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Eight undergraduate students from around the country were selected to participate in Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), a prestigious 10-week summer program at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). As part of the REU program, students researched projects advancing state-of-the-art applications in the biomedical, aerospace, manufacturing, composite, biomolecular and fluid power industries.

REU is an innovative, interdisciplinary program funded by the National Science Foundation, MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center, MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM and the Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power (CCEFP) to give undergraduates hands-on experience in research. This program focuses on applications of fluid power and additive manufacturing technology.

Hands-on access to solid freeform fabrication devices and fluid power laboratories, close partnerships with advisors, industry mentors and other educational institutions, paired with a creative learning environment provided students with a high probability of success in research focused on solving industrial problems through advanced manufacturing technology.

Students conducted research, took field trips to visit professionals and problem solved with advisors, teammates and other resources. They participated in poster sessions, group discussions, research documentation, learned new software, made presentations, built models, designed and completed experiments and wrote research papers.

Participants

Cindy Angpraseuth, Harvey Mudd College, engineering major
Hometown: Lake in the Hills, Ill.
Project: Assessment of Additive Manufacturing Materials for Ultrasound Phantom Applications

Esther Bieszk, Milwaukee School of Engineering, biomedical engineering major
Hometown: Oostburg, Wis.
Project: Brain Modeling to Mimic Functionality Studies of Cerebrospinal Fluid

Jesse Crawford, Milwaukee School of Engineering, computer engineering major
Hometown: Plainfield, Wis.
Project: Patient Specific Modeling of Cerebral Aneurysms

Summer Hoskins, UW-Whitewater, biology major
Hometown: Whitewater, Wis.
Project: 3D Dynamic Model of the Switch I and II Regions of HRAS Using Shape Memory Materials

Meghan Krause, Milwaukee School of Engineering, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: Milwaukee
Project: Filterability of Water-Contaminated Environmentally Considerate Lubricants

David Rutkowski, Valparaiso University, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: Cedarburg, Wis.
Project: Computational Fluid Dynamics of the Pediatric Trachea

Nik Stasinopoulos, Milwaukee School of Engineering, biomedical engineering major
Hometown: Franklin Park, Ill.
Project: Clot Buster Bullets: Creation of TPA Coated Nanoparticles

Colin Stieglitz, Georgia Institute of Technology, mechanical engineering major
Hometown: *******, Ga.
Project: High-Efficiency Pneumatic “Walking Engine”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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 (MSOE) is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Only 155 institutions were named to the “Best in the Midwest” list on The Princeton Review’s website feature, “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

The 155 colleges chosen for this list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 643 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. The profiles also have a "Survey Says" list that reveals topics about which students surveyed at the school were in highest agreement.

In addition to being named one of the “Best in the Midwest,” MSOE was one of only 23 colleges included in The Princeton Review’s “2014 Fire Safety Rating Honor Roll.” The honor roll honors colleges and universities concerning their on-campus housing fire safety and fire prevention practices and policies. MSOE was the only university in Wisconsin to be named to the Fire Safety Honor Roll.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published July 31, 2013

A team of Milwaukee School of Engineering students has been working hard to design a LEGO replica of Lambeau Field. Their plans will come to life during Green Bay Packer Training Camp (July 31- Aug. 4) when they’ll gather in the Lambeau Field Atrium to construct the replica in front of Packers fans.

The 13’x’15 Lambeau Field replica will be built from more than 130,000 multi-colored LEGOs and features:

  • Working scoreboard
  • Lights
  • Seating
  • Interior and exterior architectural details
  • Field, complete with players

Earlier this year, the students travelled to Green Bay, Wis., to begin their build strategy. They took photos of Lambeau Field from various areas, used to complete the build blueprint, in addition to utilizing Google Earth. The blueprint helped the students determine sizing and how many LEGOs would be needed to complete the replica.

On July 31 the LEGO pieces will be delivered to Lambeau Field to begin construction. The replica of Lambeau Field will be completed by Aug. 4 in the Atrium of Lambeau Field.

“This is a fun and exciting project for members of MSOE’s Architectural Engineering Institute student group,” said Mike McGeen, the group’s advisor and professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. “The LEGO Lambeau Field is another opportunity for the students to practice their design, scheduling and estimating skills.”

The Lambeau Field LEGO replica is being sponsored by Pick ‘n Save/Copps, Kemps Dairy and DiGiorno Pizza.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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 was named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes on its sixth annual list. MSOE has been included on the list every year since Forbes began ranking colleges and universities in 2008.

