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2015_SAE_Formula_Hybrid1.jpgMSOE’s Formula Hybrid team took fourth place in the world at the Formula Hybrid Competition and first place in the United States. The competition was held in May at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Louden, N.H. Founded and run by Dartmouth, the competition challenges college and university students to design, build and compete high-performance hybrid and electric vehicles. Building on the Formula SAE program, Formula Hybrid adds an extra level of complexity: fuel efficiency.

The Formula Hybrid competition consists of a variety of dynamic and static events. Throughout the events, students assume the role of a design team engaged to create a prototype vehicle. Teams demonstrate their creativity and project management skills, as well as their vehicle’s performance and durability. The challenge is to create a vehicle that is road-worthy and prevail over other designs. Events are scored to determine how well a vehicle will perform.

2015_SAE_Formula_Hybrid2.jpgIn February it was announced that MSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) was the Class 1 recipient of the 2014 SAE Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award. This award, which was established in 1963 by the Bendix Corp., recognizes SAE Collegiate Branches for exemplary performance in the areas of technical meetings, networking opportunities, promoting SAE membership, activities including the Collegiate Design SeriesTM competitions, and community service programs like A World in Motion®. With 132 student members, MSOE’s SAE student chapter is the second largest student chapter in the U.S. and third largest in the world. The Formula Hybrid vehicle is one of several design projects MSOE’s SAE members work on each year.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

2015_Steel_Bridge2.jpgMSOE’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers participated in the Great Lakes Regional Competition at the University of Notre Dame in April. Students competed in the Steel Bridge Competition and the Concrete Canoe Competition. The steel bridge MSOE entered in the competition was one of 16 bridges, while the Concrete Canoe team competed against 17 other schools.

MSOE’s Steel Bridge team consisted of 15 team members while four of those members were the builders for the competition. The team members were Michael Anaszewicz, Logan Bertling, David Burt, Sean Casey, Ryan Christensen, Benjamin Dodd, Dawid Gwozdz, Jacob Haen, Edward Hinsa, Constantine Moshi and Riley Padron. The team worked on the design of the bridge from the middle of August until late November. The months of December and January were spent testing the connections of the bridge to make sure they could withstand the load bearing requirements. They spent February fabricating their bridge, and in March, the team practiced building the bridge up until the competition in April.

2015_Steel_Bridge1.jpgThe bridge was judged on its lightness, deflection, structural efficiency and the speed at which the bridge was built. It was also required to hold 2,500 pounds. The final product was 18.5 feet long, 2.5 feet tall, and 3 feet wide. It weighed in at 126 pounds. The bridge was built in the third fastest time which was 13 minutes. They took second place and will travel to the national competition in May at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Update: On May 23, 2015, the team competed at the national competition and took second place for their display.

The Concrete Canoe Team involved many students who regularly participated in the construction of the concrete canoe and eight students attended the regional competition: Abigail Allen, Karissa Brunette, Holly Denfeld, Chris Garcia, Brian Janus, Miya Preston, Daniel Vonberg and Johanna Wang. Also on the team were Reney Bagnall, Finn Finucane, Luke Muller and Zach Regnier.

2015_Concrete_Canoe.jpgThe competition was comprised of four main categories: Design Paper, Final Product, Oral Presentation and Racing. The design paper consisted of the methods of construction, materials used in construction, hull design, concrete mix design, project management strategies and more technical aspects. The aesthetics and display of the canoe was included in the final product category. Samples of the concrete, a sectional view of the canoe, and highlights of the design paper were displayed as well. The oral presentation was about the design paper which was then followed by a Q&A from the judges.

The most exciting part for the teams is the racing of the canoes. The races are a men’s and women’s sprint, men’s and women’s endurance, and a co-ed sprint. The team is proud to say the canoe survived all five races. They finished 14th place and have bright plans for the 2016 competition. All of the team members are returning next school year and hope to make improvements.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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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Metal for Mettle

Posted by MSOE News Services May 1, 2015

Exhibit featuring historic commemorative medals opening soon

Dautel.jpgSmall, splendid sculptural works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries soon will be on display at the Grohmann Museum. Metal for Mettle: Historic Commemorative Medals Honoring Labor and Achievement runs May 15 through Aug. 23 and features medallic art which honors work and workers, from heavy labor on the factory floor to refined scientific advances, achieved in an immaculate laboratory.

