored a paper entitled “Implementation of Quick Response Manufacturing on a Build-to-Order Product Line.” Pearson traveled to the IIE annual conference in Puerto Rico to present their paper, and took third place. The competition consisted of the first place papers from each of nine regions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Pearson and Van Handel authored the paper based on their senior design project, which focused on a new product line called the DXN flow meter at Badger Meter Inc. The students used Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) tools and techniques to decrease the lead time from 14 days to a maximum of three days for the DXN meter, and allow for an increased production level.

The technical paper award is the second award Van Handel has received from IIE. Last year, he was a recipient of the Presidents Scholarship for $1,000 in recognition of his excellence in scholarly activities and leadership of the industrial engineering profession.

“These students have the skills and behaviors needed to excel in business today through their high standards, focus, drive and ability to manage their time,” said Dr. Charlene Yauch, MSOE associate professor and industrial engineering program director. “This award is a testament to the high caliber of students and professors at MSOE.”

IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

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.

Originally published May 31, 2013

Marshall Sandretto and Eric Logisz, members of the MSOE Fishing Team, won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional Championship. The tournament was held in Iowa on Lake Sugema. Both are mechanical engineering majors at MSOE. Sandretto hails from Winthrop Harbor, Ill., while Logisz is from Mount Prospect, Ill. The MSOE Fishing Team is one of more than 70 student organizations at MSOE.

The teammates won on the strength of consistent daily limits weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces on Wednesday and 9 pounds, 8 ounces Thursday for a two-day total of 17-11.

The Midwestern Regional was plagued by rough weather from the beginning, and the final weigh-in was delayed because of inclement weather. Changes began on the eve of the final practice day when, in the interest of angler safety, B.A.S.S. officials elected to move the event from the flooded Mississippi River to nearby Lake Sugema.

Another challenge to the collegiate anglers was a slot limit on the lake’s bass that prevents keeping fish between 12 and 18 inches. The young fishermen caught plenty of tiny, 10- to 12-inch bass, which they could weigh in, and lots of 12- to 18-inchers, which they could not. The rare 18-plus-inch fish, which they called “overs,” were game changers

“We had two ‘overs’ each day,” said Logisz. “But those ‘unders’ put us up about a pound and a half or so.

Anglers fought this slot all week, with many teams catching a limit of slot fish that would have added 10 to 12 pounds to their scores, but instead were able only to weigh in limits of five fish for 2 or 3 pounds.

Some anglers tried to target only overs, but never reached a limit. Others tried to catch anything they could but fell short of qualifying without a quality bite.

It was MSOE’s Sandretto and Logisz who figured out the right combination of quantity and quality. Without their overs or unders they would have been unable to win the regional.

“We started off doing a bunch of stuff,” said Logisz. “We flipped and pitched a little bit, threw a spinnerbait and tried to get some reaction bites, but we couldn’t get anything going.”

The pair finally found cooperative fish when they began flipping green pumpkin ****** creature baits around real shallow trees on windy banks.

Day 2 was more of the same for the team from Milwaukee, with one exception. After only getting a few bites early, they decided the increased cloud cover called for a change in bait color.

“Marshall switched to a black-and-blue Texas rigged ******, and that’s what we caught our big fish on,” said Logisz.

Catching numbers of fish wasn’t a problem for most anglers on Sugema this week, and it was no different for MSOE.

“We just went through a lot of fish,” said Sandretto. “We would catch shorts, then we’d catch fish in the slot, and then we would eventually catch a bigger one. It was just kind of random where the large ones were.”

MSOE sampled a few other baits and techniques but relied heavily on the flipping game with one common theme throughout their pattern: wind. With winds out of the south, the MSOE team members focused their efforts on the north shore of the lake, where they caught all of their fish this week.

In addition to their win, Sandretto and Logisz qualified for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held on Lake Chatuge, Aug. 1-3. They will be joined by second-place finishers, Jackson Grabeel and Joseph Reilly of Western Illinois University, along with the remainder of the Top 10 finishers from Lake Sugema.

Sandretto and Logisz also won the tournament’s Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 in product for being in the lead on Day 2.

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.

Originally published May 22, 2013

A team of 17 MSOE students designed, built and successfully flew an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for their senior design project this year.

The “Air Raiders’” hard work began in April 2012 when the 11 mechanical engineers, four computer engineers and two electrical engineers put their heads together to come up with a plan to compete in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Design Competition in Fort Worth, Texas. They began testing various engines for their aircraft and brainstorming ideas. In mid-September they received the competition guidelines and rules and their project began to take off. project this year.

In just 100 days, the team designed and built a work prototype aircraft according to competition specifications. Coincidentally, this is the same amount of time it took for the P51 Mustang to get into production during wartime, circa 1940.