To compile the list, Forbes reviewed postsecondary institutions in the U.S. in five general categories: post graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards. Forbes partnered with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity in determining their list of the 650 schools that distinguish themselves from competitors by analyzing what students are getting out of their college education. There are more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the United States.

Read more about the Forbes ranking and view the complete list of America’s Top Colleges.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published July 23, 2013

 

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) has identified the Wisconsin colleges and universities with the greatest lifetime return on investment and Milwaukee School of Engineering tops the list. Graduates from these institutions enjoy the largest earnings gap between non-degree holders over a 31-year span. In compiling this list, ACO considered fully-accredited, four-year degree-granting public and private institutions, as well as their ROI according to PayScale’s 2013 College Value Report.

In June, ACO compiled a list of private universities offering a Million Dollar ROI. Alumni from these universities out-earn non-degree holders by at least one million dollars during their careers. Institutions on the list make up the top one percent of U.S. colleges as measured by return on investment (ROI). MSOE is the only university from Wisconsin on the list, and one of only five from the Midwest.

“There is great demand in our nation for STEM professionals,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, president of MSOE. “Employers value the education students receive at MSOE and that is reflected in our extremely high placement rates as well as high starting salaries. Our engineers, nurses and business students are ready to hit the ground running not only when they graduate, but also in their internships.”

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published June 28, 2013

AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO) has released its “Million Dollar ROI” rankings for 2013, a new list of private universities whose graduates out-earn non-degree holders by at least one million dollars during their careers. Institutions on the list make up the top one percent of U.S. colleges as measured by return on investment (ROI).

“Some of today’s most recognizable universities appear on the list, despite higher tuition rates,” says ACO founder Dan Schuessler. “While ACO is dedicated to promoting affordability, these colleges provide significant value to their students. Students pay to gain the skills necessary for long-term career success.”

Each school’s return on investment figure derives from a three-tiered calculation: estimated 30-year earnings of graduates minus both projected earnings without a degree and four years of tuition and fees. Key data sources and partners leveraged for the analysis include the following:

  • NCES, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.
  • IPEDS, the primary federal source for data on colleges, universities, and technical and vocational postsecondary schools in the U.S.
  • Carnegie Classification, a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
  • Payscale.com, the premier salary data collection organization.

 

AffordableCollegesOnline.org’s “Million Dollar Alumni Club” Rankings of Private Universities:

  1. Harvey Mudd College
  2. California Institute of Technology (CalTech)
  3. Polytechnic Institute of New York University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. Stevens Institute of Technology
  6. Stanford University
  7. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  8. Claremont McKenna College
  9. Harvard University
  10. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  11. Santa Clara University
  12. Dartmouth College
  13. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  14. Williams College
  15. University of Notre Dame
  16. Princeton University
  17. Babson College
  18. Carnegie Mellon University
  19. Haverford College
  20. University of Pennsylvania
  21. Manhattan College
  22. Columbia University
  23. Duke University
  24. Lehigh University
  25. Swarthmore College
  26. Illinois Institute of Technology
  27. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  28. Lafayette College
  29. Brown University
  30. Cornell University
  31. Clarkson University
  32. Kettering University
  33. Bucknell University
  34. Johns Hopkins University
  35. Touro College
  36. Rice University
  37. Washington and Lee University
  38. Milwaukee School of Engineering
  39. Tufts University
  40. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  41. Hamilton College
  42. University of the Pacific
  43. Amherst College
  44. Colgate University
  45. Drexel University
  46. Villanova University

 

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th  anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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 Spring 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 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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 (MSOE) is pleased to announce the following high school seniors have been awarded a Presidential Scholarship for four years of full tuition. To qualify for MSOE’s most prestigious scholarship, students needed a minimum 3.80 cumulative GPA and 28 or higher composite score on the ACT (1240 SAT) and be accepted for enrollment by February 1. In addition, the students attended and competed at a scholarship event.

