Success Stories

Dylan Shiltz

Proud to serve

Dylan Shiltz Mechanical Engineering Class of 2014 As a senior, Dylan Shiltz received the SAME ROTC Award of Merit. The award was presented by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral David Steindl on behalf of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) at the Tri-ROTC awards ceremony. Shiltz was part of the Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training […]

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Helping others

Jason Carreon Nursing Class of 2014 Working in the health care field is something that nursing senior Jason Carreon was always meant to do, especially given his family’s history of working in the health care field. “My mother is a medical technologist, and my dad is an RN in the U.S. and an MD back […]

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Investing wisely

Spenser Brown Business Management and Industrial Engineering Class of 2015 In addition to its academic reputation, Spenser Brown was drawn to MSOE because if its hockey program. The business management and industrial engineering double major played hockey at the Junior A level during and after high school. After two years on the MSOE team, however, […]

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Leading the Way

Thor Misko Architectural Engineering Class of 2006 Connect with Thor   “I learned how to think bigger than myself, how to add value to the projects I am a part of and finally, that what is cool about engineering is making a vision work.” If you walk around campus with Thor Misko, you will be […]

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Business Overseas

Phillip Laper International Business Class of 2012 Phillip Laper made the most of his time at MSOE. The international business major was involved in student organizations, spread his entrepreneurial wings and even studied abroad! “MSOE isn’t strictly an engineering school. There are plenty of classes and majors not related to engineering!” “Aside from picking a […]

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Kimberly Fritz (left) and Rina Thakkar '13

Broadening Her Horizons

Kimberly Fritz Biomedical Engineering Class of 2014 “Going to Lille was an amazing opportunity. I met some amazing people and I really enjoyed the fact that it was a month long. I was also able to complete two of my HU/SS electives while there.” For biomedical engineering major Kimberly Fritz, studying abroad in Lille, France […]

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Nursing Abroad

Cathy Brabeck & Kristine Radtke Norris Nursing Class of 2010 While most MSOE students spent their two-week holiday break at home with family and friends, nursing students Cathy Brabeck and Kristine Radtke Norris decided to do something more adventurous with their time off. Together with Project Kenya, a non-profit organization based out of Jackson, Wis., […]

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Summer Programs Define Future

Jeffrey Chan Architectural Engineering Class of 2009 Connect with Jeff “I wanted to define who I was and MSOE allowed me to do that.” Jeffrey Chan, originally from Portland, Ore., concentrated on building and design construction in high school. He knew he wanted to learn about electrical systems and do something with structures, but at […]

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Motivated MSOE Students

Yusef Vazirabad BioMolecular Engineering Class of 2013 “I really liked the small class sizes and getting to know all my professors. Everyone at MSOE is motivated to try their best and succeed as well.” Yusef Vazirabad was part of the first class of students who graduated from MSOE’s biomolecular engineering program. “I got very excited […]

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International Responsibilities

Mike Shedivy Business Management Systems Class of 1995 “Throughout my years at MSOE, the faculty made a commitment to me.” Mike Shedivy ’95 isn’t afraid to take a chance. As a junior computer science student at a Big Ten college, he was frustrated with the academic department and decided to make a change. “While driving […]

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Internships and Experience Lead to Success

Dylan Sandretto Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Class of 2013 “My internship gave me the opportunity to take my knowledge gained at MSOE and apply it to real-life projects.” One of the hallmarks of an MSOE education is the ability to work on real-life projects in advanced laboratories. The construction of the athletic field and […]

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Part of the Community

Chaning Ogden Computer Engineering Class of 2009 Connect with Chaning “I was part of the community from the first time I set foot on MSOE’s campus.” Coming from a town where there was literally one stop sign (and no signal lights), Milwaukee was a grand idea to Chaning Ogden ’09, computer engineering alumnus. “I was […]

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Balancing Act

Brent Verhyen Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Class of 2012 “Sports were a great release from school work and helped me to balance work with play.” Brent Verhyen ’12 never questioned his decision to attend MSOE. He double majored in architectural engineering and construction management and said, “Throughout my five years at MSOE, I never […]

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Building a Professional Network

Grant Ridder Computer Engineering Class of 2013 “I am able to apply what I learned at MSOE to the real world.” Grant Ridder ’13 has done a lot of things that computer engineers (and many others) would like to do. He was involved in activities on campus including the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. “I met a […]

