Water_Innovation_web.jpgTeam USA emerged victorious over Team Australia in the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge held during International Water Week in Singapore June 3-5. Involved with the team, which was organized by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), were Douglas Nelson, P.E., assistant professor, and architectural engineering alumna Judith Torres ’12, G.E. (pictured, second from left). During three days of intense competition, the teams developed innovative solutions for emerging water and sanitation problems in Nepal and Bangladesh in a series of hands-on design challenges.

The multi-disciplined Team USA was comprised of students and professionals under the age of 26 and was led by William N. Erickson, an ASPE member and a vice president of ASPE’s Research Foundation. Torres, an associate member of ASPE who works as a graduate mechanical engineer for Progressive AE in Grand Rapids, Mich., was chosen as the engineer member of the team by the ASPE board of directors. Another ASPE member, Nelson, served as an advisor to the team.

“The clear understanding of the competition and the attention to detail of Doug Nelson and Judy Torres, both ASPE members, helped Team USA score consistently higher than the Australians in almost every category," said Erickson.

The other team members were Nicholas Michalenko, a licensed journeyman plumber with Rida Plumbing in Worthington, Mass.; Sarah Parker, an advertising and design student at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.; and Tim Murphy, an apprentice plumber at Boulanger’s Plumbing & Heating in Easthampton, Mass.

“It was such an amazing experience, made even better when our efforts were rewarded with taking first place,” said Torres. “I am thankful ASPE gave this opportunity to a young professional and even more thankful I was chosen. It was an honor to represent ASPE, engineers, my company, and of course Team USA.”

The Water Innovation Challenge involved three main components. The first challenge, completed prior to the start of the competition, required the teams to design and document new water solutions to meet community problems in a village in northern Bangladesh. The second challenge, completed during the three days of competition, was to design and document solutions to community problems in Nepal. The final challenge involved hands-on practical tasks assigned each day, including assembling a hand bore pump, a rainwater collection system, and a solar pump installation. Using their assembled pumps, the teams raced against each other each day to be the first to fill a 100-liter water tank. The teams also were required to construct user-friendly installation and maintenance manuals that presented no language barriers. 

“It was an intense and stressful experience, but having so many tasks to complete gave us the energy to get through each day,” said Torres. Team USA and Team Australia were neck in neck at the end of the first day, but Team USA quickly learned from their mistakes and persevered on days two and three. “The members of Team USA complimented each other so well—as we gave our final presentations of our designs, it seemed like we had worked together for years,” she says. “I felt so proud to be part of such an amazing team, and I’m excited to see how our designs unfold when they are implemented in Bangladesh and Nepal.”

The 2014 Water Innovation Challenge was organized by the WorldSkills Foundation, Healthabitat, the World Plumbing Council, and the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore to raise awareness of sustainable systems that can be put in place globally to address issues such as water industry education and training, skills accreditation, installation, and maintenance. Team USA was sponsored financially by ASPE, the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association (PHCC), and WorldSkills USA. Sloan Valve also made a generous donation.

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.

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More than two dozen Waukesha-area girls will go on a week-long journey exploring the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on projects and mentoring from local women in STEM careers. The ‘GE Girls at MSOE’ program, now in its third year, is sponsored by the GE Healthcare Women’s Network and Milwaukee School of Engineering. The program takes place June 23-27, 2014 on the MSOE campus and at GE facilities.

Topics range from medical technologies, chemistry and additive engineering to engine design, quality control and lean manufacturing – with special curriculum presented by teachers from Waukesha Public Schools and MSOE, as well as experts from local GE Healthcare and GE Power and Water facilities. Each participating girl will also be able to meet with an accomplished female mentor with an engineering or technology background that currently participates in the GE Women’s Network. 

“The GE Girls at MSOE program helps make science fun for girls. We have a number of exciting projects planned for them which demonstrate the role math and science play in our everyday lives,” said Dr. Olga Imas, associate professor of biomedical engineering at MSOE. “It’s critical that we reach girls at a young age so we can nurture a lasting curiosity that will benefit them in the future.”

