Summer in the City

July 9-12, 2015

Welcome home!

Join us as we welcome alumni, friends and family back to campus to celebrate MSOE and our community. The weekend will be full of events, parties, picnics and much more!


The complete daily schedule for Summer in the City is posted below. Navigate from day to day using the tabs.

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Storm the Bastille
8 p.m., Werwath Mall

Whether you plan to run the race or simply cheer on those who do, kick off Summer in the City and Bastille Days with the annual “Storming of the Bastille.” The 5K run and two- mile walk commences at 9 p.m.

Meet in the Alumni Partnership Center (APC) at 8 p.m. to pick up your MSOE T-shirt and water bottle. After the race, meet back at the APC for free refreshments and fun!

Register for Storm the Bastille (via East Town Association website)

8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Alumni Partnership Center (APC), 1120 N. Broadway

Check in at reunion headquarters in the APC to pick up your registration information,T-shirt and tickets for all events. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Breakfast with the President(SOLD OUT)
8:30 – 10 a.m., APC

Meet MSOE’s new president, the fifth president in the university’s 112-year-history, who will be on hand to greet you and share some thoughts about the future at MSOE.

Campus Tour
10:30 a.m., departs from APC

MSOE staff will guide you on a tour of MSOE’s campus. You’ll see classrooms and residence halls, the student center, assorted labs and more. Special stops will include the Kern Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex, Grohmann Museum and the new Grohmann Tower, an apartment building for upperclassmen.

Back to School!
11 – 11:50 a.m.

Attend one of the following courses taught by MSOE faculty members:

Electrical Engineering Class

Allen-Bradley Hall of Science, 432 E. Kilbourn, Room S-344
Software-Defined Radio: New tools for engineering education

Software-defined radio (SDR) has transformed much of the modern communications and networking fields. Continuing technological advances are broadening the scope of SDR applications to areas such as radar, radio- frequency identification, radio astronomy and various other forms of remote sensing. In this session, Dr. Cory J. Prust, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science associate professor, will describe how SDR is being incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum and how it is transforming the way in which electrical and computer engineering students learn topics in communications, networking and signal processing.


BioMolecular Engineering Class

Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 North Broadway, Room CC-200
Are we ready to start a design and construct humans with synthetic biology and metabolic engineering?

Synthetic biology is an emerging discipline that can be described as the design and construction of novel artificial biological pathways, organisms or devices, or the redesign of existing natural biological systems. Metabolic engineering is the use of genetic engineering and parts made by synthetic biology to modify or construct a new metabolism of an organism. Synthetic biology and metabolic engineering together can alter or build from scratch a living organism, including humans. We must get ready for this new sensational world. MSOE is the first four-year engineering university to develop and teach a synthetic biology and metabolic engineering course to engineers. Dr. Gul Afshan, biomolecular engineering program director and professor, will show alumni how applications of these powerful disciplines have affected, and continue to affect, our lives.


Financial Planning Class

Doing Well While Doing Good: How to incorporate planned giving into your personal financial planning

Even the most charitably inclined individuals need to address their primary financial goals such as generating retirement income, ensuring financial security for a spouse, and leaving a family legacy.

Join Ted Fitzpatrick, MSOE director of planned giving, to learn how you can full accomplish these important goals while still leaving a legacy of support for MSOE and other charitable causes that you value.


MSOE and MCGHSN Scholarship Luncheon
Noon – 1:30 p.m., (reception at noon, lunch served 12:30 p.m.)

Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway
Join graduates from the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing and MSOE School of Nursing for a scholarship luncheon, specifically honoring the Classes of 1965 and 1990. Proceeds from this event (“gold baskets”) benefit the MSOE School of Nursing.
$25 per person.

MillerCoors Brewery Tour(SOLD OUT)
1 – 3 p.m., bus departs APC promptly at 12:45 p.m.

From the personal tour guide to the ghost of Frederick Miller, you will experience more than 155 years of brewing history. Commemorative photos, gift shop keepsakes, and an unforgettable exploration of large-scale brewing away you! More importantly, you will end the tour with MillerCoors’s famous hospitality and what everyone is waiting for ice cold beer samples! Relax and enjoy your brew in the Bavarian-style Miller Inn or outdoor Beer Garden(depending on weather) with alumni and friends at this historic Milwaukee Landmark. Bus transportation provided.

Digitization, Innovation and Business
3:30-5:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum Auditorium, 1000 N. Broadway

Competing in the digital age has never been more difficult. Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition for all companies. Exponential improvements in the power of digital technologies and the software to control it have been extremely consistent for the past 50 years. This dynamic and interactive panel discussion of MSOE Alumni will explore the important of digital technology, rapid innovation on business and where they see things going in the future. The panel of experts will share insight into how digital technology has led to rapid innovation and change in nearly every aspect of business and what they believe is on the horizon.