Congratulations to all of the scholarship winners:

Andrew Anderson
Elgin, Ill.
Central High School
Industrial Engineering

Becca Keller
Waterloo, Wis.
Lake Mills High School
Industrial Engineering

Johannah Bauch
North Aurora, Ill.
Home School
Computer Engineering

Rachel Luczak
Stickney, Ill.
St. Joseph High School
Electrical Engineering

Alyssa Brehm
Homer Glen, Ill.
Lockport Township High School
Actuarial Science

Melissa Mahoney
Round Lake Heights
Lake Forest Academy
Industrial Engineering

Ashley Campbell
Rochester, Minn.
Stewartville High School
Industrial Engineering

Annalyssa Martin
Waukesha, Wis.
Waukesha West High School
Mechanical Engineering

Janelle Carreon
Greendale, Wis.
Greendale High School
Nursing

Elizabeth Paoli
Plainfield, Ill.
Plainfield North High School
Mechanical Engineering

Parichart Cecchini
Aurora, Ill.
Metea Valley High School
Industrial Engineering

Abigail Peterson
Eagan, Ill.
Eagan High School
Computer Engineering

Heather Dotson
Muskego, Wis.
Heritage Christian School
Electrical Engineering

Jordyn Reitz
Crystal Lake, Ill.
Prairie Ridge High School
Architectural Engineering

Grace Elonen
Superior, Wis.
Superior Senior High School
Mechanical Engineering

Leeta Russell
Lafarge, Wis.
Hillsboro High School
Mechanical Engineering

Meghan Essary
Davenport, Iowa
Davenport Central High School
Industrial Engineering

Teresa Schneider
Racine, Wis.
Racine Prairie High School
Civil Engineering

Eric Fulsaas
Decorah, Iowa
Decorah Senior High School
Civil Engineering

Kailey Smith
Plainfield, Ill.
Plainfield High School
Mechanical Engineering

Maya George
Milwaukee
Rufus King High School
Industrial Engineering

Krystal Sombke
Belvidere, Ill.
Lutheran High School
Industrial Engineering

Lauren Goulet
Neenah, Wis.
Hortonville High School
Mechanical Engineering

Rebecca Sondelski
Mosinee, Wis.
Mosinee High School
Mechanical Engineering

Erin Heinz
Elmhurst, Ill.
York Community High School
Software Engineering

Rebecca Spence
Arlington Heights, Ill.
Buffalo Grove High School
Computer Engineering

Lillian Horn
Brooklyn, Wis.
Albany High School
Software Engineering

Cassandra Summerfelt
Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Hoffman Estates High School
Mechanical Engineering

Lauren Hutson
Chicago
Marist High School
Electrical Engineering

Ali Vazirabad
St. Francis, Wis.
St. Francis High School
Mechanical Engineering

Marchrista Jones
Middletown, NY
Middletown High School
Computer Engineering

Kelsey Zenko
Jonsboro, Ark.
Nettleton High School
Mechanical Engineering

Karley Kasten
Watertown, Wis.
Oconomowoc High School
Mechanical Engineering

Arianna Ziemer
New Richmond, Wis.
New Richmond High School
Mechanical Engineering

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Thibedeau_200x300.jpgDawn Thibedeau, CPA, has been appointed the vice president of finance and chief financial officer at Milwaukee School of Engineering effective June 17. She succeeds Armund Janto, who retired after 13 years of service to the university.

Thibedeau comes to MSOE with experience in accounting and financial management in non-profit and for-profit organizations, with a 15-year focus on higher education. She most recently served as the VP of finance and CFO at Lutheran Social Services. Prior to that Thibedeau was controller at UW-Milwaukee and executive director of finance at Alverno College.

Thibedeau holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis., and is a State of Wisconsin Certified Public Accountant. She also is a member of the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

photo1.JPG.jpgToday, 26 girls from Butler Middle School in Waukesha, Wis., began an energetic week exploring the fun of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through hands-on projects and interacting with women in STEM careers. GE Healthcare Women’s Network and the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) sponsor the learning and mentoring program, GE Girls at MSOE.

Now in its second year, the program features new applied activities such as learning about electrocardiography monitoring and neonatal technologies, and measuring blood pressure using GE Healthcare equipment in MSOE’s new Ruehlow Nursing Complex. In 2008, GE Healthcare donated medical equipment totaling $75,000 to MSOE and most of the equipment is still used by nursing students today.

“We’re pleased to be hosting our second year of GE Girls at MSOE,” said Dee Mellor, Vice President and Chief Quality Office at GE Healthcare. “It’s so satisfying to see the girls engage with the program during the week. We’re committed to make a difference and inspire young girls to explore and embrace the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Maybe they’ll even come to work at GE Healthcare someday.”

