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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.

Click here to see media coverage from the event.

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.

Written By Pam Seiler
Senior Writer-Editor

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

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!

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.

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.

MSOE Admissions

A Day at the Beach

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

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

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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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

  1. 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!

Written by Dana Grennier – Director of Admissions.

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

(Part 2 of 2)

In case you missed it, read Part 1 here.

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.

By Coral Baehne, Junior Nursing Student

MSOE Admissions

A Grand Finale

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

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!

You can read more about our experience in Marshall, Michigan at our website and see official results at the SAE Supermileage website!

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!

Written by Kate Scherer – Business Management Student ‘14

(Part 1 of 2)

Project Kenya is an organization that takes volunteers to Kenya to work on building up communities and schools. The founder and leader of Project Kenya, Brydie Hill, came to MSOE in search of students to go on a trip with her to volunteer in the village of Migori. Out of over 20 applicants, I was fortunate enough to be one of six students selected for the trip.

So over spring break in 2011, while everyone was headed off to hot vacation spots, myself and 5 other MSOE students were headed to Kenya. The plan for the trip was to fly into Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, and stay the night before heading off on a one-day safari. After the safari, we had a 7 hour drive through the mountains, down the dirt roads, and into Migori. There were two nursing students on the trip, three engineers, and a librarian from a local school in Wisconsin.

As one of the nursing students, my job for the next 6 days was to meet with the female students at Sagero Secondary school, a local high school, and teach sex education, hygiene education, and a little about American culture. We also brought donated items for the girls. These items included condoms, pads, pencils, pens, and more. This was a very meaningful donation to them because these were ‘luxuries’ they just did not have. I never knew how much of a difference I could really make for someone until I saw the smiles on their faces as we handed out those donated bags.

By Coral Baehne, Junior Nursing Student

We may have had a great time down in Texas last month, but there is certainly no rest for the weary! The SuperMileage team has been hard at work preparing for the next competition in Marshall, Michigan on June 7th and 8th for the SAE SuperMileage event. Only two weeks remain before we head East, and there is much to be done. We are looking forward to running a smaller, much more efficient engine at this next event, but we will still be using a carburetor. We have our sights set on 1000 mpg and have great confidence that we will achieve this goal. Keep your eyes peeled, because our car will be hitting the pavement in June, sporting a sleek new paint job! Plenty of pictures are soon to come, as well as results and more! Keep up with us here and on our team website for updates!

As you pursue full-time, part-time and internship opportunities, it’s likely you will be faced with remote interviewing techniques such as phone interviews. Phone interviews are similar to in-person interviews, but have their own unique challenges. These tips will help you master the phone interview and move on to the next round!

Phone Interview Tips

  • Dress in the same attire as through you were going to an in-person interview.
  • Make sure your interview location is free from distractions or other noise, close doors if necessary and turn off other phones (cell phones, pagers, PDA, iPod).
  • Keep a copy of your resume and other interview materials in front of you.
  • Have a writing tool and paper ready for notes.
  • If interviewing with more than one person over the phone, write the names of each interviewer on your notepad. This will help you visualize responding to the interview team.
  • If possible, turn off call waiting.
  • Practice with a friend or family member. Have someone call you and ask you interview questions over the phone.
  • Speak clearly and confidently.
  • Take your time. Don’t rush your answers.

Contact the Career Services Office for more information about video conferences and/or phone interviews.

It’s almost the end of the school year at Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the students did what everyone wishes they could have done in college: toss their textbooks!

Students gathered on May 18th to throw their Thermodynamics books, send their Psychology books sailing, and chuck their Chemistry manuals aside. Points were awarded for distance and style. Final exams start this week and Spring Commencement is Saturday, May 26, with more than 300 students receiving degrees in engineering, business and nursing fields.

Don’t believe us? Watch for yourself!

Every year the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has a competition to see which school has the best engineers. The two staples of this competition are the Concrete Canoe and the Steel Bridge, with other smaller “Mini-Comps” being done for points as well. This year, the regional competition that MSOE participated in was held in Peoria, IL. As a member of the Steel Bridge Construction team, it was my job to build the bridge as quickly as possible, while following strict rules like only holding one member at a time, making sure every connection has a bolt, and not stepping outside my boundaries. This is all done to try and simulate building an actual bridge as much as possible. Then, the judges make sure that we meet all the required specifications for size, weight, and lateral deflection (The amount of movement produced when a force is applied to the side of the bridge). We passed all of those tests with no problem, which then lead to the main event; load testing! We put a total of 1500 lbs on the bridge and then measure the deflection, which is where our bridge really showed its colors. We had the Stiffest Bridge at competition! We also had the best looking bridge which got us 1st in display, and took 2nd in Construction Time, Economy, and Weight, giving us the 2nd bridge at completion overall, with the concrete canoe taking 4th. All of this put us at 2nd for the entire conference, which means that we will be 1 of 50 teams competing at the National Level in South Carolina the weekend of May 26th!

Last month many of our Biomedical Engineering students visited the Great Lakes Biomedical Conference in Milwaukee. Biomedical engineers met to discuss emerging technologies and equipment, industry, and a variety of other topics. MSOE’s students were fortunate to have the opportunity to present some of their own work at the conference. This is an excellent way to put their ideas into the minds of industry professionals and make some networking contacts.

Senior Biomedical Engineering student Jenni Anderson had this to say about the experience:

“It was very exciting to be able to be involved with members of industry. They were all very informative and shared the enthusiasm of the students that were there. It was also great to interact with students from other campuses around the city. I learned about some new imaging and monitoring techniques that are being implemented in the field of biomedical engineering. It’s amazing how far the in-home monitoring systems have come and the capabilities that a physician now has to assure their patients are well cared for. Attending the conference benefited me by allowing me to get a feel for the professional conferences that I will attend as an industry member in the future. It also made me aware of some of the changing technologies and regulations that are being made available in the biomedical field.”