The Air Raiders flew their prototype on January 19 with a hockey stick for the tail boom. The final version of the aircraft has a carbon tail, which is much thinner and lighter. In total, the plane weighs 8.5 pounds, has an 8-foot wingspan, is capable of carrying 15 pounds of cargo, and can drop an expellable 3 pound cargo at a target. The plane is equipped with GPS, a camera, altimeter and air speed indicator.

In March the team traveled to Fort Worth for the international competition, where they faced off against Virginia Tech, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Western Ontario, Catolicha (Brazil), and others, including three teams from India. MSOE won the Second Place Overall Award in the Advanced Class, behind Missouri University of Science and Technology. The difference between first and second place was only 0.88 of a point! MSOE also took the Second Place Written Design Report Award and the Third Place Oral Presentation Award.

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 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 Air Raiders’ plane will be on display during MSOE’s annual Senior Project Day, Friday, May 24, from Noon to 3 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway, along with more than 80 other senior projects and their student designers.

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.

Originally published May 17, 2013

Seniors will be on hand to explain their Senior Projects, Designs and Proposals on Friday, May 24 at the Walter Schroeder Library, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave.; Werwath Mall, between the Library and Allen-Bradley Hall of Science; Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway; and Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway.

Collaboration and teamwork are key components to an MSOE education, whether a student is an engineering major or pursuing a degree in the School of Business or School of Nursing.

Throughout the senior year, students work on a Senior Project. These are an opportunity for students to take everything they’ve learned in their time at MSOE and put it to use in a real-life application. Often, it’s a real-world project for a company or business that’s looking to solve a problem, while other projects are driven purely by a student’s interests and ideas from the classroom.

It all comes to fruition right before graduation at Senior Project Day—the culmination of all that they’ve learned and accomplished in this always interesting, sometimes frustrating and ultimately satisfying experience.

More than 80 senior projects will be on display. Here is a short list of examples:

SAE Aero Design:  The “Air Raiders” team designed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that completed a full circuit of an airfield and dropped an expellable cargo successfully within 50 feet of a predetermined target. The team competed at the Society of Automotive Engineers Aero Design Competition in Ft. Worth, Texas, and took second place. Location: Todd Wehr Auditorium

Peripheral Neuropathy Assessment System:  This device will reliably track the progression of the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in patients in a simple and effective method. Peripheral Neuropathy is a slow progressing, nerve degenerating disease than an estimated 20 million American suffer from.  Location: Walter Schroeder Library

Early Response Cooling System:  The Early Response Cooling System allows medical personnel to begin immediate treatment for various injuries and conditions that require a patient’s core body temperature to be lowered, such as heat stroke or cardiac arrest.  Location: Walter Schroeder Library

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.

Originally published May 16, 2013

Born of Fire: Scenes of Industry brings together more than 20 paintings from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century scenes of industry. The exhibit will be open at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, from May 24 through Aug. 18.

Featured works capture the transformation of the American landscape from an agrarian society to an industrial one, interpreted in the work of both Pennsylvania and national artists celebrating industry as their subject. The Westmoreland is the largest repository of southwestern Pennsylvania art in the country and they share this exhibition with the hope of developing a new appreciation not just for the art of Pennsylvania, but other regions as well.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a film presentation at 7 p.m. of Born of Fire: How Pittsburgh Built a Nation. The film explores the cultural exchanges that took place during the Big Steel Era through art, music, oral histories and social commentary.

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 owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

Originally published May 14, 2013

Mechanical engineering students in MSOE’s University Scholars program created developmentally appropriate and innovative toys after learning about the cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development of children in their Toy Design class. The course was taught by Dr. Alicia Domack, a developmental psychologist, and Dr. Joseph Musto, a mechanical engineering professor. Children are invited to Discovery World on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and children are encouraged to test out the toy prototypes and ask questions.

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.

Originally published May 8, 2013

Students and parents often wonder if all of the hard work and tuition dollars of a college education will pay off in the end. It does if you graduate from MSOE.

Recent data from PayScale.com highlights which colleges and universities in the United States offer the best return on investment (ROI). On the 2013 College Education ROI Rankings, MSOE has the 7th best ROI in the Midwest and is 59th best in the country! PayScale.com data also shows that MSOE alumni enjoy the highest average starting salaries and mid-career salaries of any college or university in Wisconsin.

Why does it make sense to attend MSOE?

