Campus was buzzing last month when 60 first grade students visited the Grohmann Museum for the unveiling of Bella the Honey Bee robot. Electrical engineering student Tim DeLeo designed and built the robot for SHARP Literacy, with support from the Office of Servant-Leadership.
The interactive honey bee robot is based on “A Busy Bee: The Story of Bella the Honey Bee,” a book recently published by SHARP Literacy. DeLeo designed the robot to help children learn and have fun at the same time. The robot is three feet tall and has a 10.5 inch LCD display screen with an 11 button capacity touch pad. Buttons can be depressed to ask questions, learn about bee parts, learn about the waggle dance and more. The robots antennas and wings move and the rear end shakes which illustrates a bee’s waggle dance. There are also LEDs on the mandibles, pollen basket and stinger. DeLeo collaborated with local sculptor Tom Queoff who donated his time and developed a urethane mold of the bee which produced the translucent exterior or shell. Queoff is an internationally acclaimed sculptor.
DeLeo, an Air Force veteran and electrical engineering student at MSOE, developed the interactive robot as part of an independent study class called Project Management and Servant Leadership. The course blends project management with the tenants of servant leadership. Funding for the robot was provided by the Brady Corporation Foundation Inc., and DeLeo collaborated with Chris Thuss, a project management consultant from Brady Corp. This was one of 23 Brady-funded projects last year at MSOE that promoted servant leadership in project management and benefitted the community. The interactive display includes information about a bee’s life, based on the book’s content.
A group of MSOE students recently traveled to Africa to set up a computer lab for students at St. Joseph Comprehensive High School in Mambu, Bafut, Cameroon. The initiative was spearheaded by Project Community Computers, an organization headed by Jeff Hanson, electrical engineering and computer engineering senior at MSOE. The used laptops, which otherwise would have been recycled, were donated by MSOE’s Information Technology Department and loaded with a free, open-source operating system.
For the students at St. Joseph’s, the computers will provide a valuable link to information and a brighter future. “They will use the computers for both research and for the Internet,” said Keenan Quick, management information systems senior. “Many of the universities in Cameroon require online applications, so the computers will help them find and apply to universities. It will also help them secure good jobs after graduation.
For Sharyn Warren, institutional research manager at MSOE and staff representative who was part of the group, the highlight of the trip “was to see the appreciation and the celebration enjoyed by all the people at St. Joseph’s, as well as the nuns at the convent who now have access to technology. The teachers are now able to incorporate technology in their studies, and students are able to use the Internet and the laptops to type papers, do research and learn more about social networking.”
The trip was supported in part by MSOE’s Office of Servant-Leadership. The volunteers transported the computers, flash drives, keyboards, mice, monitors and power cords in their own personal luggage. The school and dormitories are guarded 24 hours a day, and the laboratory is locked behind steel doors whenever a teacher is not present.
In an effort to attract some of the area’s top engineering and IT experts, Direct Supply Inc. recently opened the Direct Supply Technology Center on MSOE’s campus. The Technology Center will house up to 60 Direct Supply computer engineers and technology interns, occupying more than 9,000 square feet in the German-English Academy. “Milwaukee produces remarkable engineering and IT talent, and we’re proud to open our Technology Center in the heart of the MSOE campus,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Avery. “The center will be a key resource for us as we continue to develop and attract top-level IT professionals for our Milwaukee headquarters.”
Direct Supply is the nation’s leading provider of equipment, eCommerce and service solutions to the Senior Living profession. Headquartered in Milwaukee, they work for the success of their customers by providing quality products, unmatched response to customer needs and industry advocacy.
Having Direct Supply on campus offers a unique opportunity for students and alumni interested in interning or even potentially working at the company full time. “MSOE and Direct Supply have a long history of working together, and I am pleased to welcome them to our campus,” said Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president. “There are 57 MSOE alumni who work at Direct Supply, and 15 students who are interning there this year. This move further strengthens our relationship with the company.”
At MSOE, we like to think of creative ways to help students keep calm and relaxed and what better way to do that than feed them all the free pizza a college kid can handle? Through the Student Life office, MSOE’s Greek organizations host the “Decompression Chamber” which is on the Thursday before finals week and where students can help themselves to all the pizza they can eat. Sound too good to be true? It isn’t! Each Fraternity and Sorority pick a separate type of pizza to serve and include tasty (and legal) beverages. Some people might ask, “How can gorging yourself full of free, delicious pizza eliminate the stress of studying for finals?” We would ask, “How could it not?”
