1990 Class ReunionWelcome home!

2017 Summer in the City – Save the Date!
July 14-16, 2017

Join us as we welcome alumni, friends and family back to campus to celebrate MSOE and our community during our annual alumni reunion weekend. Summer in the City will be full of events, parties, picnics and much more!

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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.” Meet in the APC at 8 p.m. to pick up your MSOE t-shirt and water bottle. The 5K run and two- mile walk commences at 9 p.m. To register for the race, visit the Bastille Days 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 9 (EVENT FULL)
8:30 – 10 a.m., APC

Enjoy a full breakfast and a short presentation about the latest developments at MSOE. A question and answer opportunity will be included.

Campus Tour
10:15 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 apartment building.

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 School of Nursing and MSOE School of Nursing for a scholarship luncheon, specifically honoring the classes of 1966 (50-year anniversary), 1991 (25-year anniversary) and 2006 (10-year anniversary). Proceeds from this event benefit the MSOE School of Nursing.
$25 per person.

Grohmann Museum Tour
12:30–2 p.m., Grohmann Museum

This tour provides an in-depth look at the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 1,000 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering.

Back to School!
2 – 2:50 p.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
Evolution of the EE Laboratory – Portable (and Personal!)
Contemporary electronic measurement instruments have been beneficiaries of the larger computing hardware trend, where digitization and miniaturization has made sophisticated, feature-rich hardware available at a very low cost and in compact form. One such example, currently in use within the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, provides an oscilloscope, arbitrary signal generator, digital multimeter, DC power supply, digital logic analyzer, spectrum analyzer and network analyzer, all within a portable, USB-powered device. In this session, Drs. Holland and Prust will describe how this technology is transforming the traditional EE laboratory and will offer live demonstrations of how MSOE students are conducting lab experiments any place, any time.

BioMolecular Engineering Class

Student Life and Campus Center, 1025 North Broadway, Room CC-200
The Rise of Tissue Engineering and the Explosive Innovations that Could Transform Lives
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the number of candidates waiting for organs continues to dwarf the number of donor organs available. Tissue engineering offers an alternative to dependence upon donations. The practice of combining cells, scaffolds and biologically active molecules into functional tissues defines tissue engineering. Dr. Zhang will show the fundamentals, current progress and future of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in this session. Innovations and discoveries by MSOE students and professors, such as artificial red blood cells and 3-D printed vascularized tissues, also will be discussed.

TIE Reunion
3:30 – 5:30 p.m., Alumni Partnership Center (APC), 1120 N. Broadway

TIE members! It’s time to reconnect again. Enjoy reminiscing about the fraternity, friendships, and fun at MSOE. Spouse/guest welcome. Casual attire.

Technology + Business = Innovation
3:30-5:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum Auditorium, 1000 N. Broadway

Join alumni Kelly Cutilo ’08, global director of advanced manufacturing engineering, Johnson Controls; Dan Glusick ’02, VP, Rexnord Business System and Rexnord Innovation Center; Scott Hrdlicka ’06, principal, TriTech Corp. of America; Matt Vandenbush ’97, VP of software, Brady Corp.; and Gene Wright ’79, ’87, graduate management programs director, MSOE Rader School of Business, as they explore the relationship between technology and business, and how it leads to innovation. Technology often leads to invention, however, innovation requires, according to management sage Peter Drucker, the dimension of customer value. Understanding and defining customer value takes the discipline of business. This is where MSOE shines. Together, our engineering and business programs stand above all others in the education of innovators. Hear from our technology and business alumni as we discuss this powerful innovation success formula.

Technical Communication 30th Anniversary Reception
4 – 5:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum 2nd Floor Gallery, 1000 N. Broadway

Visit with faculty, staff and former classmates in the home of the General Studies Department. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and assorted beverages while touring the Grohmann Museum. There will be a short program recognizing the history of the TC program and our outstanding alumni.

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. Enjoy a short program at 6:30 p.m. while we recognize and bestow the annual Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award, and new this year, Alumni Achievement Awards to three outstanding alumni. We will also honor our special alumni, the graduates of the Classes of 1966, 1991 and 2006.

2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Kurt DrierAccording to Kurt Drier ’91, “Attending MSOE was one of, if not the most important decisions of my career.” He has enjoyed applying his MSOE education and driving the creation of technology-based solutions to generate new business opportunities and improve existing business operations. He’s been at the forefront of industry-transforming and industry-leading solutions.

He started his career at Direct Supply writing software solutions to automate back office and supply chain functions and transitioned into developing entire, custom fit enterprise resource planning (ERP) and accounting solutions. From there, he began designing and launching the business and technology operations for five new startup business units within Direct Supply, including DSSI.

Drier later joined Rexnord, where he is now the director of customer solutions and leads IT and business operations teams to deliver customer-centric solutions. They set and execute strategies that are transforming Rexnord’s customer touch points from manual to digital and deploying advanced analytics to globalize decision making and predict customer buying behaviors.

As a member of the President’s Golf Outing (PGO) committee, Drier has helped raise millions in scholarship funds from other alumni and corporate donors for almost 25 years. The PGO scholarship funds now support more than 20 students annually. He also has served as an active MSOE Corporation member since 2008.