As a freshman nursing student, I decided to join the MSOE Student Nurses Association. This was one of the best decisions I think I’ve ever made. Since joining this organization, I participated in an AIDs charity walk, made blankets for a women’s homeless shelter, and have made some lifelong friends. Community involvement is one of the key goals of this organization, both at MSOE and in the larger Milwaukee community.  There are also many leadership opportunities. Now almost a senior nursing student, I have been secretary and vice president of SNA. Looking back, I now realize that encouraging other nursing students to join SNA is the best advice I can give for a friendly and fun-filled college experience.

My name is Mike Caelwaerts, midfielder on MSOE’s lacrosse team. I am currently a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering. On Friday May 4th, the groundbreaking of the new lacrosse/soccer field took place. As a new and up-coming sport, our MSOE lacrosse team is excited for this newest addition to campus. By having a true home field, we believe it will help us develop our young lacrosse program as well as encourage students to support both the lacrosse team and the soccer team. Another positive of having a field on campus is that it will cut down on our daily travel time for practice. Currently, we have to travel to Hart Park in Wauwatosa which is about 15-20 minutes away for both practices and home games. The new field will also reduce the time commitment of practice which means a lot at a school as demanding as MSOE. On behalf of the lacrosse team, I would like to thank everyone who has made this new field a possibility. We can’t wait to start playing on the field.

Industrial engineering senior design projects typically involve working with outside companies. My partner, Jonathon Cerny, and I worked with JAX, Inc. JAX, Inc. is a leading supplier and manufacturer of industrial and food-grade lubricants. Through our project, JAX wanted to increase their throughput and decrease their lead time without adding employees. We starting the project by going into the company to observe the current process and find out what kind of ideas the employees already had. Based on their ideas and the industrial engineering skills we’ve learned at MSOE (along with our internship experiences), we developed possible solutions. One of my favorite aspects of the project was that we actually got to see our recommendations implemented! Overall, senior design was a great experience! We got to manage a project, use a variety of industrial engineering skills, and act as consultants; all while we were still students. It was fantastic! This experience, along with the knowledge of skills I’ve gained studying here at MSOE has allowed me to move on to my next big endeavor, Project Manager at Epic. I can’t wait!

3rd year MSOE students in the BioMolecular Engineering program have just formed the first BioMolecular Senior Design teams for this next year. Some of the inaugural senior design projects will involve:

1. Studying the effects of mutations on a protein involved in eyelid development.

2. Comparing protein regions in the flu virus in an attempt to find regions suitable for vaccine selection.
3. Producing cellulose in bacteria – a possible cheap source of fuel.
4. Producing a cheap source of plasma, the 4th state of matter, in order to drive medical applications such as disinfection and cancer treatment.

The 3rd year students are currently meeting with their Senior Design advisors to discuss organization and what the first steps are in starting this new phase of their studies. This is definitely an exciting time in the BioMolecular Engineering program. We look forward to sharing updates with you, as these trailblazing MSOE students move forward in the design process.

Rosenberg Hall and the Rader School of Business will soon be home to the Gene Carter Apple Technology Learning Suite. The new classroom will be a make-over of the Gene Carter Macintosh Computer Lab. Thanks to a generous gift by Dr. Carter, MSOE alumnus, the new learning suite takes advantage of Apple Computing’s mobile technology.

Students will find iMacs, iPads, iTouchs, AppleTV, iTunes University, 70” touch screen monitors, and global multimedia connectivity. The modular clusters in the learning suite mean students no longer have to sit in rows facing the front, listening to lectures and looking at whiteboards. More plans are underway at MSOE to creating dynamic learning spaces like this one!

Just before our spring break, the SuperMileage team took a long drive down to Houston, Texas, to compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon. At this event were more than 100 high efficiency vehicles from over 70 different high schools and universities. Not only were there gasoline cars, but those powered by diesel, biodiesel, ethanol, propane, vegetable oil, hydrogen, and solar energy. MSOE was able to make 5 attempts in the gasoline class. The first went well, but the set time limit was surpassed and the run was not counted. On the first successful run, the car achieved 403 mpg using an un-altered lawnmower engine. While this was a great start for the team, it would not suffice. In the next run, a tire would explode, sending our car spinning out on the track, putting us in the pits for some time. Finally, a high school team who would later win the competition donated us a tire, putting us back on track, quite literally. Remarkably, we changed only the tire pressure and driving technique (two things you can do in your own car!), before getting 633 miles per gallon. With the winner achieving an outstanding 2189 mpg, we ranked 17th in our class: a good result, but merely a stepping stone towards our potential.

The junior BioMolecular Engineering class continued their student presentations for the junior seminar course on Tuesday, January 24, 2012. The first group of students presented about one team member’s research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. The research detailed the reaction of human cells when infected with a form of the herpes virus. The second group discussed another project worked on at the Medical College of Wisconsin last summer. This project studied the molecular pathway that promotes the growth of new blood vessels in a new way. The novelty associated with the project was the observation methods of the set of steps that a cell goes through (aka pathway) in response to a stimulus. The steps were observed using a different kind of protein crosslinker. This allowed the scientist to study the interaction between the proteins of the pathway in a more concise manner. Previously, the crosslinker would break down in mass spectrometry and clear results weren’t achievable. Now, the crosslinker isn't degraded through the process of mass spectrometry.

There have been many new developments since my last post here, but the biggest by far is the announcement that Fox 6 news came to MSOE to do a live piece on our project which aired on the morning show on March 9th! The team was really excited to have this opportunity, and many thanks go to our supporters at the Shell EcoMarathon for arranging this event. Several 3-minute segments allowed us to highlight the progress we have made and tell viewers what our project was all about! For those of you who have been following us, you should know that the team is on schedule to have a rolling chassis this weekend and, now that our engine is being calibrated on the dynamometer, we are well on our way to be driving around, doing dynamic testing, within the next two weeks!

