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President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. hosted the annual President's Student Leadership Dinner on May 7. An outstanding group of more than 70 students were nominated for leadership awards at MSOE this year. Congratulations to all who were nominated and to the winners:

Outstanding Student Award

Sherri Biendarra, of West Bend, Wis., was chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award. This award is presented annually to the MSOE senior student, who, in the opinion of the faculty, most notably combines an excellent academic record and has at the same time demonstrated leadership and professional bearing in extracurricular or community service activities. It is the most prestigious student testimonial that MSOE bestows. Biendarra will graduate May 24 with a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering from MSOE.

Other Awards

Vincent R. Canino Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Student Award
Kimberly Fritz, Friendship, Wis., biomedical engineering

Nursing Leadership Award
Amy Brogley, Cuba City, Wis., nursing

Matt W. Fuchs Outstanding AE&BC Senior Student Award
Evan Crayford, River Falls, Wis., architectural engineering and construction management

Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award
Marissa Parent, Dodgeville, Wis., management information systems

Daniel E. Sahs Award for Service
Robin DeBoer, Milwaukee, electrical engineering

Outstanding Peer Assistant Award
John Krenzer, South Milwaukee, Wis., computer engineering

Resident Assistant Programming Award
Ethan Sippel, Mt. Calvary, Wis., architectural engineering and construction management

Greek of the Year Award
Sean McGarry, Hoffman Estates, Ill., biomedical engineering

Student Employee of the Year Award
Jasmine Strickler, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, business management

Senior Men’s Athlete of the Year Award
Scott Loftus, Germantown, Wis., golf, mechanical engineering

Senior Women’s Athlete of the Year Award
Paula Bohl, Muskego, Wis., soccer, business management ’13, M.S. in marketing and export management

Scholar Men’s Athlete of the Year Award
Patrick Gathof, Beloit, Wis., soccer, industrial engineering

Scholar Women’s Athlete of the Year Award
Elizabeth Kelnhofer, Hales Corners, Wis., rowing, mechanical engineering

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 Grohmann Museum has acquired 54 bridge photographs by David Plowden. The collection was a gift to the museum by the artist following the exhibition Bridges: The Spans of North America (Grohmann Museum, 2013). The photos were initially selected for the exhibition, but Plowden later decided that the Grohmann Museum would be an ideal home for the images in perpetuity, given MSOE’s engineering focus and the images themselves documenting engineering marvels across the North American landscape.

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Plowden spent years photographing dozens of bridges as part of a Guggenheim fellowship. Many of these bridges no longer exist, except for in the memory and in these captivating works. In Plowden’s words, “there is no more overt, powerful or rational expression of accomplishment—of man’s ability to build.”

The addition of Plowden’s images to the Grohmann Museum’s permanent collection allows the museum to replicate the entire exhibition in the future or to select a number of them for display at any given time. This gift greatly increases the scope and quality of the collection, and the photos will be enjoyed by students, faculty, staff and museum patrons for years to come.

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.

_MG_7604_web.jpgThe popular Piano Portraits Concert Series, featuring pianist Dr. Jeffrey Hollander, returns to the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway. 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.

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.

May 10, 2014, 3 p.m.
Someone to Watch Over Me: A Celebration of Mother’s Day, featuring selected works by George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin, and improvisations on beautiful songs of the 1930s and 1940s.

June 29, 2014, 2 p.m.
Under Paris Skies: Inspired by the City of Paris, featuring the music of Frederic Chopin, Camille Saint-Saens and Claude Debussy, and improvisations on popular songs written about Paris.

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.

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All are invited to hear Dr. Karl H. David, chair of the Mathematics Department and associate professor, deliver his “Last Lecture” on Thursday, May 1 at 6 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. He will give the fifth 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. David, who taught at MSOE for 15 years, will reflect on his time at MSOE 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.

David joined the MSOE faculty in 1999, and became chair of the Mathematics Department in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, all in mathematics. In 2007 he received MSOE’s Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award. Under his tutelage, two degree programs were created in the Mathematics Department in 2013: Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and Bachelor of Science in Operations Research.

His teaching experience includes a professorship at Wells College in New York, where he also served as department chairman and chairman of the sciences division and the faculty personnel committee. David also taught at Cornell University, Middlebury College, Union College and Westfield State College. His writing has appeared in professional mathematics publications and he has authored several articles for ornithological publications.

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 annual Health and Wellness Fair will be Thursday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway.

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This free community event will include free or low-cost health screening tests, giveaways, healthy snacks, live demos and mini massages. Experts will also provide information on preventative, environmental and holistic health, exercise, cardiac and cancer awareness and much more. The Health and Wellness Fair is for adults of any age or stage of life, and is sponsored by MSOE Health Services and MSOE School of Nursing. Find more information at www.msoe.edu/healthfair.

