1990 Class ReunionWelcome home!

2017 Summer in the City
July 13-16, 2017

Join us as we welcome alumni, friends and family back to campus to celebrate MSOE and our community during our annual alumni reunion weekend. Summer in the City will be full of events, parties, picnics and much more!

Registration for Summer in the City is now closed.


  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Hotels
  • Activities

Storm the Bastille
8 p.m., Alumni Partnership Center (APC), 1120 N. Broadway

Bastille Days logoWhether you plan to run the race or simply cheer on those who do, kick off Summer in the City and Bastille Days with the annual Storming of the Bastille. The 5K run and 2-mile walk take participants through Milwaukee’s East Town and Historic Third Ward neighborhoods. Meet in in the Alumni Partnership Center at 8 p.m. to pick up your MSOE T-shirt and a complimentary bottle of water. The race starts at 9 p.m. Register here.

Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park, July 13-16. The free, four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica, created by MSOE students, offering hourly light shows.

Located in Downtown Milwaukee and adjacent to MSOE’s campus, Bastille Days provides a unique setting that both residents and visitors always find charming.

8 a.m. –4 p.m., APC

Check in at reunion headquarters in the APC to pick up your registration information, T-shirt and tickets for all events. Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Breakfast with the President
8:30–10 a.m., APC

Enjoy a full breakfast and a short presentation from Dr. John Y. Walz about the latest developments at MSOE. A question and answer opportunity will be included. Space is limited, so register early. Free.

Campus Tours
10:15 a.m., depart from APC

MSOE staff will guide you on a tour of MSOE’s campus. You’ll see classrooms and dining areas, the Campus Center and assorted labs. Special stops will include the Kern Center, Ruehlow Nursing Complex and Grohmann Tower. Free.

Nurse’s Scholarship Luncheon
Noon–1:45 p.m., Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway

Join graduates from the Milwaukee County School of Nursing and MSOE School of Nursing for a scholarship luncheon, showcasing the classes of 1967 (50-year anniversary), 1977 (40-year anniversary), 1992 (25-year anniversary) and 2007 (10-year anniversary). All nursing school graduates are welcome and encouraged to attend. Proceeds from this event benefit the MSOE School of Nursing. $25 per person.

Grohmann Museum Tour
12:30–2 p.m., Grohmann Museum

This tour provides an in-depth look at the museum collection, which comprises more than 1,300 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work, from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. Free.

Back to School!
2–2:50 p.m.

Attend one of the following courses taught by MSOE faculty members:

Electrical Engineering Class
The Exciting World of Embedded Systems
Dr. Kerry R. Widder
Walter Schroeder Library, L-305

Embedded systems are all around us, whether we realize it or not. Examples include microwave ovens, anti-lock brake systems, programmable thermostats and vending machines. Designing these systems requires knowledge and skills from electrical engineering and programming. Dr. Widder will give an overview of his approach to teaching students embedded systems design, with a focus on the final course in this course sequence. The class will include a live demo of sumobots, autonomous robots that the students designed in this course. Free

BioMolecular Engineering Class
Micro Shaping Macro! Bacteria and Viruses – Counting, Computing, Regulating and More
Dr. Gul Afshan
Campus Center, CC-256

Metabolic engineering is the use of genetic engineering and synthetic parts made via synthetic biology to modify old or construct brand new metabolisms. Many facets of bacterial and viral abilities, previously unknown and unfathomable, are now being uncovered and defined by both synthetic biologists and metabolic engineers. Bacteria and viruses exhibit abilities to count and compute data like super computers. The BioMolecular Engineering (BioE) program at MSOE is the first four-year engineering program to develop and teach synthetic biology and metabolic engineering for undergraduate engineers. Dr. Afshan will show how applications of these powerful disciplines have affected, and continue to affect, our lives. Free

KHK / TIE Reunion
3–5 p.m., APC

This KHK / TIE reunion offers fraternity brothers, spouses and significant others an opportunity to reconnect and reminisce with college fraternity friends while exploring the MSOE campus and Milwaukee. There will be lots to do all weekend for those who want to spend more time in Milwaukee. Complimentary snacks and beverages included. Free.

