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DIMENSIONS Milwaukee School of Engineering Magazine

Senior Editor: Sandra Everts Editor: JoEllen Burdue Managing Editor: Pamela Seiler Design Coordinator: Leigh Ann Hass Graphic Designers: Andrea Davies, Peg Houghton Contributing Writers: JoEllen Burdue, Brian Gibboney, Loreen Pace, Kent Peterson, Pamela Seiler, Hermann Viets, Ph.D. Contributing Photography: Joey Contreras, Andrea Davies, Dr. Eric Durant ’98, Frank Habib ’09, Mark Hines, Peg Houghton, Kip Kussman, Pamela Seiler, Athletic Department Permission to reprint, in whole or in part, articles contained in this publication is hereby granted, provided a version of the following credit line be used: Reprinted with permission of Milwaukee School of Engineering. Please direct all correspondence, news, corrections and changes of address to the address below. Also, if you receive more than one copy of any Dimensions, please mail or fax us the address panel from each issue. We will make every effort to prevent future duplicate mailings. Dimensions also is available on MSOE’s website ( and as part of MSOE’s mobile app. If you prefer to receive Dimensions electronically rather than a printed hard copy, please email with that request, and provide your name and email address. Use, reproduction or storage of the name, address or other information about any individual identified within this magazine is strictly prohibited and constitutes misappropriation of corporate property.


Marketing and Public Affairs Department Milwaukee School of Engineering 1025 North Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109 Phone: (414) 277-7135 Fax: (414) 277-7453 Email: Website: If you would like to refer a prospective student to MSOE, please visit www.msoe. edu/alumni/refer_a_student.shtml Fall/Winter 2012-2013 Volume 26, No. 3

President’s Message The economic weakness bedeviling the U.S. and Europe over the past several years has caused a reexamination of jobs and careers. As the unemployment rate of recent college graduates hovers near 50 percent, the importance of gainful employment is a subject of great interest and concern. When one has a good job, other good things happen. Conversely, a good deal of unhappiness, even to the point of civil unrest, can be the result of unavailable or unsupporting jobs. The good news is, at MSOE we prepare our graduates to go beyond good jobs to a career—a succession of related jobs that form a pattern of growth and responsibility. A recent survey by found MSOE graduates had the highest average starting salaries of any Wisconsin institution. The same was true for mid-career salaries. In addition, our placement rate for graduates this past year is again very high, at 94 percent. These outstanding results are due to the efforts of our faculty and staff to create and deliver exciting, timely and demanding programs. But a key element of this success is the willingness of our students to put in the hard work necessary to achieve the high level of performance MSOE requires. Perhaps the best result is the outstanding character of our own graduates; particularly their ability to postpone gratification until the job is done. A widespread embrace of this character asset would go a long way toward solving the national problems we face. We can be thankful our graduates possess it. We wish you and yours a well deserved rest over the Christmas holidays in preparation for a bright new year! Sincerely,

Hermann Viets, Ph.D. President

IN THIS ISSUE Fall/Winter 2012-2013 2

Spotlight on Leadership


Faculty Feature




Life-sized Labs


An Apple a Day


Profile in Planned Giving


Fall Commencement


Career Fair

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Two’s Company New at the Grohmann


Raiders’ Wrap-Up


Alumni on the Move


Campus Calendar

On the Cover Freshmen roommates Jon Braaten (left) and Vince Esposito take a break on the 12th floor study lounge in Margaret Loock Residence Hall. See page 14 to learn how they, and other MSOE roommates, have turned their living situation into a positive and lasting friendship.


Vieau from the top When Chicago native and MSOE Regent Robert Vieau ’69 initially enrolled at MSOE, it was for mechanical engineering. But, almost on a whim, he decided to switch to electrical engineering. “I enjoyed the introductory EE classes during freshman year, and my friends told me I should pursue that major because I grasped some of the more difficult concepts easily. So I decided to switch,” he remembers. “And that decision really steered the course of my life and career.” Vieau’s career began as a design engineer at Texas Instruments (TI) in 1969. By 1980 he worked his way up the ladder to department manager for production engineering, responsible for 180 technical resources supporting TI’s mini computer business and reporting to the division manager and corporate vice president. In 1983, he moved to Compaq Computer Corp. were he initially assumed the position of vice president of manufacturing and then senior vice president for all corporate manufacturing operations. In total, Vieau spent 14 years at TI and eight at Compaq. “I think it’s important to stay with one company until you understand how the whole company works,” said Vieau. “Having experience in all the areas of the organization improves your effectiveness and chances for promotion. Changing companies

too quickly may increase pay, but not necessarily knowledge or ability.” Given his experience, Vieau is no stranger to the rapidly changing world of technology. MSOE graduates, he says, are well equipped to meet such challenges. “In today’s world, you have to be flexible. You can’t be rigid in your thinking or work ethic, and you have to learn how to adjust to what’s required. MSOE grads are more apt to do that than students from larger schools, where flexibility and thinking outside the box might not be encouraged. MSOE students have a down-toearth attitude and are not afraid to take risks and work hard.” Currently, Vieau serves as the president and owner of a consulting and investment company, where he is able to utilize his many years of experience and expertise. Located in Montgomery, Texas, Vieau also enjoys spending time with his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.

“MSOE students have a down-to-earth attitude and are not afraid to take risks and work hard.”



Robert Vieau’s tips for success: • When considering working for a company, look at the environment. Does it reward performance and are there growth opportunities? • Work on developing a can-do attitude, and don’t be afraid to take risks. • There’s no substitute for hard work and learning all aspects of a company.


Dr. Patrick Jung, associate professor in the General Studies Department, shares his thoughts on everything from technology and art to why he loves Richard Nixon. Dr. Jung on why he loves history “I’m fascinated by people whose lives are radically different from mine. Many people assume that certain elements of human behavior are innate, but that is not true. For example, today we celebrate individual identity, but in the Middle Ages people believed such ideas were dangerous. Even kings wouldn’t have their portraits painted because they believed it was a sin. The rise of individualism during the Renaissance led to the Protestant Reformation and modern democracy. It can be unsettling to learn that things you think are absolute moral standards haven’t always been that way.” On using the Man at Work collection to teach “I have students compare several paintings with a common theme. For young engineering students, seeing industrial art is valuable. They’ve been trained to think of technology in mathematical terms, but this gives them a chance to look at the industry in artistic terms. I often give Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, the museum’s namesake, copies of the papers so he can see the influence his collection has.” On the book he’s currently writing about German painter Erich Mercker “I wrote a paper about the Man at Work collection for an art history conference. The Grohmann Museum has the most

comprehensive Mercker collection in the world, but in my research I could hardly find any information about him. So I thought I could research him and write a book, with the help of Associate Professor Dr. Carma Stahnke. We’ve made four trips to Munich and spoke extensively with Mercker’s daughter, who is 90 years old. In addition to the largest collection of Mercker paintings, we now have the most complete Mercker archive, including more than 1,000 images of his paintings and a vast collection of documents related to him.” On winning the Fulbright German Studies Seminar Award in 2012 “I teach several courses related to German history and European politics so I was thrilled to be chosen for the seminar, which was about Germany and the EU. I met members of the German Bundestag (their version of Congress) and a member of the European Parliament. I learned an incredible amount about the EU, and the drama surrounding the debt crisis in Greece was the backdrop for the whole event. It was a tremendous experience, and so much of what I learned I brought right into the classroom. I came back really pumped up to teach.” On why Richard Nixon is his favorite president “He was an unorthodox thinker, a brilliant man who was also extremely paranoid and insecure. He’s just fascinating—you can’t write fiction that good. He would’ve been one of America’s top presidents had it not been for Watergate.”