At the end of the week, the GE Girls and their parents will join GE leaders, mentors, and program directors at a BBQ celebration at GE Healthcare’s Waukesha Campus.

“I’m excited to be hosting our third year of GE Girls,” says Dee Mellor, executive champion for GE Women’s Network. “The feedback from the girls and their parents has been extremely positive, and the GE team is thrilled that this program can help inspire girls to dream big and embrace science, technology, engineering and math.”

GE Healthcare supports education in the greater Milwaukee area through several GE Volunteer efforts: including collaboration with six different Milwaukee Public Schools; Junior Achievement; FIRST Robotics; Community Service Day; and many mentoring efforts. In 2013, more than 4,900 GE Volunteers in Milwaukee served for more than 42,000 hours in their local communities. There will be six GE Girls programs being held across the United States this summer.

About GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter - great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

About MSOE

Milwaukee School of Engineering 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.

web_calatrava.jpgOne of Milwaukee’s most notable landmarks, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Quadracci Pavilion, has been replicated with 15,000 LEGO pieces by students at Milwaukee School of Engineering. The creation includes the museum’s signature wings, the Burke Brise Soleil, and Windhover Hall, the grand entrance of the pavilion. The replica’s wings are made of LEGOs and open and close just as the Burke Brise Soleil.

The LEGO replica will be unveiled at the Quadracci Pavilion during the museum’s Lakefront Festival of Art June 20-22, 2014.

The Quadracci Pavilion was created by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who received an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1997.The students worked with GRAEF, the original project’s engineering firm, to obtain plans for the building so their replica could be as accurate as possible.

The students, who are members of MSOE’s Architectural Engineering Institute, spent a combined 525 hours designing and building the project. Approximately one-third of that time was spent on the electrical components of the project and the wings. The scale of the project is 1:6, where one inch equals six feet.

Members of the team include:

  • Matt Furey, architectural engineering, Hermitage, Penn.
  • Jason Genz, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
  • Leah Hendricks, architectural engineering, De Pere, Wis.
  • Adam Laux, architectural engineering, Baraboo, Wis.
  • Michael Rajzer, electrical engineering, Greendale, Wis.
  • Devon Searfoss, architectural engineering, Ojibwa, Wis.
  • Brittany Vitkovich, architectural engineering, Crown Point, Ind.
  • William Walters, architectural and structural engineering, Waukesha, Wis.
  • Chris Zajac ’12, structural engineering, Carol Stream, Ill.

Following the Lakefront Festival of Art, the project will be displayed at MSOE’s Walter Schroeder Library.

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.

Milwaukee School of Engineering’s School of Nursing has received notification that its Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree has been granted continued accreditation for 10 years, extending to June 2024, with no compliance concerns with respect to the key elements. The B.S. in Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

MSOE opened its School of Nursing after a merger with the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSN) in 1995. The program has been growing steadily ever since, and now includes an accelerated second-degree B.S. in Nursing program and a M.S. in Nursing in Health Care Systems Management degree.

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex, a $3 million, 25,000 square-foot innovative and experiential learning center, opened in 2013. 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.

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.

A team of MSOE freshmen, dubbed the “Imagineers,” took second place in the Technical Challenge at the Destination Imagination Global Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. The first-year team came together and placed in the top of the standings with their creative solution to designing and building a piece of equipment that could detect and remove hidden objects.

DI_team.jpgThe MSOE Imagineers and their majors are: Patrick Holston, biomolecular engineering; Katie Hornberger, biomolecular engineering; Dan Miller, software engineering; Kevin Muldowney, software engineering; Joe Ruggiero, mechanical engineering; Wyatt Starck, electrical engineering; and Monica Tessman, biomolecular engineering. Mandy Runnalls, MSOE admissions counselor, is the team’s advisor.

To complete the challenge, the team had to stick to a budget of $185 or less. They made 16 containers and 10 objects, and randomly placed the objects into the containers. Their objects were pieces of PVC pipe, filled with three pounds of concrete. Their piece of equipment to detect, remove and transport the objects across the finish line consisted of a stretched guitar string over a wooden rig.

