Milwaukee School of Engineering will salute more than 425 undergraduate and graduate students at Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 24 at the Kern Center. Entrepreneurs Michael S. Erwin ’94 and Robert E. Vieau ’69 are the keynote speakers and will receive Honorary Doctor of Engineering degrees.
Dylan Shiltz is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest GPA. Shiltz is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has maintained a cumulative GPA of 4.0, is an MSOE University Scholar, and a member of the Air Force ROTC. Shiltz recently received the Society of American Military Engineers ROTC Award of Merit.
Collin Matthews and Mollie Zuberbier will receive the Alumni Association Award. Recipients of this prestigious award 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. Matthews, an electrical engineering major, is graduating with honors, and Zuberbier, an international business major, is graduating with high honors.
Honorary Degree Recipients:
Michael S. Erwin
MSOE Corporation member Michael S. Erwin graduated from MSOE in 1994 with a degree in management systems. He enthusiastically serves as the CEO of Tailored Label Products in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and is an investor in other regional manufacturing firms. Tailored Label Products is an award winning world class manufacturer and designer of product identification tags, labels, adhesive components and crowd control products. The company has been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year in 2005 and 2013, six-time winner of INC 5000’s Fastest Growing Company Award, a four-time winner of the Top 100 Best Workplaces in Milwaukee and six-time winner of the Best Printing Industry Workplaces in America.
Erwin serves on the boards of several engineering-intensive manufacturing businesses and non-profit organizations, including United Way of Waukesha County, Community Memorial Hospital Foundation and MSOE. He holds six patents, is a two-time winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award and two-time winner of the BizTimes – BRAVO Entrepreneur Award and has been a senior guest lecturer for 15 years at MSOE. Erwin and his wife Nancy have been married for 37 years, with two grown daughters and two granddaughters.
Robert E. Vieau
MSOE Regent Robert E. Vieau graduated from MSOE in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering. His degree from MSOE provided the academic credentials for his long career in high tech, with companies such as Texas Instruments (1969-1983) and Compaq Computer Corp. (1983-1991). At Compaq, Vieau served as the senior vice president of corporate operations and was responsible for global manufacturing of the desktop and portable computer lines with operations in Houston, Singapore and Scotland. There he demonstrated his management breadth, with ownership of an operating budget of over $300M, a capital budget of $100M and 5,000 employees worldwide. In addition, he was named to Business Month’s Management Dream Team in September 1989.
In 1993 Vieau moved to the Thomas-Conrad Corp., where he became president and CEO. He led the company through massive change, culminating in the successful acquisition of the company by Compaq Computer in 1995. He is also president and owner of Vieau and Company, through which he provides consulting services.
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.