HIGHLIGHTS Business leaders join MSOE Board of Regents MSOE welcomed Todd A. Adams, Matthew S. Levatich and Dawn Tabat to the Board of Regents and also three new Corporation members. Adams is the president and CEO of Rexnord Corp. He joined the company in 2004 as vice president, treasurer and controller; and served as senior vice president and chief financial officer from April 2008 to September 2009, and as president of the water management platform in 2009. Prior to joining Rexnord, Adams held various positions at The Boeing Co., APW Ltd., Applied Power Inc. (currently Actuant Corp.), and RBS Global Inc. He is a certified public accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Eastern Illinois University. Levatich is the president and chief operating officer of HarleyDavidson Motor Co. He joined Harley-Davidson in 1994 and has held positions of increasing responsibility including vice president and general manager of the company’s parts and accessories business, vice president of materials management, and president and managing director of MV Agusta. Levatich previously held positions with FMC Corp. and Albany International Corp. in engineering and in manufacturing management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and master’s degrees in business administration and engineering management from Northwestern University. Tabat is the chief operating officer of Generac Power Systems. She joined Generac in 1972 and served as personnel director

New degrees add up Excellent mathematics skills are essential for anyone who wants to become an engineer. Students with these skills are attracted to MSOE but some want to consider using them in related fields. As a result, starting Fall 2013, MSOE will offer two new degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science and a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research. Both degrees will be offered by the Mathematics Department. “Actuarial science is consistently rated as one of the best jobs in the United States,” said Dr. Yvonne Yaz, the MSOE mathematics professor who developed these degree programs. “We are excited to be offering these programs, and are proud to be the only university in Wisconsin to offer a bachelor’s degree in operations research.” Read more online at



Todd A. Adams

Matthew S. Levatich

Dawn Tabat

before being promoted to vice president of human resources in 1992. During this period, Tabat was responsible for creating the human resource function within Generac, including recruiting, compensation, training and workforce relations. In her current position, Tabat oversees manufacturing, logistics, global supply chain, quality, safety and information services. She also serves as a member of The Kern Family Foundation Board of Directors. MSOE also welcomes new Corporation members:

• Mathew Alagna ’91, ’02, CEO-North America, Thomas Magnete USA LLC

• Thomas J. Riordan, president and CEO, Neenah Enterprises Inc.

• Matthew Teuteberg, president, Teuteberg Inc.

The Direct Supply Technology Center at MSOE opened in September, continuing the company’s 26-year history of offering computer and software technology opportunities for interns and graduates. The Technology Center is located in the German-English Academy and will house up to 60 Direct Supply computer engineers and technology interns. “Milwaukee produces remarkable engineering and IT talent, and we’re proud to open our Technology Center in the heart of the MSOE campus,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Bill Avery.

Governor Scott Walker visits Governor Scott Walker visited MSOE on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 5, to present the university and Snap-on Inc. with proclamations commending both institutions for their contributions to manufacturing in Wisconsin. Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president, and Tom Kassouf, president, Snap-on Tools Group, were on hand to accept the proclamations. Kassouf is also an MSOE Corporation member. Gov. Walker also declared October Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin.

MSOE grads make top dollar MSOE graduates earn the highest average starting salary and have the highest mid-career salary of any college or university in Wisconsin, according to the 2012-2013 PayScale College Salary Report. PayScale Inc. reported on starting salaries and midcareer salaries for graduates at more than 1,000 colleges and universities nationwide. According to the report, MSOE graduates’ average starting salary is $56,200, and the average midcareer salary is $87,500. Alumni are encouraged to complete the survey at

MSOE honor roll 2013 U.S. News & World Report: • 19th Best University in the Midwest • 14th Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs • 11th best Mechanical Engineering Program 2013 The Princeton Review: • Best in the Midwest • Fire Safety Honor Roll 2012 • One of America’s Top Colleges 2012-13 PayScale Inc.: • Highest average starting and mid-career salaries of all Wisconsin colleges and universities 2012 • One of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges in the Country MSOE is the Destination University for PLTW MSOE admission counselors have been visiting Project Lead The Way classrooms throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois. They’re talking to students and teachers about STEM-related careers and how MSOE is a Destination University for PLTW students. Students are also excited to learn about MSOE’s $2,500/year renewable PLTW Scholarship. Pictured here is Mr. Anthony Christian’s classroom at Brookfield (Wis.) Central High School.

2012 Military Friendly: • Top Military-Friendly University by Military Advanced Education • Military Friendly School® by Victory Media




Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah and Dr. Bass Abushakra

Faculty awards Dr. Bass Abushakra, associate professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award. Dr. Mohammad Mahinfalah, professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, received the Falk Engineering Educator Award, and Dr. Debra Smith ’92, lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department, received the Johnson Controls Award. Professor James Dieball, Physics and Chemistry Department; Dr. Peter Huttelmaier, adjunct professor, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department; Professor Tom Labus, Mechanical Engineering Department; David Tietyen, adjunct professor, Rader School of Business, were named Professors Emeriti. Dieball, Huttelmaier and Tietyen will continue to teach as adjunct faculty.

Dr. A. James Mallmann, professor in the Physics and Chemistry Department, will receive the 2013 Homer L. Dodge Citation for Distinguished Service to American Association of Physics Teachers. Dr. Russ Meier, professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, was awarded the title “International Engineering Educator Honoris Causa” by the International Society for Engineering Education in Villach, Austria. Project Cam-A-Rok: Engaging Mechanical Engineering Freshman, a paper by Dr. William Farrow, was selected as the ASEE 2012 Best Zone Paper. Farrow is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. David Howell, associate professor and chair of Servant-Leadership, was named academic dean for World Affairs Seminar (WAS).

Dr. Debra Smith ’92

MSOE partners with Manipal International University Manipal International University, Malaysia, and MSOE formalized a collaboration in human capital development and research, opening the door for students to participate in an exchange program and experience life at both campuses. Students from Malaysia are expected to begin their studies at MSOE in Fall 2015. This marks the continuation of a long and successful relationship between MSOE and Manipal campuses. Over the past 18 years, about 200 students from Manipal, India, have completed their degrees at MSOE and several MSOE students have studied in Manipal. MIU and MSOE also plan to exchange teaching faculty and engage in joint educational research and laboratory development.

Czech/American business event Business leaders from the Midwest converged at MSOE for the Czech-American Business/ Technology Conference where they met with more than 20 Czech companies looking to explore American business partnerships. According to Dr. Steven Bialek, chair of MSOE’s Rader School of Business, “The convergence of global business leaders will help to catalyze economic development in both countries.”



WCCR offers a ‘front door’ for budding state entrepreneurs MSOE, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University, UW-Parkside and UW-Whitewater have been awarded a federal grant to form a statewide University Center that will stimulate startups and support entrepreneurs with a clearinghouse of resources that aids economic growth in the region. The Wisconsin Center for Commercialization Resources (WCCR) was funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) through its University Centers (UC) program. WCCR offers services to support commercialization of products and technology. Visit for more information.

Students serving others Welcome Week at MSOE provided freshmen with a number of activities to get them acquainted with their new university, each other, and the opportunities available to them. They even had the opportunity to get off campus and participate in a servant-leadership opportunity. Students visited Lake Park to clean the grounds around the North Point Lighthouse and do some landscaping, while others spent time playing table tennis with young children from Our Next Generation, a community organization, at SPiN Milwaukee.

MSOE wins inaugural DBIA Regional Competition MSOE was one of only three universities to advance to the final round of the National Design-Build Student Competition, sponsored by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Congratulations to the team on taking third place: Evan Crayford, Blake Gleason, Matthew Graziano and Meghan Scanlan. Associate Professor Robert O. Lemke is their faculty advisor. One judge commented, “Some of those items from your presentation, we need to use in our client presentations.”

Campus design competition Fourteen teams of senior students in Professor Mike McGeen’s Architectural Design class recently took part in a design competition, where their assignment was to develop new ideas for an improved MSOE campus. An outside jury of architects evaluated the students’ proposals and invited the top four teams to give a final presentation. Taking first place, and winning a $1,000 team prize, were Aaron Huberty, Casey Peterson, Meghan Scanlan and Lauren Wolf. The designs are currently on display in the Grohmann Museum through Jan. 27. Celebrity sighting After a recent meeting in the Grohmann Museum, Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president (right), and Dick Abdoo, an independent director of ZBB Energy Corp., president of R.A. Abdoo & Co. LLC, and former chairman and CEO of Wisconsin Energy Corp. (left), caught up with William White (center), vice president of the Midwest Region of Project Lead The Way, former businessman and 11-year veteran of the National Football League having played with the Detroit Lions, Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons.