While medals commemorating various historical or commercial events continue to be made, they no longer hold a central place in art and social history. This exhibition will take museum patrons back decades, even a century and more, to another time and place, to the work and workers of that time.

The exhibit comes to the Grohmann Museum from the collection of Thomas H. Garver. Garver will give a presentation during the exhibit’s opening event on Friday, May 15 at 7 p.m. He said, “One may well say that virtually all commemorative medals are narrative by intent. They’re marks of pinnacle personal moments, documents of powerful events within a society, or acknowledgements of unique places in time and space. There was a moment, however, lasting no more than 50 or 60 years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and particularly in France (with great influence on Belgium), when there was a brilliant confluence of history, technology and governance that produced the French narrative medal, a style that closely documented many levels of human life and endeavor with visual skill and sensitivity, richly enhanced by great technical precision.”

Roty.jpgThe Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; free for children under 12. MSOE students (with ID), alumni, faculty and staff are admitted free.

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 2,800 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

2015AEI.jpgAt the end of March, MSOE hosted the 2015 Architectural Engineering Institute (AEI) Conference at the Pfister Hotel and on campus. A new record attendance was reached with more than 300 attendees: roughly 100 students from across the country and more than 200 professionals from around the world. Dr. Christopher Raebel ’94, MSOE associate professor and conference chair, planned and organized the conference along with help from AEI’s Board of Governors, ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) staff and MSOE’s student Chapter of AEI. Student activities were planned and organized by juniors Brittany Vitkovich and Adam Laux. Faculty from the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management (CAECM) Department and volunteers from various CAECM student organizations assisted with the conference as well.

The conference kicked off with the CAECM Department’s annual Career Night. More than 70 companies were represented, and the event was open to MSOE students and students participating in the AEI Conference.

The two-day main conference began with an opening plenary session where MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. gave a welcoming address. He was followed by keynote presentations by Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead The Way, who discussed preparing the future workforce. The second keynote speaker was Victor Sanvido, senior vice president of Southland Industries, who presented about a lean approach to planning, design, construction and the operations of buildings.

Five universities participated in the student competition presentations: MSOE, Kansas State, Penn State, Lawrence Technological University and the University of Nebraska. MSOE’s team consisted of Patrick Alcock (electrical specialty), Ali Borrelli (structural specialty), Brock Gerbyshak (construction management), Thomas Kral (construction management), Jacklyn Lesser (structural specialty), Crystal Marmolejo (construction management), Cory Miklas (electrical specialty), and Mark Slonina (mechanical/electrical specialty). MSOE’s team was runner up in the Electrical Systems Design category and the Construction Development category.

The conference also consisted of more than 120 presentations in 34 breakout sessions, professional project award presentations, student chapter leaders workshop, and tours of Johnson Controls Inc., and Marquette University Engineering Hall. There also was a welcome reception at the Grohmann Museum, and keynote lectures by Mitchel W. Simpler, managing partner at Jaros, Baum and Bolles, who discussed the perfect office building, and Nicholas Holt, director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, who discussed the integration and innovation in the build environment.

At the 2015 AEI Conference, students and professionals had many opportunities to interact with one another. Assigned seating at the awards banquet encouraged professionals and students to interact with each other. Students, faculty and professionals also attended the Milwaukee Admirals hockey game and a tour of MillerCoors Brewery.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

SWE_GEAR_RGB.gifMSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) received the 2015 Collegiate Section Achievement Award from the Wisconsin professional section of SWE. MSOE SWE executive board members Rachael DiGrazia, fundraising chair, and Tori St. Martin, treasurer accepted the award on behalf of their fellow students at the Celebrate SWE-WI Banquet. Other members of the executive board include Alana Tirimacco, president; Samantha Scharles, vice president; Rachel Wellnitz, secretary; Ashley Toll, outreach chair; and Gerald Soriano, webmaster. The organization has 50 members, all of whom were recognized by this award for outstanding member recruitment and retention; numerous outreach, social, and academic activities; and commitment to SWE’s mission and vision. MSOE’s collegiate section is one of five in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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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MSOE’s Student Government Association (SGA) is a student-run organization that strives to promote student involvement, organizational development, and positive change on campus. This week, the organization would particularly like to assist students in getting their voices heard by encouraging them to vote for their representatives in SGA for the 2015-2016 academic year.