  • 94% placement rate for the 2011-12 graduates
  • Average starting salary for the class of 2011-12 was $55,368
  • Average class size: 22
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Professors have an average of seven years industry experience
  • No teaching assistants
  • Students get an average 600 hours experience in industry-standard laboratories
  • Four-year graduation guarantee
  • Graduate Tuition Grant to cover the cost of a graduate degree at MSOE
  • 19th Best University in the Midwest, 14th Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and 11th Best Mechanical Engineering Program in 2013 according to U.S.News & World Report
  • One of America’s Top Colleges according to Forbes.com
  • Named one of the Best in the Midwest Colleges by The Princeton Review

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.

Originally published May 13, 2013

Congratulations to the more than 60 Milwaukee School of Engineering students who were nominated for leadership awards this year. The following awards were presented at the annual President’s Student Leadership Awards Dinner on May 8:

Outstanding Student Award

Jordan Wagner, of Cedarburg, Wis., was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award. This award is presented annually to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) senior student, who, in the opinion of the faculty, most notably combines an excellent academic record and has at the same time demonstrated leadership and professional bearing in extracurricular or community service activities. It is the most prestigious student testimonial that MSOE bestows. Wagner will graduate on May 25 with a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering from MSOE.

Other Awards

Vincent R. Canino Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Student Award – Benjamin Bowe, Chippewa Falls, Wis., biomedical engineering
Nursing Leadership Award – Megan Syversen, Pewaukee, Wis., nursing
Matt W. Fuchs Outstanding AE&BC Senior Student Award – Andrew Hillstrom, Milwaukee, Wis., architectural engineering and construction management
Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award – Aaron Becker, Milwaukee, Wis., industrial engineering
Daniel E. Sahs Award for Service – Samantha Herold, Orland Park, Ill., biomedical engineering
Outstanding Peer Assistant Award – Anna Gutman, Menomonie, Wis., industrial engineering
Resident Assistant Programming Award – Benjamin Coopland, Kenosha, Wis., mechanical engineering
Greek of the Year Award – Jasmine Strickler, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, business management
Student Employee of the Year Award – Bryan Baumann, Muskego, Wis., management information systems
Senior Men’s Athlete of the Year Award – Jordan Werner, Bolingbrook, Ill., soccer/track, electrical engineering
Senior Women’s Athlete of the Year Award – Emma Lumpe, Lawrence, Kan., soccer, architectural engineering
Scholar Men’s Athlete of the Year Award – Nathan Brunk, Lake Mills, Wis., hockey, business management
Scholar Women’s Athlete of the Year Award – Kate Herrmann, Sycamore, Ill., soccer/track, biomedical engineering

Faculty/Staff Awards

    Several faculty and staff members also were recognized this year:
Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award – Dr. Russell Meier, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award – Dana Grennier, Enrollment Management Department
Student Advocate Award – Valerie Manuel, Public Safety Department
Greek Advocate of the Year – Eric Homann, Facilities Department

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.

Originally published May 6, 2013

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex at MSOE is now open. The complex is a $3 million, 25,000 square-foot innovative and experiential learning center for the MSOE School of Nursing. MSOE Regent Kathleen Ruehlow, an MSOE alumna of the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing, is the major supporter of the project. MCGHSN merged into MSOE in 1995.

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex, featuring new classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices, is located on the first floor of the Student Life and Campus Center. The new space is nearly quadruple the size f the existing nursing labs, and allows the faculty to enhance the already innovative education experience that is the hallmark of an MSOE education. Nursing students actively engage in simulation-based learning opportunities in authentic representations of actual healthcare situations. They integrate theoretical learning into practice through experiential learning opportunities that allow for repetition, feedback, evaluation and reflection.

Features:

Simulation Rooms
Simulation experiences are a critical part of nursing education. Simulations provide students with opportunities to communicate with patients, respond to patient needs, and witness the consequences of their decision-making and clinical reasoning in a hospital-like setting. The Ruehlow Nursing Complex features four simulated hospital rooms that are connected by a central nurses station, similar to a hospital intensive care unit. The rooms feature call lights for the patients, who are high fidelity manikins. The life-like manikins are driven by computer software that enables them to breathe, cough, talk or change conditions based on what nursing professors have programmed.

A unique feature of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex is the direct linkage of two classrooms with two simulation rooms. Students learn theoretical concepts in class and can immediately turn to the back of the classroom where the opened wall allows them to apply what they have just learned to the care of a patient in the simulated hospital. In addition, each of these rooms contains biomedical technology and other equipment necessary to care for patients with diverse needs.

The four simulation rooms and their patients are:

  • CC-131 Sim Junior Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for a pediatric patient in an acute care environment. This patient might have acute or chronic health conditions.
  • CC-132 Laboring Mom Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for a woman with maternal health needs. This mother may be in labor or delivering her baby.
  • CC-133 Simman Classic Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for adults with acute and chronic conditions.
  • CC-134 Simman Essential: This patient has an acute illness, and also can be transported into the classroom for the purposes of teaching and learning.