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MSOE Egg Drop

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Twenty-five teams competed in the Egg Drop at MSOE this year, including a team from a local TV program called Real Milwaukee. It was a record-setting year: 11 eggs survived the fall, including Team Real Milwaukee’s egg. (Their eggshell cracked, but the egg stayed intact so we considered them winners.)

The Egg Drop kicked off MSOE’s annual St. Patrick’s Week celebration. St. Pat is the patron saint of engineers, so MSOE sets aside an entire week each year to celebrate with a number of events and competitions for the students, including the egg drop competition, a scavenger hunt, Engineering Olympics, ceremonial tie-cutting, a dance and more.

School garners first ever back-to-back academic winners in basketball

MSOE senior center Carol Cayo (Lake Mills, Wis./Lake Mills) has been named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball. The honor comes after being a standout academic athlete for her entire career at the national and district levels.

This marks the second straight year that an MSOE basketball player has earned this honor. Austin Meier was selected as the College Division Academic All-America of the Year during the 2011-12 season. Cayo is the 10th CoSida Academic All American recipient at MSOE and the third to be named to the first team. No other school has ever had back-to-back recipients of this prestigious award.

This season, Cayo is also a member of the Academic All-America First Team, and last season, she was part of the Academic All-America Second Team. She has been named to Academic All-District First Teams for three straight seasons. Cayo is an industrial engineering major at Milwaukee School of Engineering and carries a 3.98 grade point average. College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes with this award for their combined performance, both athletic and academic in nature.

Academically, Cayo is actively involved in the Institute for Industrial Engineers and received the UPS Service Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and leadership at the undergraduate level in 2011-12. Cayo is also a recipient of the prestigious MSOE Presidential Scholarship and secretary for Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.

Just recently, Cayo reached the 1,500-point plateau and moved to second in the MSOE women’s basketball all-time scoring list. Also this year, she became the first player in Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks in NAC and MSOE history. Cayo was named First Team All-NAC the past two seasons and was selected NAC Freshman of the Year during the 2008-09 season.

Cayo has helped the Raiders set a new program record for overall wins (16) and conference victories (11) this season. MSOE finished second in the South Division of the NAC with an 11-6 record in conference games and will be the third seed in the NAC Tournament. The Raiders will host Concordia-Chicago, the sixth seed in a NAC Quarterfinal game, Wednesday, February 22, at 7 p.m. in Milwaukee.

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A Summer in France

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Sitting in the center of Europe is Lille, France; a capitol of European culture that is both youthful and dynamic and now MSOE students have the opportunity to spend their summer there! Lille Catholic University is our newest study abroad destination and offers students programs in science and engineering taught in English, planned weekly field trips (including Burges and Brussels) and access to student housing and facilities at the university. There are also two student scholarships available to help cover the cost of the program and weekends are free for students to travel wherever they wish.

Here is what a few of our students have said about their experience in Lille:

“My experience in Lille was nothing short of amazing! I met many fantastic people with whom I had the opportunity to explore Western Europe with and experience a different type of life. I would return in a heartbeat!” – Brett Steffen


“More than being just a trip to a foreign country with some classes, the European exchange program is a once in a lifetime experience. More so than the classes or the knowledge gained from being in Europe, the most insightful part of the trip is the picture you can build of other cultures by simply interacting with the other people in the program and in foreign countries. The friends you gain in the program are one of a kind and the undertakings you embark upon in Europe will stay with you always.”  – Ryan Zdroik

For MSOE, Lille is another one of the many diverse and wonderful places for our students to travel in order to learn about the world—and themselves.

MSOE’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) participated in a Friday night Fish Fry and Hockey Game, thanks to generous support from Student Life. About 20 IE students participated in the event which began with a free fish fry dinner (fried cod, chicken strips, french fries, cole slaw, and GINORMOUS frosted brownies) and then moved to the Kern Center to watch MSOE’s hockey team take on Marian. Free concessions were also provided at the game. Unfortunately, MSOE lost, but it was still a good time for all who attended. Those “sitting” in the student section actually stood throughout the entire game while the team was in action and cheered loudly throughout, sitting down only during the period breaks. Spenser Brown, IE freshman and backup goalie, did not suit up for the game because he recently had hip surgery.

Over the past year I’ve been a paid software development intern at Eagle Technology, Inc. located in Mequon, WI.  When I started I was assigned to work on a new version of a mobile application that can be used by the Android and iOS platforms. I worked with another engineer to design and develop the application along with integrating it with Eagle’s current products. My responsibilities include R&D, software design, development, and testing. I have enjoyed this experience because I have been able to work on a large scale project from start to finish. My favorite part of the internship has been working with new technologies that I would not have gotten the opportunity to use otherwise. I was offered a full time position at Eagle Technology, Inc. as a software developer and will be starting in June 2012.

When it came to looking for an internship and a job, I utilized the MSOE Career Services office almost exclusively. I had my resume in their CareerNet database which allowed more employers to view it and then contact me if they felt I would be a good fit for an opening. CareerNet along with the Career Fair and being able to setup on-campus interviews were very valuable resources during my internship and job search.

The senior design project is a great way to put everything that I have learned at MSOE into practical use. The project that I’m working on is to develop an application called SoundCheck. The goal of this application is to allow people to combine music stored on multiple computers within their home into a single virtual library. This means that songs from a computer in one room can be played on another computer. We are also designing receivers that can be plugged into speakers so that music can be played to a home theater system. There are three main components for our application, the receivers, application, and the Android app. I’ve mainly been working on the Android app because of my past experience. The coolest thing about Senior Design is being able to work on an idea that your team came up with and making it a reality.

Joe Rider
SE ‘12

This is Part II of “The Birth of Unit 4″. Read Part I.