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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The Grohmann Museum’s newest exhibition opens Friday, May 16. Art Shay: Working will feature the legendary photographer’s images of work and the worker.

Nihil sine magno labore (nothing without great labor) was one of the few things Art Shay learned in his year at Brooklyn College before service as a much-decorated lead navigator in World War II. Though he was unsure of the significance of the Latin phrase at the time, its impact surely was felt throughout Shay’s career as a photographer for LIFE, Time and Fortune magazines, leading to his work in a variety of labor situations.

Be they images of linemen or those on the assembly line, his affinity for capturing work and the worker has produced an unparalleled catalogue of images of human industry in its many forms. This special exhibition features a selection of dozens of Shay’s finest scenes of work, labor and pictures “made of fellow and sister laborers.”

Art Shay: Working will be on display May 16 through Aug. 17. Museum guests are invited to a special gallery talk event with Shay to celebrate the opening of the exhibit on Friday, May 16 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for the event.

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 received three awards at the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) 2014 Northern Plains Regional Conference, including the prestigious “Innovative Programming Award” for its Hunger Games Dodge Ball event. The award is presented for an innovative program conceived by the campus and is based on student involvement, creativity and the success of the program, as determined by the achievement of stated program goals. Hunger Games Dodge Ball was one of the many events MSOE’s Student Union Board (SUB) planned for their annual SUB-Zero Days celebration.

MSOE took first place in the Single Color Clothing Design Graphics Competition for SUB’s President’s Mini-Golf Advertising shirt, designed by Libby Donohew, Joey Dusal and Marissa Parent. MSOE also received first place in the Multi-color Clothing Design Graphics Competitions for the Society of Women Engineers Hands-on Future event shirt, designed by Daniel Copeland and Anna Gutman.

Representing MSOE at the conference were: Libby Donohew, Joey Dusel, Kash Engineer, Levi Hoskins, Marissa Parent, Susan Snow, Phoebe Skowronski and advisor Nick Seidler. The conference offers leadership training and workshops on campus engagement for students who are involved in planning events for their campus community.

NACA is the recognized leader in higher education for providing members with innovative practices and access to programs that support campus engagement. The Northern Plains Region covers all the universities and colleges in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and the Canadian Provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and western Ontario.

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.

“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.

More than 70 undergraduate and graduate students in engineering majors and the Rader School of Business will receive their bachelor’s or master’s degrees at Milwaukee School of Engineering’s (MSOE) Winter Commencement, Saturday, March 1, at the Kern Center.

The ceremony will feature a keynote address from MSOE Regent Scott Moon. Moon also will receive an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree.

Scott Libert is the class respondent, the honor that goes to the graduate with the highest G.P.A. Libert is graduating with high honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. Kevin J. Matthews, who is graduating with honors and will receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, 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.

About Scott Moon:

Born in Milwaukee, MSOE Regent Scott Moon graduated in 1974 from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in management science.  He received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1976.

After working several summers in internship programs at Eastman Kodak in Rochester, N.Y., Moon joined Bee Chemical Company in Chicago as a market development specialist. In 1979, he joined Res Manufacturing as sales manager and became president in 1982.

For many years, Moon was a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) where he served as a director of the YPO Manufacturing Project, and as vice chairman of YPO Manufacturing Seminars. He chaired a YPO program for high school and college educators at New United Motors Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI), the joint venture between Toyota Motor Corporation and General Motors Corporation, and also the YPO Manufacturing Excellence Seminar at Motorola Inc. He worked with Motorola to put together a series of one-week seminars on quality improvement methodologies for YPOers and their key reports.

In 1999 Moon purchased DLSM Inc. becoming its CEO. DLSM is a holding company containing Res Manufacturing and Kondex Corp. Res Manufacturing is a diversified contract manufacturer of metal components supplied to the U.S. automotive and appliance industries. Kondex Corp. supplies cutting parts to the agriculture and turf care markets.

Moon has been a member of World Presidents Organization (WPO) and Chief Executives Organization (CEO), which are global organizations for education and idea exchange between leaders of businesses.

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 in October 2013. Morin 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.

Also in October 2013, Dr. David Howell was appointed dean of students. He was previously a member of the faculty in the General Studies Department and held the Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership. As dean of students, Howell oversees various areas pertaining to student life: Counseling Services, the Learning Resource Center, Mentor Program, Servant-Leadership, Student Activities, Student Government, TRIO Programs and Women’s Connections.

Rebecca Ploeckelman has been named director of human resources.

DeAnna Leitzke has been named to the Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership.

Dr. Jane Page, associate professor, is the program director for the Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in 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.

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.