To detect an object, the containers were pulled through a housing that was suspended on the guitar string. They plucked the guitar string with a solenoid pick, and the change in weight on the housing changed the pitch of the guitar string. The frequency was recorded by a team-made guitar pickup, and inputted to a computer where the frequency was analyzed by team-created software. The computer determined if there was an object in the container based on the frequency. This data was sent to an Arduino and a circuit panel controlling a winch motor, pick-solenoid and pneumatic solenoid. There also was an ultrasonic sensor as an input to the Arduino. When the container was in position to be analyzed the ultrasonic sensor stopped the winch motor. If an object was detected, a piston would eject it out and down a ramp.  The object would then roll across the finish line.

Their second place finish was amazing given how late they started relative to the teams they were competing against, and only two of MSOE’s team members had prior experience with Destination Imagination. Large crowds watched them debug and build their device. After their competition round several people approached them to see how they were able to do what they did. It was a great effort showcasing their electrical, software, mechanical and biological knowledge.

Destination Imagination is a cause-driven volunteer-led non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), the arts and service learning challenges. The challenge program gives teams the opportunity to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at local tournaments which can qualify them to compete at global finals.

Milwaukee School of Engineering 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.

_MG_7604_web.jpgThe Grohmann Museum’s popular Piano Portraits Concert Series takes a French focus on Sunday, June 29 at 2 p.m. when pianist Dr. Jeffrey Hollander presents “Under Paris Skies.” Featuring the music of Frederic Chopin, Camille Saint-Saens and Claude Debussy, and improvisations on popular songs written about Paris, the concert will help you get excited about Milwaukee’s Bastille Days festival, to be held less than two weeks later.                          

Inspired by classical compositions, popular tunes and jazz improvisations, Hollander weaves a series of fantasies touching on sentiment, brilliance, humor and deep pathos in a living concert. He likes to share interesting anecdotes about the composers and requests themes from the audience for improvisation at the conclusion. His stunning concerts have thrilled audiences in America and Europe. He has appeared as a soloist with the Milwaukee and Chicago symphonies. The Piano Portraits Concert Series was created specifically for the Grohmann Museum, and takes thematic inspiration from the museum’s exhibitions.

Concerts are held at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. MSOE faculty, staff and students are admitted free. Call (414) 277-2300 or email grohmannmuseum@msoe.edu for tickets or more information.

Upcoming concerts:

Aug. 16, 2014, 3 p.m.
Rhapsody: The World of Franz Liszt, featuring the brilliant concert music of pianist Franz Liszt and Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz, as well as improvisations on the romantic melodies of Hollywood’s Harry Warren, composer of “42nd Street.”

Oct. 25, 2014, 3 p.m.
When you Wish Upon a Star: Inspired by the Carl Spitzweg Collection, featuring the music of Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner, and Spanish romantic composer Enrique Granados, followed by free romantic improvisations.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 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 2,600 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

MSOE’s School of Nursing will offer a Master of Science in Nursing: Health Care Systems Management beginning Fall 2014. The demand for well-educated, business-oriented professional nurses in managerial and leadership roles is growing due to the increasing complexity of the health care system.

Nurses at mid-management and executive levels and nurse entrepreneurs must manage financial resources and human capital, analyze large data sets, understand complex organizational systems, and ensure quality and safety, all through the lens of nursing practice.

The new MSN degree at MSOE meets this need and is unique in that many courses are co-taught. For example, the first half of “Statistical Thinking and Data Analytics” is taught by faculty in the Rader School of Business. The second half is taught by faculty in the School of Nursing who will then apply the business learning to a health care setting.

The MSN in Health Care Systems Management is best described as a graduate degree in nursing blended with business concepts. The unique blend of nursing, business and engineering concepts will equip graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively in the health care environment. Courses are available via blended-Internet format, combining the benefits of face-to-face interaction with the convenience of online learning.

More information is available at www.msoe.edu/nursing.

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.