MSOE students take care of each other and this time of year we want to make sure that everyone is prepared for the long finals week ahead. So if you find yourself stressing out about finals and need a break, make sure you stop by the next decompression chamber and grab your favorite slice. At the very least, if this doesn’t help calm your nerves before your exams, being put into a food coma should! A strong sense of campus community is very important to MSOE and here we do whatever it takes to make sure our students are taken care of… even if that means stuffing their faces full of pizza. Good luck on finals, everyone! They’ll be a piece a cake. Actually, make that a slice a pie!
By: Tommy Wojtowicz, Junior Electrical Engineering Student
Starting Fall 2013, MSOE will be offering two new bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research. Dr Yvonne Yaz is the program director and excited to spread the word of how important operations research and actuarial science are. “We have been fine tuning these degrees for a year. It is exciting that we can unveil them to the students – both current and future,” said Dr Yaz.
If you are like me, you might need a clue or two about what operations research is. Operations research (OR) is looking closely at probability and statistics to figure out problems in the work environment. Operations Research majors work on real-life issues like how to schedule airline crews when there are flight delays or how a mobile phone company can ensure the most coverage across the country. Sound important? It is. OR is also one of the fastest growing industries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with an anticipated growth about 22%. Companies want OR professionals to maximize profits and reduce costs – even I can understand how that would add up.
Actuarial science is focused on managing risk. I like to think of it as the crystal ball the rest of us don’t have. Actuaries use math to evaluate the likelihood of future events – both good and bad. The most common industry for these brilliant people is insurance but private corporations also have a stake in the future too. Actuaries play a part in assessing the strategic management decisions made at those large corporations and beyond. Good news here is that no matter what the source, actuarial science is continuously rated one of the top jobs in the United States.
We would love to have you help us spread the word about these new degrees in MSOE’s Mathematics Department. Tell us what you think by commenting on this blog or posting a message on Bridge. And if you are interested yourself, just let your admission counselor know. We can help you take the steps to add more value to your future.
October was a busy month at MSOE, specifically for a few of our student organizations who lent a helping hand for a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts: breast cancer. Many organizations on campus support breast cancer awareness throughout the year by participating in walks for Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society. However, two groups really go over the top to promote awareness.
Lambda Zeta Nu Sorority hosts Spike for a Cure annually, with the proceeds benefiting Susan G. Komen for a Cure. This year’s volleyball tournament was hosted on Sunday, October 21st. This year LZN had a record breaking 15 teams participate! The all-day event was packed with fun and games, and everyone was in high spirits because they were playing for a good cause. The winning team (and defending champions), Campeones Reces, won in a tough game against the second place team, Boss. Overall, the event raised almost $700!
Phi Delta Chi Sorority hosted its annual Pink Party on Friday, October 26th. Venders from around the area, including Tupperware and Lia Sophia, joined PDC in raising money by donating part of the proceeds to Susan G. Komen. There was also a Silent Auction held of baskets donated by many organizations and individual donors. One of the many creative themed baskets put together by Tau Sigma Nu Fraternity, named “Saving Second Base”, included brewer’s gear and peanuts.
Overall, MSOE is a very philanthropic campus! Many student organizations volunteer and raise money for a multitude of good causes such as Susan G. Komen, Special Olympics, and St. Baldrick’s. It is the mission of many student organizations at MSOE to give back to the community and support many causes through a variety of efforts as well as service and outreach projects.
Supermileage has started again and is going full steam ahead! There is good reason for this, too: a new car is in store for the year! That’s right, as if one 842 mpg vehicle wasn’t enough; the team is gearing up to put two cars on the track at this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon. The April deadline has everyone working very hard to stay on track with their designs. Before too long, construction will begin and the new car will start coming to life!
The new design is very exciting, sporting a carbon fiber chassis, Kamm-back body design, fuel injection, and a continuously variable transmission. Design teams have been collaborating with local businesses and MSOE faculty to engineer a car which they hope will surpass 1500 miles per gallon. After the last car drove 100 miles in a weekend, burning less than 16 ounces of gasoline, reliability is a big shoe to fill as well. Stay tuned for more updates as the project continues!
When I was about eight-years old (some time ago, by the way), I distinctly remember opening up what I believed to be the very first Snoppy Snow Cone stand. It was great. I had a rickety TV table, little paper Dixie cups, a shoebox of change and of course, the Snoppy Snow Cone machine. The charge was 50 cents a snow cone. It was awesome! My friends and I sat and waited and waited. Not realizing our ice cubes were melting and the fun of the stand was really eating all of the flavorings. So, we were quite surprised when a team of construction workers pulled up to work on our street and they all ordered a snow cone – all ten of them! It took a lot of cranking, a broken wooden spoon in a blender and a realization that we couldn’t meet the order. So, we went from thinking we would be paying for our college to selling Kool Aid for ten cents a cup instead.