 

Voting for the following positions is now open:

* 3 Engineering major representatives

* 1 Nursing major representative

* 1 Technical Communication, Mathematics, or Business major representative

* 1 international student representative

* 1 commuter student representative

* 1 off-campus representative

* 1 on-campus representative

* 1 varsity athlete representative

 

These positions proportionally represent the student body at MSOE. Students have the opportunity either to vote for a candidate listed on the ballot or to nominate a student by writing in his or her name on the ballot.

Elections opened earlier this week on Monday, April 20th and will continue until this Friday, April 24th. Students may vote in any one of these five convenient locations:

 

* CC 3rd Floor:

Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

* Dorms (RWJ Lounge):

Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

* Library 1st Floor:

Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

 

* CC 1st Floor:

Weds & Thurs, 7 – 9 p.m.

 

* Library 1st Floor:

Weds & Thurs, 7 – 9 p.m.

 

From an executive perspective, SGA is the representative body of the students. Therefore, SGA strongly encourages students to use this opportunity to get their voices heard by the higher-ups at MSOE by voting for candidates they feel will properly represent them and have their best interests in mind. It’s easy and takes less than a minute, so why not make a quick stop at one of the locations listed above and support someone you feel will make the changes you would like to see on campus? Get out there and vote!

Fyfe_Billy_web.jpgBilly Fyfe has been appointed director of the Public Safety Department at Milwaukee School of Engineering. Fyfe has more than 12 years of experience in university safety and security. He previously served as a shuttle driver, patrol officer, sergeant and lieutenant with MSOE’s Public Safety Department. He earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Milwaukee Area Technical College and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Business Management at MSOE. He also worked for the public safety department at Marquette University. Fyfe enjoys spending time with his family in Jackson, Wis.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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 finished 4th among 10 teams at the Midwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC). The competition features the state CCDC champions from Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky in a two-day, continuous cybersecurity competition. This is the third year in a row that MSOE took first place in Wisconsin to qualify for the Midwest competition.

Top tech-savvy students from across the country form teams to compete first at the state level, then the regional level. Regional winners go on to a national competition. For the competitions, teams build and defend a mock production business infrastructure from professional “hackers” who are given the challenge to take each team’s production systems offline and breach their security. While the teams work hard to fend off “hackers,” the competition judging staff deploys network enhancement and upgrade challenges to teams, judging team’s performance, scoring and supporting the overall event.

2015_CCDC_DataCenter_web.jpgMilwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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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All are invited to hear Dr. Hermann Viets, president of MSOE, deliver his “Last Lecture” on Thursday, April 30 at 5:30 p.m. in the Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

The lecture also will be broadcast live online at: msoe.edu/hub-tv

Viets will give the sixth annual lecture in MSOE’s Last Lecture series, in which one member of the MSOE staff or faculty is invited to pass on their greatest and most succinct knowledge and life-experiences to the MSOE community. Viets, who will retire June 30, will reflect on his time at the university and also share his life experiences and accomplishments.

The purpose of the series is twofold: to recognize a faculty or staff member for his or her years of service and contributions to the university, and for those in attendance to learn what the speaker truly believes are the most important facets of their human life experiences and accomplishments. Students, faculty and staff have the opportunity to nominate speakers from a list of eligible individuals, and the speaker is chosen by the Student Life Office.

Viets is only the fourth president in MSOE’s 112-year history. During his 24 years at MSOE, the university has implemented several undergraduate international study-abroad programs, a baccalaureate two-degree program, a number of Bachelor of Science degrees and Master of Science degrees. The campus grew to 20 acres with the addition of several buildings including Krueger Hall, Rosenberg Hall, Humphrey House, Kern Center, Grohmann Museum, Viets Field and Grohmann Tower.

Viets received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, and both a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Astronautics, all from Polytechnic University in New York City and Farmingdale, Long Island. He was a visiting scientist, aerospace engineer and research group leader for Wright Patterson Air Force Base Aerospace Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio; lecturer at the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium; and a research associate at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y. His other academic experience includes serving as dean of engineering at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston; associate dean for research and professor at West Virginia University, Morgantown; and professor of engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

More information about Viets is available here…

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

Nine MSOE students represented the university in competitions at the annual Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL) State Leadership Conference held in Oshkosh, Wis., March 13-14. The state conference and competitions served as a qualifying round for the FBLA/PBL National Conference to be held in June in Chicago. By virtue of placing first or second in their events, all nine of the MSOE students competing at the state conference qualified for the national competition.