General Labs
Four state-of-the-art laboratories where students learn health assessment skills and about active integration of pharmacology with medication administration. These skills prepare sophomores for their first clinical experience with real patients.

Home Care Lab
The home care lab is set up like a handicap accessible studio apartment. It includes a kitchen area, table and chairs, living room furniture, a large screen TV, washer, dryer, and spacious bathroom with shower. Students take turns playing the role of the patient and teaching one another how to maneuver within the home with an illness. Students also learn how to use adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and assistive devices within the home, and receive a simulation of what their patients experience.

Student Area
Nestled in the middle of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex, the student area offers the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning as well as an environment in which to socialize and relax.  In addition to comfortable furniture, there is a Mondopad, which is a touch screen TV that allows for student computer use as a display screen for group work. The student area also has a refrigerator, microwave and cabinets for storage of materials by the nursing student organizations.

MSOE School of Nursing
The MSOE School of Nursing offers both a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and an Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing. The programs educate graduates to address the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health states. The extensive integration of technology into compassionate nursing practice enables graduates to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, effective, high-quality client-centered care as members of a complex, continually evolving health care system.

Why do students choose the B.S. in Nursing at MSOE?

  • Students are admitted directly into the nursing program
  • The first nursing course is in the freshman year and clinical experiences start in sophomore year.
  • MSOE has a four-year graduation guarantee.
  • Varied and unique clinical sites help students discover what type of nurse they want to be.
  • Focused attention from dedicated faculty in small classes.
  • Graduates had an average starting salary of $52,763 and 100% placement rate (2011-2012).
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.

Regent Kathleen Ruehlow
MSOE Regent Kathleen Ruehlow ’72 is a graduate of the Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing, which merged into MSOE in 1995. Kathy is the widow of MSOE alumnus Gerald Ruehlow ’69 who died in August 2004. Jerry was vice president of technology of Generac Power Systems and also a Distinguished Alumnus. Regent Ruehlow is president of the Ruehlow Family Foundation. She is a strong supporter of MSOE students through a multiple-student scholarship program established in the Ruehlow family name, and also through her major support of the new nursing complex.

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.

Originally published May 2, 2013

MSOE’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers took second place overall in the ASCE Great Lakes Regional Conference. As a group, the students took first place with their technical paper and first place in the geotechnical competition.

The Concrete Canoe Team finished in third place. The Steel Bridge Team took second place, which qualified them for the ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition for the third year in a row. They will travel to the University of Washington May 31-June 1, 2013, where they’ll compete against teams from across the United States. Dr. Frank Mahuta is the ASCE faculty advisor.

Members of the Concrete Canoe Team include:

  • Karissa Brunette, architectural engineering
  • Liz Crawford, construction management
  • Neree Croteau, architectural engineering
  • Garrett Ducat, architectural engineering
  • Pat DuBois, electrical engineering
  • Michael Herriges, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brian Janus, civil engineering
  • Kasaundra Mooney, architectural engineering and construction management
  • Elise Pinkerton, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jeff Scarpelli, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jessica Schaefer, construction management
  • Johanna Wang, architectural engineering
  • Lindsey White ’12, structural engineering

The Steel Bridge Team is comprised of:

  • Mike Anaszewicz, civil engineering
  • Matt Braden, architectural engineering
  • David Burt, civil engineering
  • Pat Flaherty, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Alex Flunker, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jeff Freund, mechanical engineering
  • Blake Gleason, construction management, construction and business management
  • Jeff Henriksen, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Michael Herriges, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Ryan Kaput, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brett Kash, architectural engineering, construction management
  • Dustin Kuderer, architectural engineering
  • Anthony Leonardelli, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Matt Schultz, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brandon Shea, architectural engineering
  • Barbora Srnova, civil engineering
  • Gretchen Toshach, architectural engineering
  • Luke Vetroczky, architectural engineering
  • Julie Windish, architectural engineering, structural engineering

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.

Originally published May 1, 2013

MADISON, WIS. — MSOE Rowing’s Michael Dorus will attend the elite USRowing Mendota Developmental Camp, June 20-Aug. 1, this summer in Madison, Wis.

Dorus (Jr./Des Plaines, Ill./SE) is the first rower in the six-year history of the MSOE Rowing program to qualify for such a camp, which serves to select and prepare teams for the national U23 Trials and the Elite Nationals, as well as to represent the nation at the prestigious Royal Canadian Henley Regetta. Qualification was contingent upon Dorus’ 2000-meter output time on a calibrated indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, being less than six minutes and 25 seconds, along with other physical factors.

