MSOE is under the guidance and leadership of Dr. John Y. Walz, who began his term as the university’s fifth president on July 1, 2016.

Walz earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University. After six years as a process support engineer for Shell Oil Company, Walz left to pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 and returned to Tulane as an assistant professor. In 1997, Walz joined Yale University’s faculty as an associate professor of chemical engineering and in 2002 he became the department’s chairman. In 2005 he became professor and head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech and in 2012 Walz became dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky.

“I strongly believe in the MSOE mission – preparing students for exceptional careers as leaders and entrepreneurs. The success of the university in fulfilling this mission is remarkable, and there is no doubt that as our society becomes more advanced, MSOE’s importance and global impact will expand.”

Walz has received honors and awards from the universities where he has taught as well as from the National Science Foundation, who awarded him a Research Initiation Award in 1993 and a Faculty Early Career Development Award in 1997. In 2010, Virginia Tech recognized the Chemical Engineering Department’s achievements, chaired by Walz, with an Exemplary Department Award. Walz is past-chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry (2011). He and his wife Moira have three daughters: Megan, Bridget and Emily.

Read more about Dr. Walz. 

Meet the MSOE Leadership Team 

MSOE Board of Regents

Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents provides oversight of institutional policies, finances, priorities, and academic programs.


Dr. Dan Moceri ’76
Co-founder and Executive Chairman 
Convergint Technologies
Schaumberg, Illinois.

Board Members

Todd A. Adams
CEO, President and Director
Rexnord Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Patrick Forsythe
Executive VP
Global Engineering
Generac Power Systems Inc.
Waukesha, Wis.

Michael Reader
Precision Plus
Elkhorn, Wis.

Dr. Neal K. Wunderlich ’74, P.E.
Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
Eden Prairie, Minn.

Dr. G. Woodrow Adkins
Managing Partner
Adkins Holdings LLC/
FCF Partners, LP
Milwaukee, Wis.

Richard G. Galling ’75
Retired President and COO
Hammes Co.
Brookfield, Wis

Dr. Kathleen M. Ruehlow ’72
Ruehlow Family Foundation
Oconomowoc, Wis.


John J. (Jack) Allen ’80
American Intermodal Container Mfg.
Lisle, Ill.
Dudley J. Godfrey III
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Alan J. Ruud ’69, P.E.
DeltaHawk Engines Inc.
Racine, Wis.
Dr. Michael J. Barber ’82
President and CEO
Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography
GE Healthcare
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Eckhart G. Grohmann
Former Chairman and President
Aluminum Casting & Engineering Co.
Milwaukee, Wis.
John L. Schliesmann
Attorney, Shareholder
Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Steven G. Booth
President and CEO
Robert W. Baird & Co.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Robert J. Hillis
President and CEO
Direct Supply Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.
David A. Selby ’79, ’00
Senior Vice President
Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. J. Michael Borden
President and CEO
Hufcor Inc.
Janesville, Wis
Michael E. Hora
Former Vice President
A.T. Kearney
New York, N.Y.
Dr. John S. Shiely
Chairman Emeritus
Briggs & Stratton Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Kendall G. Breunig ’79
Sunset Investors
Franklin, Wis.
Ronald J. Jensen ’74
Retired President and CEO
Paper Pak Industries
La Verne, Calif.
Dr. Gary A. Stimac ’73
Compaq Founder, and
Retired Senior Vice President and General Manager
Systems Division
Montgomery, Texas
Allen J. Carlson ’79
Retired President and CEO
Sun Hydraulics
Sarasota, Fla.
Dr. Robert D. Kern
Retired Chairman
Generac Power Systems
Waukesha, Wis.
Dr. Dawn A. Tabat
Executive Vice President of Community and External Relations
Generac Power Systems
Waukesha, Wis.
Bernard A. Cohen, Ph.D. ’71
Founder and President
Neurological Monitoring Associates
Milwaukee, Wis.
Jay V. Loewi
President and Owner
QTI Group
Madison, Wis.
Alfred J. Tector, M.D.
Retired CEO
Midwest Heart Surgery Institute
Medical Director of Transplant Programs
St. Luke’s Medical Center
Milwaukee, Wis.
Brian W. Cooke
Group Vice President – Power Solutions
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Paul B. Luber
CEO and Co-owner
Grafton, Wis.
CEO, SuperSteel Products Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Mark Train
Retired President and CEO
Jason Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Michael J. Cudahy
President and Owner
The Endeavors Group LLC
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. John A. Mellowes
Retired Chairman and CEO
Charter Manufacturing Co. Inc.
Mequon, Wis.
Dr. David V. Uihlein Jr.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Dwight D. Diercks ’90
Senior Vice President
Software Engineering
Santa Clara, Calif.
Dr. Scott Moon
Chairman and CEO
Milwaukee, Wis.
Reverend Pamela Viets 
Interim Pulpit and Pastoral Support
St. Jacobi Congregational Church 
Richfield, Wis.
John E. Duncan ’79
Global Cab Group
Rochester, Minn.
Edward W. Raether ‘68
Retired Vice President and Managing Principal
Industrial Valuation Group Associates Inc.
Milwaukee, Wis.
Gary J. Vroman ’91
Ladish Co. Foundation
Cudahy, Wis.
Dr. Susan Feith
Vice Chairman
Mead Witter Foundation Inc.
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Dr. James C. Rahn
Kern Family Foundation
Waukesha, Wis.
Dr. Robert A. Wagner ’64
Chairman and CEO
R & B Wagner Inc.
Butler, Wis.
Kevin Fletcher
WEC Energy Group’s Wisconsin Segment
Milwaukee, Wis.
Dr. Agustin A. Ramirez
Executive Chairman and CEO
HUSCO International
Waukesha, Wis
Dr. James B. Wigdale
Former Chairman
Marshall & Ilsley Corp.
Milwaukee, Wis.