Dr. Michael SevierDr. Michael Sevier is the new Pieper Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership at Milwaukee School of Engineering. 

Sevier is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. He joined the MSOE faculty in 2016 after working as a senior project engineer at ATA Engineering in Los Angeles. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California-Santa Barbara.  

“Dr. Sevier has quickly established himself as an outstanding educator and a significant contributor to the success of his students, the Mechanical Engineering Department and MSOE,” said Dr. Eric Baumgartner, executive vice president of academics.  

The Pieper Family Foundation endowment funds leadership development programming in alignment with the MSOE Mindset. Sevier will work in close collaboration with the CREATE Institute under Dr. DeAnna Leitzke’s leadership to promote the characteristics of servant leadership philosophy in the MSOE community through student programming, faculty development, and project-based experiential learning opportunities.  

The chair is responsible for developing future servant leaders in their chosen field to serve by exemplifying character and ethical values. Characteristics of a servant-leader include being self-aware, a community builder, and ethical—which all contribute to the development of the MSOE Mindset.