USRowing is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport in the United States. The non-profit organization selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the nation in international compeition, inlcuding the Olympic Games.

“If Mike wants to make the Olympics,” MSOE Rowing coach Chuck Stollenwerk said, “I believe he will. He is very smart, versatile and a tremendous with problem-solving and strategy. I think whatever Mike puts his mind to, he will accomplish.”

The camp continues a meteoric rise through the ranks for the indomitable Dorus, who began rowing at MSOE two years ago without any previous experience and has undergone a physical transformation to reach his current level.

Dorus first came to MSOE after serving in the United States Air Force from 2004-08. After marrying his then-fiancée, Melissa, in 2010, Dorus was an alternate for MSOE’s top novice and varsity openweight boats as a freshman and sophomore, years the program showed great depth. A turning point in Dorus’ career came last year, when he and former Raider Dave Taylor formed a two-man coxless team that was one of six to reach the Bob Negaard Cup Final out of 25 competitors at the Aberdeen “Dad” Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia.

It was during the summer of 2012, though, when Dorus took his biggest steps towards becoming an international-level competitor, dropping 30 pounds to become eligible to row for MSOE’s lightweight teams.

“He had to have put millions of meters on the rowing machine that summer,” Stollenwerk said. “He made healthy changes to his diet, too. Mike has an incredible work ethic.”

With Dorus’ oar on the port side, MSOE Rowing posted a number of signature victories this year. On Sept. 15, 2012, the Raiders’ eight-man boat defeated all four entries from Purdue and took second in the Milwaukee River Challenge with Dorus in the 2 seat. A month and a half later, the Raiders’ Lightweight 4+ team finished sixth out of 16 at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., surviving a four-boat collision to improve its standing by two places from the year before. Sitting bow, Dorus helped MSOE defeat a number of boats from world-renowed rowing schools and clubs, including Harvard, Penn, Georgetown, Fordham, the United States Naval Academy and the Argonaut and Ottawa Rowing Clubs of Canada.

Acceptance into the camp comes as a result of Dorus’ hard work both on and off the water. “The University of Wisconsin is the dominant rowing program in this region,” Stollenwerk said, “and there aren’t many rowers from the Midwest who can even think of competing at that camp who aren’t Badgers. He had to reach out to [USRowing and Wisconsin coach] Beau Hoopman for the opportunity.”

The camp is being hosted by University of Wisconsin Rowing.

“For Mike to reach this level shows how fiercely competitive he is and how badly he wants to prove himself. To make the U.S. National Team in rowing, or any sport, is no picnic. Making the Olympics would be even harder.  But Mike’s desire won’t be what gets in the way.”

Stollenwerk also expects the MSOE program to benefit from Dorus’ attendance. “As more guys see what Mike is doing and go to camps themselves, I can only see our teams getting faster.”

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Originally published April 29, 2013

All are invited to hear Dr. Owe Petersen, professor and assistant vice president of institutional research and assessment, deliver his “Last Lecture” on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. He will give the fourth annual lecture in MSOE’s Last Lecture series, in which one member of the MSOE staff or faculty is invited to pass on their greatest and most succinct knowledge and life-experiences to the MSOE community. Petersen, who taught at MSOE for 20 years, will reflect on his time at MSOE and also share his life experiences and accomplishments.

The purpose of the series is twofold: to recognize a faculty or staff member for his or her years of service and contributions to the university, and for those in attendance to learn what the speaker truly believes are the most important facets of their human life experiences and accomplishments. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to nominate speakers from a list of eligible individuals, and the speaker is chosen by the Student Life Office.

Petersen served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department for eight years, and prior to that was the electrical engineering program director for six years. Petersen also oversaw the electrical engineering exchange program between MSOE and Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Petersen was born in Stolp, Germany (now the city of Swupsk, Poland), in September 1941, during the World War II. Upon the death of his father in 1944 his family returned to his parents’ home town of Husum, Germany. Eventually they moved to Flensburg, Germany, a city on the border with Denmark. Because of his ethnic background he attended the Danish school system for five years. During summers he lived on a farm in Viborg, Denmark.

In 1953 Petersen, his mother and brother immigrated to the U.S., initially settling in northern Illinois before moving to Milwaukee. After numerous moves and schools he graduated from Rufus King High School. He attended UW-Milwaukee for two years, transferred to UW-Madison and graduated in 1963 with a B.S. in electrical engineering, although his primary interest was in physics and mathematics. He started to work in a grocery store at the age of 11, and continued that “career” for many years through high school and early college.

Petersen received a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1965 and 1971, respectively. In 1963 he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Reading, Penn., as a member of technical staff and pursued a research and development career lasting for 30 years. His work spanned technical topics such as the design of microwave and millimeter silicon devices, integrated circuit design and technology, molecular beam epitaxy, optical data links and transatlantic repeaters, reliability and metallurgy.

