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Originally published May 16, 2013

Born of Fire: Scenes of Industry brings together more than 20 paintings from the Westmoreland Museum of American Art’s collection of late 19th and early 20th century scenes of industry. The exhibit will be open at the Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway, from May 24 through Aug. 18.

Featured works capture the transformation of the American landscape from an agrarian society to an industrial one, interpreted in the work of both Pennsylvania and national artists celebrating industry as their subject. The Westmoreland is the largest repository of southwestern Pennsylvania art in the country and they share this exhibition with the hope of developing a new appreciation not just for the art of Pennsylvania, but other regions as well.

An opening reception will be held Friday, May 24 from 5 to 8 p.m. There will be a film presentation at 7 p.m. of Born of Fire: How Pittsburgh Built a Nation. The film explores the cultural exchanges that took place during the Big Steel Era through art, music, oral histories and social commentary.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 900 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is owned by MSOE, an independent university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business, mathematics and nursing fields.

Originally published May 13, 2013

Congratulations to the more than 60 Milwaukee School of Engineering students who were nominated for leadership awards this year. The following awards were presented at the annual President’s Student Leadership Awards Dinner on May 8:

Outstanding Student Award

Jordan Wagner, of Cedarburg, Wis., was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award. This award is presented annually to the Milwaukee School of Engineering (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. Wagner will graduate on May 25 with a bachelor’s degree in biomolecular engineering from MSOE.

Other Awards

Vincent R. Canino Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Student Award – Benjamin Bowe, Chippewa Falls, Wis., biomedical engineering
Nursing Leadership Award – Megan Syversen, Pewaukee, Wis., nursing
Matt W. Fuchs Outstanding AE&BC Senior Student Award – Andrew Hillstrom, Milwaukee, Wis., architectural engineering and construction management
Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award – Aaron Becker, Milwaukee, Wis., industrial engineering
Daniel E. Sahs Award for Service – Samantha Herold, Orland Park, Ill., biomedical engineering
Outstanding Peer Assistant Award – Anna Gutman, Menomonie, Wis., industrial engineering
Resident Assistant Programming Award – Benjamin Coopland, Kenosha, Wis., mechanical engineering
Greek of the Year Award – Jasmine Strickler, Pleasant Hill, Iowa, business management
Student Employee of the Year Award – Bryan Baumann, Muskego, Wis., management information systems
Senior Men’s Athlete of the Year Award – Jordan Werner, Bolingbrook, Ill., soccer/track, electrical engineering
Senior Women’s Athlete of the Year Award – Emma Lumpe, Lawrence, Kan., soccer, architectural engineering
Scholar Men’s Athlete of the Year Award – Nathan Brunk, Lake Mills, Wis., hockey, business management
Scholar Women’s Athlete of the Year Award – Kate Herrmann, Sycamore, Ill., soccer/track, biomedical engineering

Faculty/Staff Awards

    Several faculty and staff members also were recognized this year:
Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award – Dr. Russell Meier, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department
Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award – Dana Grennier, Enrollment Management Department
Student Advocate Award – Valerie Manuel, Public Safety Department
Greek Advocate of the Year – Eric Homann, Facilities Department

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 8, 2013

Students and parents often wonder if all of the hard work and tuition dollars of a college education will pay off in the end. It does if you graduate from MSOE.

Recent data from PayScale.com highlights which colleges and universities in the United States offer the best return on investment (ROI). On the 2013 College Education ROI Rankings, MSOE has the 7th best ROI in the Midwest and is 59th best in the country! PayScale.com data also shows that MSOE alumni enjoy the highest average starting salaries and mid-career salaries of any college or university in Wisconsin.

Why does it make sense to attend MSOE?

  • 94% placement rate for the 2011-12 graduates
  • Average starting salary for the class of 2011-12 was $55,368
  • Average class size: 22
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
  • Professors have an average of seven years industry experience
  • No teaching assistants
  • Students get an average 600 hours experience in industry-standard laboratories
  • Four-year graduation guarantee
  • Graduate Tuition Grant to cover the cost of a graduate degree at MSOE
  • 19th Best University in the Midwest, 14th Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and 11th Best Mechanical Engineering Program in 2013 according to U.S.News & World Report
  • One of America’s Top Colleges according to Forbes.com
  • Named one of the Best in the Midwest Colleges by The Princeton Review

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 6, 2013

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex at MSOE is now open. The complex is a $3 million, 25,000 square-foot innovative and experiential learning center for the MSOE School of Nursing. MSOE Regent Kathleen Ruehlow, an MSOE alumna of the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing, is the major supporter of the project. MCGHSN merged into MSOE in 1995.

