“Team A” from Appleton (Wis.) West High School won the Wisconsin regional championship in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Science Bowl® for high school students held January 25 at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The team now advances to Washington, D.C., to compete against 69 other regional winners at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl® from April 24-28.

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Catholic Memorial High School of Waukesha, Wis., took second place and Marshfield (Wis.) High School finished in third place.

A total of sixteen teams of high school science and math students from Wisconsin competed. Many of these teams spent months preparing for the National Science Bowl’s regional competition, which features head-to-head competition in a fast-paced question and answer format similar to the popular television game show, “Jeopardy.” The students were quizzed on all science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth and science, physics and astronomy, as well as math. Most questions are so challenging many scientists would have trouble finding an answer.

The DOE created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. More than 225,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

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.

MSOE’s Cyber Raiders Org for Networking (CRON) team won the Wisconsin Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) in February, earning them a chance to compete in the Midwest Regional CCDC on March 28-29 and potentially advance to the national championship.

CRON team members include MIS majors Nick Gorden, Thomas Gulke, Thomas Hill, Ryan Miller, Greg Peyton, Steven Schindler and James Thurber, and computer engineering major Tyler Tiegs. Team alternates are software engineering majors Jacob Gross and Jacob Robers, and MIS major Hans Woehlck. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing is the team’s advisor.

The CCDC, is a national cyber-defense competition that allows college students to test their IT security skills on mock corporate networks against attacks by professional pen-testers and security researchers. CCDC has grown considerably over the years, attracting new talent on both the attacker and defender sides. The CCDC event has a simple mission, it aims to develop the IT security professionals of tomorrow and prepare them for the realities of working in the field of information security. The CCDC events also have another goal: helping organizations to identify talent in the ever-growing field of information security.

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.

Congratulations to MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter. They took third place at the MCAA Student Chapter Competition in Scottsdale, Ariz. This is the fourth straight year they qualified for the national competition, where only the best four teams were allowed to compete. Twenty-four universities from across the U.S. and Canada submitted entries. Teams had to submit proposals on a project involving the installation of the HVAC and plumbing systems in the Pilot Plant Expansion at the Sports Protein Inc. facility in Chicago. Bidders were also encouraged to propose design features that exceed LEED Platinum requirements and a post-construction service component.

Tyler Mrowiec (MCAA student president), Haily Fernald (MCAA student vice president), Evan Crayford, Ray Schwalbe, Jason Stauber and Sami Wallace gave a 15-minute presentation and answered questions in front of a panel of mechanical contractors and conference attendees. Several other students worked on the proposal and attended the conference and competition as alternates: Sarabeth Haworth, Rachel Lynde and Gretchen Toshach. Dr. Blake Wentz, associate professor and construction management program director in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, is the group’s advisor.

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.

Wacky week of fun kicks off Friday, March 14 in honor of St. Patrick, patron saint of engineers

WHAT: Egg Drop Contest
WHEN: Friday, March 14, starting at noon
WHERE: Werwath Mall, 500 E. Kilbourn Ave. (between the MSOE Library and Science Building)

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Students will engineer a way to protect a raw egg during a three-story drop using unconventional items (for example: flexible drinking straw, toilet paper, a toaster pastry, dental floss, a paper bag and plastic Easter grass).

The Egg Drop contest kicks off a week of wacky fun where business, nursing and engineering students at MSOE will celebrate the patron saint of engineers, St. Patrick. Forget the green beer … here are some highlights:

Engineering O’lympics
Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m.
Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway
Teams from many of MSOE’s student organizations will compete in mental and physical challenges that are a bit out of the ordinary.

Raider Rally and St. Patrick’s Proclamation Signing – will St. Pat cancel classes and rule MSOE?
Friday, March 21
Noon: Teams of students will parade from the MSOE Library (500 E. Kilbourn Ave.) to the Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway, third floor
12:15 p.m.:  Come and see if those Fir Darrig (faculty/staff) “snakes” try to prevent the proclamation from being signed by MSOE President Hermann Viets that allows Saint Patrick to rule the university. As rulers they burst into classrooms to cancel classes that afternoon. “Actors” in this decades-long MSOE tradition include St. Pat’s Court—dressed in colorful garb—faculty and staff, President Viets (who proclaims the day belongs to St. Pat) and innocent standers-by whose ties are unceremoniously cut off their necks!

MSOE’s Winter Quarter Dean’s and Honors Lists have been released. Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher (out of 4.0) are on the Dean’s List. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher receive “high honors.” Students on the Honors List have earned a term grade point average of at least 3.2 (out of 4.0) and are not on the Dean’s List.

Download the Dean’s List (pdf) | Download the Honors List (pdf)

Students: want to be a celebrity in your hometown? Make sure you fill out the hometown news release form so MSOE can send out positive news about you to your hometown newspaper.

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.