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Congratulations to our 2022 Alumni Award Winners!

Outstanding Alumnus of The Year:

Michelle Wilson ’94, Architectural Engineering

Michelle Wilson is the director of concrete technology at the Portland Cement Association (PCA) in Skokie, Illinois. She has more than 20 years of experience in the design of high-performance concrete and cement-based materials. Wilson is the co-author of PCA’s “Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures,” a comprehensive technical guide on state-of-the-art concrete mix design and technology. Wilson’s dedication and service to the American Concrete Institute has earned her the membership grade of ACI fellow, a distinction earned by very few members of the institute. Michelle was an active and engaged student at MSOE and consistently a top performer in her classes. She participated in many academic and athletic extracurricular activities, such as the American Society of Civil Engineers' Concrete Canoe Competition, and the UWM Sandcastle Competition, and played on MSOE’s women’s varsity basketball team.

Graduate of the Last Decade:

Samantha Wallace ’15, Construction Management

After graduating from MSOE in 2015, Samantha Wallace quickly progressed in her career in construction management at Clark Construction, pushing not only the industry forward but being a valuable role model for younger mentees in construction. She has worked on several notable projects, including serving as superintendent for the Cannon House Congressional Office Building renewal and as an assistant superintendent for a renovation of the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Her fast progression to a role of such responsibility is a testament to her capable and resourceful nature. Organizing numerous alumni events over the past few years, Wallace is a visible and passionate alumna, dedicated to celebrating the shared achievement of being an MSOE graduate and the accomplishments that are earned afterward. While her work has taken her far from Milwaukee, her appreciation for MSOE is evident.

Community Builder Awards:

Jonathan Kuderer ’16, Mechanical Engineering

After graduating in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Jonathan immediately moved to Phoenix, Arizona, and started volunteering in his local community and nationally as a wish granter with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He is an advocate for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) and for finding treatments for this disease he was born with. He has attended and spoken at both the ALD Connect and United Leukodystrophy Foundation Conferences. Recently, Kuderer met with local Arizona congressmen and worked to pass the ALD Newborn Screening Bill. 2022 marks the first year that ALD will be tested at birth in Arizona. Additionally, as a Triangle Fraternity alumnus, he volunteers for the local MSOE chapter and serves as the alumni chapter secretary and fundraising chairman. He led the fundraising efforts to increase the chapter endowment fund by $40,000, doubling the endowment size.

Paul Leidig ’11, Architectural Engineering

Paul Leidig earned his B.S. in Architectural Engineering and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Engineering Education. He is a recognized leader in community engagement and works to positively impact communities where he lives and around the world. Leidig has put his passion for building communities into action through partnerships with Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), the University of Illinois LInC Program, the Purdue University EPICS Program, Oglala Lakota College, Guatemalan communities and more. His research work is targeted at adding capacity and improving the way we engage students with diverse communities. He continuously strives to integrate aspects of building communities into every facet of his personal and professional life.

MaKisha Williams-Hines ’15, ’19, Actuarial Science, Business Administration

MaKisha Williams currently serves as senior TPM at GE Healthcare Digital Technology (GEHC DT) where she is responsible for the development and releases of predictive analytic solutions for their commercial imaging and scanning products. Williams is a powerhouse in and out of the workplace and uses her positive attitude and determination to encourage others. She is a first-generation college graduate and the first African American and woman to graduate from both MSOE’s actuarial science program and the Master of Business Administration–Business Analytics program. Being the first in so many categories, she became a fearless advocate for creating a new normal of what an engineer looks like and championing for diversity and equality in STEM fields. Her conduit for change is through STEM exposure, education and women's empowerment, especially those of color. Williams achieves these through philanthropic work with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (AKA) , Pauline Redmond Coggs Foundation, Jesuit Summit Organization, Northwestern Mutual Data Science Days, Steam & Dream, MPS STEM Days, Contrapt Wisconsin, GEHC Girls Summer Camp, BDPA and Girl Scout troops. She also serves as mentor and teaches girls academics and professionalism. Additionally, she works to secure scholarship funds, she most recently worked with GEHC DT to grant five $10,000 scholarships to MPS students, and with AKA to send a student to an MSOE summer camp. Williams’ ultimate goal is to enhance the world’s innovation and technology through diversity starting with her own community, and this award will be a catalyst toward achieving that goal.

Alumni Achievement Awards:

Dr. Mary Spencer ’82, Nursing, MCGHSN

Dr. Mary Spencer was employed as a Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing (MCGHSN) admission counselor, recruiter and LRC assistant when MSOE acquired the school. Over the years she excelled in all areas and initiated programs that were greatly needed by MSOE, including implementing the Kente Ceremony, coordinating the professional guidance course, serving as a School of Nursing guest lecturer, and raising awareness among key university faculty members on the importance of nursing soft skills such as critical thinking, diversity and communication. These soft skills were formalized in a document called the professional development transcript. She eventually served as the director of placement where she increased student engagement and grew the career fair employer participation to nearly 300. While employed, she continued her education and earned her Ph.D. in Education while raising three grandchildren—one who graduated from MSOE and another from MIAD. Spencer’s mentoring of her grandchildren supported their success in education as well as in life. In addition to her work at MSOE, she is very active in her church and has served on several boards, including Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI), Best Buddies of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services and WHEDA’s Transform Milwaukee. She has always been an ambassador for MSOE, mentored faculty and staff, and opened the doors of MSOE Career Connections Center to a more diverse population. She continues to mentor MSOE students and returns to support the Career Connections Center and School of Nursing, even in her retirement.              

Terrell Williams ’67, Electrical Engineering

Terrell Williams’ entrepreneurial spirit led him to find solutions to known problems and make new discoveries. At a high school career day, an engineer from a local company convinced him that an education in engineering was the path to take. After a semester at Letourneau University, he transferred to MSOE and earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering in 1967. He accepted a creative electrical engineering position at 3M. Due to a family need, he then pursued advances in the treatment of heart disease. He was responsible for developing the drive system of an implantable heart at the Applied Science Division of Litton Industries from 1969 to 1971. He then worked with visionary physicians while at Medtronic Inc. for 41 years. Before retiring in 2012, his career culminated with 49 U.S. patents. His work on the Medtronic Model 3830 Lead and Model C315HIS Lead Delivery Catheter resulted in a worldwide pacing paradigm shift from bypassing the cardiac conduction system to pacing it.

Nursing Alumna of The Year:

Dr. Kathleen Ruehlow ’72, Nursing, MCGHSN

Dr. Kathleen Ruehlow ’72 is an alumna of the Milwaukee County General Hospital School of Nursing, which merged into the Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1995. Ruehlow has always had a passion for the nursing profession and the impact it has on the community. She currently serves on MSOE’s Board of Regents, but she defines her success by looking at her children. The generosity of Ruehlow and her husband Gerald Ruehlow ’69 can be seen across campus. The Ruehlow Nursing Complex was made possible in 2013 thanks to their support. The Ruehlow family graciously offered their support again in 2020 to further expand the complex. They also supported numerous other projects across campus, including Raiders Stadium and the newly renovated Hermann Viets Tower. In fall 2021, MSOE was proud to announce yet another gift from the Ruehlow family that will facilitate a multi-year plan to expand co-curricular offerings, including an expansion of arts programming and women’s athletics offerings. 

Welcome Back, Class of 1972!

This year we will be celebrating the 50-year reunion milestone for members of MSOE and MCGHSN class of 1972. 

Lodging Information

Rooms have been held at these hotels below. When making a reservation, please mention that you are part of the MSOE Reunion Group receiving these reduced rates.  

Pfister Hotel; 424 E. Wisconsin Ave.  // (414) 935-5942

Drury Plaza Hotel; 700 N. Water St. // (800) 325-0720 // Group number: 10003828

Hyatt Place; 800 W. Juneau Ave. // (866) 238-4218

Tru by Hilton; 515 N. Jefferson St. // (414) 240-8331