Students will be bused daily to MSOE where they will gain instruction from MSOE faculty and Waukesha Schools District teachers. The exclusive GE Healthcare curriculum includes daily activities focusing on medical technologies, physiology and biomedical engineering. Girls will have the opportunity to experiment with ultrasound and x-ray technology, use medical devices to measure their own metabolic function, and travel to Pettit National Ice Center where they will learn about friction, acceleration and the different properties of ice. Last year’s GE Girls at MSOE participants will also return for a combined Lean exercise.

Interested sixth- and seventh-graders applied this spring, and Waukesha Public School faculty selected participants. GE worked with MSOE to develop curriculum and exercises.

“We had great success last year and we are building on this momentum with new and exciting projects this year,” said Olga Imas, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at MSOE. “Through this program, we’re able to reach girls before they hit the age when many start losing interest in math and science, and nurture a lasting curiosity that will benefit them in the future.”

GE Healthcare has a long history of supporting education in the Milwaukee area through several GE Volunteer efforts including collaboration with six different Milwaukee Public Schools, Community Service Day and many mentoring efforts. In 2012, more than 4,000 GE Volunteers in Milwaukee served for more than 36,000 hours. GE Girls at MSOE is another way GE Healthcare is investing in the greater Milwaukee community. There are 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
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

new-student-housing.jpgThe Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee today approved a resolution allowing Milwaukee School of Engineering to obtain ownership of the former Staybridge Suites building at 1150 N. Water St. in downtown Milwaukee. An anonymous donor has made this opportunity possible. The transaction is planned to close by July 6, with construction and renovation work to begin as soon as possible thereafter.

MSOE will use the building for an apartment-style residence for upperclassmen, graduate students and faculty who wish to live on campus. There will be approximately 150 units, ranging from studio apartments to 1- and 2-bedroom units. The ground floor of the building will remain as retail space, generating tax revenue for the city. The second and third floors of the building will be used for resident parking with 62 spaces. The university plans to have units available for students by the start of the 2014-15 academic year.

"We want to continue adding life to downtown Milwaukee. Our parking complex/athletic field will be completed later this summer, giving our students and visitors a place to park while they enjoy everything happening in our neighborhood," said Viets. "This new residence will be an attractive option for upperclassmen who wish to remain downtown. It will also attract graduate students, and faculty to the area. The building and its residents will be a great asset to the city."

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published June 3, 2013

MSOE has a contract to purchase the former Staybridge Suites building at 1150 N. Water St. (corner of Juneau Ave. and Water St.). An anonymous donor has made this opportunity possible.

The university will use the building for an apartment-style residence for upperclassmen, graduate students and faculty who wish to live on campus, as well as campus visitors. There will be approximately 150 units, ranging from studio apartments to 1- and 2-bedroom units. The ground floor of the building will remain as retail space, generating tax revenue for the city.

“Due to financial turbulence, the building has been unfinished and thus vacant for a number of years, and has become an eyesore in downtown Milwaukee,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “No other developer has stepped forward with a feasible plan for this space. Limitations with the size and parking make it difficult to develop as office space, condominiums or a hotel, but it is perfect for our growing university community. Our enrollment numbers have been rising the past few years and we are on track to keep growing.”

“We want to continue adding life to downtown Milwaukee. Our parking complex/athletic field will be completed later this summer, giving our students and visitors a place to park while they enjoy everything happening in our neighborhood,” said Viets. “This new residence will be an attractive option for upperclassmen who wish to remain downtown. It will also attract graduate students, and faculty to the area. The building and its residents will be a great asset to the city.”

MSOE’s offer goes before the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee on June 13.

Once the purchase is approved, the university expects it will take 12 months to finish construction on several lower floors so students can begin moving in.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published June 5, 2013

For the second year in a row, MSOE is participating in the Social Madness Competition, which is sponsored by The Business Journal. In 2012 MSOE was named the Milwaukee Social Madness champion in the medium companies category in the Milwaukee market, and earned the chance to participate in the competition at the national level!

This year we are really being challenged, as we were categorized in the “large” category. We’re asking alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends to connect with us socially and help us increase our following and engagement.

You can help by following and interacting with us on Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter. We also get credit if you vote for us on the Social Madness page in the large category.

Round 1 ends June 17 and only the top eight organizations will advance to Round 2 (June 18-24). Take a moment today to  engage!