The Ruehlow Nursing Complex, featuring new classrooms, laboratories and faculty offices, is located on the first floor of the Student Life and Campus Center. The new space is nearly quadruple the size f the existing nursing labs, and allows the faculty to enhance the already innovative education experience that is the hallmark of an MSOE education. Nursing students actively engage in simulation-based learning opportunities in authentic representations of actual healthcare situations. They integrate theoretical learning into practice through experiential learning opportunities that allow for repetition, feedback, evaluation and reflection.

Features:

Simulation Rooms
Simulation experiences are a critical part of nursing education. Simulations provide students with opportunities to communicate with patients, respond to patient needs, and witness the consequences of their decision-making and clinical reasoning in a hospital-like setting. The Ruehlow Nursing Complex features four simulated hospital rooms that are connected by a central nurses station, similar to a hospital intensive care unit. The rooms feature call lights for the patients, who are high fidelity manikins. The life-like manikins are driven by computer software that enables them to breathe, cough, talk or change conditions based on what nursing professors have programmed.

A unique feature of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex is the direct linkage of two classrooms with two simulation rooms. Students learn theoretical concepts in class and can immediately turn to the back of the classroom where the opened wall allows them to apply what they have just learned to the care of a patient in the simulated hospital. In addition, each of these rooms contains biomedical technology and other equipment necessary to care for patients with diverse needs.

The four simulation rooms and their patients are:

  • CC-131 Sim Junior Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for a pediatric patient in an acute care environment. This patient might have acute or chronic health conditions.
  • CC-132 Laboring Mom Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for a woman with maternal health needs. This mother may be in labor or delivering her baby.
  • CC-133 Simman Classic Manikin: Students learn to provide nursing care for adults with acute and chronic conditions.
  • CC-134 Simman Essential: This patient has an acute illness, and also can be transported into the classroom for the purposes of teaching and learning.

General Labs
Four state-of-the-art laboratories where students learn health assessment skills and about active integration of pharmacology with medication administration. These skills prepare sophomores for their first clinical experience with real patients.

Home Care Lab
The home care lab is set up like a handicap accessible studio apartment. It includes a kitchen area, table and chairs, living room furniture, a large screen TV, washer, dryer, and spacious bathroom with shower. Students take turns playing the role of the patient and teaching one another how to maneuver within the home with an illness. Students also learn how to use adaptive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and assistive devices within the home, and receive a simulation of what their patients experience.

Student Area
Nestled in the middle of the Ruehlow Nursing Complex, the student area offers the opportunity to engage in collaborative learning as well as an environment in which to socialize and relax.  In addition to comfortable furniture, there is a Mondopad, which is a touch screen TV that allows for student computer use as a display screen for group work. The student area also has a refrigerator, microwave and cabinets for storage of materials by the nursing student organizations.

MSOE School of Nursing
The MSOE School of Nursing offers both a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and an Accelerated Second Degree B.S. in Nursing. The programs educate graduates to address the diagnosis and treatment of human responses to health states. The extensive integration of technology into compassionate nursing practice enables graduates to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to provide safe, effective, high-quality client-centered care as members of a complex, continually evolving health care system.

Why do students choose the B.S. in Nursing at MSOE?

  • Students are admitted directly into the nursing program
  • The first nursing course is in the freshman year and clinical experiences start in sophomore year.
  • MSOE has a four-year graduation guarantee.
  • Varied and unique clinical sites help students discover what type of nurse they want to be.
  • Focused attention from dedicated faculty in small classes.
  • Graduates had an average starting salary of $52,763 and 100% placement rate (2011-2012).
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.

Regent Kathleen Ruehlow
MSOE Regent Kathleen Ruehlow ’72 is a graduate of the Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing, which merged into MSOE in 1995. Kathy is the widow of MSOE alumnus Gerald Ruehlow ’69 who died in August 2004. Jerry was vice president of technology of Generac Power Systems and also a Distinguished Alumnus. Regent Ruehlow is president of the Ruehlow Family Foundation. She is a strong supporter of MSOE students through a multiple-student scholarship program established in the Ruehlow family name, and also through her major support of the new nursing complex.