Raider Reception
5:30 – 8 p.m., Grohmann Museum, Rooftop Sculpture Garden

This reception is your chance to unwind after a busy day of activities. Visit with other alumni and guests and enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and assorted beverages. Then enjoy a short program while we recognize and bestow the annual Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award upon Dr. Dwight Diercks ’90 and honor our special alumni, the graduates of the Classes of 1965, 1990, and 2005.

2015 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Dr. Dwight Diercks received a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from MSOE in 1990, and an honorary Doctor of Engineering in 2014.

Diercks started at NVIDIA in 1994 as a senior software engineer. He was employee number 22. In 1999 he was promoted to vice president.

Today, the computer hardware and software giant employs more than 8,000 people; 2,600 of whom report to Diercks in his role as senior vice president of software engineering.

His engineering team is one of the largest at the company and builds software for all of NVDIA’s products, ranging from cell phones and tablets to PC graphics cards, automobile dashboards, gaming machines and more.

Prior to NVIDIA, Diercks was a systems software engineer at Pellucid Inc., a PC graphics company, and a multimedia software engineer at Compaq Computer Corp.

He became a member of the MSOE Corporation in 2002, a Regent in 2005 and was inducted into MSOE’s Alumni Wall of Fame in 2006. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Dian and their dog Foxy.

8:30-10:30 a.m., APC

Check in at reunion headquarters in the APC to pick up your registration information, T-shirt and tickets for all events. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Continental Breakfast
8:30-10:30 a.m., APC

Bakery, assorted juices and coffee will be offered. Stop in for some camaraderie and croissants or take a coffee and cruller to go!


Alumni Association Annual Meeting
9 – 10:30 a.m., APC

Meet your Alumni Association officers, learn what is planned for future alumni programs and events, and find out more about your own local alumni chapter.

Boomers – This One’s for You!
10:30am – Noon, Ruehlow Nursing Complex, Room CC-131, in the Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 N. Broadway

Medicare mistakes are often very expensive and hard to fix. Worse, most people never realize they are walking into trouble until it’s too late. Avoid problems and get the information you need to make the right Medicare decisions. This 90-minute workshop is packed with crucial Medicare information, tips, and tools for those coming into, or
already on, Medicare. Presented by Diane J. Omdahl, RN, MS, president and founder of 65 Incorporated.


Campus Tour
12:30 p.m., departs from APC

MSOE staff will guide you on a tour of MSOE’s campus. You’ll see classrooms, residence halls, the student center, labs and more. Special stops will include the Kern Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex, Grohmann Museum, and the new Grohmann Tower, an apartment building for upperclassmen.

Man at Work Collection Tour
1 – 3:00 p.m., Grohmann Museum

This tour provides an in-depth look at the Man at Work art collection. Spanning the previous four centuries, this collection of more than 1,000 paintings and bronzes is united by one common theme: man at work.

New At the Grohmann MuseumView Carl Spitzweg’s world-renowned painting The Bookworm along with more than 20 pieces of his work, including The Poor Poet, in a special new gallery at MSOE’s very own Grohmann Museum.


Open Ice Skating
1:30-2:30 p.m., Kern Center

Bring the kids! Skates are available for your use.


Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan Harbor Cruise – Historic Milwaukee Tour
3:30 – 5 p.m., MKE Boat Line, 101 W. Michigan St.

Explore Milwaukee’s past and present from its rivers, harbors and Lake Michigan aboard the luxurious Voyageur with MSOE alumni and their guests. Enjoy unforgettable views and unique perspectives of Milwaukee’s history and architecture. A Historic Milwaukee certified tour guide and the captain will provide live narration. Snacks, soft drinks, beer and cocktails are available on board.

Please meet by 3:15 p.m. (15 minutes prior to departure at 3:30 p.m.) at the MKE Boat Line dock.

$30 per person.

Silver and Gold Dinner
6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Grohmann Museum

Members of the Classes of 1965 and 1990 (MSOE and MCGHSN) and their guests are invited for a special reunion dinner. Reminisce with your classmates about college life, recall the days spent in labs and classes, and celebrate your many accomplishments since graduation! Cocktails will be served on the beautiful Grohmann Museum rooftop with dinner following in the comfort of the second floor gallery. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

$25 per person.

Sunday Champagne Brunch
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Grohmann Museum Rooftop

Bid adieu to friends old and new! Before you take off for Bastille Days or the airport, enjoy a delicious Sunday champagne brunch. The menu will include brunch favorites: eggs, meats, fruit, pastries, desserts and assorted beverages.
$15 adults, free for children 12 or younger.

Director of Alumni Affairs

Cathy Varebrook

Director of Alumni Affairs & Special Events

(414) 277-4523


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