VietsField.jpgThe Daily Reporter has chosen MSOE’s Pamela and Hermann Viets Field as one of the Top Projects of 2013. The award is given to the most challenging, innovative and awe-inspiring Wisconsin construction projects from 2013 that:

  • have a lasting effect on the community in which they were built
  • had serious challenges that were met by contractors on the job
  • used construction innovations
  • served their purpose with extraordinary efficiency and style
  • showed excellence in planning, engineering, design and construction management

Viets Field features an athletic field constructed on top of an in-ground, 780-car parking facility. The field is used for collegiate soccer, lacrosse, rugby and youth sports. As an extension of the Kern Center, it further supports MSOE’s commitment to student wellness and development as a whole person. There also is a small ground-level public park on the northern end of the site along Water Street. The $30 million project is the first major development of its kind in the Park East Corridor. The development was largely supported with a very generous donation from Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern.

There are several sustainable features in the new complex. Not only do the park and field provide needed green space for downtown, they reduce the heat island effect from hard surface building roofs and pavement. The three levels of parking under the field reduce local asphalt surface parking lots by 6.9 acres.

The athletic field is the first all-LED lit competition field in the United States, and the lights can be dimmed depending on the use of the field. The parking complex also features LED lighting, which decreases to 50 percent brightness when there is no activity. Dr. Alan Ruud, MSOE chairman of the board, donated all of the lighting for the field and parking complex. The LED lighting uses one-fourth the amount of energy that would be required by equivalent traditional metal halide fixtures. Taking all of these items into consideration, the facility could save up to 200,000 kilowatt hours annually as compared to a similar facility lit 24 hours a day/365 days per year with non-LED fixtures.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects were the project developers, and Hunzinger Construction Company was the general contractor.

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.

Kevin Morin was appointed vice president of operations at Milwaukee School of Engineering in October 2013. He was previously the human resources director and now oversees the following departments on campus: Athletics, Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities, Food Service, Human Resources, Kern Center, MSOE Bookstore, Public Safety and Residence Life.

Morin came to MSOE in 1978 as an admissions counselor after earning his bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. In 1980, Morin became the evening college coordinator/assistant registrar, where he worked until he moved into the Human Resources Department in 1982.

Morin, who served as the head wrestling coach for 20 years before he stepped down at the end of the 2013 season, guided his team to six team conference championships. He also had 28 wrestlers receive Academic All-American honors by the National Wrestling Coaches Association and ten teams were recognized for their academic excellence including four teams (2002-05) that had the highest GPA in the nation among NCAA Division III wrestling programs.  The team’s 100 percent graduation rate among active seniors on the team is one stat that Morin is most proud of. He received the Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award in 1986. He completed the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 1990 and maintains this professional certification.

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.

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.

MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student chapter is one of four finalists in the MCAA Student Chapter Competition. This is the fourth straight year they have qualified and this year will be defending their national title. 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.

MSOE’s team will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz., in March to present their proposals at MCAA’s national convention. They will compete against Sacramento State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, and University of Maryland – College Park.

Tyler Mrowiec (MCAA student president), Haily Fernald (MCAA student vice president), Evan Crayford, Ray Schwalbe, Jason Stauber and Sami Wallace will give a 15-minute presentation and answer questions in front of a panel of mechanical contractors and conference attendees. Several other students worked on the proposal and will attend 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.

grohmann_trains.jpgTrains That Passed in the Night: Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link will be on display at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, from Jan. 17 through April 27, 2014.

Organized by Thomas H. Garver and produced in collaboration with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison (www.railphoto-art.org), this exhibition features 36 framed, original prints signed by the photographer. O. Winston Link, a Brooklyn, New York, native and commercial photographer became well-recognized for his complex images of factory and industrial plant interiors. For Link, the steam railroad was a vital ingredient to “the good life’ in America, an essential part of the fabric of our lives. It is this quality—of life, not machinery—which he captures so artfully in his photographs.

Link’s photographs showcase the final years of steam railroading on the Norfolk & Western Railway, the last major railroad in America to operate exclusively with steam power. They are regarded as one of the best records of this long vanished type of locomotion, yet the broad appeal of Link’s photographs is derived not so much from the images of the steam locomotives themselves, but from the way in which their inclusion expresses the photographer’s deeply felt respect for the quality of life that the steam railroad reflected and supported for so many years in the United States.

A special Gallery Night and Day Event will be held to celebrate the opening of the exhibition. The museum will extend its hours on Friday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. and offer free admission. Garver, the curator of the exhibition, will give a presentation at 7 p.m.  The museum is also offering free admission on Saturday, Jan. 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

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 2,600 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

WMSE 91.7FM will hold its 12th annual Rockabilly Chili Contest fundraiser at the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway, on Sunday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 60 Milwaukee restaurants, cafes and caterers will compete against one another to determine the city’s best chili as voted on by event attendees.

Awards are given to winners in five different categories: best meat, best vegetarian, most unique chili, best heat, and best vendor display/presentation. The 2014 event features an expanded venue that includes the first floor gymnasium and the second floor field house, resulting in much greater seating and dining space.

New this year, the Milwaukee Fire Department will be participating (they’ll be judged separately by local celebrity judges). In addition, there will be chili pepper races, live music and a children’s area run by Artists Working in Education.

Advance tickets are $12, include 4 chili samples and can be purchased online or at WMSE, 820 N. Milwaukee St. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Children ages 10 and under are free. Additional chili sampling tickets can be purchased at the event for $1 each. Bring two or more non-perishable food items for the Hunger Task Force and receive two additional sample tickets. Tickets at the door (if available) will be $15.

Discounted tickets are available in advance to MSOE students ($5) and MSOE faculty and staff ($10) at the WMSE studios in Krueger Hall.