Project-based experiential learning is at the heart of the CREATE Institute, and how students will develop the skillset and mindset they need to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow. It is a resource for industry engagement and academic excellence. The institute is focused on developing high-impact educational experiences for MSOE students and faculty that have a community impact. It also serves as the institutional hub for faculty development; professional learning workshops for faculty, an MSOE Mindset Speaker Series and student activities; and supports the integration of high-impact practices and project-based experiential learning.

The CREATE Institute supports development of the MSOE Mindset in undergraduates which aligns directly with diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. Components of being a Leader of Character, a Responsible Professional, a Passionate Learner, and a Value Creator is learning about people from diverse backgrounds, being aware of one's own intersectional identity, being able to create a sense of belonging with others and examining one's actions through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.


Learn alongside industry partners by working on real-world projects that meet the needs of our community partners and boost your professional portfolio.


Access resources and programming that will help you develop high-impact educational experiences for your students and bring real-world projects into your classroom.

Community Organizations

Partner with MSOE and share your needs to provide our students with the opportunity to use the skills they are learning in the classroom to meet the needs of the community.


Develop your own leadership and management skills while mentoring our students as they work to solve real-world problems in the community and around them.


Funding for the CREATE (Community-focused Real-world Engagement in Academics Through Experiential-learning) Institute comes from The Kern Family Foundation and MSOE endowment funds.


Associate VP of Academic Excellence

Dr. DeAnna Leitzke

Department: CREATE Institute
Program Coordinator

Kristen McNeill

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-2292 Herman VietsTower: G145
Academic Assessment Researcher

Dr. Joshua Mitchell

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-2348 Herman VietsTower: G146
Educational Technology Specialist

Deborah Olguin

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7319 Campus Center: CC02F
Communication and Event Coordinator

Carrie Seidl

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7491 Campus Center: CC02A
Assistant Director of Experiential Learning

Natalie Villegas

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7419 Campus Center: CC02D

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