He was an AT&T visiting professor at North Carolina A&T State University from 1990-92. In 1993 he accepted a faculty position at MSOE as associate professor in the EECS Department. He has coauthored more than 60 presentations and papers. In 2005 he was awarded the Ehrennaddle (honorary award) by the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences for meritorious service to the university and the field of engineering education.

Petersen is a senior member of the IEEE and longtime ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission evaluator in electrical engineering. He served on many church committees at the congregation and regional level in the Lutheran Church and twice was as a delegate to the national convention. Petersen and his wife Lorna are the parents of three children and grandparents of seven.

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.

Originally published April 29, 2013

Students from Alverno College, Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater were winners in the BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition held April 24 at MSOE. The competition was sponsored by Mason Wells and the Milwaukee Institute.

First Place and $5,000 were awarded to Digifii. Digifii provides 3D scanning hardware and software for the booming 3D printing industry. The student team from UW-Milwaukee included Jesse DePinto, Matthew Halenka and Kamal Hussain. Their advisor is Kanti Prasad.

Second Place and a $4,000 prize went to Ferret Boards. This company makes kits to add electric motorization to existing skateboards. Matthew Brazeau, Michael Cosentino and Jacob P. Schneider were on the team from MSOE. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing is their advisor.

HazFutbol.com took Third Place and won $3,000. HazFutbol.com is a social network for amateur soccer. The student team from UW-Whitewater included Franco Zurita and Hernando Zuritz. Their advisor is William Dougan.

Fourth Place and $2,000 were awarded to Life Works, an online tarot card reading, email and advice service. Colleen Alex, Sue DaBaco, Renee Tuinstra and Bethany Zebell comprised this student team from Alverno College. Daniel Matre is their advisor.

Bowl Appetit won Fifth Place and $1,000. Bowl Appetit is a new fast casual restaurant in Brookfield, Wis. and features a “Build Your Own” menu. Connie Howen, of Gateway Technical College, presented this business plan and Sara Skowronski is her advisor.

The BizStarts Mason Wells Collegiate Business Plan Competition originated in 2009 by members of the BizStarts Milwaukee College Consortium, a collaboration of post-secondary institutions in the Milwaukee 7 Region. The contest helps student entrepreneurs realize their goals while helping the M7 region grow and prosper economically. It is a “contest of winners” as entrants in this contest are selected by their institutions as their best plans for each academic year.

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.

Originally published April 26, 2013

All are invited to the MSOE Theatre Troupe’s production of Francis Swann’s Out of the Frying Pan, a New York tale of a group of six aspiring stage actors, living together in an apartment directly above famous Broadway producer Arthur Kenny. The group, desperate for work, wants to showcase their dramatic talents for him, but it soon goes horribly wrong, and the police are soon shuffled into the mix!

Shows will take place Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. Tickets are free for current MSOE students, alumni, and alumni family, and $5 for the general public.

MSOE’s Theatre Troupe is one of more than 70 student organizations at MSOE. These organizations provide students many social, intellectual and professional rewards that complement their academic endeavors.

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.

Originally published April 23, 2013

AURORA, ILL. — The MSOE Men’s Golf team is the champion of the Northern Athletic Conference and will represent the league in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship after riding a tournament-best team score of 303 in the final round of the 2013 NAC Tournament to victory yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill.

Scott Loftus (Jr./Germantown, Wis./BE) led the way for the Raiders, winning the individual conference title by recording a 1-under-par 71 final round to finish the event with a 10-over-par 298. The 71 equalled the NAC Championship single-round record and was seven strokes better than Marian College’s Cory Ashbeck and his 17-over-par 305. Miguel Diaz-Garcia (Fr./Gijon, Spain/EE) and Jacob Phelps (Fr./Loves Park, Ill./EE) were part of a three-way tie for seventh place with a 29-over-par 317.

“You could see Loftus’ confidence improve more and more as the tournament went on,” head coach Joe Meloy said. “He started hitting his mid-range irons really well and the putts started falling, too.”

As part of the weekend’s events, Loftus was also named the NAC’s Roger Fleming Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference team alongside Phelps and Diaz-Garcia. Meloy was named NAC Coach of the Year, while Victor Aiello (Jr./Kenosha, Wis./ME) earned the conference’s Sportsmanship Award.

“Aiello deserves more credit than he’s going to get,” Meloy said. “He pushes the guys to get out there and really work at their game. His effort made a bigger difference than what shows up on the scorecard.”