When he told his idea to his brother, Steve, and his room mate and friend Jake, the inspiration was shared. They all have their talents, Henry knows about the bikes, Steve is very artistic and mechanically oriented: he painted the prototype. Jake purchased the bicycle and an engine kit from China after further research. The three boys drove to Walmart to get a new bicycle brought it home, dissembled it, and Steve painted the brown bike flat -black. After reassembly and the arrival of the Engine kit, Jake and Henry built the bike over a 2 week period- with no instructions; as none were provided! After help from some friends and a few long nights, the motorbike was running! Currently there are still some bugs to work out and things to fix, but once friends started to see the potential for these high MPG bicycles with a retro look, a small business idea was born. All they needed was a name. Previously, Henry, Steve and Jake had a fictitious business called 5/2′s (Five-halfs) productions. This was due to Henry and Steve living on the 2nd floor, and Jake living on the 5th floor of MSOE’s MLH residence hall, freshman year of college. Their groups name is now UNIT 4- as these three friends live in an ‘apartment #4′ in Milwaukee.

Rumor spread about the motor bicycle after a few trips to campus.  Henry explained the idea behind the bike and showed off some digital advertisements Steve had made from some professional photographs he had taken. All things considered, they are in the early stages of an entrepreneurial quest, not a scary task with our academic knowledge from MSOE and their own drive for success, and of course, fun!

Have you ever considered becoming an industrial engineer?  Maybe you’re not quite sure what industrial engineering is but want to find out more? This past December a number of prospective MSOE students and parents came to our first ever Industrial Engineering (IE) Visit Day. As a senior IE student here at MSOE, it was awesome to see so many new faces interested in my favorite major!

The day began with a game in our brand new industrial engineering innovations lab, which includes cool stuff like a walking workstation, a Mediascape, and even a couch area for lounging! Then the visiting students were able to hear from a few of our current IE professors on what industrial engineering is and possible career opportunities. Next, three current students came to lead tour groups through some of our other industrial engineering labs. Stops were made at the HAAS-VF1, where each student received a machined MSOE block personalized with their initials (pictured above), the FESTO where there was a demonstration of flexible manufacturing, and ABBY, a robot which challenged them to a game of Tic Tac Toe. After 3 or 4 losses, someone in the group I led finally beat ABBY so that was fun!

Lunch at the Grohmann museum wrapped up the day for most of the visitors. There was an informal setup for lunch where the visiting students were free to mingle with admissions counselors, current industrial engineering students and professors. There were also cross word puzzles which challenged everyone to remember what was learned earlier in the day. Overall, the industrial engineering visit day was a great success! Hopefully there will be some familiar faces in the industrial engineering freshman class next fall, and some new faces too if you weren’t able to make it that day!

Written by: Carol Smith Cayo, Senior IE student

The FIRST Collegiate Robotics Organization (FCRO) is foremost a FIRST support organization. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. MSOE’s FCRO works to support the various robotics programs established by FIRST by mentoring teams of younger students in our area. FCRO works to combine principles of FIRST programs into a college-level robotics team that will support other FIRST programs, inspire students of all ages, and serve to extend the reach of FIRST to emerging engineers and scientists in a way that existing college level programs cannot, through Coopertition™ and Gracious Professionalism™

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Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Biomedical Engineering TASER Test System senior design team created an imitated TASER signal. They collected data from an actual TASER weapon and used the data to recreate the waveform. This way, the standard waveform generator in MSOE labs can be used to output the same electrical pulse produced by a TASER. This will allow the team to test their components and system without the use of a weapon.

This is part 3 of 3 of “An Overview of the Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Programs at MSOE”. Read part 1. Read part 2.

The MSOE civil engineering structural specialty will teach you the principles of mechanics and structural analysis such that you can apply those principles to the design of such large infrastructure projects as bridges, dams, highway overpasses, levies, retaining walls, etc. These are the same structural principles that are taught in the AE program, but instead of being applied to buildings, they are applied to the design of infrastructure projects.

The MSOE civil engineering environmental specialty will teach you how to use the principles of biology, chemistry and the basic engineering sciences of thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and structural mechanics to design systems to treat polluted water and air and to manage hazardous wastes that derive from industrial and municipal activities. It also teaches you about the environmental regulations that businesses and municipalities must comply with in order to meet EPA and OSHA regulations. You will learn to design municipal wastewater treatment plants as well.
The MSOE civil engineering water resources specialty will teach you about managing and conserving clean water– managing storm water run-offs that occur because of construction activities, construction of municipal water systems and transport systems for conveying water from reservoirs to the end user, and for conveying water from sewers to the municipal water treatment plant for treatment. It looks at the status of aquifers and studies the water cycle and hydrology in an effort to conserve clean water resources. .
Our civil program (all specialties) also stress the need to be aware of public policy; the economics of infrastructure design and maintenance; and the law. These areas, although not directly engineering related, are ones that the civil engineer must be aware of as he or she goes about their systems analysis and design activities .  Our Civil engineering program was designed to be in full compliance with the American Society of Civil Engineering’s (ASCE’s) Body of Knowledge for the 21st Century, a white paper published by ASCE to describe how civil engineering education must adapt to meet the future needs of the society it serves.

I hope this general overview is helpful. If you have additional questions after reading this, contact me on Bridge.

Deborah Jackman, Ph.D. , P.E., LEED AP
Chair and Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department

MSOE’s SuperMileage® Team is off to a great start this year, and they are continuing to make excellent progress. Before we went on our Winter break, the newly designed engine intake was produced at MSOE’s own Rapid Prototyping Center, and is now being coated in nickel to make it more heat resistant. When this is done, we will put our 50 cc Frankenstein of an engine on a dynamometer in order to tune it to achieve maximum engine efficiency. Using a computer, we can control the amount of gasoline that is being delivered to the engine and the “dyno” allows us to control the rpm of the engine. This way, we can tune the engine over the entire range of the engine. The dynamometer will also tell us how many horsepower and torque the engine produces, so that we can design the rest of the drive-train to suit.