Pre-reunion reminiscing can be done online in this Kappa Hta Kappa Theta Chapter photo album.

MSOE Entrepreneurs Tell Their Story: Inspirational and Aspirational
3:30–5:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum Auditorium

Join a panel of MSOE community entrepreneurs Regent Dr. Woodie Adkins, Asif Bakar ’91, Corporation member Dr. Michael Erwin ’94, Philip Case ’10, ’17 and Garrison Glowniak ’15, ’16 as they share their entrepreneurial stories. Panelists will discuss their success, current activity and future plans for innovation, value creation, talent development and business development. They will also answer questions about their move into the entrepreneurial world. Corporation member Gene Wright ’79, ’87, MSOE instructor and graduate management program director, will serve as moderator. Free.

Raider Reception
5:30–8 p.m.
Grohmann Museum, Rooftop Sculpture Garden

This reception is your chance to unwind after a busy day of activities. Visit with other alumni and guests and enjoy hearty hors d’oeuvres and assorted beverages. A short program at 6:30 p.m. will recognize the 2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year and Alumni Achievement Award recipients. We will also honor our special alumni: the graduates of the Anniversary Classes of 1967, 1992 and 2007. Free.

2017 Distinguished Alumni of the Year

This year’s Distinguished Alumni Award honors a husband and wife team who exemplify MSOE’s mission: Dr. Michael Barber ’82, and Jacqueline Herd-Barber ’84. Over the years, they have excelled in their respective professions and given generously of their time, talents and treasure—within the MSOE community and beyond.

“I have many great memories about my time at MSOE,” Herd-Barber said. “I am very appreciative of the relationships I established with my professors, administrative staff and classmates – including my dear husband.”

Jackie Herd-BarberJackie Herd-Barber made her mark on MSOE early, a co-founder of the university’s National Society of Black Engineers. After graduation, she embarked on a nearly 25-year career with Motorola. She held both direct and indirect sales management positions. By the time she retired in 2009, her accounts had included manufacturers across an array of diverse markets — from automotive to health care.

Over the years Herd-Barber has been active in the MSOE community as an Alumni Association board member and a mentor in the Upward Bound program, encouraging students to pursue STEM Careers. “I continue to mentor and Michael and I also provide financial support through a scholarship to increase the number of students in STEM fields.”

Herd-Barber has also served on several community and civic boards: she was campaign co-chair of the 2016 United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, immediate past chair of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts; and past chair of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Urban League and Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Currently, Herd-Barber is a member of the MSOE Corporation, and she serves on a number of boards including SaintA, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Foundation, St. Anne’s Center for Intergenerational Care, the United Way of Greater Milwaukee, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation, Federal Defender of Wisconsin, Black Arts MKE, Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

Herd-Barber has been recognized for her community contributions, which include induction into the MSOE Wall of Fame (2006), Milwaukee Urban League Unity Award (honoree, 2013), Milwaukee Business Journal Woman of Influence (2014), Fellowship Open Community Volunteer (honoree, 2015), and Excellence in Education Award recipient (2016). She is also a member of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Links Inc. and Girlfriends Inc.

Herd-Barber graduated from MSOE with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1984.

Michael BarberDr. Michael Barber, like his wife, earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He graduated from MSOE in 1982 and over the course of his 30-plus-year career has had a variety of roles in engineering, operations and product management. He holds patents for novel X-ray system designs and has been directly involved with many product advances in the field of diagnostic testing.

Barber was the first leader for GE’s strategy on global health: healthymagination. Barber and his team delivered 50 products targeting cost, quality and access, while establishing key partnerships for GE in the cancer, maternal and newborn health, and emerging markets. Most recently, Barber serves as a GE officer and president and CEO of GE’s Molecular Imaging and Computed Tomography business. Molecular imaging looks at the biochemistry of disease by highlighting metastatic lesions, neurodegenerative disorders and cardiac function.

Barber is a champion of GE’s African American Forum, focused on professional development for African-American employees, and is the executive sponsor for the sustainability portion of GE’s $30 million philanthropic commitment to improve health care in sub-Saharan Africa.

Active in his professional associations, Barber serves on the board of Talix Inc. and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and in 2009 he was named a Black Enterprise ‘Master of Innovation.’

Barber, who was the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Engineering Degree from MSOE in 2012, continues to serve his alma mater on the Board of Regents.

Barber and his wife have two adult children, Dr. Lauren Barber, a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, and Justin, who completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and recently earned his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Lubar School of Business.

Alumni Achievement Awards

Dr. Eric DurantBringing real-world experience into the classroom is the goal of Dr. Eric Durant ’98, P.E. A professor and director of the computer engineering program, Durant has been on both the delivering and receiving end of an MSOE education. He earned bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer engineering from MSOE in 1998. He continued his education at the University of Michigan, where he earned an M.S.E. in electrical engineering in 1999, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering in 2002. In 2011, he completed an executive MBA from UW-Milwaukee. He earned his P.E. certification in 2016. Durant was the recipient of the STEM Forward Young Engineer of the Year Award in 2013, which is presented annually to an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession from the greater Milwaukee area, and the MSOE Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award in 2016. During his time as an MSOE student, Durant said he benefitted from the mentorship of great faculty who took personal interest in their students. Since he joined the MSOE faculty in 2002, Durant in turn has provided mentorship not only as a teacher, but as advisor of MSOE’s SCOE Robotics and Photography Club. In addition to teaching, Durant is a senior DSP research engineer II and visiting professor at Starkey Hearing Technologies in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. He holds five U.S. patents based on this research. Durant is passionate about being an outstanding educator and mentor and staying technically current through research and work in industry.

Stephanie Johnson '00Having summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and reached Mount Everest Base Camp in Nepal – it is quite possible that there is no mountain Stephanie Johnson ’00 can’t climb. After graduating from MSOE with a degree in industrial engineering, Johnson went on to earn her MBA from Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. Since 2014, she has worked as manager of Global Training for John Deere in the Agriculture and Turf Division in Olathe, Kansas. Johnson points to her MSOE education for developing the problem-solving and leadership skills that have made her successful. Another important aspect of Johnson’s MSOE career was her involvement in sports: through her participation in volleyball and basketball Johnson made lifelong friendships and learned teamwork. When Johnson is not working she enjoys hiking, skiing, running and traveling the world. She often combines her love of running with traveling, completing 30 half marathons in locations around the world, and five full marathons – one in New Zealand and another in Asia. She has traveled to six of the seven continents, and lived in Singapore as part of her work for John Deere. No matter where her life takes her, Johnson said she will always love the Green Bay Packers.

Is Your Retirement Plan Locked and Loaded?
8:30–10:15 a.m., Grohmann Museum

Am I maximizing my retirement income? Can I lower the taxation on my retirement assets? How will my IRA assets be taxed when I’m gone? These questions and many more will be addressed at this educational seminar courtesy of MSOE’s Office of Development. Attorneys Kelly Dancy (Walny Legal Group) and Rhett Holland (Michael Best & Friedrich) will provide approaches to make the most of retirement savings. These estate planning experts and members of MSOE’s Planned Giving Advisory Council will answer your questions and discuss strategies. Attend this seminar and learn about your options so you can make informed decisions. Coffee and pastries provided. Free.

Alumni Association Annual Meeting
9–10 a.m., APC

Meet your Alumni Association officers, learn what is planned for future alumni programs and events, and find out more about your own local alumni chapter. Free.