The uniquely formatted tournament actually began on Oct. 15, 2012 when 10 teams began the first of a planned two fall rounds in Haven, Wis. at the Whistling Straits Irish Course, with two more scheduled for Stonebridge in the spring. MSOE trailed Edgewood College by one stroke, 313-312, after the first round, but the second round was postponed to the spring and Aurora by inclement weather on the final day of the fall event, then was again pushed back from its rescheduled April 20 date by more weather issues.

Once things got back underway Sunday, the Raiders charged to the lead with a second-round score of 315, 10 strokes better than Edgewood and seven strokes better than any other school remaining. Loftus’ 2-over-par 74 was two strokes better than any other competitor in cold and windy conditions.

In the first of the final two rounds of the tournament yesterday, Edgewood pushed to come back, using a 74 from Patrick Bohrer to a 16-over-par 304 team score to pull within just one stroke of the Raiders. But Loftus’ 71 was three strokes better than Bohrer’s second 74 of the day in the fourth round and marked the difference between the two teams as MSOE’s net, 91-over-par total of 1,243 ended up besting Edgewood’s 94-over-par 1,246.

The conference title is the Raiders’ third as a member of the NAC and the 13th under Meloy, whose teams dominated the Lake Michigan Conference before MSOE’s move to the NAC in 2006. The victory marks just the third time, however, the Raiders have qualified for the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. The Raiders’ first trip to the national championship came in 2009, when MSOE finished just one stroke away from qualifying for the 23-team final. MSOE last appeared in the tournament in 2011.

“You go for the experience,” Meloy said. “I don’t necessarily have any expectations. I just want my guys to understand how special it is to compete on that kind of stage. I’m very excited for them.”

Originally published April 18, 2013

Kevin Fletcher, senior vice president of customer operations at We Energies, has been named to the MSOE Board of Regents.

Fletcher joined We Energies in 2011 and has overall responsibility for the planning, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Prior to joining We Energies, Fletcher served in a number of significant roles during his 34-year career with Southern Company, including leadership positions in operations, customer service, marketing, and sales. He also was vice president – community and economic development at Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

MSOE’s Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university. The mutual benefit that results from the relationship between corporations and the university would not be possible were it not for strong leadership. This value-added synergy is a hallmark of 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.

MSOE’s annual Health and Wellness Fair will be Thursday, May 1, from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. in the MSOE Kern Center. This FREE community event will include free or low-cost health screening tests, give-aways, healthy snacks, live demos, mini massages and information on preventative, environmental and holistic health, exercise, cardiac and cancer awareness and much more. The Health and Wellness Fair is for adults of any age or stage of life.

The Health and Wellness Fair is sponsored by MSOE Health Services, MSOE School of Nursing. For information, contact MSOE Health Services, (414) 277-7333 or brooks@msoe.edu.

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.

Originally published April 17, 2013

Whether you’re a high school student looking for the perfect college, or an adult ready to continue your studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering is the place for you.

Continuing Studies Information Session
On Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., MSOE’s Center for Continuing Studies and Outreach is holding an information session. MSOE the perfect place for adult students to prepare themselves for a new future. To accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, MSOE offers degrees during evenings and weekends, and through blended Internet courses.

There are a number of undergraduate degree programs for those with an associate degree or prior college experience, as well as graduate degrees and professional development courses. All classes are taught by MSOE faculty (not teaching assistants) and meet one evening per week for 11 weeks. In addition, the university offers courses taught in blended, Internet-hybrid format featuring face-to-face class meetings in alternating weeks.

MSOE’s Continuing Studies programs enroll hundreds of individuals in graduate, undergraduate or professional development courses each quarter. These adults continue their education to advance their careers, stabilize their employment, increase their marketability, increase their earning potential and stay on the cutting edge in their discipline.

Open House
High school students and their parents are invited to MSOE’s Open House on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll experience first-hand the warm atmosphere and high-tech learning offered by the university. During the Open House, attendees can:

  • Tour the sophisticated labs where students get the ‘application of theory’ experience that makes them worth so much when they graduate.
  • Learn about some of the great activities students take part in, such as intramural sports, orchestra, servant leadership, professional organizations, student government and gaming.
  • Meet faculty and speak one-on-one with a counselor.

To register for the Open House, please call (800) 332-6763, email explore@msoe.edu, or Schedule a Campus Visit.

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.

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What a difference!

Posted by MSOE News Services Jun 10, 2013

Originally published April 12, 2013

We are now 60 percent finished with the installation of the precast concrete for the athletic field and parking complex, and expect to finish this work in about a month if the weather clears up. Not much has happened this week, as it has been raining non-stop. Work on the precast concrete began on the southern end of the facility and is moving north. The brick façade is also being installed, making the facility look like an extension of the Kern Center.

