Four students from MSOE placed among the best in the nation during competitions held at the Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conference (FBLA/PBL). John Von Helms, double major in mechanical engineering and business management, captured MSOE’s highest award with a third place finish in international business. Students who finished among the top 10 in their respective competitions received awards and recognition at the conference.

In addition to the third place finish by Von Helms, Ian Hyzy, management information systems major, earned fourth place in computing concepts; with Michael LeRoy, management information systems major, finishing in sixth. Rounding out MSOE’s awards was Forrest Fink, international business major, receiving sixth place in management concepts.

The FBLA-PBL competitions were held in Chicago June 24-27, 2015, and attracted nearly 1,800 college students from across the country. MSOE’s team of four students were part of an 18-student contingent representing several other universities in the state. The four MSOE awards matched UW-Oshkosh for the most earned by any Wisconsin university.

Patricia Hurlbut, MSOE’s director of instructional technology, accompanied the team on their trip to Chicago. Dr. Katrina Moskalik serves as the group’s faculty advisor during the year. The Rader School of Business and its student chapter of FBLA/PBL have been affiliated with the organization since 2006. Membership is open to students of all majors.