Competitive events included both written examinations and judged demonstrations in business and information technology subjects. 2015_FBLAPBL.jpgCongratulations to following students on their success:

Timm Berger, international business, Hamburg, Germany
1st place: International Business
4th place: Business Decision Making (team event with Forrest Fink)

Forrest Fink, international business, Milwaukee
1st place: Management Concepts
2nd place: Marketing Concepts
4th place: Business Decision Making (team event with Timm Berger)

Ian Hyzy, management information systems, Midlothian, Ill.
1st place: Computer Applications
1st place: Information Management
2nd place: Computer Concepts

Michael LeRoy, management information systems, Kenosha, Wis.
1st place: Computer Concepts
2nd place: Networking Concepts

Dan Pappas, business management, Franklin, Wis.
1st place: Business Decision Making (team event with Spencer Rode)

Aleah Quast, business management, Whitewater, Colo.
1st place: Macroeconomics
3rd place: Microeconomics

Spencer Rode, business management, Winthrop Harbor, Ill.
1st place: Business Decision Making (team event with Dan Pappas)
2nd place: Impromptu Speaking

Carl Saffron, management information systems, Hartland, Wis.
1st place: Cyber Security
1st place: Networking Concepts

John von Helms, mechanical engineering and business management, Ingleside, Ill.
2nd place: International Business
2nd place: Business Communication

More than 100 college students attended this year’s state conference and competitions. The nine students representing MSOE are members of the university’s Phi Beta Lambda Chapter, a student organization open to all MSOE majors. Several Midwest business schools were represented at the state event including UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater. The Rader School of Business has been affiliated with FBLA/PBL since 2006. Dr. Trina Moskalik, assistant professor, is the group’s advisor.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

2015_MCAA_Chapter_of_Year.JPG.jpgCongratulations to MSOE’s Mechanical Contractors Association of America student organization. They were named the MCAA Student Chapter of the Year at the MCAA annual convention, which was held in March in Maui, Hawaii.

The award recognizes an MCAA student chapter for outstanding achievement as an organization of students who are planning careers in the mechanical construction industry. It recognizes exceptional achievement in governance and leadership, membership recruiting, fundraising, community involvement, and career development.

Dr. Blake Wentz, chair of the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, and four students represented the group in Hawaii to accept the award. Pictured, left to right are James Brown, CBS sportscaster and convention keynote speaker, Rachel Lynde, Jill Vande Boom, SaraBeth Haworth, Leah Hendricks and Dr. Wentz, MCAA group advisor.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

Bookworm.jpgThrough a series of very fortunate events, more than 20 works by Carl Spitzweg have found their way to Milwaukee. Many fine examples of the artist’s work from the Grohmann Museum Collection–including The Bookworm (on permanent loan from the Milwaukee Public Library) and The Poor Poet–are joined by those from the Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection and the Milwaukee Art Museum, creating a special opportunity to display them together. The result is Carl Spitzweg in Milwaukee, a one-of-a-kind exhibition displayed in an entirely new gallery at the Grohmann Museum, created specifically for this purpose.

An opening reception for the exhibit and the gallery will be held Thursday, April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. Dr. Eckhart Grohmann will provide opening remarks and Barbara Brown Lee, chief educator emeritus of the Milwaukee Art Museum will present a gallery talk. Admission is free for this special event.

The Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, is open to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $3 for students and seniors; free for children under 12. MSOE students (with ID), alumni, faculty and staff are admitted free, and patrons showing a valid city of Milwaukee Public Library card also enjoy free admission.poor_poet.jpg

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 2,800 students. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

img_grohmann_tower-380x213.jpgMSOE’s Grohmann Tower has been named one of the Top Projects of 2014 by The Daily Reporter and among the winners of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 2015 Real Estate Awards.

The Top Projects award is given to the most challenging, innovative and awe-inspiring Wisconsin construction projects from 2014 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.

 

In April, 17 projects will be honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal and first-place winners and “Project of the Year” will be announced at their real estate awards program. The awards honor real estate projects that make an impact in the Milwaukee area.

The Grohmann Tower is MSOE’s newest and most desirable on-campus housing option for upperclassmen. The apartment building opened at the beginning of this academic year and 184 students moved into 102 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments on the fourth through ninth floors. The second phase of construction is currently under way to complete apartments and meeting spaces on the 10th through 14th floors.