This is a picture of a Digi Designer set up using only NAND gates to logically analyze the behavior of “turning on” and “turning off” different inputs to light up an LED. We are using NAND gates in place of a NOT, AND and OR gate in order to learn how to implement NAND gates in various places. For example, in order to use a NAND gate as a NOT gate you must put your source into both inputs of the first NAND input and then the output would be a NOT.

Next time, we’ll be able to use code instead of actual wiring to manipulate the LED using switches, much like a light switch with multiple dimmers.

By: Cyndi Przybylski

This is part 2 of 3 of “An Overview of the Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering Programs at MSOE”. Read part 1.

Civil engineering (CVE) is a very broad engineering discipline that has 7 recognized specialty areas. A practicing civil engineer typically practices in only one or two of the 7 areas. The areas are:

  1. Structural engineering
  2. Environmental Engineering
  3. Water Resources Engineering
  4. Transportation Engineering
  5. Surveying
  6. Geotechnical Engineering
  7. Construction Management

Our MSOE civil program offers specializations in three (3) of the above: structural, environmental, and water resources.

Few colleges offer all 7 as options to students. Different civil programs at different colleges typically specialize in whatever areas they have the strongest faculty in or which are most important to their geographical region. However, you will get an introductory course in each of the 7 areas in our program, and then extensive coursework in the area of your choice among the 3 specialties we offer.

Both AE and CVE require the same math and science preparation and students in both programs must take the full calculus sequence, college chemistry sequence, a year of calculus based physics and the same basic engineering science courses. The difference between the two lies in the applications based courses. AE is building oriented, while CVE is infrastructure oriented.

The final installment of the series will be on the specialities within the Civil Engineering Program

Deborah Jackman, Ph.D. , P.E., LEED AP
Chair and Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department 

I have been getting a lot of messages from my friends on Bridge asking me to describe how the Architectural Engineering (AE) program here at MSOE is similar to and is different from our Civil Engineering (CVE) program. I thought it might be useful for me to make this information more generally available through this blog. This is the first in a series of three blogs to help you learn more about both programs.

Architectural Engineering (AE) is a major that combines elements of three engineering disciplines – civil, mechanical, and electrical – in order to design large commercial and industrial buildings. A modern building requires engineering design for the 3 main building systems– its structural systems, its mechanical systems (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, and fire suppression systems), and its electrical systems (power, lighting, and communications systems). So, in AE, you get coursework in all three engineering areas, directed at how the theory of each is applied to building design. AE is NOT architecture. It does not concern itself with the appearance of the building as does architecture, but rather the engineering behind the building. Our AE degree also integrates sustainable design principles so that the buildings you learn to design are ”green”. Buildings use 40% of all energy consumed in the U.S. so by making them more energy efficient through the proper selection of materials, HVAC systems, and electrical systems like lighting, we go a long way toward cutting green house gas emissions. The elements of civil engineering that are used in AE are the elements of structural engineering, used to design building foundations, roof systems, and wall systems.

Watch for the next blog: “Civil Engineering and Preparations for AE and CVE degrees” to come soon!

Deborah Jackman, Ph.D. , P.E., LEED AP
Chair and Professor
Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department

Mechanical Engineering senior, Kyle Pace, evaluates the flame temperature and composition of combustion products produced using a student-built wood gasifier. An important renewable energy technology, wood gasification extracts combustible fuels such as hydrogen and methane from wood and other biomass feedstock through controlled application of heat. In this laboratory experiment, students demonstrated that wood gasification enables nearly complete fuel utilization, leaving less than 1% of the fuel mass as unburned ash.

On Friday, November 11, 2011, MSOE had prospective BioMolecular Engineering(BioE) students come and check out the program. The students were introduced to Dr. Gul Afshan, the Program Director. Dr. Afshan presented about what can be expected from the program, including the curriculum, internship possibilities, and numerous job opportunities that will be available upon graduation. At the end of her presentation, she handed out DNA kits, and challenged the students and their families to put together a strand of DNA.  Dr. Afshan said, “BioE Day allowed us to connect with our incoming students, teach them a little bit of BioMolecular Engineering and have a lot of fun at the same time.” A tour of the new, state of the art labs and the BioMolecular Modeling Center was also included in the visit. After a yummy lunch provided by Food Services, the families were able to take a campus tour. A student said, “It was awesome!  I’m really glad I came!” The visit day as a whole was a great opportunity for perspective students, MSOE students, and MSOE faculty to see where the BioMolecular Engineering program can go, and to see the bright future ahead.

My name is Emily Black, and I am the new AmeriCorps *VISTA volunteer on campus. I operate out of the office of Servant Leadership, and I will be on campus helping to alleviate poverty in the community. I serve as a liaison between MSOE and a local non-profit Our Next Generation (ONG). ONG provides a number of programs that MSOE supports: Homework Club, Outbound Tutoring, High School Connection, and so on. These programs help address the very real need to have students in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system graduate with a degree. Did you know that in the community where ONG is located, less than 40% of children will graduate from high school?!? ONG helps students in inner-Milwaukee finish high school, and that high school diploma helps the odds of the students breaking free of the grip of poverty. The graduation rate of youth that go through ONG’s program is over 95%! I want to enable students at MSOE to share their academic skills with a demographic that is preparing for post high school…and maybe plant the seed that they, too, can come to MSOE some day! I hope to establish a sustainable relationship between MSOE and ONG that will last beyond my year of service. There are many opportunities for students at MSOE to get involved with ONG. Whether you enjoy working directly with kids or not, doing yard work, or maybe fixing computers…ONG needs your help! You don’t have to have experience. Right now I’m looking for tutors to work with kids on their homework at ONG on Mondays and Wednesdays, and I’m also recruiting MSOE students to work on robotics with the kids on campus on Thursdays. Won’t you consider volunteering with ONG?

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The Birth of Unit 4

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Ever been curious as to what your dreams and ideas can turn into?  Henry Luecht shares his journey into his first entrepreneurship practicum!