Student research at Medical College of Wisconsin Innovation and collaboration inspired MSOE biomedical and biomolecular engineering students to spend their summer at the Medical College of Wisconsin, learning the latest in biotechnology and bioengineering techniques in the Innovation Center’s laboratories. During the 10 week program, the college sophomores and juniors got hands-on experience in the laboratory. They used mass spectrometers to peer inside cells and learn the role proteins play in healthy and diseased cells. 

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Life-sized Labs

Back row, left to right: Craig Mertes ’02, Aaron Baumgartner ’11 and John Rizzo ’02 PE. Front row: Dylan Sandretto (left) and James Williamson ’12.

Putting their education to work One of the hallmarks of an MSOE education is the ability to work on real-life projects in advanced laboratories. The construction of the new athletic field and parking structure is the perfect laboratory in which current students are testing out their classroom knowledge. Dylan Sandretto, architectural engineering and construction management senior, is working on the construction project alongside MSOE alumni at his internship with exp. Sandretto is focusing on the electrical power systems (receptacles and electrical equipment) of the project, as well as general project set up. “The internship has given me the opportunity to take my knowledge gained at MSOE and apply it to real-life projects,” he said. John Rizzo ’02 P.E., architectural engineering and construction management major, served as the project coordinator and lead electrical engineer. “These students bring a bright and positive outlook to the industry,” said Rizzo. “They are current with some of the leading-edge software programs such as REVIT. In addition, it is wonderful to stay connected with the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. Keeping those ties helps us learn who the best and brightest graduates are, which gives us the leg up going into recruiting interviews,” said Rizzo. Both Rizzo and Sandretto are excited about the new addition to campus. “I think the athletic field is going to become very iconic in the downtown area, and I feel very honored and privileged to have been a part of the design of that project,” said Rizzo. “Not only will more parking improve safety and transportation for students,” said Sandretto, “but the addition of the athletic field will bring sports closer to campus so more students can take part.”



MSOE students test their chops on two major projects: the construction of MSOE’s new athletic field and parking facility, and hydraulic testing for two new lift bridges in Milwaukee.

Pictured left to right are Max Kubicki, Eric Lovelady, Dane Jones, Russ Steinmetz ’91 and Steve Shaffroth.

Bridges of Milwaukee County When subcontractor Dan Krall & Co. needed assistance testing hydraulic components for new lift bridges in Milwaukee, they contacted the experts: MSOE’s Fluid Power Institute™. FPI designed the hydraulic system and tested the functionality of the hydraulic assemblies for the bridges, located at Wisconsin Ave. and Juneau Ave., over the Milwaukee River. The FPI conducted performance testing on the flow divider/combiners, as well as pump performance testing for each of the four pump-motor assemblies. They also conducted functionality testing on the main manifolds and cylinder manifolds to ensure they operated as designed. After testing, the components were shipped directly to the bridge for installation. FPI provided on-site start up assistance, and complete hydraulic system drawing and documentation information (operational and maintenance manuals). In addition to Russ Steinmetz ’91, FPI project engineer, and Dave Gerow, P.E., ’81, adjunct associate professor in mechanical engineering, four Mechanical Engineering Department students (pictured above) also were involved in the project. “Getting to work on the bridge and its controls was extremely satisfying. It is awesome knowing that the FPI was chosen to test the hydraulic system to ensure it works properly, every time. It definitely gives you a sense of pride knowing that bridge will work flawlessly for the next 30 years because of your work,” said Dane Jones, FPI senior lab technician and MET senior. For mechanical engineering sophomore Steven Shaffroth the experience was a great way to hone his technical abilities, but that wasn’t his favorite part. “My favorite part about the bridge project is seeing the bridges work every time I’m on Water Street. It’s a pretty cool feeling knowing that you had a part in such a massive project,” he said.



An Apple a Day …

Thanks to a generous donation from Regent Emeritus Dr. Gene P. Carter ’60, the Rader School of Business is now outfitted with the latest technology available from Apple. The Gene Carter Apple Technologies Learning Suite is equipped with iMac computers, iTouch mobile devices, iPad tablets and Apple TV digital streaming technology. In addition, the classroom layout was redesigned to allow for small group collaboration. The grand opening of the Learning Suite was held in September. Carter has supported MSOE’s efforts to provide students with high-tech computer equipment since 1989, when he established the Carter Desktop Media Laboratory. Several renovations and upgrades to the laboratory have occurred since then, and Carter’s most recent contribution brings the total to just over $300,000.

Thanks to Carter’s donation, a brand new mobile programming course featuring Apple’s iOS has been developed for software engineering students. The modular concept of the room capitalizes on Apple’s mobile technology and includes global multimedia connections that allow students and faculty to connect live audio and video to any place in the world. Carter, shown here with his wife Patricia, earned a degree in electronic communications technology from MSOE in 1960. Carter was vice president of sales and a member of the original Apple Computer Inc. management team from 1977 to 1984. He was responsible for creating the sales and distribution strategy for the company’s growth from zero to $938 million. He has worked as a private investor since leaving Apple in 1984.

“I felt it was important that students at MSOE should know the difference between Apple and PC systems. Not necessarily that one is better than the other, but that they are different and students should choose their own environment. That gave me the idea to put a computer lab in here to teach the concepts of Apple,” said Carter. He was asked to leave his mark on his contributions before the day was over.



Profile in Planned Giving Presenting the first in a series of profiles about those who have made planned gifts to support MSOE

A lifetime of giving back

freshman year at MSOE, then they have proved themselves and deserved a little extra help. I fund the scholarship on an annual basis but I’ve also established an endowment, so when I pass the scholarship will live on in perpetuity.”

“Since I received a scholarship to attend MSOE, it seemed logical for me to try to give something back.”

For Mike Holmes ’67, giving to MSOE is nothing new. “I started donating to MSOE back in the 1970s,” he recalled. “Since I received a scholarship to attend MSOE, it seemed logical for me to try to give something back. I started out with small donations and, as my career grew, I was able to slowly give more.” Holmes’ lifetime employer, General Electric, matched his contributions. “GE’s charitable matching program was a good incentive for me to give.” Today, Holmes has established a scholarship fund that provides four sophomore electrical engineering students $10,400 annually towards their tuition costs. “I felt that if the students showed they could handle

Supporting students is important to Holmes. “I felt I was successful in my career at GE, and was able to stay there for 39 years thanks in part to my MSOE education. Since MSOE furnished me with a scholarship and helped me maintain what I was doing, I wanted to help MSOE students and give something back.” One of Holmes’ scholarship recipients, senior Scott Ambelang, is especially thankful for the assistance the scholarship has given him. “The Michael J. Holmes Scholarship gave me the opportunity to attend MSOE. Without Mr. Holmes’ generous gift, I would not have been able to afford MSOE and would have missed several life-changing opportunities,” said Ambelang. Holmes was able to meet his scholarship recipients (Ambelang included) at a recent Scholarship Luncheon held at MSOE. “I enjoy funding the scholarship, especially when I get to meet the recipients. Last year one of my scholarship recipients gave a speech at the luncheon, and another one studied abroad in Germany. I’m happy to be able to put a face with the name, and it makes me proud to know that the money is helping them.”

Have you made your planned gift yet? Let’s start the conversation now. Call Scott Weaver J.D.,director of planned giving at (414) 277-7148, email him at or visit Learn how your planned gift can make a lasting impact.



Fall Commencement

Congratulations to the nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate students who crossed the stage at MSOE’s Fall Commencement in November. MSOE Regent Emeritus Edward W. Raether ’68 (pictured, left) received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree and delivered the keynote address. Raether has been a long-time supporter of MSOE, serving in various capacities including president of the Alumni Association Board, Corporation member and Regent. In 2008 he retired as vice president and managing director from American Appraisal after 40 years of service. He told graduates to consider where they’d like their careers to go, and obtain the necessary skills to get there. “Write your own roadmap and start with the end in mind,” he said. Class respondent James Franke (pictured below, left) graduated with high honors and received two bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering (one from MSOE and one from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences)—all in only three years. “The world needs smart, technologically advanced people now. We are perfectly positioned to make an impact as nurses, engineers and business people in a socially responsible way,” he told his fellow graduates. Hannah DiPalomares (below, right) received the Alumni Association Award of Student Achievement from Brandon Rosner ’02, president, MSOE Alumni Association.




Mayo Clinic was a new addition to the Career Fair, looking to hire nurses, biomedical engineering majors and biomolecular engineering majors.

This just in … We are proud to announce that the placement rate for the 2011-12 graduates is 94 percent placement in their field! Proving once again that MSOE graduates are in-demand and highly valued in the work place.

It was a new year and a new look for MSOE’s annual Career Fair, which welcomed 189 employers to campus (a 15 percent increase over last year). It was held in the Kern Center, which allowed for ample room to spread out and mingle. Notes from the Twittersphere: James Heinritz (right), industrial engineering senior, met with a representative from Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. The company was one of five premier sponsors at the event.

Mechanical engineering alumna Shoshana Perlman ’12 met with a recruiter from Target, which was another new addition to the Career Fair this year.



Two’s Company

Freshmen roommates Vince Esposito (left) and Jon Braaten hung out in their room in Margaret Loock Residence Hall. Despite some differences, the two have learned how to get along well and provide support.



When you take two complete strangers, drop them into an 11’x16’ room for an entire year and expect them to live amicably, there’s bound to be some frustrations. At MSOE, our goal is to have residence life be an integral and positive part of the college experience—one in which roommates and floor mates provide valuable support and encouragement during the academic year and often remain friends long after graduation. For Residence Life Coordinator Cheryl Crawford, a positive campus living environment involves much more than just basic room and board. “Living in the residence halls provides an immediate connection to campus,” said Crawford. “We know that the sooner first-year students become engaged in their campus environment the more likely they’ll be successful on campus, and that’s our number-one concern. When they’ve had a stressful day, it’s very comforting to come back to their ‘home away from home’ and have someone there who they can talk to and commiserate with.” Matching up the right roommate pair is more of an art than a science. As part of their housing application students complete a questionnaire providing information about their sleep habits, social interactions and cleanliness tolerance, among other things. From there, each application is read by a member of the Housing Department and carefully hand-selected to match with another applicant. “Of course, sometimes there are mismatches because a piece of paper can never completely capture someone’s personality, but you’d be surprised. More often than not we get it right,” said Crawford.

Jon and Vince

In the case of freshmen Jon Braaten (mechanical engineering) and Vince Esposito (civil engineering), the Housing Department got it right. “We just get along well,” said Esposito. “We help each other with homework, we shoot pool. We share a lot of the same friends and do a lot of the same things.” When it came to planning out the room before move-in, living in two different states (Braaten in Montana and Esposito in Illinois) was no problem. “When we got our housing assignment we Facebooked each other,” said Braaten. “And from there we texted back and forth. Vince’s mom was on top of it—she got us the microwave, TV and radio. She also got a bunch of cleaning supplies, but we told her we wouldn’t need those,” joked Braaten. For Braaten and Esposito, respecting each others’ space is key to maintaining a friendship in cramped quarters. Esposito tends to do most of his studying at night. “I was worried at first

because I stay up late and didn’t want to bother Jon,” he said. “But now I just go up to the 12th floor and study up there.” For Braaten, meanwhile, cleanliness is not a top priority. “My side of the room is messier, but I try to keep it clean for Vince because he’s a neat freak,” said Braaten. “As long as Jon keeps his stuff on his side of the room I don’t mind,” said Esposito. Both men are quick to note the benefits that come from living in the residence halls. “Living in the dorms, you get to meet so many more people,” said Braaten. “I have a friend who commutes and he doesn’t know anyone. He just doesn’t see people often enough to make a connection.” Esposito enjoys

“If I have a question about something, I can just go across the hall and ask someone,” said Esposito. “You can easily find help, whether it be from students or an RA [resident assistant], and you don’t even have to leave the building.” having people nearby if he has a question with homework. “If I have a question about something, I can just go across the hall and ask someone,” said Esposito. “You can easily find help, whether it be from students or an RA [resident assistant], and you don’t even have to leave the building.”

Danielle and Lisa For nursing graduates Danielle Seefurth ’08 and Lisa Zoulek Tran ’08, living in RWJ room 516 was so much fun that they kept it going—moving to Regents Hall sophomore year and an off-campus apartment for their remaining two years. “Lisa now lives in California but we still maintain a wonderful friendship despite the distance,” said Seefurth. Seefurth and Zoulek Tran both had the option of living at home, but decided to give on-campus housing a shot. “My



parents encouraged me to live on campus,” said Zoulek Tran, “and it got to the point where it was hard to go home for the summer because I had so much fun at college,” she said. “I contemplated living at home, but you just have to give it a shot,” said Seefurth. “It isn’t always the most ideal living situation, but you learn how to deal with it. The college years were when I developed the most as a person. Lisa was part of that, and she will be forever part of my life.” Added Zoulek Tran, “Danielle is one of the first people I see when I come home to visit. I feel very lucky that I met her. She was one of the best parts about college.”

Roommates Lisa Zoulek Tran ’08 (above, left) and Danielle Seefurth ’08 (above, right) celebrated their graduation at the 2008 Commencement. Despite living across the country, the two have kept in touch and remain close friends.

Tom and Fred

Members of the class of 1963 posed for a group photo. Dahnke is third from the left in the middle row, while Neis is farthest right in the front row. Left to right: Joe VanSchyndel ’63, Tom Neis ’63, Fred Dahnke ’63 and Jerry Hodkiewicz ’63, ’99, stood with a museum-quality figure of MSOE founder Oscar Werwath. This took place at the 40-year class reunion at Summer in the City during MSOE’s Centennial celebration.



When Tom Neis ’63 ME and Fred Dahnke ’63 ME were students at MSOE in the early 1960s, Residence Halls didn’t even exist on campus. “When we started in 1959 there were no dorms, so for the most part each student had to find accommodations they could afford,” said Neis. “My first year I lived in a single room on Astor Street. Fred and Jerry Hodkiewicz ’63 lived next door and we started to study together—particularly at test time. We found that to be of great advantage, as we were both teaching and learning from each other.” The three men lived together until Neis and Dahnke each got married their senior year. The couples became fast friends, even taking vacations together later in life. “Our wives also get along very well so that adds to the success,” notes Dahnke. Despite their careers taking them to different parts of the country (Neis to Arizona and Dahnke to Michigan) their 50-year friendship has remained strong. Both men credit similar upbringings for helping their friendship. “I think we came from somewhat similar backgrounds in Wisconsin and were able to appreciate our differences, as we continue to do to this day! I do not recollect any significant disagreements in our 50+ years of friendship,” said Dahnke.

New at the Grohmann

Bridges: The Spans of North America Photographs by David Plowden

Jan. 18 – April 28, 2013 Following the widely-acclaimed exhibition of David Plowden’s railroad photographs—Requiem for Steam, 2011—the artist returns to present images from his years of work photographing dozens of bridges across the American landscape as part of a Guggenheim fellowship. Many of these engineering marvels no longer exist, except for in the memory and in these captivating works. In Plowden’s words, “there is no more overt, powerful, or rational expression of accomplishment—of man’s ability to build.” This exhibition is a tribute to the artist and those expressions of accomplishment.

Dr. Eckhart Grohmann (center) and his wife Ischi ( far left) spoke with visitors during the recent Gallery Talk event.

Upcoming events:

Celebrating five years!

Gallery Nights: Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, 5 – 9 p.m., featuring a Gallery Talk with David Plowden at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, 5 – 9 p.m.

The Grohmann Museum celebrated its fifth anniversary in October with a series of special events including a Piano Portraits concert, Gallery Night, a Gallery Talk with Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, and an exhibit highlighting the history of MSOE and the museum. In the past five years, more than 60,000 people have visited the museum and the collection has grown by 33 percent, bringing the total number of pieces to 914.

Presentation on Sustainable Bridge Design by Deborah L. Jackman, Ph.D., PE, LEED AP: Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, 6 p.m. K’nex bridge building workshop: Saturday, March 16, 2013, noon – 4 p.m.

.msoe For more information on these and other exhibits,





Men’s soccer breaks single-season win mark The MSOE men’s soccer team walked away with their best season ever with a 14-5-1 record and was ranked ninth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) central region poll. In conference play, the Raiders tied for second with an 8-2-1 record, falling to national power Dominican University in the Northern Athletic Conference (NAC) semifinal. Two outstanding student athletes received the NAC’s highest honors: MSOE senior forward Jordan Werner was named the Offensive Player of the Year, while Logan Andryk was named the Freshman of the Year. Andryk was also named 2012 NSCAA third team All-American. Werner leads the conference in goals and points with 23 and 55, respectively, while Andryk scored 13 goals, 9 assists and 35 points in his first season. Werner and Andryk are both All-NAC First Team selections. Meanwhile, Robert Nogle has been named to the Capital One/CoSida Academic AllDistrict First team. A junior defender, Nogle started in all 20 games played, and has one assist on the season. Junior midfielder Patrick Gathof was named to the second team and junior midfielder Drew Porter was named as an honorable mention selection. Andryk and defender Michael Skow were chosen to the NAC All-Freshman team.

Logan Andryk

Five women’s soccer players receive All-Conference recognition

Kate Herrmann

Although graduating eight players from last year’s spectacular team, the women’s soccer program finished with an 11-9-1 overall record, 7-5 in NAC action. The team upset Marian in the first round of the NAC playoffs, before bowing out to Aurora, 3-1 in the semifinal match. MSOE women’s soccer player Kate Herrmann was named to the Capital One/ CoSida Academic All District First Team for women’s soccer. She was also a CoSida All-District First Team selection in 2011-12. A senior midfielder, Herrmann started in all 21 games played and had ten assists for the season. Five players received All-Conference recognition, including senior goalkeeper Emma Lumpe and junior forward Paula Bohl, both of whom were named to the NAC First Team. Freshman Caitlyn Liddiard was a second team and All-Freshman team honoree. Natalie Gayner and Anna O’Donnell were also All-Freshmen selections.

Men’s golf grasps second after first round NAC playoffs In the first half of the Northern Athletic Conference playoffs, weather played a major factor, canceling the second round of action. After 18 holes, Edgewood led MSOE by only one stroke. The Raiders were led by Jacob Phelps, who shot a three-over-par 75 and Miguel Garcia, who scored 76 to tie for third and fifth, respectively. Other Raider scorers included Scott Loftus, Dan Wagner and Victor Aeillo. Due to heavy rain at Whistling Straits Irish Course, the second round was rescheduled for spring. The winner will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, where MSOE has represented the conference in both 2009 and 2011.



Hasler and Hendricks receive post-season accolades in women’s volleyball Two student athletes received Northern Athletics Conference post-season honors: senior outside hitter Stephanie Hasler was an honorable mention selection, while Leah Hendricks was tabbed to the conference All-Freshman Team. Hasler has played opposite and setter for the Raiders, but became a mainstay on the outside early in the season. Hasler played in 17 matches and 61 sets, totaling 176 kills and a 2.89 kill-per-set average. She also added 44 assists, 17 service aces, 198 digs and 16 total blocks to her career totals. She had 202 points on the season. Hendricks successfully filled the role as opposite hitter in her first year at MSOE, leading the team with 189 kills in 22 matches and 77 sets played. She averaged 2.36 kills per set and had 23 service aces, 46 digs, 46 total blocks and 232 points for the year. MSOE finished the season with a 6-17 overall record, 3-9 in NAC play.

Stephanie Hasler

Crew places fourth at Head of Charles Regatta John Cording

At the 48th Annual Head of the Charles Regatta, the MSOE heavyweight fours team placed fourth out of 48 boats participating at the event. They finished the race with a time of 17:07.88, finishing behind eventual champion University of Virginia. The MSOE crew was comprised of Devin Dolby, Matthew Foster, Rebecca Majewski, Michael Richter and Tim Urbas.

Men’s cross country places second at NAC Championships Behind a strong finish for the Raiders top five, MSOE placed second with 75 points, while Aurora University won the event with 45 points for the meet. In third was Edgewood, while Concordia-Wisconsin and Wisconsin Lutheran rounded out the top five teams. Trevor Koziczkowski led the Raiders, finishing fourth with a time of 26:51.91 over the eight kilometer course. Other Raiders named First Team All-Conference include Ben Miller and Steve Grousnick. Jake Schneider and Ben Peterson were named NAC Honorable Mention selections.

All-Engineers Classic MSOE’s men’s basketball team hosted the fifth annual All-Engineers Classic. The tournament featured four of the nation’s most prominent engineering and technological institutions: MSOE, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Rose-Hulman won the championship and RPI took the consolation game.



ALUMNI ON THE MOVE New Assignments

1970s Donald Trojan ’72 EET, director of sales, Online Tech Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich. Vince Treague ’78 EE, senior electrical project manager, Three i Design, Evansville, Ind. Dieter Muhlack ’79 ABCET, principal/owner, MEP Engineers, Dubuque, Iowa

1980s John Forster ’84 EET, organizational development lead, Baisch Engineering, Kaukauna, Wis. Thomas Piacentine ’84 EET, ’90 MSEM, facility manager, Gorman & Company, Oregon, Wis.

Paul Wargolet ’85 MET, engineering manager, Armstrong Hot Water Group, Three Rivers, Mich. David Archer ’87 ME, vice president of engineering, Pierce Manufacturing, Appleton, Wis. John Hart ’87 BIM, senior vice president and chief information officer, Ventas Inc., Chicago Jillaine Dellis ’89 BE, director – quality, safety and compliance, Meijer Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich.

1990s Robert Freedlund ’90 CS&E, programmer/analyst, Ablesoft Solutions, Oregon, Ill. David Neu ’91 ME, product marketing manager, Johnson Controls, Waynesboro, Pa.

Corey Van Houten ’92 EE, lead electrical engineer and senior associate, HGA Architects and Engineers, Rochester, Minn. Linda Cottrell ’93 ME, lead reliability engineer – subsea pumps R&D, Aker Solutions, Tranby, Norway Brian Butte ’94 CE, director of technology strategy/chief architect, AT&T, Charlotte, N.C. Christopher Doolen ’94 ME, business development, SunSource Fluid Power Systems, Houston Todd Van Gompel P.E. ’96 ME, shareholder and technical lead of executive team, Baisch Engineering, Kaukauna, Wis. Angela (Smith) Andrews ’99 ME, product engineer, Eclipse Inc., Rockford, Ill. Andrew Hall ’99 CE, director of Milwaukee consulting, Centare Group Ltd., Brookfield, Wis. Jeffery Theys ’99 EET, engineering director, Gehl Foods Inc., Germantown, Wis. Jennifer Wittkopf ’99 AE, administrative support/plant operations, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.

2000s They couldn’t make it to Summer in the City in July, but that didn’t stop alumni in Raleigh, N.C., from reuniting! Left to right: Shane Puckett ’97, Chad Eckhardt ’00, Seth Patin ’05, Dan Zahnow ’78 and Mike Banducci ’10 gathered at Big Boss Brewery to reminisce. Thanks to Eckhardt, South Chapter area chair, for organizing the event.



Tina (Carr) Deruyter ’00 AE, operations manager, HJ Martin & Son Inc., Green Bay, Wis.