The building originally was slated to be an extended-stay hotel, but the project went bankrupt while it was under construction in 2008. The building is named after Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, the major donor who made the project possible.

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

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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.

StPats.jpgGet ready for one of the biggest celebrations of the year at MSOE this week! St. Patrick’s Week is a yearly tradition at MSOE that dates all the way back to the 1930s. Saint Patrick, who was a Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland in the 5th century, is considered to be the patron saint of engineers. Born in Roman Britain, he was captured by Irish pirates as a teenager and taken to Ireland as a slave. He escaped back to Britain after six years of enslavement and became a cleric. Later in life, he returned to Ireland to serve as an ordained bishop. He also introduced to the Irish elements of Roman technology to which he had been exposed back in Britain, including the construction of churches featuring arches. This led to Saint Patrick’s reverence as the patron saint of engineers.

Today, more than 2,000 years later, people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year on March 17. Milwaukee School of Engineering takes this one step further and holds an eight-day celebration with fun-filled competitions and events. Students form teams and compete against one another to win points and prizes. At the end of the week, the team with the most points wins the St. Pat’s Overall Winner Trophy and the “St. Patrick” title!

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The celebration commenced with a few events this past weekend, including the Egg Drop, in which teams engineered a contraption meant to protect an egg from a three-story fall with only the items they were given. Teams also competed in a Trivia Scavenger Hunt in which trivia questions were broadcasted over 91.7FM WMSE that team members had to answer correctly to accumulate points. On Monday, there was a carnival in the afternoon with free games and T-shirts as well as a dinner of traditional Irish fare in the evening, both of which were held on the third floor of the CC.

Plenty of other fun events will take place over the course of this week. Teams will compete in a set of mental and physical competitions in the “Engineering O’lympics” on Tuesday in the Kern Center. Wednesday will bring a food drive as well as a costume contest before the men’s volleyball game in the Kern Center. A “Cinna-Bonfire” will take place on Thursday where attendees can enjoy a full-sized Cinnabon next to multiple bonfires in the RWJ parking lot. Finally, with the weekend will come a Proclamation Signing in the CC on Friday, and a St. Pat’s Dance on Saturday in the Todd Wehr.

Visit the St. Pat’s Week group for more information on the festivities and to vote for your favorite competing team! Also, be sure to take some pictures of the shenanigans and use the #MSOEStPats hashtag to share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

In early March, MSOE’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) hosted the 2015 IIE North Central Regional Conference for 170 students from 10 universities. Graduate student Patrick Gathof ’14 and IE sophomore Collin Seubert led a committee of 20 MSOE students to plan and organize the event.

Adjunct Professor Kim Pettiford ’93, ’99, senior director of human resources at Harley-Davidson Motor Company, was the keynote speaker on the opening night and orchestrated an activity with the students to break the ice and get them excited for the days ahead.

Students had the opportunity to tour Blood Center of Wisconsin, FedEx SmartPost, GKN Sinter Metals, MillerCoors, Harley-Davidson, Master Lock, Nordco, Rexnord, Spirit Manufacturing or UPS. They also enjoyed a networking lunch with representatives from Anderson Corporation, Direct Supply, FedEx SmartPost, Harley-Davidson, IIE Milwaukee Chapter, J.W. Speaker Corporation, John Deere, Joy Global, Master Lock, Mayo Clinic, McGraw-Hill Education, Nordco, Rockwell Collins, UPS and the VA Medical Center.

IIE_Paper_Winners.jpgSix students presented their work during the paper competition and Molly Kotrba from MSOE was the winner. This marks the third year in a row that MSOE won the competition with Gathof winning in 2014 and Eric Pearson ’13 winning in 2013. Kotrba will represent the North Central Region in the International competition at the IIE Annual Expo in Nashville in May.

The conference concluded with professional workshops, a social event and a closing banquet at the Milwaukee County Zoo with representatives from the local IIE professional chapter and company representatives. IE alumna Stefanie Zeiler ’91 was the keynote speaker. Zeiler has held a variety of process improvement positions in GE, Walt Disney World, Merrill Lynch and McGraw-Hill Education where she currently is a senior director in strategic reengineering.

Milwaukee School of Engineering is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,800 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 ROI and 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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