Unit 4 is the work in progress idea of Henry Luecht, Steve Luecht, and Jacob Larson. Henry spent a year abroad in Germany through the exchange program at Milwaukee School of Engineering. While there, the avid car lover was suddenly without wheels. A new respect and admiration of bicycles gained from their importance in the German lifestyle was the beginning of the main product of Unit 4. Henry spent a lot of time with bikes in Germany, his first acquired at a city auction for 28 Euros. From there on Henry fixed, bought and sold bicycles during his time in Germany, and when it was time to move back to the states, he had 5 bicycles to his name! Lots of time was spent learning about bikes online, and that is when Henry first saw it: A classic styled cruiser bicycle with an engine. From that point the picture never left his head. Upon returning to the U.S. Henry knew a lot about bicycles, and what models could handle an engine. He knew which kits had been rated the best, and which brand of bicycle was a popular build…

Please stay tuned, for next month brings the finished product and their quest into entrepreneurship!

With a degree in civil engineering from MSOE, you’ll stand apart from the crowd. Unlike other civil programs in the state, you’ll earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years. That means you can start your career sooner and be better prepared than graduates from other universities.

Civil engineers design and construct the infrastructure necessary to support civilized society. This includes buildings, transportation systems such as roads, railroads and airports, facilities to manage our natural water resources, and systems to collect, treat, and dispose of wastewater and solid wastes.

MSOE graduates enjoy extremely high placement rates (94 percent five-year average) and starting salaries ($52,500).

Hear what Dr. Frank Mahuta has to say about Civil Engineering!

The Steel Bridge Competition is a popular contest through the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) that creates real-world challenges on smaller scales. The participating students design AND build a steel bridge that would be functional as a full-scale model incorporated into society. The bridge is judged on its weight, construction speed, deflection (how much the bridge bends when you put weight on it), aesthetics and its ability to conform to specifications. Here the students are using a mill to construct a test connection to determine load capacity. This tells them which connection is the strongest and lightest, both vital to the competition. This extra-curricular activity is very popular amongst our AE and CM students; however every major is welcome to join!

MSOE students have been hard at work as they finally get to submit their gingerbread houses to the Women’s Connections annual competition!  With three categories such as “famous building”, “MSOE building” and “Your typical gingerbread house” students got creative and really showed their skills on design! Can’t wait to see who the winner is!

Have you ever seen a multi-million dollar machine with thousands of moving parts that takes about a year to build?!? Well this fall quarter I got the chance to go with my IE course to one of the world’s largest manufacturers of earth moving equipment in the world! We were invited to tour the plant for P&H Mining Equipment Inc. here in Milwaukee. The tour was a great opportunity for students to experience the workplace and have a taste of what the mining industry is all about.

As an Industrial Engineering(IE) student, I’m really interested in production processes and how I can work to make them run more efficiently. Visiting several different portions of the assembly plant at P&H and understanding the different steps in building a giant mining shovel was a great way for me to actually see our course content put into action. It’s how I prefer to learn and it’s much more meaningful to see IE’s in action! Visiting this company’s plant was also a great opportunity to see some of the engineering marvels, such as machining giant gears (approx. 30ft wide), welding steel parts as tall as a house, and putting together a shovel that weighs hundreds of tons and is made out of thousands of unique parts. The tour also allowed us to see how different materials are treated, such as hardening processes and CNC machining, tools that are often studied in engineering courses. I had a great time and learned so much from our visit to P&H.

Rafael Possamai
Junior IE

A great way to get involved in organizations is to join one of the many competition teams on campus. There are many competition teams that focus on your individual major. I chose to join the NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association) student chapter at MSOE. I’m a senior student pursing a dual degree in Architectural Engineering with an electrical specialty and Construction Management, this organization suits me well as not only is geared to towards the electrical side of things which my Architectural Engineering degree is focused on but also towards contractors which brings in my construction management degree.

The main focus of that organization is in working on the Green Energy Challenge. The objective of the green energy challenge is to study what energy efficient upgrades can be done to a specific building and improve upon it. This year our competition was to retrofit the Roy W. Johnson dormitory. As that building has not been changed since it was built in 1965 there was a lot of upgrades that could be done to it including the lighting fixtures, solar upgrades, as well as motor controls. There was a lot of work that had to be done and our group of seven organized a 50 page proposal on the project. Judges then determined the top three finalists from 11 entries submitted by some of the top schools of the nation. Our school was chosen along with University of Washington and Youngstown State University to give a presentation on our proposal at the NECA national convention in San Diego.

From then on we put a lot of work into our presentation practicing multiple times each week not only to ourselves but also other faculty and local area contractors. They provided great feedback that improved our presentation. Once we got to San Diego the stage we had to give our presentation was a big shock as it was a giant widescreen display behind us with a camera on the presenter and our PowerPoint presentation on the other side as well as bright stage lighting. But we came well prepared to the presentation knowing exactly what we were going to present and did a great job obtaining first place as the 2011 National Champions of the NECA Green Energy Challenge winning $8000 for our organization. The rest of the trip in San Diego was a lot of fun and with our presentation over left the rest of the time open to celebration.

Overall the project was a lot of work but in the end paid off and provided each of us with lots of real life experience as well as another thing to add to our resumes. I would recommend that students get involved in some kind of student organization on campus as it will not only give you something to do but also help you out a lot in the long run.

Dylan Sandretto
Senior – B.S. Architectural Engineering – B.S. Construction Management

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Rocket Launch

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

What is more exciting then having your own creation fly towards the sun and at the same time, your creation watching you get as small as an ANT!? MSOE’s Intro to Engineering design class directed by Dr. Farrow has done what many look forward to. The class has created a replacement for the nose cone of a model rocket and replaced it with a payload. Well what’s in the payload? A VIDEO CAMERA! What the course has done is create a payload system so that the camera video tapes the ground as it zooms off to incredible heights. How it is designed and operated is up to the team and they look awesome, but can you make a better one? Let’s find out.