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Words of Advice

Marcus Poppler Mechanical Engineering Technology Class of 2002 “MSOE really gave me the foundation I needed to do well in my job.” Marcus Poppler ’02 is a Project Engineer in the engineering department at Taylor Dynamometer, the leading manufacturer of engine dynamometers located in Milwaukee. Marcus earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from […]

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Challenge Yourself

Reg Zeller Electrical Engineering Class of 2002 “I think MSOE, more than any other institution, gives students a true hands-on engineering that allows you to remember what you learn even years later.” Although he graduated more than 10 years ago, Reg Zeller has remained a passionate supporter of MSOE. The electrical engineering graduate currently lives […]

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Giving Back

Dwight Diercks Computer Science and Engineering Class of 1990   “Obviously, the learning and education at MSOE was a good foundation for me. The focus on the lab work pushes you to get your hands dirty on all projects, whether you’re an engineer or a manager.” When MSOE Regent Dwight Diercks ’90 was hired by […]

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Business Technology

Brandon Rosner Management Systems Class of 2002 Connect with Brandon “The business school at MSOE is great at combining technology with business and integrating them into real-world applications.” In his current role as Health IT Consultant for the state of Wisconsin, Brandon Rosner ’02 enjoys being able to combine health care and technology. “MSOE taught […]

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Exciting Campus Life

Jose Calderon Business & Computer Systems Class of 2003 Connect with Jose   “MSOE teaches you to push yourself and that spills over into your professional career.” As someone who was always naturally drawn towards computers and technology, Jose Calderon ’03 knew what his career was going to be. “I have always been technical but […]

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Lasting Impressions

Chris LaPlaca Electrical Engineering Class of 2006 Connect with Chris   “I love my job. I love my company. The experiences I have had are because of my great education at MSOE.” Chris LaPlaca can tell you the exact moment he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. “I distinctly […]

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Going Full Circle

Samantha Jacques Biomedical Engineering Class of 2000 “MSOE taught me how to learn something new and apply that knowledge to ever changing environments.” Dr. Samantha Jacques ’00 is at the top of her game. The biomedical engineering graduate took advantage of every opportunity she could at MSOE, joined student organizations, played softball, studied hard and […]

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Friendships and Community

Seth Pollen Software Engineering Class of 2011 Connect with Seth “The best friendships I have ever had I made in the MSOE residence halls.” Eighteen hundred pages. That is how many hand-written pages Seth Pollen, software engineering alumnus, has in the journal he started during his time at MSOE. “Writing every day really helped me […]

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Michael Fricke

Getting Good Mileage

Michael Fricke Mechanical Engineering Class of 2014 Connect with Michael “I chose MSOE because it has a reputation as great school that will prepare you for working in engineering.” Michael Fricke, a mechanical engineering student, has his sights set on working in the automotive industry after graduation. “Ideally I would like to have a job […]

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Head of the Class

Carol Cayo Industrial Engineering Class of 2012 Connect with Carol “When looking at colleges I was definitely more concerned with finding a strong academic school rather than just a place where I could play sports. Luckily, MSOE offered both.” As a senior, Carol Cayo ’12 was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year […]

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Medical Mechanics

Andy Banks Mechanical Engineering Class of 2010 “My experiences with my senior design project and taking the Medical Applications course reinforced my determination to enter the world of medical device design.” Before he even graduated with his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Andy Banks ’10 knew he wanted to pursue a career in the medical […]

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Educational Exchange

Ben Wolfgram Electrical Engineering Class of 2006 Connect with Ben “When I graduated, my experience abroad differentiated me in the marketplace. With my background at MSOE and Lübeck, I was able to find a career I love and work throughout the United States and Europe.” Many people love to travel. Ben Wolfgram ’06 and his […]

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Intensive Care, Intensive Education

Megan Syversen Nursing Class of 2013 Connect with Megan “Being part of the planning process of the new School of Nursing labs has been an amazing and unique experience for me.” MSOE nursing student Megan Syversen had the chance to provide direct input during the planning phase of the brand new, 25,000 square-foot Ruehlow Nursing […]

