Milwaukee School of Engineering is the proud recipient of two 2020 Excellence in STEM Awards, more commonly known as the Stemmy Awards:  

Education Category: Milwaukee School of Engineering was recognized for its K-12 outreach programs that enable K-12 students in SE Wisconsin to experience hands-on STEM experiences through year-round STEM programs and the creation of the We Energies STEM Center at MSOE on their campus. MSOE's focus on supporting women and underserved populations support their work in creating inclusive, meaningful experiences for all students to explore their future possibilities.

Partnership Category: Milwaukee School of Engineering & Argosy Foundation were honored for the FIRST Ambassadors Program. This initiative provides MSOE student mentors and expertise to enable more than 30 underserved K-12 schools in Milwaukee to implement FIRST education programs for their students.  

Other Stemmy Award winners include:  

Employer Category: Rexnord Corporation is a longtime supporter of  STEM, including FIRST and the creation and execution of the "Bridge to Business for Engineers Program," an outreach program that takes input from Rexnord to identify skill gaps and how to be close those gaps, thus providing valuable input for future curriculum and better-prepared graduates.  

Individual Category: Joe Kmoch for his decades of leadership and advocacy at the local, state, and national levels to provide all students with access to computer science education. His involvement stretches wide across many schools and organizations.  

2020 Stemmy Award Winners will be showcased during the 17th annual sySTEMnow Conference, held virtually on Thursday, Oct. 29. This is metro Milwaukee’s premier STEM conference bringing together business leaders, community members, educators, and government officials to share best practices and lessons learned. This year's theme is Equity in STEM, and will feature discussions and best practices from existing STEM programs and the next steps to achieve equity in STEM.  

Dr. Calvin Mackie, an inspirational speaker, author, professor, entrepreneur, corporate consultant, and the founder and President of STEM NOLA is the keynote speaker. Based in New Orleans, STEM NOLA has a national reputation for implementing uniquely effective programs in serving underrepresented students in STEM.   

To view a detailed agenda and learn more about sySTEMnow Conference, visit  

STEM Forward is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and metro Milwaukee's leading STEM education and outreach provider. STEM Forward's programs, events, and activities inspire local youth to pursue STEM careers and provide a talent pipeline to businesses in southeastern Wisconsin.