The NFPA Education and Technology Foundation awarded $97,000 to Milwaukee School of Engineering to establish a mechatronics/fluid power laboratory that will include modular hydraulic, pneumatic, electromechanical, and electrical components.

The lab will support a transformative curriculum that will develop mechanical engineering students’ technical skills throughout their four years of undergraduate study. Fluid power, mechatronics and computer technologies will be used to build student skills in modeling and simulation as well as in experimental techniques and instrumentation. Open-ended laboratory and design experiences in the junior and senior years will foster creativity and innovation and better prepare graduates to work in emerging fields of mobile hydraulics, industrial pneumatics, advanced manufacturing, medical applications, and sustainable energy technologies.

Dr. John Pakkala, associate professor, and Dr. Joseph Musto, professor, will lead the development of the laboratory, which will be in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Preliminary design work is currently underway and the lab is scheduled to be ready for student use by Fall 2015.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. 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 96% 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.

DeAnna LeitzkeDeAnna Leitzke, PE has been named to the Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership at MSOE. Leitzke is an assistant professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department.

Since 2006, Leitzke has facilitated dozens of service projects at MSOE which have given students the opportunity to practice the tenants of servant-leadership as they utilize the knowledge gained in their course work. Prior to joining the MSOE faculty, Leitzke worked as a mechanical design engineer and a consulting architectural engineer. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and Master of Science in Engineering Management from MSOE in 1998 and 2008, respectively.

Leitzke succeeds Dr. David Howell in this half-time position, which was made possible by a generous grant from the Richard Pieper Family Foundation in 2004. She will continue to teach in the CAECM Department, where she specializes in construction management.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. 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 96% 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.

For the third straight year, MSOE has been named a Top Military-Friendly University by “Military Advanced Education” (MAE) in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. The guide provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating institutions for inclusion in the Guide are the flexibility of learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of servicemembers, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and  full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name but a few.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,600 students that was founded in 1903. 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 96% 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.