He graduated from MSOE with high honors and a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering in 1991, and earned an MBA from Herzing University. In his free time, Drier enjoys golfing, boating and spending time with his wife Erin, 6-year-old daughter Makenzie, and friends and family.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Mark Hale ’91 brought his passion for flying to MSOE where he was part of the inaugural SAE Aero Design Team for his senior project. He wrote software that integrated team members’ modules together to design MSOE’s first model airplane for the SAE Aero Design competition. He graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Hale went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate at Georgia Tech. His research in distributed computing was funded by NASA’s High Performance Computing and Communications and military fighter jet programs. This background proved helpful when he moved to Silicon Valley and was on the committees that defined many of the protocols we use today across the Internet—including his time spent with the United Nations to secure its global adoption. In his free time he flies his personal jet in airshows. He also has founded his next startup, Facepay. When Hale read in Dimensions about MSOE’s graduate study-abroad program in China, he was intrigued. Having more than 15 years of experience within China, Hale joined the class in China for their volunteer projects.

After growing up in Kenosha, Wis., Mechelle King ’04 has called the east side home for nearly all of the 15 years she has resided in Milwaukee (with her first three years spent living in RWJ 610). After graduating from MSOE in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in business, King worked in the marketing departments at Kolb+Co. (now Sikich) and M&I (now BMO Harris). She is now the assistant vice president, digital marketing at Park Bank. In her free time, King tries to check out as many local restaurants as possible, travels to as many places as her budget will allow, and sings with the Milwaukee Choristers. She was proud to join the MSOE corporation Board in September 2015 and to serve the university she credits with her success. In 2016, King was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes the future of community leadership in southeastern Wisconsin.

Growing up in small-town Wisconsin, Kim Pettiford ’93, ’99 came to Milwaukee and MSOE to experience a large city with the comfort of a smaller school. A softball player, Pettiford had the opportunity to play at MSOE, make lifelong friends, and earn both a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and, later, a master’s in engineering management. It was the MSOE experience and education that enabled her to have a career spanning both manufacturing and health care industries in roles ranging from engineering and quality/lean, to human resources and business development and ultimately to senior leadership. She is currently a senior director of human resources at Harley-Davidson and enjoys riding a motorcycle to work every day when weather allows. Pettiford remains involved at MSOE and in the Milwaukee community, teaching part-time in the IE program, volunteering for more than 20 years as a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors (including serving as president), and is currently an active member of the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Urban League.

Business Breakfast
Planning for Your Retirement
8:30-10 a.m., Grohmann Museum Auditorium

Whether you are already retired or starting to prepare for retirement, this class is a true value for you. As you are getting closer to retirement, what should you be doing? When should you retire? How much money will you need to retire? How will inflation impact your goals? Social Security and Medicare are a concern for everyone. What will you use for retirement income? Haly Besaw ’85, a Certified Financial Planner with R.W. Baird Wealth Management, will share tips to prepare for retirement and what you can do to keep on track if you are already retired!

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
9 – 10 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.

LinkedIn – The Power Formula for Success
10:15 – 11:45 a.m., Grohmann Museum Lounge

LinkedIn is the world’s largest database of business professionals. So what does this mean for you, the beginner or novice user who joined the site simply because someone suggested you should? How are people using the site to grow their networks for career advancement and business growth? Who are you supposed to connect with? If these questions resonate with you, then learn how to maximize your use of LinkedIn from Wayne Breitbarth, a nationally recognized speaker, author and consultant. Breitbarth is the author of The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success: Kick-start Your Business, Brand and Job Search, the #1 LinkedIn book on Amazon for more than one year.

Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan Harbor Cruise – Historic Milwaukee Tour
12:30 – 2 p.m., Bus Transportation Departs from the APC at Noon

Explore Milwaukee’s past and present from its rivers, harbors and Lake Michigan aboard the Voyageur with MSOE alumni and their guests on our own private charter (inside and outside seating). 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. Boxed lunches (choose from chicken, veggie or ham/roast turkey wraps, chips, fruit), beer, water and soft drinks included.
$35 per person.

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

Members of the Classes of 1966 and 1991 (MSOE and MCGHSN) and their guests are invited to a special reunion dinner. Reminisce with your classmates about life in college, 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. Spouse/guest welcome!
$30 per person.

Sunday Champagne Brunch
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum, 1000 N. Broadway

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

Inaugural Matt Stachelski Memorial Bike Ride
1 – 4 p.m., starting from the MSOE Broadway Lot (Broadway and Highland)

Join us as we honor the memory of Matt Stachelski ’11, a technical communication alumnus who had a passion for cycling. All proceeds from this event will be applied to a technical communication scholarship fund in his name. Halfway through the 11-mile ride, around 2:30 p.m., we’ll stop at the Estabrook Beer Garden. Bring your own bike and riding gear; a liability waiver will need to be signed to participate. If you do not have your own bike, you may rent from Bublr available right on campus (bublrbikes.com). Prefer to skip the bike ride? Feel free to meet us at the beer garden.
$25 per person.

Director of Alumni Affairs
Cathy Varebrook
Director of Alumni Affairs & Special Events
Phone: (414) 277-4523
Office: APC
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