Originally published May 29, 2013

Eric Pearson and Adam Van Handel, recent industrial engineering graduates from MSOE, were recognized at the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) Undergraduate Student Technical Paper Competition. The pair co-authored a paper entitled “Implementation of Quick Response Manufacturing on a Build-to-Order Product Line.” Pearson traveled to the IIE annual conference in Puerto Rico to present their paper, and took third place. The competition consisted of the first place papers from each of nine regions in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Pearson and Van Handel authored the paper based on their senior design project, which focused on a new product line called the DXN flow meter at Badger Meter Inc. The students used Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) tools and techniques to decrease the lead time from 14 days to a maximum of three days for the DXN meter, and allow for an increased production level.

The technical paper award is the second award Van Handel has received from IIE. Last year, he was a recipient of the Presidents Scholarship for $1,000 in recognition of his excellence in scholarly activities and leadership of the industrial engineering profession.

“These students have the skills and behaviors needed to excel in business today through their high standards, focus, drive and ability to manage their time,” said Dr. Charlene Yauch, MSOE associate professor and industrial engineering program director. “This award is a testament to the high caliber of students and professors at MSOE.”

IIE is the world’s largest professional society dedicated solely to the support of the industrial engineering profession and individuals involved with improving quality and productivity. Founded in 1948, IIE is an international, nonprofit association that provides leadership for the application, education, training, research and development of industrial engineering.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.

Originally published May 31, 2013

Marshall Sandretto and Eric Logisz, members of the MSOE Fishing Team, won the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwestern Regional Championship. The tournament was held in Iowa on Lake Sugema. Both are mechanical engineering majors at MSOE. Sandretto hails from Winthrop Harbor, Ill., while Logisz is from Mount Prospect, Ill. The MSOE Fishing Team is one of more than 70 student organizations at MSOE.

The teammates won on the strength of consistent daily limits weighing 8 pounds, 3 ounces on Wednesday and 9 pounds, 8 ounces Thursday for a two-day total of 17-11.

The Midwestern Regional was plagued by rough weather from the beginning, and the final weigh-in was delayed because of inclement weather. Changes began on the eve of the final practice day when, in the interest of angler safety, B.A.S.S. officials elected to move the event from the flooded Mississippi River to nearby Lake Sugema.

Another challenge to the collegiate anglers was a slot limit on the lake’s bass that prevents keeping fish between 12 and 18 inches. The young fishermen caught plenty of tiny, 10- to 12-inch bass, which they could weigh in, and lots of 12- to 18-inchers, which they could not. The rare 18-plus-inch fish, which they called “overs,” were game changers

“We had two ‘overs’ each day,” said Logisz. “But those ‘unders’ put us up about a pound and a half or so.

Anglers fought this slot all week, with many teams catching a limit of slot fish that would have added 10 to 12 pounds to their scores, but instead were able only to weigh in limits of five fish for 2 or 3 pounds.

Some anglers tried to target only overs, but never reached a limit. Others tried to catch anything they could but fell short of qualifying without a quality bite.

It was MSOE’s Sandretto and Logisz who figured out the right combination of quantity and quality. Without their overs or unders they would have been unable to win the regional.

“We started off doing a bunch of stuff,” said Logisz. “We flipped and pitched a little bit, threw a spinnerbait and tried to get some reaction bites, but we couldn’t get anything going.”

The pair finally found cooperative fish when they began flipping green pumpkin ****** creature baits around real shallow trees on windy banks.

Day 2 was more of the same for the team from Milwaukee, with one exception. After only getting a few bites early, they decided the increased cloud cover called for a change in bait color.

“Marshall switched to a black-and-blue Texas rigged ******, and that’s what we caught our big fish on,” said Logisz.

Catching numbers of fish wasn’t a problem for most anglers on Sugema this week, and it was no different for MSOE.

“We just went through a lot of fish,” said Sandretto. “We would catch shorts, then we’d catch fish in the slot, and then we would eventually catch a bigger one. It was just kind of random where the large ones were.”

MSOE sampled a few other baits and techniques but relied heavily on the flipping game with one common theme throughout their pattern: wind. With winds out of the south, the MSOE team members focused their efforts on the north shore of the lake, where they caught all of their fish this week.

In addition to their win, Sandretto and Logisz qualified for the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, which will be held on Lake Chatuge, Aug. 1-3. They will be joined by second-place finishers, Jackson Grabeel and Joseph Reilly of Western Illinois University, along with the remainder of the Top 10 finishers from Lake Sugema.

Sandretto and Logisz also won the tournament’s Livingston Lures Leader award of $500 in product for being in the lead on Day 2.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine 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 94% 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.