Meet Matt

Matt Stachelski was one of the best students to graduate from the Technical Communication (UXCD) degree program. In class, he proved himself to be an effective researcher, writer and collaborator; out of class, he led numerous initiatives that benefited the MSOE and Milwaukee communities. His approach toward leadership was through the heart of a servant. He was smart and funny, empathetic and passionate; he was very good at being the best version of himself.

Matt exemplified the MSOE Mindset long before the university formally defined it. He was a leader of character; a responsible professional; a passionate learner; and a value creator. He was the true definition of an MSOE graduate. Dr. David Howell honored Matt's life and memory in a KEEN Talk.

Tragically, Matt died in a house fire in October 2015. To honor his memory and legacy, we enacted the Matt Stachelski Memorial Bike Ride, which is sponsored by the Office of University Advancement.

Why We Ride

The Matt Stachelski Memorial Bike Ride is an opportunity for the MSOE community to share a leisurely summer afternoon cycling together. The bike ride begins on the MSOE campus and then heads up the Oak Leaf Trail to the Estabrook Beer Garden—where we enjoy refreshments and each other’s company. A brief remembrance of Matt ensues before everyone bicycles back to MSOE.

Paying it Forward

Established in 2016, the MSOE Matthew Stachelski Memorial Scholarship Fund honors Matt and his legacy of excellence, dedication and service. The scholarship provides a deserving MSOE student with an opportunity to continue pursing their academic and career goals at MSOE.

A nominal registration fee is associated with the bike ride; all proceeds go toward the Matt Stachelski Memorial Scholarship Fund.

2022 Memorial Bike Ride 

The Matt Stachelski Bike Ride for 2022 will take place on Sunday, Sept. 18.  If you can't join us for the bike ride this year, please consider donating to the scholarship fund.

Register for the 2022 Memorial Bike Ride.

About Matt's Family

Matt’s excellence was rooted in his friends and family, people who enabled him to be himself. Participating in the Matt Stachelski Memorial Bike Ride provides the opportunity to meet Matt’s family—his parents, Susan and Darell, as well as his brother Andy and his wife Jessie, and Matt's sister (and soulmate) Sarah.

Past Scholarship Recipients

Sarah Cianciola  — 2021 Recipient
Sarah is a junior user experience (UX) major and a member of the MSOE women’s soccer team. Sarah transferred to MSOE as a sophomore after deciding to pursue a degree in UX. She was chosen as the recipient of this scholarship because she exemplifies the MSOE Mindset—she wants to make a difference in people’s lives and is passionate about learning and leading not only in her career, but also in her community and on the soccer field. After graduation, she hopes to become a UX researcher to learn how users interact with companies and products. By building empathy with potential users, Sarah is excited to help others improve their overall experience and ultimately make a positive impact on their lives and those around them.

Elaine Zamudio — 2020 Recipient

Elaine is pursing a UX degree with a minor in business administration and has an interest in user research and information architecture. Elaine was chosen to receive this scholarship because the Stachelski Family believes she embodies many of the same qualities Matt did - she is a leader of character; a passionate learner and a value creator. Being a first-generation, non-traditional transfer student to MSOE, Elaine is dedicated to being someone everyone can be proud to look up to, especially her teenage son.

Sergio Amaya 2019 Recipient
Sergio is construction management major. He was chosen for this scholarship because he has many of the qualities that the Stachelski family looks for in a recipient: high level of academics, hardworking and a non-traditional student. has been working in the field of construction, currently as a manager, for his entire adult life. He is the dedicated and caring husband and father of four and sets a wonderful example for his family with his love of learning and by volunteering in community outreach programs with his family. 

Ramone Mingo — 2018 Recipient
Ramone is a senior electrical engineer major pursuing a career in test engineering. He received the scholarship because he has many of the qualities that the Stachelski family looks for in a recipient: athletic, academic, hardworking and non-traditional. Ramone has an internship at Kenall Manufacturing as a quality intern. In his spare time, he enjoys working on embedded systems projects, software design and application development. 

Austin Basterash — 2017 Recipient
Austin is a mechanical engineering major who is pursuing a specialty in Mechatronics and a minor in both Mathematics and Technical Communications. Austin received the scholarship because he has many of the qualities the Stachelski family looks for in a recipient: athletic, academic, hardworking and non-traditional. Austin is in the US Army Reserves (a Combat Medic with 452 B Company), participates in MSOE Varsity Wrestling as well as the MSOE Veterans Group and volleyball intramurals, and has a long list of interests including programming, construction and fixing small engines. 

Austin Campbell2016 Recipient
"I attribute a large portion of the success I've enjoyed my senior year to receiving the Matthew Stachelski '11 Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship relaxed my financial concerns and enabled me to focus on my mechanical engineering and technical communication coursework, as well as my athletics. The support of the scholarship allowed me to spend necessary time on my studies to produce the sufficient academic and athletic performances to be named a finalist for the Fred Loock Most Outstanding Student Award, the Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, and the Alumni Association Award for Student Achievement. I truly appreciate the generosity of the Stachelski family."