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Class of 2015:

Preparing for

Greatness Fall/Winter 2011-12

DIMENSIONS Milwaukee School of Engineering Magazine Senior Editor: Sandra Everts Editor: JoEllen Burdue Managing Editor: Pamela Torke Design Coordinator: Leigh Ann Hass Photography: Paul W. Roberts Graphic Designers: Andrea Davies, Peg Houghton Contributing Writers: JoEllen Burdue, Kyle Dlabay, Dr. Kathy Faggiani, Denise Gergetz, Brian Gibboney, Loreen Pace, Pamela Torke, Hermann Viets, Ph.D. Contributing Photography: Bridget Canfield, Brody Haslup, Peg Houghton 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.

Left to right: Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president; Dr. John Choren, director of the Rapid Prototyping Consortium and Tom Bray, dean of applied research, met to discuss a part made by the RPC’s new machine: an iProTM 8000 SLA® Precision Center. MSOE is the only American university to own this machine.

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President’s Message This is the tale of two institutions, or at least, two approaches. Twenty years ago, the first institution received a grant to purchase half of a liquid polymer rapid prototyping machine. The second institution received an entire machine under a grant. The second institution had no time pressure to get its machine operational, so little has been accomplished. On the contrary, the first institution, MSOE, needed to pay off their debt on the machine so they created a consortium of companies to support applied research utilizing this new technology. The five earliest company members of the consortium were Snap-on Inc., Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Evinrude Outboard Engines, Kohler Co., and Master Lock Co. Twenty years later, these same companies are still members of MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium, which has now grown to about 70 companies and is one of the oldest and best consortia in the United States. Along the way, there were many exciting times, perhaps beginning with a local newspaper article advising us to simply throw in the towel because we had little chance of success. MSOE has since purchased several new machines and advanced the technology. New members joined and the consortium grew to its current size. There are many past contributors to this initial success including Tom Davis ’68, Tom Bray, Dr. Dan Brandt, Dr. Bob Crockett,

Jeff Konopacki ’91, Darius Daruwala ’98 and Stewart Davis ’96. Current key staff members are Dr. John Choren, Sheku Kamara ’01, Vito Gervasi ’96, ’03, Vince Anewenter ’11, Douglas Cook ’98, ’07, and again, Tom Bray. Many students, well over 150, contributed to the RPC’s success. How could they succeed when others with more support failed? They had the challenge of adversity. They responded because the alternative was failure, and with their efforts created a model dedicated to serving the customer. This model is a smaller version of MSOE itself. We have no guarantee of our existence and no one to bail us out if we fail. We must perform on a yearly, no make that a daily, basis. Thus, we are a working model of entrepreneurship, a dedication to making something work through the strength of good ideas and hard work. May we have many more! Sincerely,

Hermann Viets, Ph.D. President

Contents Fall/Winter 2011-12 2..................................Spotlight on Leadership New MSOE Regents: G. Woodrow Adkins, Thomas A. Burke and Robert E. Vieau ’69 3..................................Presenting: Workspaces of the future 4-7................................Highlights 8..................................Faculty Feature Dr. Anne-Marie Nickel, associate professor, Physics and Chemistry Department 9..................................Welcome Week 10................................Commencement 11................................Recruiting MSOE’s Top-notch Talent 12-13..........................Quick Takes 14-15..........................Meet the Class of 2015 16-17..........................Raiders’ Wrap-Up 18................................Focus on Grohmann Museum H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin 19-28..........................Alumni Roll Call 29................................Campus Calendar Back Cover ..............New Home, New Name

On the Cover Nathan Tonkinson is one of the four fastest speedskaters (18 and under) in the U.S. He’s also a freshman industrial engineering major. Get to know him, and other members of class of 2015, on page 14.

Since it was founded in 1903, MSOE has benefitted from the advice and support of volunteer leaders. Comprised of representatives of business, industry, government and education, the Board of Regents governs the operations and the future planning of the university. This fall, MSOE welcomed three new Regents to the Board and four new Corporation members. Mark Train, retired president and CEO, Jason Inc., returns to the Board of Regents from Regent Emeritus status.

Spotlight on Leadership

New Regents G. Woodrow Adkins G. Woodrow Adkins is the chairman and CEO of Adkins Holdings LLC of Waukesha, Wis., a private investment company. He is the first holder of the Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship in the MSOE Rader School of Business. Adkins also is chairman, shareholder, managing director or partner of several companies and investment funds. He began in the meat industry and is a longtime food industry executive. Adkins is a member of the International Chief Executives Organization, chairman of Wisconsin Presidents Organization, and past chapter chairman and international director of the Young Presidents Organization.

Thomas A. Burke Thomas A. Burke has been the CEO and president of Modine Manufacturing Co. in Racine, Wis., since 2008. He previously was the company’s chief operating officer, chief technology officer and interim regional vice president of Americas, taking on the responsibility for streamlining the company’s global organizational structure. Burke also served as CEO and president of Composite Solutions Inc. Prior to joining Modine in 2005, Burke held leadership positions at Visteon Corp. and held a variety of engineering and operations positions in the Climate Control Division of Ford Motor Co. in the U.S. and Mexico.

Robert E. Vieau ’69 Robert E. Vieau graduated from MSOE in 1969 with a degree in electrical engineering. He spent his career with high tech companies such as Texas Instruments and Compaq Computer Corp. At Compaq, Vieau served as the senior vice president of corporate operations and was responsible for global manufacturing of the desktop and portable computer lines with operations in Houston, Singapore and Scotland. In 1993 Vieau moved to the Thomas-Conrad Corp., where he became president and CEO. He led the company through massive change, culminating with the company’s acquisition by Compaq. He is currently president and owner of Vieau and Company in Montgomery, Texas, through which he provides consulting services.

New Corporation members • William Beckett, president and CEO, Chrysalis Packaging and Assembly Corp. (Chryspac), Milwaukee • Randal S. Howard, president, Forrer Business Interiors Inc., Milwaukee • Wendy Burke Slocum, president, Burke Properties, Milwaukee • Richard Stangl, chairman and CEO, Weimer Industries, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

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Presenting: Workspaces of the future Students gathered around the Steelcase Media:scape donated by Forrer Business Interiors Inc., which facilitates group work. Up to six laptops can connect to the large screen, making it easy to collaborate on a project or prepare a presentation.

Students in MSOE’s industrial engineering program now have a new incentive to finish their homework: they can work in MSOE’s newest laboratory, the Industrial Engineering Process Innovation Laboratory. With technologically advanced, ergonomic work stations and state-of-the-art LED lighting, the laboratory is unlike any other at MSOE and fosters collaborative, group learning. Ruud Lighting – A Cree Company and Forrer Business Interiors Inc. donated lighting and equipment for the space, where students can conduct experiments on workplace efficiency and ergonomics. Industrial engineering sophomore Noah Corbeil-Wild tested out the Steelcase Walkstation, which combines a height-adjustable surface with a lowspeed, commercial-grade treadmill.

Dr. Charlene Yauch P.E. (left), associate professor and industrial engineering program director, joined Randy Howard (center), MSOE Corporation member and president of Forrer Business Interiors Inc., and Dr. Viets, MSOE president.

Dr. Alan Ruud ’69, P.E. (center), chairman of the Board of Regents and vice chairman of Ruud Lighting – A Cree Company, talked with students at the lab’s grand opening.

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News MSOE named a top university MSOE received national recognition this fall when it earned the 19th spot on U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 list of Best Universities in the Midwest. MSOE was ranked 11th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. MSOE also was named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes and one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review. Organizations consider a number of different factors when determining their rankings, including peer reviews, percentage of alumni who donate to their alma mater, class sizes, strength of the faculty, post graduate success and more. Grads bring home big paychecks According to PayScale Inc., MSOE graduates have the highest average starting salary ($54,100) in Wisconsin compared to all other universities in the state. For mid-career salaries, MSOE was ranked second, behind only Lawrence University, with an average of $86,500. Soccer student-athletes earn Academic All-District honors In women’s soccer, junior defender Kate Herrmann was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team. Herrmann majors in biomedical engineering with a 4.00 GPA. For men’s soccer, senior midfielder Dan Hosko was named to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team for District 6. Hosko is an architectural engineering major with a 3.77 GPA. A job well done During Fall In-Service, MSOE presented two faculty members with awards. The Falk Engineering Educator Award was presented to Dr. Charlene Yauch P.E., associate professor and industrial engineering program director in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The award is given annually to a full-time faculty member with less than seven years experience. It is a testament to exemplary dedication and performance. James Blaha ’74, ’85, adjunct associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, received the Johnson Controls Award, presented annually to an outstanding part-time faculty member. The award was inspired by Robert C. Moore, a long-time faculty member in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

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is popular place to hang out MSOE’s new Bridge is all the rage among prospective students. In its first month more than 1,500 members joined the dynamic social community. Of those, nearly 1,400 are prospective students. They’ve created accounts and quickly become “friends” with each other, MSOE admission counselors, faculty members and current MSOE students. Conversations are happening 24/7, and high schoolers are finding that the Bridge is the go-to place to become an MSOE Raider. “The MSOE Bridge is a unique program that I have just used for about a week and I have already grown to love it,” said Gerald Soriano, a student at Waipahu High School in Hawaii. “It helps me to connect with college students and college staff/faculty.” Join the community by visiting An incredible offer – free graduate tuition There’s added incentive for students to attend MSOE. Those who complete their bachelor’s degree can return to MSOE for their master’s degree, free of tuition charge, if they begin their full-time graduate studies within one year of graduating from MSOE and satisfy a number of criteria. The MSOE Graduate Tuition Grant will cover 100 percent of tuition for 9-15 (program specific) graduate credit hours per term for the Master of Science degrees in civil engineering, construction and business management, engineering, engineering management, marketing and export management, new product management, and structural engineering. Students must meet a number of criteria to qualify for and keep the tuition grant. Complete details are available online at

A decade of success For the tenth consecutive year, at least one of MSOE’s teams took first place at the Associated Schools of Construction Region III Student Competition. This year, the Preconstruction Team and the VDC (Virtual Design and Construction) Team took first place in their respective competitions and were coached by Dr. Jeong Woo, assistant professor. The Design Build Team took third place and was coached by Robert Lemke, associate professor.


Left to right: Preconstruction Team members: Dr. Jeong Woo, Matt Bakke, Josh Halvorsen, Nick Zamorski, Jared Gothard, Cate Scholfield, Chris Dublinski

Left to right: Brian Filkins from Mortenson Construction with VDC Team members Dr. Jeong Woo, Mark Peterson, Brent Verhyen, Justin Cosgrove, Austin Meier. Not pictured: Angela Ahlbrect and Ben Turk.

Survey says… Thank you to everyone who responded to the Dimensions Reader Survey. Overall, the results showed that our readers are happy with the content and look of the magazine. An overwhelming 91% of respondents said they would prefer not to receive Dimensions via email. • 77% of respondents are MSOE alumni • 92% said Dimensions left them with a positive impression of MSOE • 44% would like to see more MSOE history/nostalgia • 47% want to read more about student and faculty research • 46% would like more entrepreneurial success stories Based on the survey results, you can expect to see more stories about MSOE history (see inside back cover) and research, and when students or faculty alert Dimensions staff about their successful entrepreneurial ventures we’ll be sure to report on them.

Back to back national champs MSOE’s student chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) won the national championship in the 2011 Green Energy Challenge Student Competition. This is the second year MSOE has participated, and the second year in a row that they won the championship! For the competition, the students analyzed Roy W. Johnson Residence Hall and recommended updating the lighting and heating controls, and installing solar panels to heat water and reduce energy costs. The competition is sponsored by ELECTRI International - The Foundation for Electrical Construction and NECA. Left to right: Jessica Iversen, Dylan Sandretto, Jessica Phillips, Tanya Otto, Elise Pinkerton, Noelle Layman, Brandon Jacobson, Dr. Dudley Outcalt, associate professor and faculty advisor for the group.

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Celebrating 20 years of rapid prototyping MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Consortium celebrated its 20th anniversary in October. An event was held at the Milwaukee Art Museum for consortium members. Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch spoke about technological innovation and its impact on our lives, and the future perspective on economic growth in Wisconsin. Lt. Colonel Dick Rutan (ret.) delivered the keynote presentation. Rutan was a pilot and co-developer of the Voyager aircraft, which flew around the world without stopping and without refueling. Afterwards, consortium members had the opportunity to tour the Rapid Prototyping Center at MSOE and see the new iProTM 8000 SLA® Precision Center. MSOE is the only American university to own this machine. MSOE sponsors ISSOTL conference More than 600 people from over 20 countries came to Milwaukee in October for an International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning conference. A pre-conference reception was held at the Grohmann Museum. Dr. Kelly Ottman played a key role in organizing the conference and reception. MSOE’s Office of Servant-Leadership helped secure conference bags for all attendees. The bags were hand made in Kenya by women in an urban slum. MSOE students worked with these women in the past and helped to transport the bags to Milwaukee. International research opportunity Dr. Subha Kumpaty P.E., Mechanical Engineering Department, and Sheku Kamara ’01, Rapid Prototyping Center, were the principal investigators on a collaborative, international research project with the Non-Ferrous Materials Technology Development Centre (NFTDC) in Hyderabad, India. Three MSOE students, Alex Gratton, Mary Roath and Nora Huang, and Marquette University student Warren Ragland III worked with Kumpaty and Kamara to research materials and biomedical applications of rapid prototyping with non-ferrous materials. The team traveled to India over the summer to investigate and test different types of metal that can be used for medical implants and devices. They worked with NFTDC researchers in state-of-the-art facilities, and were the first undergraduate students ever who were allowed to complete projects at the NFTDC. The project was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Kumpaty and Kamara are taking four more students to India next summer and another four in summer 2013 for ongoing collaborative research with NFTDC.

More kudos and congratulations • Several faculty members recently received awards and honors: Dr. Patrick Jung, associate professor, General Studies Department Accepted a Stemmy Award on behalf of MSOE with St. Joan Antida High School from STEM Forward for the HUGE Futures collaboration between MSOE and SJA Tony Luciano ’95, lecturer, Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department Named Engineer of the Year by The Daily Reporter Dr. Mohammed Mahinfalah, professor, Mechanical Engineering Department Elected a Fellow of the American Society for Mechanical Engineers

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Dr. Russell Meier, associate professor, Electrical Engineering

and Computer Science Department Received the IEEE Education Society Edwin C. Jones, Jr. Meritorious Service Award and the IEEE Education Society Distinguished Chapter Leadership Award • The Office of Servant-Leadership received a three-year $180,000 Brady Corporation Foundation Inc. grant to exercise the tenants of servant-leadership through MSOE’s project management courses. Brady Corp. will provide financial and intellectual capital for Rader School of Business students to learn project management theory while engendering projects benefitting the greater Milwaukee community.

Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management

On the Move Dr. Kathy Faggiani, professor, Rader School of Business, has been appointed director of continuing studies and outreach.

Douglas Nelson, P.E., Instructor

Dr. Gulbin Ozcan, Assistant Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

James Kieselburg has been appointed

Dr. Omar Abdel-Baqi, Adjunct Assistant Professor Mark Krueger ’90, Adjunct Assistant Professor Kendra Walther, Adjunct Assistant Professor

director of the Grohmann Museum.

Dr. Kathy Faggiani

Elizabeth Skwiot, Lecturer Mathematics

Mike Hassler, Civil and Architectural

Engineering and Construction Management Department; Dr. Robert Kern, Mechanical Engineering Department; and Nancy Olmsted, Mathematics Department were named Professors Emeriti. Hassler and Kern will continue to teach as adjunct faculty members at MSOE.

General Studies

Dr. Lesya Chorna, Adjunct Assistant Professor Mechanical Engineering

James Kieselburg

David Schmitz, instructor and coordinator of Graduate Management Programs, Rader School of Business, moved from part-time to full-time status.

Dr. Matthew Anderson, Assistant Professor Christopher Lentz ’98, ’10, Lecturer David L. Pettiford ’91, ’99, Adjunct Associate Professor Dr. Luis A. Rodriguez, Assistant Professor Dr. Matthew J. Traum, Assistant Professor


In the Finance Office, Janda Vavricka has been appointed controller and Jenny Manning has been appointed payroll manager and assistant treasurer.

School of Nursing Nicole Corso, Assistant Professor Physics and Chemistry Dr. Jung Lee, Assistant Professor Rader School of Business

New faculty

Janda Vavricka

Dr. Kathleen Miezio, Adjunct Professor Patrick S. Watson ’07, Lecturer

New staff Athletics David Bugalski, Director of Sports

Medicine Algeria Monroe, Administrative Assistant Enrollment Management Amanda Runnalls, Admission Counselor Christopher Smith, Admission Counselor David Bugalski

Several of MSOE’s newest full-time faculty members gathered for a photo at In-Service. Back, left to right: Dr. Jung Lee, Douglas Nelson, Dr. Matthew Anderson, David Schmitz, Dr. Matthew J. Traum. Front, left to right: Nicole Corso, Dr. Luis A. Rodriguez, Dr. Gulbin Ozcan.

Find more highlights and news in the Newsroom at

Facilities Benjamin Buesing, Custodian Geraldo Howard, Custodian Dennis Mentel, Custodian June Prentice, Custodian Financial Aid Luke Sleman, Financial Aid Counselor Information Technology Paul Fabian, Network/Security Administrator Fred Wood, Systems Administrator

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Faculty Feature

Dr. Anne-Marie Nickel As an associate professor in MSOE’s Physics and Chemistry Department, faculty representative for the Athletic Department, wife, and mother of two small boys, Dr. Anne-Marie Nickel has her hands full. We caught up with her to learn more about her life inside and outside of the classroom.

Best advice: Make a decision and then make it work.

Favorite sport team: Milwaukee Sport Club U-7 soccer team, which my son plays on, or the MSOE Raiders.

Favorite subject to teach:

Best distraction:

Intermolecular forces (chemistry), because intermolecular forces can explain many interesting phenomena, including why geckos can crawl quickly up a wall, how we distill crude oil and how soaps clean.

Playing board games, reading novels, chatting with friends, watching The Big Bang Theory.

Best vacation: Any ocean beach, preferably with big waves and warm water, like Hapuna Beach, Hawaii, or the outer banks of North Carolina.

Favorite book: Most recently, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks or The Help.

Favorite thing about MSOE: The people—students, staff and faculty.

Favorite element in the periodic table: Nickel, of course!

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Best place to hang out on campus: The Kern Center.

Favorite musical instrument you never learned how to play: Acoustic guitar.

Better chemist, Marie Curie or Emil Fisher: Marie Curie.

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For the first time ever, MSOE hosted a week-long Welcome Week in late August and early September. Activities and meetings were designed to help incoming freshmen and new transfer students adjust to life at MSOE. Students attended information sessions, tours of campus buildings and downtown Milwaukee neighborhoods, residence hall events, academic department programs and much more.

Incoming students and their families had a beautiful day for move-in, and filled the residence halls to near capacity.

MSOE’s Development and Alumni Affairs Department held a cook out during Welcome Week. Students had the opportunity to network with area MSOE alumni at the event.

Students who participated in Project Lead The Way in high school attended a Welcome Week event just for them, where they fashioned towers out of straws and paper clips using the knowledge they learned in PLTW.

Dr. Charles Tritt, assistant professor and biomedical engineering program director, gave a lecture on the biological dynamics of zombies. The lecture acclimated students to college-level classes and gave them a chance to perfect their note-taking skills. Rick Gagliano, director of Student Activities, greeted all freshmen and transfer students at Welcome Week.

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MSOE’s distinguished alumni body grew by more than 80 people after this year’s Fall Commencement. Dr. Roger Frankowski, MSOE retired vice president of academics, received an Honorary Doctor of Communication degree and delivered the keynote address. He advised graduates to work hard, be agents of change, take the time to dream and be happy, and be humble.

Quentin J. Blacklock, management information systems major, was the class respondent and graduated with high honors. He told graduates, “Let us remember the people who helped us in this journey and thank them in our hearts.”

Honorary degree recipient Dr. Roger Frankowski addressed the crowd at Commencement.

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Recruiting MSOE’s



More than 150 companies attended the 2011 Career Fair, held in October. They were recruiting for a variety of full- and part-time jobs and internships in Wisconsin, the Midwest and nationwide. In addition, students attended MSOE’s first-ever Graduate and Professional College Fair, where attendees met with representatives from graduate schools and employers recruiting those with graduate-level skills and/or seasoned professionals.

An MSOE student (left) learned more about graduate school at Michigan Tech from a recruiter at the Graduate and Professional College Fair.

Business management senior Amontré Ross (right) spoke with a recruiter from Liberty Mutual while at the Career Fair.

Left to right: A representative from Medical College of Wisconsin met with Kate Herrmann, Dylan Heun and Taylor Dieringer.

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Quick Takes Technical communication major and professional cake decorator Barbara Meyer (right) hosted a cake decorating class on campus. Students practiced tricks of the trade and perfected their frosting techniques.

Milwaukee blacksmith Kent Knapp demonstrated his trade during the Grohmann Museum’s Lost Arts event. Guests observed artisans practicing trades like lace-making, wooden shoe carving and more.

As part of Wheelchair Days, MSOE students rode Milwaukee County buses to nearby businesses. The event raised awareness of the difficulties faced by those with disabilities.

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Graduates of the Upward Bound program celebrated their commencement. The federally funded program has allowed MSOE to help low-income students complete high school and transition to higher education for more than 20 years.

Quick Takes

In October, President Viets attended the LWL-Industrie Museum dedication in Westfalen, Germany. The museum features pieces from collector Werner Bibl and is a sister collection to the Man at Work collection at the Grohmann Museum. Left to right: Dirk Zache, LWL-Industrie museum director, Werner Bibl, Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, MSOE Regent, and Dr. Viets.

MSOE’s National Society of Black Engineers and Society of Hispanic Engineers hosted a resume workshop. Here, Vicki Beckman of True Process met with management information systems major Fernando Garcia to review his resume.

Ryan Damask (center), recipient of the Jackie and Michael Barber Scholarship, joined Regent Michael Barber ’82 and Corporation member Jackie Herd-Barber ’84 at the Scholarship Luncheon.

WMSE’s 10th Annual Food Slam featured more than 20 local restaurants and raised more than $25,000 to support the independent radio station. In addition, 325 pounds of food were donated to the Hunger Task Force.

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Meet the Class of 2015 All MSOE students are bright, hardworking and top-notch in many ways, and the incoming freshman class is no exception. They are a uniquely talented group with a diverse range of interests, passions and perspectives. Meet four members of the class of 2015 below, and see for yourself.

Jackson Hogoboom A native of El Segundo, Calif., Jackson Hogoboom traveled far to attend MSOE and major in mechanical engineering. After touring campus during a summer break, Hogoboom knew MSOE was the right fit for him. What do you like about MSOE so far? Being in a new place, taking classes that interest me and learning things that I KNOW I will use in my career. What brought you here all the way from California? I came because of the size of MSOE, the job-placement rates, the relationships between students and professors that develop in such small classes, financial reasons, and because I wanted to experience something different.

AT A GLANCE • There are 438 full-time freshmen, 349 live on campus • 155 were involved in Project Lead The Way in high school • The average ACT score is 27.3 • The average high school GPA is 3.67 out of 4.00

What did you bring to campus that you couldn't leave home without? My pillow.

• There are 16 international students from 7 countries: Bangladesh, Canada, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Turkey

What is your favorite place on campus? Probably the athletic field, I play a lot of ultimate Frisbee there and have made a lot of good friends playing.

• 283 are from Wisconsin, with 139 from out of state and 16 international students

Logan Bauman Freshman Logan Bauman left his home state of Pennsylvania to enroll in MSOE’s nursing program and play hockey for the Raiders. Logan knew he wanted to pursue a career in the medical field, and chose nursing at MSOE for its great reputation. What do you like about MSOE so far? I am enjoying all aspects of MSOE, even the school part isn’t that bad, ha-ha. I really like all of my professors and being on the ice hockey team is a blast on and off the ice. What did you bring to campus that you couldn't leave home without? My lucky charm. It’s a little figurine I put on my student ID lanyard. His name is the Eliminator and he eliminates all my worries and stress. I know it sounds corny, but I’ll take all the help I can get. What is your favorite place on campus? The Student Life and Campus Center. It’s the central meeting spot for anyone with a free hour, and it’s great for getting a good breakfast and coffee. How do you like the nursing program, and have you always wanted to pursue nursing? So far I am enjoying the nursing program and all of my professors are great. Becoming a nurse was a spontaneous decision for me. When I got accepted to MSOE I learned about the nursing program and heard that it had a great reputation. I knew that my career opportunities would be tremendous after earning my degree from MSOE.

Katie Maki

Nathan Tonkinson Industrial engineering major Nathan Tonkinson hails from Stacy, Minn., and trains daily at the Pettit National Ice Center for the Junior World Team in speedskating (see also cover photo). In fact, he’s one of the four fastest speedskaters (18 and under) in the U.S. What do you like about MSOE so far? I thoroughly enjoy my smarter-thanaverage classmates and the hard teachers. What did you bring to campus that you couldn't leave home without? I cannot survive without my Bible. Without it, I lose focus and become discouraged and brain-dead very fast. What is your favorite place on campus? I love the Grohmann Museum. It is a very restful place to study. What do you do in your free time? Free time? What’s that? During Welcome Week, when we didn’t have classes, my floor played a lot of chess and poker.

Architectural engineering/construction management major Katie Maki is the youngest, and first Native American, to win a world championship for the USA in the ancient sport of Pankration, a form of martial arts. Maki, a Minocqua, Wis., native, competed in Serbia and took home the gold medal in September. What do you like about MSOE so far? I like that MSOE challenges me more than high school ever did. I also really enjoy the environment and the people here. What did you bring to campus that you couldn't leave home without? That would probably be my cell phone, but only because it helps me keep in touch with my family and it has all of my music. What do you do in your free time? In my free time I hang out with my friends, play basketball in the Kern or just simply relax. What was it like to compete and win in Serbia? This achievement is one of a lifetime. The feeling of standing on the podium while they raised my country’s flag and played The Star-Spangled Banner is one I used to think was simply a dream. The reality is so much greater; words cannot describe it. Dimensions Fall/Winter 2011-12


Raiders’ Wrap-up

Zachman with top score at NAC Championship after first two rounds Senior Dane Zachman stands in first place after the second round of the Northern Athletics Conference Championship for men’s golf at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. The Raiders are in second place as a team behind Edgewood. The final Dane Zachman two rounds to determine the NAC Champion and the conference’s automatic qualifier for the NCAA Championships will take place in April 2012.

Mat Braden

Raiders reach NAC men’s soccer championship game

The MSOE Raiders men’s soccer program had another outstanding year, making it all the way to the Northern Athletics Conference title game before falling to Dominican 4-0. MSOE shut out ConcordiaWisconsin 2-0 in the semifinals to reach the championship with goals from senior Dan Hosko and junior Mat Braden. In the first round of the NAC Tournament, Hosko scored both of MSOE’s goals in a 2-1 victory over Benedictine. The Raiders ended the season with a 12-8-1 overall record and went 8-3 in NAC play. Hosko was selected First Team All-NAC as he led the conference in goals (11), assists (9) and points (31). Also earning First Team All-NAC status was senior Michael Vanek who had six goals on the year. Second Team All-NAC honors went to senior defender Matt Keating and sophomore forward Patrick Gathof who had six goals as well. Senior defender Ben Sprecher garnered Honorable Mention status while goalkeeper Garret Farin made the All-Freshman Team. Farin recorded three shutouts with a goals against average of 1.07.

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Grousnick earns All-NAC honors; Phelps, Koziczkowski, Janus and Norris garner Honorable Mention status The MSOE men’s Steven Grousnick cross country team placed fourth at the Northern Athletics Conference Championships while the women’s squad was eighth at the UW-Parkside Campus. The Raiders’ top finisher was sophomore Steven Grousnick, who came in tenth place with a time of 27:38.2 in the 8K event. For his finish, Grousnick garnered All-NAC status. Next for MSOE on the men’s side was sophomore Trevor Koziczkowski, who placed 17th with a mark of 28:08.2. Just outside of the top 20 was freshman Brian Janus in 21st at 28:17.0. Sophomore Terrence Norris finished 26th with a time of 28:28.1. Koziczkowski, Janus and Norris each earned NAC Honorable Mention honors for their performances. The top runner for the women’s team was junior Holly Phelps who was 22nd with a mark of 25:37.3 in the 6K event. Phelps also earned NAC Honorable Mention status for her performance. Carol Cayo

Cayo named to All-NAC Senior Carol Cayo was named to the AllNorthern Athletics Conference Team after reaching semifinals at the Northern Athletics Conference Women’s Tennis Individual Tournament this past fall season. During the regular season, Cayo was 6-5 in singles competition. At the NAC Individual Tournament, she logged a record of 3-1.

MSOE rowing earns wins at Head of the Eagle and Tail of the Fox

Kathleen Collingbourne

Women’s soccer breaks MSOE record for wins in a season; Axt named NAC Offensive Player of the Year

Collingbourne named NAC Defensive Player of the Year

In women’s volleyball, senior Kathleen Collingbourne was named Northern Athletics Conference Defensive Player of the Year and was also selected First Team All-NAC. Collingbourne led the conference in digs (507) and digs per set (5.12). She is the NAC’s all-time leader in digs with 2,029. Collingbourne is the second MSOE player ever to surpass the 2,000 dig mark in a career. Junior Stephanie Hasler was third in the conference with 42 service aces and tenth with 2.63 kills per set. Hasler recorded her first career triple-double against Concordia-Wisconsin Oct. 26 with 11 kills, 14 assists and 16 digs.

The MSOE women’s soccer team had their best season ever as they set a new record for wins in a year with 13, breaking the record of 12 wins, set in 2008. Senior forward Jessica Axt was named Northern Athletics Conference Offensive Player of the Year for her Jessica Axt outstanding performance during the season. Axt also was named First Team All-NAC. The Raiders left their mark on the NAC Tournament as they defeated ConcordiaWisconsin 1-0 in the first round before falling to top seed Aurora 3-2 in the semis. MSOE made a splash nationally as two players were ranked high on the nation’s leaderboard throughout the season. Axt spent most of the year as the nation’s leader in total goals and total points. She finished her career with 76 goals, which is the most in MSOE and NAC history. Axt’s 28 goals and 62 points are single season MSOE records. Senior midfielder Jamie Janczak was ranked in the top ten in assists during the regular season. She led the NAC with 14 assists and finished her career with 38 assists. Janczak was selected Second Team All-NAC as was sophomore forward Paula Bohl, who had 11 goals and seven assists. Junior goalie Emma Lumpe earned Honorable Mention status from the conference after logging six shutouts and a goals against average of 0.96. Making the NAC All-Freshmen Team were defender Shelby Struble and forward/midfielder Gabbie Pung who recorded ten goals and seven assists during the 2011 season. The Raiders finished the season with a 13-8 overall record and had a 9-3 mark in conference play. Dimensions Fall/Winter 2011-12

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The MSOE rowing team finished its fall season at the Head of the Eagle Regatta in Indianapolis. The Raiders won the open lightweight 4+ race with a time of 13:33.90. In the boat were senior coxswain Rachel Connon, sophomore stroke Jonathan Allen, junior Ben Lang, senior Erik Winer and senior bow seat Luke Engebretson. MSOE also competed in the 47th Head of the Charles Regatta in Boston. The event included teams from all over the globe and more than 300,000 spectators watched the races during the three days of competition. The Raiders finished eighth of 22 boats in the lightweight fours event. They defeated such Ivy League powers as Harvard and Dartmouth on their way to the top ten finish. At the Tail of the Fox Regatta on the Fox River in DePere, Wis., MSOE finished first in all races in which they competed. Back in September, the Milwaukee River Challenge, MSOE’s home regatta, had the most competitors and spectators in the history of the event. The men’s 8+ boat for the Raiders placed second behind Purdue.


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Grohmann Museum

Tylle, H.D. [German]: Electric Arc Furnace After Charging, 2009, oil on canvas, 43x71 in.

H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin Feb. 17 – April 22, 2012 More than 70 large oil paintings by artist H.D. Tylle were presented to the German public in October 2011. They formed an overview of the German industrial world, including the working environments of well-known German companies BASF, BMW and Merck, among others. Many of those same pieces will be featured in the upcoming Grohmann Museum exhibit, H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin. Also included in the exhibit are some of Tylle’s representations of Wisconsin companies such as Charter Manufacturing, Kondex and Pieper Electric, among others. Tylle’s work is featured extensively in the Grohmann Museum. He designed the colorful floor mosaic in the atrium, painted the 700-square-foot circular ceiling mural and created eight stainedglass windows for the dome of the museum. For more information on this and other exhibits, visit

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In October, guests attended H.D. Tylle’s exhibition in Germany. The artist displayed more than 70 of his oil paintings of well-known German companies.

Current Exhibit: Through Feb. 6, 2012 Working Legacies: The Death and (After) Life of Post-Industrial Milwaukee Photos and histories by David Schalliol and Michael Carriere This exhibition uses the contemporary moment to explore the legacy of work in Milwaukee through documentary photographs and site histories of former and current industrial facilities in the city, keeping a keen eye on their present use and local context. The result is a document of Milwaukee’s industrial past and present—and the hopeful groundwork for its future. Gallery Night Event: January 20, 2012 • 5 - 9 p.m.

New Assignments 1970s Gary Stetler ’74 BIM, product manager

– Holo-Flight Processor, Metso Minerals Industries Inc., Colorado Springs, Colo.

1980s Eric Lee ’83 ABCET, ’85 AE, vice-

David Kurth ’87 MDET, senior project engineer, MRPC, Butler, Wis. Michael Hobbs ’88 MET, business

manager, Avanti Wind Systems Inc., New Berlin, Wis. Todd Bonack ’89 EET, senior software

Janelle Leafblad ’00, MSOE San Francisco area chair organized an event where guests watched the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings. They reminisced about their favorite Milwaukee restaurants, how they came to MSOE and how they ended up on the West Coast.

Brian Gronski ’91 EE, business


engineer, Accuray Inc., Madison, Wis.

development director, Praxilient Inc., Appleton, Wis.

Craig Goettl ’89 ME, director of

Walter Guttenfelder ’99 EE, associate

operations officer, Milwaukee Health Services Inc., Milwaukee

engineering, KMC Stampings, Port Washington, Wis.

research physicist, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Princeton, N.J.

Dennis Lohr ’01 ME, commodity

1990s Rick R. Thompson ’90 B&CS, chief

Clover (Perry) Barnes ’01 NU, chief

Brian Zobel ’99 MSEM, director of

manager, Manitowoc Cranes, Shady Grove, Pa.

facilities services, Darlington School District, Rome, Ga.

Andrew Boeck ’02 AE, vice president

information officer, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Denver

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president lead fire protection project engineer, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago

commercial division, Total Mechanical Inc., Pewaukee, Wis. Anthony Janke ’02 EE, MCU field

applications engineer, Texas Instruments, Tempe, Ariz. Mark Fingerholz ’03 ME, test and

evaluation engineer, Marine Corps Systems Command, Woodbridge, Va. Kevin Anschutz ’05 ME, structural

engineer, P&H Mining Equipment, Milwaukee Patrick Torhorst ’05 BMS, chief

information officer, Quest CE Solutions, Milwaukee Michael Kessen ’06 ME, powertrain

cooling CAE engineer, General Motors, Warren, Mich. Allan Nagy ’06 CE, product

development engineer, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Austin, Texas John Bauman ’07 ME, manufacturing Alumnus Jon Meyer ’06 led an alumni group on a tour of TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which included the Presidential Suite, premium seating, Press Box, DQ Club Room, media room, Hall of Fame, Gopher locker room (second largest in the nation, behind Lambeau Field), Gopher tunnel and field.

engineer, Woodward MPC, Skokie, Ill. William LaPalm ’07 MSEM, operations

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Left to right: Regents John Cain and Dr. Jack Blank joined President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. and Sharon Haverstock of Scot Forge at the 22nd Annual MSOE Regents’ Golf Outing in August.

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Trick-shot golf artist Peter Longo entertained (back row, left to right) Armund Janto, MSOE VP of finance and CFO; Jim Friauf, associate professor; Rick Kettler, Wagner Companies; (seated, left to right) Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, MSOE Regent; and Dr. Jack Blank, MSOE Regent. The golf outing raised $118,200 in scholarship funds for MSOE students! Thanks to all who participated.

Daniel Scharf ’07 CM, project

superintendent, MSI General Corp., Oconomowoc, Wis. Toni Cannova ’08 ME, service

supervisor, Carrier Corp., Elmhurst, Ill. Jacob Gay ’08 ME, BSM, sales engineer,

Xact Wire EDM Corp., Cary Ill. Steven Storvik ’08 BE, biomechanical

engineer, Vector Scientific Inc., Golden, Colo. Michael Allen ’09 CM, marketing

engineer, Trane Inc., La Crosse, Wis. Matt Kawahara ’09 AE/MSST, structural

engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago Matthew LaValley ’09 BE, ’11 MSP,

perfusionist, Marquette General Health System, Marquette, Mich. William Mak ’09 AE, mechanical design

Ivan Domacinovich ’10 CE, computer

Corey LiDonne ’10 EE, electrical

engineer, United States Air Force, Milwaukee

engineer, Environmental Systems Design Inc., Chicago

Alicia Garton ’10 AE, mechanical

Richard Meyer ’10 MET, design


engineer, AECOM, Roanoke, Va.

engineer, Drewco, Franksville, Wis.

Edward Anderson ’10 BSM, client

Jessica (Helmin) Lo Bello ’10 AE/MSST,

Justin Reiter ’10 ME, project and

support analyst, Direct Supply, Milwaukee

structural engineer, Opus Group, Minnetonka, Minn.

application engineer, Dielectric Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Matthew Barr ’10 ME, design and

Ryan Kaplanek ’10 AE, assistant project

Noah Schwalbe ’10 ME, associate

manufacturing engineer, Itasca Plastics, St. Charles, Ill.

manager/superintendent, Total Team Construction LLC, Waukesha, Wis.

mechanical engineer, Stratasys Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn.

Caitlin (Berigan) Scarborough ’10 NU,

Kayla Labunski ’10 NU, registered nurse,

Savannah Anderson ’11 BE, engineer,

nurse, United States Army, Landstuhl, Germany

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Parcus Medical LLC, Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

Timothy Breecher ’10 EE, wireless

Thomas Laur ’10 ME, process engineer,

engineer, Epstein, Chicago Velemir Terzic ’09 AE, engineer, Geiger

& Larson Engineering, Milwaukee

device engineer, Nsight, Green Bay, Wis. Kevin Curtis ’10 SE, application

developer, Ascedia, Milwaukee

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Pure Power Technologies – a Navistar Company, Waukesha, Wis.

Leo Baber ’11 BUS, integrated

marketing communications leader, Milwaukee Area Investment Board, Milwaukee

Jacob Bagal ’11 AE, electrical engineer,

Karen Bieck ’11 AE, electrical engineer

Aaron Choate ’11 EE, field controls

Arnold & O’Sheridan Inc., Brookfield, Wis.

II, Ghafari Associates LLC, Chicago

engineer, Twin Disc Inc., Racine, Wis.

Kevin Blank ’11 ME, design engineer,

Megan (Gloor) Cochrane ’11 AE,

Mitchell Bartczak ’11 IE, manufacturing

Curt G. Joa Inc., Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

engineer, Safety-Kleen Systems Inc., New Berlin, Wis.

William Boelk ’11 ME, technical service

engineer, PSJ Engineering Inc., Milwaukee

Aaron Baumgartner ’11 AE, engineering

designer I, exp (formerly X-nth), Milwaukee

engineer, Caterpillar Inc., South Milwaukee, Wis. Samuel Bramstedt ’11 ME, design

engineer, Advanced Design Concepts Inc., Pewaukee, Wis.

engineer, Intel Corp., Chandler, Ariz.

Nicole Briggs ’11 MSEM, injection

Scott Beckord ’11 AE, HVAC engineer,

molding engineer, Proctor & Gamble, West Chester, Ohio

WMA Consulting Engineers Ltd., Chicago Andrew Bendtsen ’11 EE, electrical

Allyse Brost ’11 AE, HVAC

designer/engineer, Monroe Equipment Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

engineer, Riley Construction Co. Inc., Kenosha, Wis. Brian Danielson ’11 MET, engineer,

EMT International Inc., Green Bay, Wis. Dominick Deligio ’11 AE, systems

technician, Johnson Controls, Arlington Heights, Ill. Lukasz Dendura ’11 EE, sales account

engineer, Ruud Lighting – A Cree Company, Racine, Wis.

Ryan Bykowski ’11 EE, engineer I,

representative, Holt Electric/Revere Electric, Hartland, Wis.

Matthew Bennett ’11 CM, project

Johnson Controls, Milwaukee

Steven Doocy ’11 AE, assistant project

engineer, F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen Inc., Chicago

Casey Buschkopf ’11 ME, design

manager, Lange Brothers Woodworking Co. Inc., Milwaukee

engineer, HUSCO International, Waukesha, Wis.

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Casey Becker ’11 IE, manufacturing

Matthew Cramer ’11 CM, project

Graduates from the Milwaukee County School of Nursing class of 1961 gathered for a photo during Summer in the City. They attended a scholarship luncheon honoring all MCGHSN alumnae, with a spotlight on the classes of 1961 (50-year anniversary) and 1986 (25-year anniversary). Proceeds benefitted the MSOE School of Nursing.

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Andrea Frahm ’11 MIS, technical

support engineer II, Invivo Corp., Pewaukee, Wis. Zachary Fredenberg ’11 EE, software

engineer, Plexus Corp., Neenah, Wis. Brendan Fong ’11 ME, package design

engineering intern, Knowles Electronics, Itasca, Ill. Philip Gabor ’11 ME, product engineer,

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Maysteel LLC, Allenton, Wis. Ian Gesme ’11 ME, technical service

engineer, Caterpillar Inc., South Milwaukee, Wis. Jeremiah Gillis ’11 EE, electrical

engineer, BRP US Inc., Sturtevant, Wis. Jolisa Gold ’11 CM, project engineer,

F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen Inc., Chicago

After the annual Career Fair held in October, MSOE alumni and friends relaxed in the Todd Wehr Auditorium to catch up with classmates and enjoy a traditional Oktoberfest celebration.

Matthew Graser ’11 ME, mechanical

Spencer Kennedy ’11 ME, application

Ryan Markgraf ’11 AE/MSST, project

engineer/project lead, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.

engineer, Bornquist Inc., Chicago

engineer, Novum Structures LLC, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

David Kinziger ’11 MIS, information

technology analyst, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Dover, N.H.

Brian Meissner ’11 AE/MSST, design

Matthew Kram ’11 EE, account

Jacob Melbostad ’11 AE, electrical

engineer, Tolk Inc., Fairfax, Va.

engineer, Cognex Corp., West Allis, Wis.

representative, IEWC Global Solutions, New Berlin, Wis.

Zachary Griffa ’11 ME, mechanical

Matthew Kundert ’11 ME, design

engineer, ACS Group, New Berlin, Wis. Heidi Harry ’11 NU, registered nurse,

engineer, HUSCO International, Waukesha, Wis.

Aurora Health Care, Milwaukee

Christopher Kwasegroch ’11 EE,

Bryan Henne ’11 CM, project manager,

instrumentation and controls engineer, CH2M Hill, Denver

Eric Greene ’11 MIS, IT document

support services, Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Wausau, Wis. Joseph Gries ’11 CE, associate software

ProStar Inc. Athletic Surfaces, Milwaukee

Peer Larson ’11 ME/MIS, project

engineer, Kiewit Corp., Omaha, Neb.

Tyler Miller ’11 AE, structural engineer,

Structural Dimension Inc., Brookfield, Wis. Anthony Nespoli ’11 IE, product

knowledge analyst, WTS Paradigm, Middleton, Wis. Michael Norris ’11 AE/CM, integrated

engineer, Repete Corp., Sussex, Wis.

construction coordinator, Mortenson Construction, Minneapolis

Philip Lee ’11 IE, industrial engineer,

Jason O’Boyle ’11 AE, staff engineer,

Ultra Tool & Manufacturing Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Professional Service Industries Inc., Hillside, Ill.

PDP, Abbott Laboratories, Des Plaines, Ill.

Grant Lees ’11 SE, software engineer,

Justin Odders ’11 CM, project manager,

Quad Graphics Inc., Sussex, Wis.

Brian Jacoby ’11 AE/CM, field engineer,

Adam Leslie ’11 CE, controls engineer,

Transwestern Sustainability Services, Milwaukee

Kiewit Corp., Kansas City

Temple Control Systems Inc., Milwaukee

Timothy Oldiges ’11 BE, consultant,

Patrick Lohaus ’11 AE, field engineer,

Ryan Osiecki ’11 AE, HVAC engineer,

Bechtel Construction, Pueblo, Colo.

Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis.

design engineer, Electronic Design Inc., Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Allen Long ’11 EE, electro-mechanical

Kyle Ostapina ’11 AE, field service

engineer, Felins Inc., Milwaukee

Brandon Karl ’11 BE, field service

Travis Malouf ’11 ME, associate design

technician, Extreme Engineering, Minot, N.D.

trainee, Sysmex America, Mundelein, Ill.

engineer, Ariens Corp., Brillion, Wis.

Peter Hobson ’11 ME, mechanical

engineer, Manitowoc Cranes, Manitowoc, Wis. Zachary Holyszko ’11 ME, engineering

Steven Johnson ’11 CE, lead developer,

Visionary Apps LLC, Hartland, Wis. Christopher Karas ’11 EET, electrical

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OptumInsight, Chicago

Baseball Fever What better way to end the summer than with America’s favorite pastime? MSOE alumni across the country participated in baseball-themed alumni events. As part of the September Fifth-Thursday Alumni Event, guests toured Miller Park and had the chance opportunity to meet legendary Milwaukee Brewer Robin Yount (center), Hall of Famer and MVP.

Alumni Roll Call The East Chapter of MSOE’s Alumni Association watched the New York Mets take on the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Pictured left to right are: Jessica Gregg, Josh Gregg ’00, Steve Baranello ’78, Joe Stromwall, James Wiltzius ’90, Stephanie Zeiler ’91, Reg Zeller ’02, Jessica Guttenfelder ’02, Walter Guttenfelder ’99 and Melissa Niebes.

David Paton ’11 ME, design engineer,

Joshua Pordon ’11 SE, software

Brittany Remington ’11 BUS, marketing

Nordco Inc., Oak Creek, Wis.

developer I, RedPrairie Corp., Waukesha, Wis.

assistant, DP Electronic Recycling, Elkhorn, Wis.

Bernard Pyzdrowski ’11 ME, design

Aaron Robbins ’11 EET, avionics

engineer, Hydac International, Glendale Heights, Ill.

systems engineer, Carlisle Interconnect Technology, Franklin, Wis.

Alexander Raver ’11 CM, assistant

Emily Schmeling ’11 NU, registered

project manager, Hunzinger Construction Co., Brookfield, Wis.

nurse, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee

Devin Pettis ’11 ME, technical service

engineer, Caterpillar Inc., South Milwaukee, Wis. Seth Pollen ’11 SE, teaching assistant,

University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wis.

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“MSOE taught me how to be an engineer, how to be disciplined in my work, how to be detail oriented and thorough and how to get my pocket protector to sit just right.”

MSOE alumnus JJ Schultz ’95 combines his love for music with his passion for engineering. Photo courtesy of

Thinking outside the box at Pandora JJ Schultz ’95 has worked as a software engineer at Pandora Internet radio since 2006, despite the fact that he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree. “I only took one computer programming class at MSOE; it was Fortran, and I got a D. The only D I ever got in my whole life,” he joked. Pandora is a free (and legal) way to listen to music online. Select a song you want to listen to, and Pandora will scan its vast catalog of music and select other musically-similar songs to follow. Users can create up to 100 unique “stations,” and refine the stations to improve accuracy. After graduation, Schultz moved to Detroit where he designed tools and gears for Masco Corp. The work was repetitive, and he realized he could automate much of it using a programming language called AutoLISP. “I got into programming AutoLISP and became fairly decent at it,” he said. Around that point he took a vacation to San Francisco, and never looked back. “I packed up my car, threw out everything that didn’t fit and drove out there.” Schultz relied on his AutoLISP skills to find a job in San Francisco, working his way up from answering help desk phone calls to building custom in-house apps for a number of companies in the Bay Area. Eventually, he found a job as a java applications engineer for a company called Consilient, before

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joining Pandora in 2006. “MSOE taught me how to be an engineer, how to be disciplined in my work, how to be detail oriented and thorough and how to get my pocket protector to sit just right,” explained Schultz. In his free time, Schultz plays in a band and enjoys writing and recording music. “Pandora allows me to tie together my passion for engineering with my passion for writing music. Plus, Pandora is quite popular so there are some very interesting engineering challenges to work on. There’s a thrill to knowing that when you push out some code, millions of people will use it right then (and will immediately find problems if there are any!).” For Schultz, it’s important to be able to learn new things and adapt to change quickly. “Technologies come and go, so the one skill that I’ve always tried to keep sharp is my ability to learn new things quickly. I think that’s probably been my most valuable skill throughout my entire career.” Despite his success, Schultz still fondly remembers his time as an undergraduate. “My favorite times at MSOE were hanging at Big Boy with my friends. Iced tea and cheese sticks always made for good times. I loved my classes with Professors Kuhfittig and Dyskow and I still think of them often.”

Alumni reaching new heights! Brian Bromley ’94 AE (left) and Craig Trebatoski ’94 ME

successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, West Africa in September 2011.

summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2011. Congratulations!

Brandon Ullrich ’11 ME, project

engineer, Signicast, Milwaukee Nathan Vandermause ’11 EE, electrical

Ian Schmit ’11 ME, mechanical design

engineer, Telsmith Inc., Mequon, Wis.

Marriage Announcements

engineer I, Johnson Controls, Milwaukee

Michael Trader ’89 EE married Kristen

Michael Varga ’11 ME, inside sales

Emily Taugher ’02 CE married Chris

engineer, Rotork, Milwaukee

Mason on Aug. 19, 2011.

Charles Waelti ’11 ME, technical

Mark Fingerholz, ’03 ME married

program engineer, Harley-Davidson Motor Co., Milwaukee

Shannon Starling on May 14, 2011.

Seas on May 7, 2011.

Jamie Gunn ’03 BMS married Sarah

Benjamin Weigert ’11 MIS, technical

Lawless on Sept. 3, 2011.

J.F. Ahern Co., Fond du Lac, Wis.

analyst, Virtual Care Provider Inc., Milwaukee

Daniel Sepe ’04 B&CS married Kristin

Jordan Schuessler ’11 ME, mechanical

Devin White ’11 CM, site engineer, J.P.

Alexander Schmude ’11 CM, estimator,

design engineer, Alaark Tooling and Automation Inc., Sheboygan, Wis. Justin Sell ’11 AE/MSST, construction

project engineer, Continental Properties Co. Inc., Menomonee Falls, Wis. Mario Sevilla ’11 EE, project engineer,

Enhanced Automation, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Benjamin Steele ’11 EE, electronic and

Cullen & Sons Inc., Brookfield, Wis. Brandon Wilk ’11 BE/CE, programmer

analyst, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Perry Wirth ’11 MIS, digital client

service liaison analyst, Accenture, Milwaukee Ryan Wyss ’11 BE, remediation

Morgans on May 21, 2011. Kevin Anschutz ’05 ME married Jill

Planksy on June 18, 2011. Kelly Haas ’05 IE married Tyler Cvetan ’07 SE on Oct. 6, 2011. Eric Raz ’06 AE married Becky Fletcher

on July 9, 2011. Matthew Riggs ’07 CE married Coral

Schwiesow on Jan. 1, 2011.

engineer, Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, Ill.

Jeremy Fredrich ’08 EE married Katrina

electrical engineer, Boeing, St. Louis Michael Swagger ’11 ME, mechanical

Zachary Zussman ’11 ME, sustaining

Leanne Ausprung ’09 BE married Kyle

engineer, CDLMS Inc., Greendale, Wis. Marcus Traber ’11 ME, mechanical

engineer, Ampco Pumps, Glendale, Wis.

engineer, Kenall Mfg. Co., Gurnee, Ill.

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Stephanie Johnson ’00 IE and Mike Powalish ’01 ME, also

Schneider on Sept. 2, 2011. Schmocker on June 11, 2011. Allison Friedli ’09 AE married Andrew Blau ’10 AE/MSST on Nov. 12, 2011 Dimensions Fall/Winter 2011-12


Have a new job title, achievement or life change you’d like to share? Submit it online at or call (414) 277-7151. Nathan Mathiot ’09 ME married Sarah Waite ’09 BE on Oct. 8, 2011.

To Clyde and Amber (Boodey) Gnann ’99 AE, a son, Trenton, born on

Chaston Scarborough ’09 EE married Caitlin Berigan ’10 NU on Feb. 18, 2011.

Sept. 7, 2011.

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Brenton Wehber ’09 ME married Aimee

Hintz on July 30, 2011. Bradly Arnold ’10 ME married Emily Reinhard ’11 EE on July 23, 2011. Kayla Madaus ’10 BSM married Justin Sell ’11 AE/MSST on Sept. 24, 2011. Aaron Crass ’11 AE/MSST married

Alicia Armstrong on July 3, 2011.

Birth Announcements To Michelle and Lee Griesbach ’93 EET, a son, Frederick, born on Jan. 18, 2011. To Toni and Christopher Belsky ’98 EE/BMS, a daughter, Maylynn, born on May 4, 2011.

To Bridgette and John Janik ’00 BE, a son, Andrew, born on Jan. 14, 2011. To Clover (Perry) Barnes ’01, a son, Perry, born on April 11, 2011. To Trudy and Dennis Lohr ’01 ME, a son, Desmond, adopted on Aug. 5, 2011. To Emily and Ryan Gunderson ’01 EE, a daughter, Arya, born on Dec. 29, 2010. To Katie and Matthew Lephardt ’01 B&CS, a daughter, Hannah, born on July 7, 2011. To Karen Long ’05 AE, a son, Tanner, born on April 21, 2011. To KD and Jason Zoellner ’06 EE, a daughter, Scarlett, born on Sept. 3, 2011.

Achievements Fernand Medeiros ’51 ACT was

recognized for his service during World War II. A bridge in Taunton, Mass., was named the Fernand Medeiros POW bridge in his honor. Medeiros fought in Italy, where he was wounded and held captive at a Nazi prison camp in Poland. He received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1981. Joseph Rencis ’80 ABCET, has been

named the Dean of Engineering and the Clay N. Hixson Chair for Engineering Leadership at Tennessee Technological University. Neal Granroth ’79 CET, ’89 EET,

was part of the Thermo Fisher Scientific software design team that received a 2011 R&D 100 Award for a new product.

To Christopher and Karen (Montalbano) Schoeder ’03 NU, a daughter, Layla, born on May 30, 2011.

To Veronica (Konieczka) O’Dierno ’06 AE and Dominick O’Dierno ’07 CE, a son, Anthony, born on Sept. 24, 2011.

To Stephanie and Brian Rinke ’95 AE, ’07 MSST, a son, Zachary Anthony, born on Feb. 2, 2011.

To Megan and John Dirks ’04 B&CS, a daughter, Madison, born on Sept. 8, 2011.

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Rebecca (Nelson) Bahm ’90 AE, was

promoted to commander of the 235th Civil Engineering Flight Unit, Baltimore, Md. Rebecca was the first graduate of the AFROTC program from MSOE. Anthony Luciano ’95 AE, has been

named Engineer of the Year by The Daily Reporter, Milwaukee. Jessica (Gluckman) Ziegler ’98 AE,

John Janik ’00 BE, received a Ph.D. in

biomedical engineering from Marquette University/Medical College of Wisconsin in 2011. Kera (Vant) West ’00 BE, received PMP

certification in August 2011. Mark Fingerholz ’03 ME, received a master’s degree in systems engineering from Naval Postgraduate School in 2011. Steven Holland ’06 EE, received a Ph.D.

in electrical engineering from University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2011. Brandon Strojny ’06 EET, received a

Ph.D. in electrical engineering from

In Memory F.J. Daves ’47 RS Gordon Severson ’47 RHACT Robert Thompson ’47 RHACT Gerald Worden ’47 RHACS Lester Peterson ’50 EEE Robert Bryson ’51 EEE James Brown ’52 EE Robert Stewart ’52 EEP Lyle Young ’52 RHACT John Colby ’53 RATT Joseph Silveira ’54 EEE James Scroggin ’56 RTT Harvey Srolovitz ’56 EEE Robert Brink ’57 ME Robert Holden ’57 RTT David Macey ’58 EEE James Schuh ’59 INDT John Anderson ’65 EEC Allen Andree ’69 ME Earle Hopping ’69 EE George Weiland ’70 ECET Kenneth Hanna ’77 AIM Michael Lowy ’79 EE James Passalaqua ’87 MET Steven Dragosz ’96 MSEM

George Dalton, MSOE

Regent, passed away Nov. 18, 2011. Dalton was the founder and former chairman and CEO of Fiserv. After he retired from Fiserv, he founded NOVO 1 Inc., which he sold in 2009. Dalton was the 2005 recipient of the first BizTimes Milwaukee Bravo! Entrepreneur Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as an MSOE Regent since 1996 and as chairman of the Board of Regents from 2000 to 2002.

Pat Cummings, aka Cosmo Cruz, 91.7 FM

WMSE disk jockey, passed away Aug. 2, 2011. Cruz was a popular DJ for more than 18 years. He played R&B, soul, doowop and funk, often pulling music from his vast personal collection.

Thomas W. Nedwek, MSOE

Corporation member, passed away Nov. 8, 2011. Nedwek was always an active participant in MSOE’s fund raising golf outings. He also worked at MSOE for a number of years. He was an English instructor, was instrumental in the planning and execution of the university’s 75th anniversary celebration, and served as the vice president of public relations.

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received a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011.

Ohio State University and is currently an antenna design engineer for the United States Department of Defense.

Dr. Donald Ashby passed away Oct. 8, 2011.

Ashby began his employment with MSOE in 1980 and served as director of MSOE’s TRIO Department, overseeing the considerable growth of the department’s diverse offerings on behalf of Student Support Services and Upward Bound Programs. He will be greatly missed.

John J. Van Beckum passed away Oct. 13, 2011. Van Beckum led a long career in banking and retired after 35 years as Group President of Firstar Milwaukee. He also served the MSOE community as an MSOE Corporation member beginning in 1974 and was part of the Student Affairs Committee from 1976 and 1977. He served on the MSOE Board of Regents from 1979 to 1989, after which he became a Regent Emeritus.

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If you own stock or have an interest in a closely held company that has appreciated, you may owe a substantial capital gains tax if you sell them. But, if you gift such assets to MSOE, you may avoid capital gains tax while enjoying an income tax deduction for the value of the securities. Gifting securities helps conserve your cash. This is just one of the many ways to support MSOE.

Scott Weaver, JD has joined MSOE’s Development and Alumni Affairs Department as the director of planned giving. With more than 30 years of experience in the investment industry, trust administration, probate law and estate planning, Weaver can work with you to determine which planned giving vehicle might be right for you and your family.

Planned giving donations ensure that outstanding opportunities are available for students in generations to come. The proceeds from a planed gift may enable MSOE to purchase vital equipment in a specified area or department. A planned gift could allow you to name an endowed scholarship, professorship or even a laboratory or class room. Planned gifts help MSOE build its endowment, which is essential for the university to maintain its competitive advantage.

LEArN MorE ABouT pLANNEd GiviNG Contact Scott Weaver at (414) 277-7148 or visit

Mark your calendars! 2012 July 13 – 15, 2012

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Honoring the classes of:




50th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

10th Anniversary

Campus Calendar January 3 12 16 16 18 18 24 26 28

March Classes Resume Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Career Fair Raider Day Board of Regents’ Meeting Working Professional Information Session at MSOE Great Books Dinner and Discussion Servant-Leadership Discussion Series Working Professional Information Session in Neenah, