The new athletic field and parking complex at Milwaukee School of Engineering has officially been named Pamela and Hermann Viets Field in honor of the university’s president and his wife. Dr. Robert Kern suggested the name during the grand opening and dedication of the complex in August to recognize Dr. Hermann Viets’ unwavering persistence in pursuing the project and improving MSOE and Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor. The MSOE Board of Regents unanimously approved the name during their annual meeting in October.
Viets Field, located at 1305 N. Broadway, features an athletic field constructed on top of an in-ground, 780-car parking facility. The field is used for collegiate soccer, lacrosse, rugby and youth sports. As an extension of the Kern Center, it further supports MSOE’s commitment to student wellness and development as a whole person. In addition, there is 12,000 square feet of retail space and a small ground-level public park on the northern end of the site. The $30 million project is the first major development of its kind in the Park East Corridor. The development was largely supported with a very generous donation from Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern.
MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students celebrating its 110th anniversary. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 94% placement rate; and the highest average starting and mid-career salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.