What does this have to do with scholarships? If you don’t use your time wisely, you will miss opportunities. Scholarship searching isn’t just for the first year of college. They are available the whole time – if you pay attention (remember the melting ice cubes). Your chances increase you if approach it as a “must do” instead of a “when I have time”.
Here are some tips to incorporate the scholarship search into your schedule and get the pay off in the end:
Schedule the time! Treat it like a part-time job. Punch in and punch out, if you need to. Set aside 1 hour a week to just find scholarships. If you have found them, set aside two hours a week to apply for them. Putting in your schedule makes you more accountable.
Talk to your guidance office. There are typically lots of local scholarships available but you might have to do something extra. For example, the Women’s Garden Club may have $500 available but they would like to see you do some community service work. Find out now so you can make the time to hit what they are looking for.
Talk with your teachers and/or coaches. You will likely need letters of recommendation for scholarships. Based off of the research you have done (see Schedule the time!), you will know what you need. Go and ask those teachers and coaches who know you best. And, please, give them enough time to do it. You don’t want to miss a deadline because they had did not have enough notice.
Create a resume. As you participate in activities or community service, everything you have done becomes more difficult to keep track off. Make something formal and track it all – the event, the time you gave, the contact person and what you did at the event. This will help save you time later.
Don’t be afraid of the essay! MSOE often has scholarships that have limited applications because students do not want to take the time to write a usually short essay. Use your scheduled scholarship time to start writing the essay that will knock them dead.
So, grab a snow cone and kick off your scholarship search by checking out what MSOE can offer.
Before I came to MSOE, I worked for a theater, thus the title of this blog series. I loved it there but what I love more is connecting people with education. I truly believe it is the key to your future – our future, for that matter – and if I can play a small role in moving that along, well, that’s pretty exciting.
What I want to share are tips of the trade. What should you be paying attention to now and what can you plan ahead for. Senior year goes by fast. I know it doesn’t seem like it now but trust me, before you know it you will be starting college (hopefully at MSOE!). So to start this series off, let’s tackle that college application.
College applications are daunting, sometimes overwhelming tasks. You put them off until the deadline is upon you and then you worry that you did not submit your best. For MSOE, our process is a piece of cake (oh, how I love cake!).
Here are the four easy steps to your complete (that’s right, complete) MSOE application:
Join Bridge, our online social community. Bridge is your hub for information. Everything you need is there, plus you get to interact with current students, faculty and your admission counselor. Takes about 3 minutes to join – 5 minutes if you include clicking on your activation link, which will come in a separate email.
Fill out the application. It is basic information about something you know a lot about – YOU! Gather your high school class information, your GPA and your standardized test scores if you have them. The process will take about 20-30 minutes. And best of all, there is no essay required! Check your Bridge account to see that you have completed it successfully and that we have received. Usually takes about 24 hours, a little bit more on the weekends.
Send your official high school transcripts. Now these may take a bit more time to reach MSOE but the actual requesting of the documents shouldn’t take too long. Check with your guidance counselor about the procedures in place at your school. Your high school can submit these electronically through Parchment/Docufide or can mail the transcripts to:
MSOE Admissions 1025 N. Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202
Send your official ACT or SAT scores. If you took both tests or a test multiple times (most students take them at least twice), make sure we get all of your scores. Haven’t taken either test yet? Don’t worry! Just make sure to list MSOE as a school to receive them. Here’s a time saver tip: If your guidance office is willing to attach your ACT or SAT scores to your transcript, you don’t have to worry about this step at all.
Once you have done all these steps, it is time to wait. That’s sometimes the hardest part of our process. You can check for updates on your application in your Bridge account (see Step 1 above).
We start accepting students on October 15th. Here’s hoping your acceptance letter is in that first batch.
Next topic: Scholarships – how to get some free money!
This past Saturday, MSOE’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) hosted a “beach bash” at Milwaukee’s infamous Bradford Beach just blocks from campus. Student from all over campus joined in the fun by grilling out, and playing any and every game that can be played at the beach. While some people ran right passed the grill to get in a game of ultimate Frisbee (which is a one of the most popular club sports at MSOE), others hung out by the grill where all the free burgers, brats and hotdogs were being served. When faces were done being stuffed, students divided up to start games of beach volleyball and football. In games full of epic dives and questionable hits, everyone had fun. That was until the east facing side found out that if they hit the ball high enough everyone on the team facing west wouldn’t be able to see. It became a “swing and hope you hit it” type game which is as hard to play as it sounds.