Boomers: This One’s for You!
10:30 a.m.– noon, APC

Medicare mistakes are very expensive and often cannot be undone. Worse, most people never realize they are walking into trouble until it’s too late. This 90-minute workshop is packed with crucial Medicare information, tips and tools for those coming into or already on Medicare. Presenter is Diane J. Omdahl, RN, MS, president and founder of 65 Incorporated. Free.

Lakefront Brewery Private Tour
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Bus transportation departs from the APC

Experience and tour the entire brewery at Lakefront Brewery. Included is four 6-ounce samples of beer, a souvenir pint glass to take home and a coupon for Lakefront beer. Our private tour lasts about 50 minutes. In the time remaining, you can enjoy the Lakefront Brewery patio, savor those free samples, and perhaps grab a bite to eat from their restaurant. All attendees must be 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. $10 per person.

Silver and Gold Dinner
6 p.m. cocktails, 7 p.m. dinner, Grohmann Museum

Members of the Classes of 1967 and 1992 (MSOE and Milwaukee County School of Nursing) and their guests are invited to a special reunion dinner. Reminisce with your classmates about life in college, recall the days spent in labs and classes and celebrate your many accomplishments since graduation. Cocktails will be served on the beautiful Grohmann Museum rooftop with dinner following in the comfort of the second floor gallery. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated. Spouse/guest welcome. $40 per person.

11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Grohmann Museum rooftop

Before you take off for Bastille days, the Brewers game, or the airport, enjoy a traditional Milwaukee tailgate with a classy upgrade. The menu will include burgers, brats, hot dogs, chicken breasts, salads, chips, desserts and assorted beverages. $15 adults. Free for children 10 or younger.

Brewers vs. Phillies
1:10 p.m., departs from the Grohmann Museum at 12:30 p.m.

Board our chartered bus and avoid the hassles of driving to and parking at Miller Park. Then watch as the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Philadelphia Phillies. The Brew Crew will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the 1982 AL Championship Team all weekend, and on this day, fans will receive a 1982 American League Championship replica ring. $45 per person (includes ticket and chartered bus transportation).

2nd Annual Matt Stachelski Memorial Bike Ride
1-4 p.m., starting from the MSOE Broadway Lot (Broadway and Highland)

Join us as we honor the memory of Matt Stachelski ’11, a technical communication alumnus who had a passion for cycling. All proceeds from this event will be applied to a scholarship fund in his name. A stop at the Estabrook Beer Garden is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Bring your own bike and riding gear; a liability waiver will need to be signed to participate. If you do not have your own bike, you may rent from Bublr. Prefer to skip the bike ride? Feel free to meet us at the Beer Garden. $25 per person.

Lodging Information

Rooms have been held at these hotels. When making a reservation, please mention that you are part of the MSOE Reunion Group to receive these reduced rates. More lodging information is available online: msoe.edu/visit


1230 Old World 3rd St.
(866) 716-8143

Hotel Metro

411 E. Mason St.
$159 Deluxe Suite, Thursday
$220 Deluxe Suite, Friday-Saturday
(414) 272-1937

InterContinental Milwaukee

139 E. Kilbourn Ave.
$189 Standard Room
(414) 276-8686

Pfister Hotel

424 E. Wisconsin Ave.
$219 Standard Room
(414) 273-8222

MSOE Grohmann Museum

Special Exhibition
Artists at Work: The Cedarburg Artists Guild
In collaboration with the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move, this exhibition features 41 works by 13 local artists. The Cedarburg Artists Guild was provided the opportunity to create new works—all with a working or industrial theme—specifically for this display. Guild members readily accepted the challenge and created paintings, photos and prints for inclusion. Guild Director Susan Steinhafel said members appreciated the opportunity. “We look forward to sharing our versions of human industry,” she said. “Artists at Work should be a diverse and fascinating representation of the Cedarburg Artists Guild/Art on the Move.”
msoe.edu/museum • (414) 277-2300

