MSOE’s Leadership

MSOE is under the leadership and guidance of President Hermann Viets, Ph.D., the MSOE Board of Regents, and Corporation members. The relationship between industry and the university are a hallmark of MSOE.

Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university through a series of standing committees.


Hermann Viets, Ph.D.
President, Milwaukee School of Engineering
(1991 – present)

Dr. Hermann Viets is only the fourth president in the history of MSOE. He received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering, and both a master’s degree and Ph.D. in astronautics, all from Polytechnic University in New York City and Farmingdale, Long Island. He was a visiting scientist, aerospace engineer and research group leader for Wright Patterson Air Force Base Aerospace Research Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio; lecturer at the Von Karman Institute in Brussels, Belgium; and a research associate at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, N.Y. His other academic experience includes serving as dean of engineering at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston; associate dean for research and professor at West Virginia University, Morgantown; and professor of engineering at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio.

Viets’ vision for MSOE is to remain at the forefront of professional education with an emphasis on both theory and technology coupled with an intensity of appropriate laboratory experience and career practice. He has worked to broaden the academic scope of the university while maintaining its “applications-oriented” philosophy and at the same time supported those initiatives that promote a well-rounded college experience.

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MSOE Board of Regents


Dr. Alan J. Ruud ’69, P.E.
Vice Chairman
Cree Inc.


Dr. Michael J. Cudahy
President and Owner
The Endeavors Group LLC

Dr. John S. Shiely
Retired Chairman and CEO
Briggs & Stratton Corp.

Dawn Tabat
President of Community and External Relations
Generac Power Systems

Dr. David V. Uihlein Jr.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects

Board Members

Todd A. Adams
CEO, President and Director
Rexnord Corp.

G. Woodrow Adkins
Chairman and CEO
Adkins Holdings LLC
Managing Partner
FCF Partners LP

John J. Allen (Jack) ’80
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Navistar International Corp.

Robert Arzbaecher

Dr. Michael J. Barber ’82
Vice President, Molecular Imaging
GE Healthcare

Dr. Jack M. Blank
Regent Chairman Emeritus
Retired President
The Falk Corp.

Steven G. Booth
Chief Operating Officer and Director of Investment Banking
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Dr. J. Michael Borden
President and CEO
Hufcor Inc.

Thomas A. Burke
President and CEO
Modine Manufacturing Co.

John L. Cain
President and CEO
Scot Forge

Curt Culver
Chairman and CEO
MGIC Investment Corp.

Dr. Willie D. Davis
All-Pro Broadcasting

Dwight D. Diercks ’90
Sr. Vice President, Software Engineering

John E. Duncan ’79
Vice President
Industrial Division
ZF Industries

Dr. Susan Feith
Vice Chairman
Mead Witter Foundation

Kevin Fletcher
Senior VP – Customer Operations
WE Energies

Dr. Eckhart G. Grohmann
Former Chairman and President
Aluminum Casting & Engineering Co.

Thomas J. Hauske Jr.
Vice Chairman
Everett Smith Group Ltd.

Robert J. Hillis
Regent Chairman Emeritus
President and CEO
Direct Supply Inc.

Michael E. Hora
Former Vice President
A.T. Kearney

Dr. Robert D. Kern
Retired Chairman
Generac Power Systems

Matthew S. Levatich
President and COO
Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

Jay V. Loewi
QTI Group

Dr. Fred G. Luber
Regent Chairman Emeritus

Paul B. Luber
CEO and Co-Owner
Jor-Mac Co.

Michael W. Major, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc.

Dr. Carl R. Marschke
Innomation Inc.

Dr. John A. Mellowes
Regent Chairman Emeritus
Chairman and CEO
Charter Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Daniel J. Moceri ’76
Convergint Technologies

Alex A. Molinaroli
Chairman, President and CEO
Johnson Controls Inc.

Scott Moon
Chairman and CEO

James C. Rahn
Kern Family Foundation

Agustin A. Ramirez
Executive Chairman, President and CEO
Husco International

Kathy Ruehlow ’72
Ruehlow Family Foundation Inc.

Wolfgang A. Schmidt, Ph.D.
W.A. Schmidt & Partners

John W. Splude
Senior Advisor / Board Member
Dematic Corp.

Brian J. Stark ’71
Retired President
Controls Group
Johnson Controls Inc.

Dr. Gary A. Stimac ’73
Compaq Founder
Retired Senior Vice President and General Manager
Systems Division

Dawn Tabat
Executive Vice President of Community and External Relations
Generac Power Systems

Alfred J. Tector, M.D.
Midwest Heart Surgery Institute
Medical Director
Transplant Programs
St. Luke’s Medical Center

Mark Train
Retired President and CEO
Jason Inc.

Dr. William D. Van Dyke III
Retired Senior Vice President
Smith Barney

Robert E. Vieau ’69
President and Owner
Vieau and Company

Hermann Viets, Ph.D.
Milwaukee School of Engineering

Gary J. Vroman ’91
Ladish Co. Foundation

Robert A. Wagner ’64
Chairman and CEO
R & B Wagner Inc.

Dr. James Wigdale
Former Chairman
Marshall & Ilsley Corp.

Neal K. Wunderlich, P.E. ’73, ’74
Wunderlich-Malec Engineering

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