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Foundation for Success

Jesse Daily Mechanical Engineering Technology Class of 2001 “I wanted a foundation that I knew would produce results, and recognized the investment MSOE was going to be for my career. I truly believe that MSOE was the best thing I have ever done for myself.” Jesse Daily (pictured right) started CORE Consulting with his business […]

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Hit the Ground Running

Nick Galich Business Management Class of 2007 Connect with Nick “At MSOE, every day is jam packed with knowledge and opportunity to better your life and your future.” Nick Galich ’07 was only a teenager when he became a businessman, so it is no wonder that at 26 he is the director of medical staff […]

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Finding a Home

Hedy Yan Nursing Class of 2013 Han (Hedy) Yan traveled all the way from Shanghai, China to pursue nursing at MSOE. “I always wanted to be a nurse, even as a child. We call it ‘white angel’ in China, which means you help people to gain wellness and relieve pain. It’s kind of my dream, […]

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Conquering Challenges

Tom Cook Business & Computer Systems International Business Class of 2003 “MSOE prepared me for almost anything in the corporate world.” Tom Cook can handle anything that comes his way. One of his toughest classes, Business Law, was also one of his favorites at MSOE. “I enjoyed the discussions and debates and think it helped […]

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Finding Her Passion

Sarah Alt Technical Communication Class of 1999 “I got an exposure to engineering that I respect and use to this day, but I found a passion that worked for me.” As the IT Director at Briggs and Stratton, it is Sarah Alt’s job to successfully deliver information technology products to the company as a whole. […]

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Jon Allen

Planning His Future

Jon Allen Civil Engineering Class of 2014 “I chose MSOE because of the small classes, and the job placement rate. I knew I could get more hands-on experience and learn more from smaller classes.” Civil engineering major Jon Allen originally planned to major in electrical engineering, but switched because of his desire to work on […]

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Opening the door

Amber Koeune Mechanical Engineering Class of 2016 Mechanical engineering sophomore Amber Koeune has hit the ground running at MSOE. In addition to her full-time class load, she plays for the women’s soccer team, serves as section secretary for MSOE’s chapter of Society of Women Engineers, is a 2013-2014 SWE Future Leader, is an MSOE American […]

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Great “Detective” Work Lands Prize

Annie Weidert BioMolecular Engineering Class of 2014 For Annie Weidert, a chance meeting during an open house led to prize-winning experiences. The senior biomolecular engineering major attended an open house at the Global Water Center in Milwaukee. It was there that she met Trevor Ghylin, the founder of Microbe Detectives, a start-up company focused on […]

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Learning to lead

Patrick Gathof Industrial Engineering Class of 2014 “Don’t let things come to you, but instead go and find opportunities.” Patrick made MSOE History when he took first place at the 2014 IIE (Institute of Industrial Engineering) Expo Annual International Conference. After qualifying through the regional conference, Patrick competed against nine other students from around the […]

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Setting New Standards

James Gerloff P.E. Architectural Engineering, Class of 2000 Structural Engineering, Class of 2004 James Gerloff is a licensed professional and structural engineer in 48 states and is helping to set the standard in his industry. As chief operating officer of J3 Engineering Group LLC (a company he founded in 2012), he oversees all aspects of […]

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J3 Engineering Group LLC

J3 Engineering Group LLC “We always look favorably on MSOE graduates due to the great education they receive.” More than half of the engineers at J3 Engineering Group LLC are MSOE alumni. Why? “MSOE graduates have a good foundation of engineering principles, utilize Revit and have a can-do attitude,” said James Gerloff P.E., S.E.  ’00 AE, […]

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Fast Track to Career Success

Merle Kolbohm Mechanical Engineering Class of 2014 Merle Kolbohm ’14 isn’t daunted by unexpected twists and turns — in life, in her career and on the motocross track. In fact, the native German didn’t initially set out to study engineering or move to America. But when she started racing motorcycles at age 18, she soon […]

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Science Fair for Grown-Ups

Adam Schneider Mechanical Engineering Class of 2004 “It’s like a science fair for grown-ups.” That’s how Adam Schneider, president and design engineer of ConceptWorks, describes his business. The company, located near Elkhart Lake, Wis., designs and builds prototypes, industrial products and other custom projects. “We’ve done everything from putting flushing, working toilets inside a minivan […]

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