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.

Originally published May 2, 2013

MSOE’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers took second place overall in the ASCE Great Lakes Regional Conference. As a group, the students took first place with their technical paper and first place in the geotechnical competition.

The Concrete Canoe Team finished in third place. The Steel Bridge Team took second place, which qualified them for the ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition for the third year in a row. They will travel to the University of Washington May 31-June 1, 2013, where they’ll compete against teams from across the United States. Dr. Frank Mahuta is the ASCE faculty advisor.

Members of the Concrete Canoe Team include:

  • Karissa Brunette, architectural engineering
  • Liz Crawford, construction management
  • Neree Croteau, architectural engineering
  • Garrett Ducat, architectural engineering
  • Pat DuBois, electrical engineering
  • Michael Herriges, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brian Janus, civil engineering
  • Kasaundra Mooney, architectural engineering and construction management
  • Elise Pinkerton, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jeff Scarpelli, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jessica Schaefer, construction management
  • Johanna Wang, architectural engineering
  • Lindsey White ’12, structural engineering

The Steel Bridge Team is comprised of:

  • Mike Anaszewicz, civil engineering
  • Matt Braden, architectural engineering
  • David Burt, civil engineering
  • Pat Flaherty, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Alex Flunker, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Jeff Freund, mechanical engineering
  • Blake Gleason, construction management, construction and business management
  • Jeff Henriksen, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Michael Herriges, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Ryan Kaput, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brett Kash, architectural engineering, construction management
  • Dustin Kuderer, architectural engineering
  • Anthony Leonardelli, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Matt Schultz, architectural engineering, structural engineering
  • Brandon Shea, architectural engineering
  • Barbora Srnova, civil engineering
  • Gretchen Toshach, architectural engineering
  • Luke Vetroczky, architectural engineering
  • Julie Windish, architectural engineering, structural 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 1, 2013

MADISON, WIS. — MSOE Rowing’s Michael Dorus will attend the elite USRowing Mendota Developmental Camp, June 20-Aug. 1, this summer in Madison, Wis.

Dorus (Jr./Des Plaines, Ill./SE) is the first rower in the six-year history of the MSOE Rowing program to qualify for such a camp, which serves to select and prepare teams for the national U23 Trials and the Elite Nationals, as well as to represent the nation at the prestigious Royal Canadian Henley Regetta. Qualification was contingent upon Dorus’ 2000-meter output time on a calibrated indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, being less than six minutes and 25 seconds, along with other physical factors.

USRowing is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport in the United States. The non-profit organization selects, trains and manages the teams that represent the nation in international compeition, inlcuding the Olympic Games.

“If Mike wants to make the Olympics,” MSOE Rowing coach Chuck Stollenwerk said, “I believe he will. He is very smart, versatile and a tremendous with problem-solving and strategy. I think whatever Mike puts his mind to, he will accomplish.”

The camp continues a meteoric rise through the ranks for the indomitable Dorus, who began rowing at MSOE two years ago without any previous experience and has undergone a physical transformation to reach his current level.

Dorus first came to MSOE after serving in the United States Air Force from 2004-08. After marrying his then-fiancée, Melissa, in 2010, Dorus was an alternate for MSOE’s top novice and varsity openweight boats as a freshman and sophomore, years the program showed great depth. A turning point in Dorus’ career came last year, when he and former Raider Dave Taylor formed a two-man coxless team that was one of six to reach the Bob Negaard Cup Final out of 25 competitors at the Aberdeen “Dad” Vail Regatta on the Schuylkill River near Philadelphia.

It was during the summer of 2012, though, when Dorus took his biggest steps towards becoming an international-level competitor, dropping 30 pounds to become eligible to row for MSOE’s lightweight teams.

“He had to have put millions of meters on the rowing machine that summer,” Stollenwerk said. “He made healthy changes to his diet, too. Mike has an incredible work ethic.”

With Dorus’ oar on the port side, MSOE Rowing posted a number of signature victories this year. On Sept. 15, 2012, the Raiders’ eight-man boat defeated all four entries from Purdue and took second in the Milwaukee River Challenge with Dorus in the 2 seat. A month and a half later, the Raiders’ Lightweight 4+ team finished sixth out of 16 at the Head of the Charles Regatta in Cambridge, Mass., surviving a four-boat collision to improve its standing by two places from the year before. Sitting bow, Dorus helped MSOE defeat a number of boats from world-renowed rowing schools and clubs, including Harvard, Penn, Georgetown, Fordham, the United States Naval Academy and the Argonaut and Ottawa Rowing Clubs of Canada.