Michael Phelan ’01 MSEM, vice president of operations, BCI Burke, Fond du Lac, Wis. Jose Calderon ’03 B&CS, information technology division manager, City of Evanston, Evanston, Ill. Jessica (Rauch) Jahner ’03 AE, ’04 CM, commissioning agent, Ring & DuChateau, Milwaukee Jeffrey Papendorf ’03 CE, engineering supervisor – electronics, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis. Kristina (Messina) Botkin ’04 BE, manager of technical operations, Hospira, Lake Forest, Ill. Alan Severns ’04 MET, chief engineer, electro-hydraulic, Price Engineering, Hartland, Wis. Kevin Kaczynski ’05 CM, assistant project manager, Walsh Construction Co., Chicago Eric Mohr ’05 EE/CE, computer engineer, Crane Division – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane, Ind. Jeremy Vetting ’05 AE, electrical engineer, Mead & Hunt Inc., Madison, Wis. Matthew Schueller ’06 MIS, project manager, Gordon Flesch Company Inc., West Allis, Wis. David Schweiger ’06 MET, ’12 MSEM, account manager/ senior applications engineer, Dana Power Technologies Group, Milwaukee

Staying rooted to MSOE Jim Wiltzius ’90, J.D. and Reg Zeller ’02 grew up 40 miles apart in rural towns in northwestern Wisconsin. They didn’t realize it until years later, when they met for the first time as MSOE alumni living on the east coast. “We are again living 40 miles apart, but this time it’s all the way across the country,” joked Wiltzius. Although they were raised in similar environments and both earned electrical engineering degrees at MSOE, their career paths have taken different turns. After graduation, Zeller worked for Rockwell Automation, Honeywell and Schneider Electric before landing at GE Energy. “My role is strategy and intelligence leader, but really I do long-term planning to help the business understand

“You never know where your job might take you, and being connected with other alumni means you’ll always have some connection to your roots in Wisconsin.” where we’re going and the strategy behind potential acquisitions. It’s a global role and requires a significant amount of travel,” he said. Wiltzius, meanwhile, worked at Kimberly-Clark for 14 years. During the last four years of his tenure at Kimberly-Clark, Wiltzius attended law school at night, and in 2005 transitioned into his current role as a patent attorney with Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP (CDFS). Wiltzius now specializes in developing and managing intellectual property (patents, trademarks, and copyrights) for the firm’s domestic and international clients. Both men are passionate supporters of MSOE and enjoy staying in touch with their roots. They also credit the Alumni Association for helping to establish their friendship. “You never know where your job might take you, and being connected with other alumni means you’ll always have some connection to your roots in Wisconsin. Also, the connections you make today may be critical to the career path you take in the future,” said Wiltzius. For Zeller, learning and growth continues to occur after graduation. “I think the big thing is that you can still get a lot of valuable knowledge from MSOE. The graduates can provide your organization with a lot of value and the professors are always willing to help, even now ten-plus years after graduating,” said Zeller. Thanks to Wiltzius’ connection to the MSOE Alumni Association, his firm recently hired its second MSOE graduate and patent attorney. “I met Cory Schug ’00 at our second annual Brewers vs. Mets Alumni Event at CitiField while he was still in law school. I introduced him to a partner at CDFS, who arranged an interview with him.” Wiltzius’ firm has been supportive of his involvement with the Alumni Association, sponsoring each of the annual Brewers vs. Mets Events. CDFS was also a foursome and cart sponsor at the 2012 Regents’ Golf Outing. “The partners at CDFS understand that friends and connections I make through MSOE are ultimately friends and connections for the firm,” said Wiltzius. “For me, the most enjoyable thing about staying connected is getting to meet people and hearing about all the different paths people take,” said Zeller. “It’s pretty interesting to have a community of people from all different alumni years, geographic locations, specialties and interests.”

“Reg clearly had little faith in my ability to chip out of this sand trap,” joked Wiltzius. Jim Wiltzius and Reg Zeller recently participated in the Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt Golf and Gala Celebration. Left to right: Jason Darby, senior vice president at Capital One; Reg Zeller ’02; David Carter; Jim Wiltzius ’90 and Peter DeLuca. Carter and DeLuca are founding partners of Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP. DIMENSIONS x FALL/WINTER 2012-2013


ALUMNI ON THE MOVE After a successful day at the annual MSOE Career Fair on Oct. 11, alumni and friends headed over to the Alumni Partnership Center for a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. Guests enjoyed reminiscing about their days at MSOE over cheese, pretzels and, of course, beer!

Brian Norby ’10 AE/CM, ’12 MSST, engineer, Precast Engineering Co., Waukesha, Wis.

Jarek Barney ’12 NU, pediatric nurse I, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Mark Skaer ’10 EE, engineering design, Epic Systems Corp., Verona, Wis.

Krista Bavlnka ’12 AE, electrical designer, Integrated Building Concepts, Waukesha, Wis.

Kai-Peter Berndt ’11 IB, development sourcing engineer, Erik Buell Racing LLC, East Troy, Wis. Andrew Donalds ’11 AE, engineering assistant, Capital Stampings, Milwaukee Karlene Ellwanger ’11 AE/ CM, project engineer, ACS Inc., Madison, Wis. Jared Hoffman ’11 BUS, production planning specialist – master data management, Barilla, Bannockburn, Ill. Michael Jasperson ’11 BE, lab technician, Henkel Corp., Oak Creek, Wis.

Richard Franda ’07 EET, electro-mechanical technology instructor, Lakeland Technical College, Cleveland, Wis. Nickolas Roedel ’07 SE, penetration tester, PSC Inc., Campbell, Calif. Jennifer (Riffer) Bonniwell ’08 EE, electrical engineer, Northrop Grumman, Redondo Beach, Calif. Cory Larson ’08 SE, senior consultant, Corporate Technology Solutions, Milwaukee Jack Shutts ’08 CE, test engineer, Rockwell Automation, Mequon, Wis.


Robert Sweeny ’08 EE, avionics engineer, Scaled Composites, Mojave, Calif.

Jason Mankowski ’11 NU, staff registered nurse – surgery, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee

Derek Sammons ’09 MIS, application developer, Briggs & Stratton Inc., Milwaukee. Sammons was the first-ever software developer for the Engines Group at Briggs.

Joseph Roach ’11 CM, field engineer, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., San Diego


Ky Vang ’11 IB, buyer, Dynapar, Gurnee, Ill.

Kayla Catalani ’10 IB, buyer/ planner, Concentric Rockford Inc., Rockford, Ill. Kyle Drew ’10 ME, manufacturing engineer, Nemak, Sheboygan, Wis. Benjamin Malchow ’10 CE, hardware engineer, Aerotek, West Allis, Wis.


Stacie Sjogren ’11 NU, registered nurse, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee

Michael Ajax ’12 EE, engineer I, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee Anthony Barhouse ’12 BE, service/support engineer, Nordic Neuro Lab Inc., Milwaukee

Daniel Bednar ’12 SE, software developer, RedPrairie, Waukesha, Wis. Natalie Beimel ’12 NU, registered nurse, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Jonathan Blakeman ’12 BSM, IT administrator, Keefe Real Estate Inc., Lake Geneva, Wis. Ryan Breuer ’12 SE, Web software developer, Tech by Design, Milwaukee Amanda Carpenter ’12 NU, critical care nurse, Ministry Health Care – St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, Wis. Christopher Chapman ’12 ME, design engineer, Furey Filter and Pump, Germantown, Wis. Andrew Charles ’12 EE, machine controls test engineer, Belcan Corp., Peoria, Ill. Brian Cheney ’12 ME, mechanical systems design and analysis, Boeing, St. Louis Benjamin Collins ’12 SE, software developer, Menards Inc., Eau Claire, Wis. Jonathan Collins ’12 ME, associate controls engineer, Ricardo Inc., Burr Ridge, Ill.

ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Jacob Correll ’12 EET, electrical designer, American Transmission Co., Pewaukee, Wis.

Jonathan Ericson ’12 ME/BM, manufacturing engineer, Premold Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis.

Jonathan Dettwiler ’12 AE, building commissioning agent, Glumac, Seattle Sean Diesso ’12 MIS, helpdesk support analyst, Veolia Environmental Services, Greenfield, Wis.

Kanwarjit Grewal ’12 SE, software engineer, Brady Corp., Milwaukee

Zi Hui Ho ’12 BE, test engineer, GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis.

Nathan Fetterer ’12 MET, engineer, BelGioioso Cheese Inc., Green Bay, Wis.

Erin Haefs ’12 NU, registered nurse – neuro/cardiac ICU, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Alison Hoffman ’12 NU, registered nurse – cardio/ vascular ICU, Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Stephen Fisher ’12 EET, electronics engineer, Experis, Milwaukee

Troy Henke ’12 ME, product engineer, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee

Jamie Janczak ’12 BE, sales engineer, TMI Inc., Madison, Wis.

Joseph Edmisson ’12 SE, associate software developer, Zywave Inc., Milwaukee

Brianna Gardner ’12 NU, pediatric nurse, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Austin Henneberry ’12 BM, commodity product specialist, Caterpillar, Milwaukee

Matthew Edwards ’12 SE, associate, Acquity Group, Chicago

Logan Gill ’12 BM, financial representative, Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee

Kevin Johnson ’12 AE/CM, project engineer – general construction, Affiliated Construction Services, Madison, Wis.