When the games concluded, and all were tired from the day’s events, students sat on the rocks overlooking the beautiful lake to take time to catch up on the lives of their friends. MSOE is a small community that is built on big relationships and this event is just one example of that.
Written by Zach (JZ) Crouse Junior Biomolecular Student
Two students generously donated their time this summer to work with kids from Our Next Generation’s summer programming. Cameron Schulz and Brett Foster are both headed into their junior year at MSOE. Our Next Generation is a non-profit after school community center located 3 miles away from campus in the poverty-stricken 3rd district. Our Next Generation makes an important investment in the Milwaukee community by offering children support to become successful adults. Cameron, through the help of a mentor, developed an interest in rocketry and made a decision to pay it forward. He created a curriculum, ordered supplies, recruited Brett, and together they went to West Side Academy ll (the gathering place for Our Next Generation’s summer program). With a little assistance from MSOE’s Department of Servant Leadership, all the planning became a reality.
Through this 5 week project, the kids learned how to assemble their own rockets. This was an opportunity for them to learn patience and discipline using basic supplies like cardboard, string, and Elmer’s glue. Cameron and Brett also arranged for a representative from MSOE’s Office of Admissions to come speak about the school. This was a chance for kids to learn about STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with hands-on experience and to introduce them to a new subject. MSOE demonstrates that science is cool!
While the official rocket launching has been postponed, the kids hearts are set on the big day . The rocketry program has strengthened the relationship MSOE has with the local community and Cameron and Brett stand as leaders among their peers and more importantly among Milwaukee’s at-risk youth. This project has gained sustainability and, in conjunction with a robotics program, will continue into the fall! A big thanks to Cameron and Brett. –By Emily Black, Office of Servant-Leadership
Another project we worked on during our stay in Kenya was building a computer lab for Sagero secondary school and showing the teachers how to work basic programs such as Microsoft word. The laptops we installed were also all donated to Project Kenya. This computer lab was one of very few in the region and the school was extremely grateful.
A very important part of my experience in Kenya was the little girl we stayed with. Her name was Brittany, she was four years old, and she was suffering from four major diseases simultaneously: malaria, ringworm, bronchitis, and measles. She was one tough little girl. She had medicine but it wasn’t working and one of the days we were there, she spiked a really high fever and we had to carry her to the hospital down the road. We got her some stronger medicine and she was eventually feeling better, but it was amazing to see this little girl run around and play, trying to fight off being sick, and then have to be taken to the hospital the next day. She is doing alright now, but I still think of her every day. I plan to go back to Kenya with Brydie in the upcoming years to visit her and the other friends I made and to volunteer at the new adopted school of Project Kenya: Nyamome Primary School.
The unthinkable happened for MSOE at SAE Supermileage this year: things went according to plan. The weather was beautiful, the team got along, and the car worked great! Sporting a sleek, new paint job, the car breezed through technical inspection (the first to do so with no changes necessary). We were the first to get on the track for testing and the only car to achieve nine attempts during the competition. By the end of the day, the team had achieved a maximum fuel economy of 841.9 mpg (eerily close to our estimation of 843 mpg), earning us an award and placed 6th out of 32 teams!
This past Thursday, three fellow Admissions Ambassadors and I took a trip to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). The museum is only a few blocks from MSOE and overlooks the dazzling Lake Michigan shoreline. The architecture of the building, the Quadracci Pavilion, was designed by a Milwaukee based engineering firm and was completed in May of 2001. The architecture is unique in that it includes a movable wing-like structure that opens during the day to spans around 220 feet outwards. This striking design has made the building a hallmark of the city of Milwaukee. The MAM offers free admission to the public the first Thursday of every month. There are tons of cool exhibits that span many genres, time periods, and civilizations.
On the lower level there was a Face Jug exhibit which encompassed much 19th century art based from South Carolina. Face Jugs are one of the few forms of slave-based artwork that have survived. These face jugs are pottery jugs with expressive faces on the front. Face jugs are occasionally still made in the present day. One such example is a jug made by Brian Gills, an Oregon based artist, labeled Of Ghosts and Speculation: An Archive and a Mine. The jug has compartments on the interior that hold all known information about the historic Face Jugs including social, chemical and historical facts in order to preserve them for further interpretation and study. MSOE helped with the creation and design of Brian’s Face Jug and has its logo inscribed on the back of the jug for all to see!