Acceptance into the camp comes as a result of Dorus’ hard work both on and off the water. “The University of Wisconsin is the dominant rowing program in this region,” Stollenwerk said, “and there aren’t many rowers from the Midwest who can even think of competing at that camp who aren’t Badgers. He had to reach out to [USRowing and Wisconsin coach] Beau Hoopman for the opportunity.”

The camp is being hosted by University of Wisconsin Rowing.

“For Mike to reach this level shows how fiercely competitive he is and how badly he wants to prove himself. To make the U.S. National Team in rowing, or any sport, is no picnic. Making the Olympics would be even harder.  But Mike’s desire won’t be what gets in the way.”

Stollenwerk also expects the MSOE program to benefit from Dorus’ attendance. “As more guys see what Mike is doing and go to camps themselves, I can only see our teams getting faster.”

Camp information

Originally published April 29, 2013

All are invited to hear Dr. Owe Petersen, professor and assistant vice president of institutional research and assessment, deliver his “Last Lecture” on Thursday, May 2 at 6 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. He will give the fourth 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. Petersen, who taught at MSOE for 20 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.

Petersen served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department for eight years, and prior to that was the electrical engineering program director for six years. Petersen also oversaw the electrical engineering exchange program between MSOE and Lübeck University of Applied Sciences in Germany.

Petersen was born in Stolp, Germany (now the city of Swupsk, Poland), in September 1941, during the World War II. Upon the death of his father in 1944 his family returned to his parents’ home town of Husum, Germany. Eventually they moved to Flensburg, Germany, a city on the border with Denmark. Because of his ethnic background he attended the Danish school system for five years. During summers he lived on a farm in Viborg, Denmark.

In 1953 Petersen, his mother and brother immigrated to the U.S., initially settling in northern Illinois before moving to Milwaukee. After numerous moves and schools he graduated from Rufus King High School. He attended UW-Milwaukee for two years, transferred to UW-Madison and graduated in 1963 with a B.S. in electrical engineering, although his primary interest was in physics and mathematics. He started to work in a grocery store at the age of 11, and continued that “career” for many years through high school and early college.

Petersen received a master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, in 1965 and 1971, respectively. In 1963 he joined AT&T Bell Laboratories in Reading, Penn., as a member of technical staff and pursued a research and development career lasting for 30 years. His work spanned technical topics such as the design of microwave and millimeter silicon devices, integrated circuit design and technology, molecular beam epitaxy, optical data links and transatlantic repeaters, reliability and metallurgy.

He was an AT&T visiting professor at North Carolina A&T State University from 1990-92. In 1993 he accepted a faculty position at MSOE as associate professor in the EECS Department. He has coauthored more than 60 presentations and papers. In 2005 he was awarded the Ehrennaddle (honorary award) by the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences for meritorious service to the university and the field of engineering education.

Petersen is a senior member of the IEEE and longtime ABET Engineering Accreditation Commission evaluator in electrical engineering. He served on many church committees at the congregation and regional level in the Lutheran Church and twice was as a delegate to the national convention. Petersen and his wife Lorna are the parents of three children and grandparents of seven.

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 April 29, 2013

Students from Alverno College, Gateway Technical College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater were winners in the BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition held April 24 at MSOE. The competition was sponsored by Mason Wells and the Milwaukee Institute.

First Place and $5,000 were awarded to Digifii. Digifii provides 3D scanning hardware and software for the booming 3D printing industry. The student team from UW-Milwaukee included Jesse DePinto, Matthew Halenka and Kamal Hussain. Their advisor is Kanti Prasad.

Second Place and a $4,000 prize went to Ferret Boards. This company makes kits to add electric motorization to existing skateboards. Matthew Brazeau, Michael Cosentino and Jacob P. Schneider were on the team from MSOE. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing is their advisor.

HazFutbol.com took Third Place and won $3,000. HazFutbol.com is a social network for amateur soccer. The student team from UW-Whitewater included Franco Zurita and Hernando Zuritz. Their advisor is William Dougan.

Fourth Place and $2,000 were awarded to Life Works, an online tarot card reading, email and advice service. Colleen Alex, Sue DaBaco, Renee Tuinstra and Bethany Zebell comprised this student team from Alverno College. Daniel Matre is their advisor.

Bowl Appetit won Fifth Place and $1,000. Bowl Appetit is a new fast casual restaurant in Brookfield, Wis. and features a “Build Your Own” menu. Connie Howen, of Gateway Technical College, presented this business plan and Sara Skowronski is her advisor.

The BizStarts Mason Wells Collegiate Business Plan Competition originated in 2009 by members of the BizStarts Milwaukee College Consortium, a collaboration of post-secondary institutions in the Milwaukee 7 Region. The contest helps student entrepreneurs realize their goals while helping the M7 region grow and prosper economically. It is a “contest of winners” as entrants in this contest are selected by their institutions as their best plans for each academic year.

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 April 26, 2013

All are invited to the MSOE Theatre Troupe’s production of Francis Swann’s Out of the Frying Pan, a New York tale of a group of six aspiring stage actors, living together in an apartment directly above famous Broadway producer Arthur Kenny. The group, desperate for work, wants to showcase their dramatic talents for him, but it soon goes horribly wrong, and the police are soon shuffled into the mix!

Shows will take place Saturday, April 27 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. in the Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. Tickets are free for current MSOE students, alumni, and alumni family, and $5 for the general public.

MSOE’s Theatre Troupe is one of more than 70 student organizations at MSOE. These organizations provide students many social, intellectual and professional rewards that complement their academic endeavors.

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 April 23, 2013

AURORA, ILL. — The MSOE Men’s Golf team is the champion of the Northern Athletic Conference and will represent the league in the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship after riding a tournament-best team score of 303 in the final round of the 2013 NAC Tournament to victory yesterday at Stonebridge Country Club in Aurora, Ill.

Scott Loftus (Jr./Germantown, Wis./BE) led the way for the Raiders, winning the individual conference title by recording a 1-under-par 71 final round to finish the event with a 10-over-par 298. The 71 equalled the NAC Championship single-round record and was seven strokes better than Marian College’s Cory Ashbeck and his 17-over-par 305. Miguel Diaz-Garcia (Fr./Gijon, Spain/EE) and Jacob Phelps (Fr./Loves Park, Ill./EE) were part of a three-way tie for seventh place with a 29-over-par 317.

“You could see Loftus’ confidence improve more and more as the tournament went on,” head coach Joe Meloy said. “He started hitting his mid-range irons really well and the putts started falling, too.”

As part of the weekend’s events, Loftus was also named the NAC’s Roger Fleming Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-conference team alongside Phelps and Diaz-Garcia. Meloy was named NAC Coach of the Year, while Victor Aiello (Jr./Kenosha, Wis./ME) earned the conference’s Sportsmanship Award.

“Aiello deserves more credit than he’s going to get,” Meloy said. “He pushes the guys to get out there and really work at their game. His effort made a bigger difference than what shows up on the scorecard.”

The uniquely formatted tournament actually began on Oct. 15, 2012 when 10 teams began the first of a planned two fall rounds in Haven, Wis. at the Whistling Straits Irish Course, with two more scheduled for Stonebridge in the spring. MSOE trailed Edgewood College by one stroke, 313-312, after the first round, but the second round was postponed to the spring and Aurora by inclement weather on the final day of the fall event, then was again pushed back from its rescheduled April 20 date by more weather issues.

Once things got back underway Sunday, the Raiders charged to the lead with a second-round score of 315, 10 strokes better than Edgewood and seven strokes better than any other school remaining. Loftus’ 2-over-par 74 was two strokes better than any other competitor in cold and windy conditions.

In the first of the final two rounds of the tournament yesterday, Edgewood pushed to come back, using a 74 from Patrick Bohrer to a 16-over-par 304 team score to pull within just one stroke of the Raiders. But Loftus’ 71 was three strokes better than Bohrer’s second 74 of the day in the fourth round and marked the difference between the two teams as MSOE’s net, 91-over-par total of 1,243 ended up besting Edgewood’s 94-over-par 1,246.