Amber Hetzel ’12 ME, strategic sourcing analyst, Joy Global Inc., Milwaukee

Joshua Kapelke ’12 CE, engineer, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee

Left to right: Dr. Ed Raether ’68, MSOE Regent Emeritus; Dr. Jack Blank, MSOE Regent; Dr. Robert Spitzer, president emeritus; Dr. William Van Dyke III, MSOE Regent Emeritus; and MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. enjoyed the post-golf outing reception. In total, the outing raised $139,000 for student scholarships.

Left to right: Kim Theodorakis, trick-shot artist Peter Longo, Terri McKitrick, Bret McKitrick and Greg Theodorakis enjoyed a fun group photo at the Regents’ Golf Outing held at Westmoor Country Club. The foursome attended as guests of Kathy Ruehlow ’72, MSOE Regent.

Regents’ Golf Outing 2012

Left to right: Bob Drisner, Christopher Ruud, MSOE Board of Regents Chairman Dr. Alan Ruud ’69, P.E. and Gary Zimmerman paused for a photo. DIMENSIONS x FALL/WINTER 2012-2013


ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Samuel Knapp ’12 EE, service technical representative, Caterpillar, Milwaukee Kasteny Knutson ’12 AE, systems design engineer, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee Zachary Kohorst ’12 AE/MSST, structural engineer, BKBM Engineers, Minneapolis Wade Kollmann ’12 EET, electronic panel design engineer, Price Engineering, Hartland, Wis. Timothy Lamberger ’12 AE, assistant project manager, KPH Construction, Milwaukee Jefferson Leach ’12 ME, test engineer, Hatco Corp., Milwaukee Cody Lettau ’12 SE, technical support engineer, Jive Software, Portland Jeremy Liedtke ’12 ME, design engineer, Telsmith Inc., Mequon, Wis.

Jacob London ’12 ME, project engineer, RFA/ Minnesota Engineering, Horicon, Wis. Krstan Malusic ’12 EE, design engineer, Yaskawa America Inc. – Drives & Motion Division, Oak Creek, Wis. Paul Marchant ’12 ME, design engineer, Poclain Hydraulics, Sturtevant, Wis. Michael Matthews ’12 EE, embedded systems engineer, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., Brookfield, Wis. Brandon Meister-Place ’12 ME, manufacturing engineer, Miniature Precision Components, Walworth, Wis. Sarah Meyers ’12 CM, field engineer, The Boldt Company, Waukesha, Wis. Kevin Minnickel ’12 EE, electrical engineer, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., Brookfield, Wis.

MSOE alumni and friends gathered for a behind-the-scenes tour of Marshfield Labs and Clinic in Marshfield, Wis.



Anthony Nguyen ’12 EE, engineer I, Paper Converting Machine Co., Green Bay, Wis.

Jayson Powell ’12 MSP, perfusionist, Concho Valley Perfusion, San Angelo, Texas

Paul Nurczyk ’12 ME, design engineer, Austin Westran LLC, Byron, Ill.

Daniel Radewahn ’12 ME, mechanical engineer, Faustel, Germantown, Wis.

Santiago Onuchuku ’12 EET, test design engineer, Plexus Corp., Neenah, Wis.

Peter Rasmussen ’12 ME, engineer I, Harley-Davidson Inc., Wauwatosa, Wis.

Juan Ortiz ’12 ME, field engineer, Rockwell Automation, Cleveland

Brian Richard ’12 BE, consulting analyst, Accenture, Arlington, Va.

Tara O’Toole ’12 AE/CM, project engineer, CG Schmidt Inc., Milwaukee

Joseph Rider ’12 SE, software developer, Eagle Technology Inc., Mequon, Wis.

Michael Otto ’12 CE, software engineer, Repete Corp., Sussex, Wis.

Alexander Rode ’12 BM, brand and product development manager, Drew Estate, Miami

Maria Peterson ’12 NU, registered nurse, Aurora Sinai Hospital, Milwaukee John Pires ’12 SE, software engineer, Olim Technologies Group, Brookfield, Wis. Ehren Polheber ’12 ME, hydraulic engineer, Scot Forge, Spring Grove, Ill.

Joshua Rodebaugh ’12 BE, officer, United States Navy, Charleston, S.C. Amritpal Sandhar ’12 BUS, marketing assistant, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee Natasha Sandoval ’12 BM, marketing coordinator, Marcus and Millichap Real Estate Services Inc., New Berlin, Wis.

Don Drewiske ’64 examined a microscope during the Marshfield Clinics lab tour.


Members of MSOE’s Midwest Alumni Chapter attended a Chicago Fire soccer match.

Gabriel Schaap ’12 EE, controls engineer, Dematic Corp., New Berlin, Wis. August Schrab ’12 EE, firmware engineer, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee Bethany Sigler ’12 BM, consultant, CGI Group Inc., Fairfax, Va. Benjamin Sprecher ’12 CM, estimator/field engineer, Kiewit Power Constructors, Lenexa, Kan. Eliot Stepka ’12 ME, design engineer, CNH Global N.V., Burr Ridge, Ill. Jason Stiebs ’12 SE, partnersoftware engineer, Rokkin Cat LLC, Milwaukee Stephen Stuebe ’12 EET, facilities engineer, Caterpillar, Milwaukee Kevin Swanson ’12 EE, hardware designer, SMT Engineering, Appleton, Wis.

Mary Kathryn Talbot ’12 IE, medical planner, HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee

Cavyn Von Deylen ’12 SE, consultant, Corporate Technology Solutions, Milwaukee

Grant Wollersheim ’12 EET, application engineer, Magnetek Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Matthew Theisen ’12 CE, project engineer, Simple Innovations Inc, Sussex, Wis.

Karina Weideman ’12 NU, registered nurse, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Joseph Workman ’12 SE, software engineer, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee

Finny Thomas ’12 ME, manufacturing engineer, Austin-Westran LLC, Byron, Ill. Benjamin Trainor ’12 EET, engineer, The Morse Group, Verona, Wis. Michael Vanek ’12 CM, estimator, Schneider Excavating, Lannon, Wis. Juan Manuel Villegas ’12 MIS, software engineer, Northwestern Mutual Life, Milwaukee Brent Verhyen ’12 AE/CM, assistant project manager, Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield, Wis.

Kristopfer Weiner ’12 ME, design engineer, Power Great Lakes, Wood Dale, Ill. Christine Wendorf ’12 NU, registered nurse – ER, St. Mary’s Hospital-Ozaukee, Mequon, Wis. Christopher Westover ’12 ME, product engineer – R&D, Heraeus Electro-Nite, Ellwood City, Pa. Erik Winer ’12 EE, associate electrical engineer, Pemco Inc., Sheboygan, Wis.

Samuel Yarcho ’12 SE, software engineer, RedPrairie, Waukesha, Wis. Alexander Yendrzeski ’12 ME, project engineer, Signicast Investment Castings, Hartford, Wis. Mackenzie Zastrow ’12 SE, software engineer, Cognex Corp., Milwaukee Lucas Zei ’12 MSNP, senior product designer, Colony Brands Inc., Monroe, Wis.

Daniel Wnuk ’12 SE, software engineer I, FIS Global Inc., Milwaukee DIMENSIONS x FALL/WINTER 2012-2013


ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Marriages Andrew Byrom ’96 EE married Margaret Marren on June 23, 2012. Lee Averbeck ’98 IE married Sarah Fleegel on May 18, 2012. Heather Breit ’99 IE married Michael Roesler on July 21, 2012. Travis Bruehl ’01 EE married Melissia Goehring on Nov. 12, 2011. Michael Lannan ’06 ME married Lisa Ann Kelly on Aug. 10, 2012. Ryan Lindeman ’07 EET married Bridget Bonjean on Oct. 1, 2011.

Lisa Zoulek ’08 NU married Tony Tran on Aug. 3, 2012. Ashley Blise ’11 NU married Brent Verhyen ’12 AE/CM on June 30, 2012. Matthew Jungers ’11 AE married Amanda Ten Haken on June 16, 2012. Travis Wolter ’11 CE married Lisa Schummge on July 28, 2012. Evan Bauer ’12 ME married Jennifer Monski ’12 BE on June 30, 2012. Emily Dieringer ’12 BE married Anthony Hammond ’12 CE on July 6, 2012.