We expect to begin installing the athletic field in late June and the City of Milwaukee is scheduled to begin extending Market Street north from Knapp St. in mid-July.

Originally published April 10, 2013

High school students and their parents are invited to MSOE’s Open House on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll experience first-hand the warm atmosphere and high-tech learning offered by the university. During the Open House, attendees can:

  • Tour the sophisticated labs where students get the ‘application of theory’ experience that makes them worth so much when they graduate.
  • Learn about some of the great activities students take part in, such as intramural sports, orchestra, servant leadership, professional organizations, student government and gaming.
  • Meet faculty and speak one-on-one with a counselor.

To register for the Open House, please call (800) 332-6763, email explore@msoe.edu, or Schedule a Campus Visit.

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.

Originally published April 4, 2013

Engineers, business professionals and nurses meet challenges every day. A generous alumnus has issued a new challenge grant to the MSOE community to celebrate our 110th anniversary year. We need your help today to meet this anniversary challenge.

MSOE Regent Chairman Alan Ruud ’69 has pledged to match every gift, new gift and increased gift, including corporate matching gifts—up to $110,000 total—made between now and June 30, 2013. This cumulative contribution of $220,000 to the Annual Fund will enable MSOE to provide enhanced academic and scholarship opportunities for our students.

Go to www.msoe.edu/makeagift to ensure your gift gets matched. More information.

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.

Originally published April 2, 2013

Students accustomed to Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BS-EET) transfer program will see changes beginning in Fall 2013. The first class of AAS-EET to BSEE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) students will enroll and the last class of BS-EET students will be accepted. Those incoming students will have the opportunity to pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering via a new AAS-EET to BSEE Transfer Track or the option of pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in EET. Students who are currently enrolled in the BS-EET program will be able to complete their degree. Starting in Fall 2014, the BS-EET program will be phased out as the remaining BS-EET students complete their degrees.

MSOE has gained extensive transfer experience over the four decades that AAS electronics graduates have entered the BS-EET program at MSOE. The last ten years of AAS-EET to BS-EET transfer agreements has refined that experience. MSOE has now developed a transfer track for AAS-EET graduates to efficiently transition into the BSEE program. The track can nominally be completed on a full-time basis in two years if summers are utilized. A part-time evening track also runs simultaneously. Both the full-time and part-time AAS-EET to BSEE tracks are evening-based to ensure required courses run as scheduled in the curriculum tracks.

The AAS-EET to BSEE Transfer Track, like the predecessor BS-EET transfer program, is customized with bridge courses to facilitate the coordinated transition of AAS-EET graduates into the baccalaureate university environment at MSOE. Curricular coordination and transfer agreements between technical / two-year colleges and MSOE will continue as essential elements to support the success of the AAS-EET transfer students at 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.

Originally published April 16, 2013

The Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, will offer special events during Milwaukee’s Gallery Night and Day event. The museum will extend its hours on Friday, April 19 from 5 to 9 p.m. and offer free admission. Patrons are invited to view three floors of galleries featuring the Man at Work art collection, as well as a special exhibit of David Plowden’s photographs: Bridges: The Spans of North America.

The museum also will be offering free admission on Saturday, April 20 from noon to 6 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a presentation on the history of the cooperage (barrel making) trade by historians and coopers Gary and Jim Hess, grandsons of Frank J. Hess. This presentation is presented in conjunction with the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

Frank J. Hess learned the cooperage trade in the late 1880s at the Pilsner Brewery in Pilsen, Bohemia. A cooper is a barrel maker. In 1890 he immigrated to the United States. He worked as a cooper manufacturing white oak beer kegs in Chicago and Pairie du Chien. He moved to Madison in 1904 to start an independent cooperage business. The Frank J. Hess and Sons Cooperage factory was Wisconsin’s largest independent cooperage. They manufactured and repaired beer kegs for the Fauerbach, Hausmann, Breckheimer, Baraboo, ****** Dam, Brunkow and Mueller, Cassville, Chippewa Falls, Columbus, Duluth, Fort Atkinson, Green Bay, Janesville, Jefferson, Kenosha, La Crosse, Mineral Point, Monroe, Oconto, Portage, Port Washington, Potosi, Prairie du Chien, Reedsburg, Rhinelander, Sauk City, Slinger, Superior, Watertown and Wausau breweries in Wisconsin, and the Hamm’s Brewery in Maryland, Star Brewery in Iowa and the West End Brewery in New York. They also manufactured and repaired wine and whiskey barrels. The factory closed in 1966 and was the last cooperage factory in the United States that manufactured white oak beer kegs.

Gary and Jim Hess will give a presentation about the history of their grandfather’s business and the cooperage trade. They also will display white oak barrels and cooper tools.

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 owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.