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing interactive exhibits and educational resources that promote the healthy development of children in their formative years—from birth through age ten. The museum experience encourages hands-on learning and the development of fundamental skills, self-esteem, and the ability to work with others.
bbcmkids.org • (414) 390-5437

Brewery Tours

Lakefront Brewery: lakefrontbrewery.com • (414) 372-8800
MillerCoors Brewery: millercoors.com • (414) 931-2337
Sprecher Brewery: sprecherbrewery.com • (414) 964-2739

Charles Allis Art Museum

Designed by prominent Milwaukee architect Alexander Eschweiler for Charles Allis, the first president of Allis Chalmers, and his wife Sarah in 1911, this unique Tudor-style mansion and art collection was built with the sole purpose of bequeathing it to the public to delight, educate and inspire. The permanent collection features 19th century French and American paintings, Chinese and Japanese porcelains, Renaissance bronzes, Japanese netsuke, and original antique furnishings.
charlesallis.org • (414) 278-8295

Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin

Venture into the world of technology. Take a 3D journey into virtual environments, feel the dips and dives of flying an airplane, lie on a bed of nails, see aquatic life from the Great Lakes, North Atlantic, and the Caribbean; interact with stingrays, sea urchins and sturgeons in a touch tank; navigate an ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle). Learn about native amphibians, reptiles and fish. Discovery World is also home to the S/V Denis Sullivan, a 137-foot replica of a 19th century Great Lakes schooner.
discoveryworld.org • (414) 765-9966

The Milwaukee Air and Water Show

The Milwaukee Air and Water Show will feature the grand return of the Navy Blue Angels Flight Demonstration Squadro, and many other world-class performers at the Milwaukee Lakefront, July 15-16. This is a free event for the general public to attend. The best viewing location is Bradford Beach. You will also be able to see and hear the Blue Angels right on MSOE’s campus!

Milwaukee Art Museum

In celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Milwaukee Art Museum presents Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie featuring a selection of the famed architect’s designs from the Wasmuth Portfolio and examples of his furniture, stained glass and textiles. Named for its German publisher, the Wasmuth Portfolio is considered the most significant collection of Wright’s early work, showcasing the breadth and beauty of his output. The portfolio lends insight into his early development and affords the opportunity to see the evolution of the Prairie School of architecture. Collectors and museums alike prize the portfolio for its historic importance and for the beauty of the images.
mam.org • (414) 224-3200

Pabst Mansion

In 1892, the Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion of Captain Frederick Pabst, world famous beer baron, accomplished sea captain, real estate developer, philanthropist and patron of the arts, was completed. From the day the house was inhabited, it was considered the jewel of Milwaukee’s famous avenue of mansions called Grand Avenue and represented the epitome of America’s Gilded Age Splendor in Milwaukee. The Pabst Mansion is a testament to Pabst’s success, his love of life and his German heritage. Boasting stunning interiors, elegant original furnishings, elaborate wall coverings, the finest wood craftsmanship, intricate ironwork, brilliant stained glass and rare art, the mansion helped make the 1890s the “Pabst Decade” in Milwaukee.
pabstmansion.com • (414) 931-0808

Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

Premier blackjack, slots and bingo complex includes theatre, bar and restaurants.
paysbig.com • (414) 645-6888

Villa Terrace Decorative Art Museum

Overlooking Lake Michigan, the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum was designed and built in the style of an Italian Renaissance villa by architect David Adler in 1923. The building was originally the residence of former A.O. Smith president, Lloyd Smith, and his family. The museum features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th through the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik, the Renaissance Garden and changing exhibitions.
villaterracemuseum.org • (414)271-3656

Director of Alumni Affairs
Cathy Varebrook
Director of Alumni Affairs & Special Events
Phone: (414) 277-4523
Office: APC
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