Kevin Swanson ’12 EE married Michelle Ress on Oct. 1, 2011. Tyler Wudstrack ’12 ME married Brittney Lane on July 7, 2012.

Births To Tracey and James Myrhum ’98 ME, a daughter, Lily Josephine, born on Aug. 28, 2012. To Kathleen and Greggory Skoraczewski ’99 AE, a son, Grant Greggory, born on Sept. 21, 2012. To Christopher ’03 AE and Kristina (Messina) Botkin ’04 BE, a daughter, Lillian, born on Nov. 22, 2011.

To Keren and Brandon Rosner ’02, a daughter, Evelyn Ruth, born on July 14, 2012. To Kyle ’07 BE and Michelle (Meger) Chlan ’07 NU, a daughter, Kayla, born on July 29, 2011.

Brian Head ’09 BE married Linnea Elliott ’11 ME on Sept. 8, 2012 in Lake Geneva, Wis. Many MSOE alumni attended the wedding, including ( front row, left to right) Matt Kawahara ’09 AE; AnnMarie Axrilis ’11 BE; Shane Rismeyer ’09 BE; Craig Elliott ’79 ABCET; Brian Head ’09 BE; Linnea (Elliott) Head ’11 ME; Erin Haefs ’12 NU; Emily Schmeling ’11 NU; Katie Nie ’11 NU; Ryan Enot ’11 ME; Mike Swagger ’11 ME; (back row, left to right) Jeff Thiel ’09 AE; Megan O’Conner ’11 BE; Peter Feilen ’09 BE; Ben Holter ’11 ME; Jeramey Jannenne ’09 MIS; Jim Livingston ’78 ABCET, ’03 MSEM; and Curt Elliott ’84 ABCET.



ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Michael Hoadley ’93 AE, was chosen as the Estimator of the Year for outstanding achievement in the construction industry by The Daily Reporter. Hoadley works for C.G. Schmidt Inc., Milwaukee. Kurt Osborne ’93 EE, was certified Six Sigma Black Belt in August 2012. Richard Sievert ’95 MET, received his M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management – Northwestern University.

To Josh and Deborah (Adler) Schoenick ’00 BE, a son, Dominic James, born on Sept. 27, 2011, seen here with his three big sisters. To Danielle (Seefurth) ’08 NU and Joshua Spitza ’09 ME, a daughter, Cameron Maria, born on July 10, 2012. To Ashley (Blise) ’11 NU and Brent ’12 AE/CM Verhyen, a daughter, Madelyn Allana, born on Oct. 17, 2011.

Achievements Michael Coats ’73 EE, recently published his first book, I Remember. It is a collection of memories about the students he taught in his 33 years as a junior high and high school teacher.

David Neu ’91 ME, received his M.B.A. from University of Phoenix. Debra Smith ’92 MSEM, received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Marquette University in May 2011.

Arindum “Raja” Mukerji ’98 CE, has been named to Puget Sound Business Journal’s annual 40 Under 40 awards. Mukerji is the co-founder and president of ExtraHop Networks in Seattle. Jessica (Rauch) Jahner ’03 AE, ’04 CM, received her certification as an accredited Qualified Commissioning Process Provider (QCxP) from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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ALUMNI ON THE MOVE Joseph Roethle ’03 ME, received his master’s of engineering management from MSOE in August 2012. Robert Lang ’04 EE, has been named an Outstanding Teacher of Science by the Illinois Science Teachers Association. In addition, Lang was also named as a finalist for the Illinois Teacher of the Year award. Bradley Knier ’10 ME, received his master’s of mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in May 2012. Carol Cayo ’12 IE, was one of the 30 honorees for the NCAA Woman of the Year 2012.

Russell Lund ’70 EE Thomas Wozniak ’71 ME James Jordal ’73 ME Duane Althoff ’76 ECET Linda (Adams) Murphy ’76 NU James K. Heller, MSOE Corporation member, passed away on May 12, 2012, at the age of 87. He founded Data Retrieval Corp. of America, later known as Data Exchange Center Inc., in 1964, where he remained CEO until 1994. He maintained a daily presence at the family office until his semi-retirement in the summer of 2011. Heller’s passion was tree farming, having acquired tree plantations in Central Wisconsin, Florida and Georgia.

Mark your calendars! 2013 Summer in the City: MSOE celebrating 110 years July 12 – 14, 2013 Spotlighting the classes of: 1963 (50th Anniversary) 1988 (25th Anniversary) 2003 (10th Anniversary)

In Memory Leland Larson ’42 WELD Heino Zimdars ’47 WELD Ambrose Entringer ’48 RS Clarence Metzger ’49 RHACT Jack C. Richards ’49 ACT George Salvat ’49 RHACT Merle Smith ’49 ETC Peter Campbell ’50 PEL Everett King ’51 EEP Stephen G. Sollock ’52 EEE Rudolph J. Zurman ’52 FMTV Roy Bancroft ’54 EE William Zieske III, ’56 MT Joseph Roloff ’58 EE Donald Hatin ’59 EEE John Lux ’60 INDT Norman Stieber ’60 ME Thomas Dziennik ’61 EEC Terry Nelson ’64 EEC Byron Connerton ’68 EE


Dr. Loraine Schuffler, Regent Emeritus, passed away on July 20, 2012 at the age of 89. She was president of the Glenn and Gertrude Humphrey Foundation. In 1990, Schuffler was the first woman in Concordia University’s 110 year history to be elected to the school’s Board of Regents. She became an MSOE Corporation member in 1986 and a Board of Regents member in 1999, and received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from MSOE in 1997.


Curtis Thomas ’10 (right) passed away on Aug. 27, 2012 after battling cancer. The architectural engineering major and brother to Patrick Thomas ’01 (left, holding the MSOE Mace) will be deeply missed by the MSOE community.

Campus Calendar 2013 - 110th Anniversary begins January 7 11 14 15 16 17 21

Classes Resume Junior Visit Day Accepted Student Visit Day Continuing Studies and Outreach Virtual Information Session Great Books Dinner and Discussion Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Career Fair Board of Regents’ Meeting

From the Archives

February 9 Architectural Engineering Senior Design Show 13 Great Books Dinner and Discussion 15 Junior Visit Day 18 Accepted Student Visit Day 20 Continuing Studies and Outreach Virtual Information Session 23 Winter Quarter ends/Commencement Feb. 24March 3 Break Week March 13 21

Great Books Dinner and Discussion Continuing Studies and Outreach Virtual Information Session Junior Visit Day Accepted Student Visit Day

22 28 March 28April 7 Spring Break

April 17 20

Great Books Dinner and Discussion Open House

MSOE founder Oscar Werwath (left) and Willard Hartman (right), author of Practical Problems for Electricians, met in Werwath’s office in the Stroh building in 1912. When Werwath founded MSOE in 1903, many of the classrooms, labs and offices were located in this building, on the corner of Michigan and Broadway streets in downtown Milwaukee. Today the building is owned by Johnson Controls Inc., which employs hundreds of MSOE graduates worldwide.

If you have questions or need any more information on any of these events, please call JoEllen Burdue at (414) 277-7117. Calendar of athletic events can be found at Calendar of Fluid Power Professional Education Seminars can be found at Business Excellence Consortium (BEC) calendar available at or call (800) 321-6763



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Happy 110th MSOE! In 2013 MSOE celebrates its 110th year of educational excellence and we’re launching several new initiatives to ensure MSOE’s status as a premier institution of higher education for years to come: • The new athletic field and parking complex will be housing cars in spring (pictured below, left). • Nursing classes will be held in their new 25,000 square-foot center in Spring Quarter 2013 (pictured below, right). • MSOE will have a new website integrating an innovative community platform throughout. • Summer in the City (July 12-14, 2013) will include several 110th-anniversary-related events. • Two new bachelor’s degrees—actuarial science and operations research—will launch in fall. • More to come!

MSOE Dimensions - Fall/Winter 2012-2013  

Dimensions is the university news magazine published by Milwaukee School of Engineering.

MSOE Dimensions - Fall/Winter 2012-2013  

Dimensions is the university news magazine published by Milwaukee School of Engineering.