The conference title is the Raiders’ third as a member of the NAC and the 13th under Meloy, whose teams dominated the Lake Michigan Conference before MSOE’s move to the NAC in 2006. The victory marks just the third time, however, the Raiders have qualified for the NCAA Championship, which will be held May 14-17 at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Fla. The Raiders’ first trip to the national championship came in 2009, when MSOE finished just one stroke away from qualifying for the 23-team final. MSOE last appeared in the tournament in 2011.

“You go for the experience,” Meloy said. “I don’t necessarily have any expectations. I just want my guys to understand how special it is to compete on that kind of stage. I’m very excited for them.”

MSOE’s annual Health and Wellness Fair will be Thursday, May 1, from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. in the MSOE Kern Center. This FREE community event will include free or low-cost health screening tests, give-aways, healthy snacks, live demos, mini massages and 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.

The Health and Wellness Fair is sponsored by MSOE Health Services, MSOE School of Nursing. For information, contact MSOE Health Services, (414) 277-7333 or brooks@msoe.edu.

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 April 18, 2013

Kevin Fletcher, senior vice president of customer operations at We Energies, has been named to the MSOE Board of Regents.

Fletcher joined We Energies in 2011 and has overall responsibility for the planning, engineering, construction, operation and maintenance of the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Prior to joining We Energies, Fletcher served in a number of significant roles during his 34-year career with Southern Company, including leadership positions in operations, customer service, marketing, and sales. He also was vice president – community and economic development at Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary. Fletcher holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

MSOE’s Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university. The mutual benefit that results from the relationship between corporations and the university would not be possible were it not for strong leadership. This value-added synergy is a hallmark of 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.

MSOE News Services

What a difference!

Posted by MSOE News Services Jun 10, 2013

Originally published April 12, 2013

We are now 60 percent finished with the installation of the precast concrete for the athletic field and parking complex, and expect to finish this work in about a month if the weather clears up. Not much has happened this week, as it has been raining non-stop. Work on the precast concrete began on the southern end of the facility and is moving north. The brick façade is also being installed, making the facility look like an extension of the Kern Center.

We expect to begin installing the athletic field in late June and the City of Milwaukee is scheduled to begin extending Market Street north from Knapp St. in mid-July.

Originally published April 17, 2013

Whether you’re a high school student looking for the perfect college, or an adult ready to continue your studies, Milwaukee School of Engineering is the place for you.

Continuing Studies Information Session
On Thursday, April 18 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., MSOE’s Center for Continuing Studies and Outreach is holding an information session. MSOE the perfect place for adult students to prepare themselves for a new future. To accommodate the busy lifestyles of adult students, MSOE offers degrees during evenings and weekends, and through blended Internet courses.

There are a number of undergraduate degree programs for those with an associate degree or prior college experience, as well as graduate degrees and professional development courses. All classes are taught by MSOE faculty (not teaching assistants) and meet one evening per week for 11 weeks. In addition, the university offers courses taught in blended, Internet-hybrid format featuring face-to-face class meetings in alternating weeks.

MSOE’s Continuing Studies programs enroll hundreds of individuals in graduate, undergraduate or professional development courses each quarter. These adults continue their education to advance their careers, stabilize their employment, increase their marketability, increase their earning potential and stay on the cutting edge in their discipline.

Open House
High school students and their parents are invited to MSOE’s Open House on Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They’ll experience first-hand the warm atmosphere and high-tech learning offered by the university. During the Open House, attendees can:

  • Tour the sophisticated labs where students get the ‘application of theory’ experience that makes them worth so much when they graduate.
  • Learn about some of the great activities students take part in, such as intramural sports, orchestra, servant leadership, professional organizations, student government and gaming.
  • Meet faculty and speak one-on-one with a counselor.

To register for the Open House, please call (800) 332-6763, email explore@msoe.edu, or Schedule a Campus Visit.

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 April 4, 2013

Engineers, business professionals and nurses meet challenges every day. A generous alumnus has issued a new challenge grant to the MSOE community to celebrate our 110th anniversary year. We need your help today to meet this anniversary challenge.

MSOE Regent Chairman Alan Ruud ’69 has pledged to match every gift, new gift and increased gift, including corporate matching gifts—up to $110,000 total—made between now and June 30, 2013. This cumulative contribution of $220,000 to the Annual Fund will enable MSOE to provide enhanced academic and scholarship opportunities for our students.

Go to www.msoe.edu/makeagift to ensure your gift gets matched. More information.

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.