If you are a car guy like I am, then a car that never goes faster than 40 miles per hour and driving it gently to get the best fuel economy probably doesn’t spark your interest the way a formula race car might. The problem is, students aren’t able to join the Formula Hybrid or Baja teams until they get to their senior year. SuperMileage, on the other hand, fills the void by accepting freshman, sophomores, and juniors, allowing them to get engineering experience before moving on to senior design. That is why I decided to join the team last year.

As it turns out, it was the best decision I have made yet. It is a spectacular thing to watch shapes that are sketched on paper go into a computer, and then to production, until the car that you once drew with a pencil is sitting in front of you. The project is a unique opportunity to put classroom knowledge to work. In just one year, I learned how to lay up carbon fiber and fiberglass, design intricate, flowing shapes on SolidWorks, tune an engine on a dyno, and countless other things that I would never have learned from classes my freshman year. Not only is it fun to do hands on work like that, but it looks excellent on a résumé. Many past members say that the interviews they had with past employers focused primarily on their work with SuperMileage. Last year, we built a car that achieved 340mpg, and this year we have our sights set on 1000+ mpg. Stay tuned to learn how we plan on doing that!

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Is it worth it?

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

There are many reasons why students choose to attend MSOE. With small class sizes, professors who know your name, and experience in the same types of labs you’ll find once you start your career, it’s no surprise that our students are ready to hit the ground running once they graduate.

But, is all that hard work really worth it? Will you have a successful career and a big paycheck? There are no guarantees in life, but getting a degree from MSOE can help you get on the path to success. Check out this article in The Business Journal: Which Wisconsin colleges offer the biggest pay days?

MSOE’s Software Engineering Development Lab is largely supported by a generous grant from Johnson Controls. This lab contains state of the art software accessible to all Computer and Software Engineering students. Students utilize this lab to design products for companies like Johnson Controls. They work in teams to take over projects that have already been designed, improve them, and make them more advanced. CE/SE Senior Design cubicles are also housed in the back of the laboratory. Each design team is designated a space to design, develop and analyze their projects.

Design reviews of students’ capstone projects are an opportunity for program faculty members to provide students with formal feedback on their design projects. The format of these reviews is based on actual Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements – providing students valuable insight into industry practice. Each student team provides faculty members with a progress and briefing document. Next is a brief presentation to the faculty, followed by about 30 minutes of discussion. Faculty members express concerns and make suggestions. Every year, students report that these reviews are of great value in achieving their goal of producing a working prototype device by the end of their senior year.

Particularly interesting projects this year include a machine for testing police TASER devices and a device that can be embedded in a baseball to record its position and motion as it is thrown. The goal of this embedded device is to provide an inexpensive way to evaluate a user’s pitching technique.

At MSOE, there isn’t always a clear line between working hard and playing hard. A group of Electrical Engineering students in a Digital Design class made a hand held football game last week. Students use software to actually create customized hardware, which provides challenging Artificial Intelligence (AI) opponents for video game lovers.

Students in computer and software engineering have the option to take a course elective this winter in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The course covers the basic concepts of AI systems.

Topics include:

  • Knowledge Representation
  • Search Strategies
  • Machine Learning

Throughout the course, we consider the development of intelligent agents such as: software programs that use knowledge representation techniques to make logical decisions and inferences from what we know as well as use search strategies to identify solutions to problems. We will also consider machine learning to allow our agents to learn by improving their performance through training or direct interaction with their environment. Students complete exercises that allow them to apply AI techniques to a variety of interesting problems in gaming, diagnostics, prediction, data mining and machine learning. AI is my favorite course and I am currently using AI techniques to learn models that will automatically extract information about relations between entities in large collections of text.

By: Dr. Jay Urbain – Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

For many of the students that attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) – Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) 2011 National Fall Leadership Conference, becoming strong leaders was the focus.  The two day conference, held in downtown Milwaukee, was home to over 2,000 members and advisors of both professional organizations.  Dr. Michael Payne, Program Director of Business Management, hosted a workshop on Management Insights.  The talk was given to a standing room only crowd and covered information on the common pitfalls of new managers, other issues facing today’s managers, and some ideas on how to improve managerial skills.  Members of MSOE’s PBL Chapter were also in attendance, including sophomore Business Management student, Samantha Thorn.  Samantha is also the treasurer of the Wisconsin chapter of PBL.

Hi, my name is Kathleen Keough and I am a Biomolecular Engineering Junior at MSOE.

Over this past summer, I pursued a study abroad experience. I did this through a Boren Scholarship. I studied abroad over the summer so that I would not be behind in school.  Studying abroad was a life-changing experience. I lived in L’viv, Ukraine, which is the most westernized area of Ukraine. I lived with other students from Ukraine, Australia, Germany, Britain, and Canada as well as the United States.

While in L’viv, I attended school every day to study the Ukrainian language and participate in cultural experiences, such as dressing up in traditional Ukrainian clothes or making traditional Ukrainian food, (which is delicious).

During my time there, I was also able to visit many other areas of Ukraine, such as the capital city of Kyiv, the ocean port city of Odessa, the region of Ivano-Frankivsk, the Carpathian mountains, and Lutsk.

I was also able to visit other European cities, such as Amsterdam, Berlin, and Krakow. While I was visiting Krakow I had the opportunity to visit Auschwitz, which was a big deal for me since I have read many books about the Holocaust and it was very affecting to see the results of the Holocaust in person.

I definitely think that studying abroad and studying other languages and culture is something every student should consider. As much as I learned about the Ukrainian language and culture in school, the most important concepts I took away from that country were things I learned directly from the people.

It was an experience I will never forget, and one I hope to repeat in the near future.

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View our Campus

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

MSOE’s 15-acre campus is filled with some of the best facilities and labs in the nation. Students also have access to art, fitness, gathering places, community resources and more.

Students in the Architectural Engineering/Construction Management senior design class created models for Winterfest 2011 in Milwaukee. These models were based on Old Milwaukee buildings built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Over one hundred models were entered into the competition, but only ten were chosen. Each of the winning models are going to be built 8’ tall by 4’ wide, creating a miniature city within the doors of Winterfest this year. Senior Architectural Engineering student, Jeff Scarpelli created his version of the 1800’s building “Evening Wisconsin” Building. “I really enjoyed this project because it was great practice with model building. The model we have to build at the end of the year for senior design is much larger and more complex, so any practice helps.”

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All About Milwaukee

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Milwaukee is famous for its friendly atmosphere. It’s truly a big city with a small-town feel.

Every year before Halloween, MSOE’s Student Union Board (SUB) holds their annual pumpkin carving contest. Putting their creative hats on, MSOE students get a chance to show off their artistic ability.  Pumpkins are provided by SUB and brought back to the CC for campus wide voting. This year’s winners were Malcolm and Michael with the ‘jailhouse’ pumpkin! What was on your pumpkin this year?

St. Joan Antida High School in Milwaukee has been a collaborative partner with MSOE for a few years, specifically in engineering and tutoring. This year, the MSOE School of Nursing is getting involved at the high school. In September we received a $5,000 grant from Milwaukee Area Health Education Consortium to initiate the development of a nurse-run health clinic. It serves two purposes: it gives urban adolescents access to health care as well as encouraging mentorship and health career awareness through the MSOE School of Nursing. Currently our MSOE nursing students and faculty are involved in health education and will be providing services after January 2012.

Written by: Victoria Carlson-Oehlers, Assistant Professor – School of Nursing and Nurse Practitioner

Have the adventure of a lifetime through MSOE’s Study Abroad program. Students gain invaluable experience while continuing their course of study.  All classes are taught in English in destinations such as Germany, the Czech Republic and Manipal, India. Exposure to another culture gives students a competitive edge in the global marketplace.

My name is Ray and I am a senior nursing student. I have been in clinical, for what seems forever, because of the number of clinical hours I have received here at MSOE. I started clinical my sophomore year and every trimester since then has had one or even two clinical rotations in it. I feel that the nursing department here at MSOE really strives to get us as many different opportunities as possible. I have worked in a nursing home, a nursery, labor and delivery, periop, post-op/recovery, day surgery, the operating room, a medical/surgical floor, high schools, and even free clinics. The best part besides helping all those people is I have not even graduated yet. A nice thing about getting around to all of these different places is that I got to work with different people and I could tell you stories about all the patients because each one has taught me a life lesson or taught me something about myself. For example, my very first patient that I worked with taught me that even if you are old and have major health issues, all you need is one nurse to stop treating you like a patient and start treating you like a person to regain hope and have a positive outlook on life.

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Academics at MSOE

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Ambitious students who want personal and professional success find a home at MSOE, a university with a national academic reputation, longstanding ties to business and industry, dedicated professors with real-world experience, and extremely high placement rates and starting salaries. Professors have years of experience practicing what they teach, and students receive, on average, 600 hours of lab experience in industry standard laboratories.

BioMolecular Engineering (BioE) Program’s Society for the Biological Engineers (SBE) is planning a banquet for the sophomore and freshmen classes. We will have dinner, games, singing and much more.  We study hard, and we play hard. BioE juniors have also developed a “buddy system” for sophomores and freshmen so the family feel of MSOE is everywhere — academically and socially.  To learn more, visit campus during our BioE visit day on Friday, November 11th.

Biomedical Engineers have to know a lot about many different types of engineering and electrical engineering is one of the biggest areas they focus on. In the Biomedical electronics lab, students use technology such as oscilloscopes and instrumentation amplifiers to analyze and manipulate biological data. There is also a faraday cage which is a chamber that eliminates all interferences of frequencies and circuits.

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ABBy the Robotic Arm

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

“ABBy” was donated to us from ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies.  This generous gift is housed in the Johnson Controls Environmental Systems Laboratory and is frequently used by the mechanical and industrial engineering students for a variety of projects.

MSOE’s student chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers had a GREAT first meeting. A panel of alumni was on hand to talk about how IE skills are utilized in non-manufacturing organizations.  The alumni panelists represented United Airlines, ProHealth Care, Epstein (an architectural engineering firm), and Accenture (a business consulting firm). These are just a few of the many types of organizations that IEs can work in.

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Campus Life

Posted by MSOE Admissions Jun 7, 2013

Campus life at MSOE is as much a part of a student’s life as any class. MSOE is committed to developing graduates who are not only ready for work but also ready for life. Volunteer opportunities abound in the Servant-Leadership Office. With more than 70 student organizations, there is something for everyone.

My name is Amy and I am a sophomore nursing student. I will be starting lab clinicals here in the Winter Quarter. I am really excited to get the opportunity to work in our lab. We have some really awesome state of that art equipment that allows us to get good practical experience before we actually go to the hospitals and work with other people. I’m hoping this really prepares me and allows me to be comfortable working at the clinic sites because the patient care is the most important aspect. Also being prepared for clinical allows you to make a connection with these hospitals that could be your employer later on if you leave a good impression. In our clinical lab we will be able to practice all of the techniques we’ll use in hospitals as well as procedures such as starting an IV. There are also many simulation men, women, even children that are able to act out real live situations and are able to talk to you and convey things like heart and respiratory rates as well as other problems. One of our SIMs is even able to give birth! I cannot wait to work more with our Nursing faculty in clinical labs and begin to understand more of our role as a nurse in the work setting!

This year’s Freshman Welcome week was packed with a variety of activities for students to get to know MSOE and all the people that make up their new community. But the faculty in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department got especially creative in welcoming their new students by taking a cruise down the Milwaukee River out into Lake Michigan’s harbor to learn about the architecture of Milwaukee. While enjoying the tour and learning about the city, students were able to meet the faculty, chat with their advisors and make friends with the rest of the new architectural, civil and construction management students. Just another way MSOE creates a classroom in the real world.

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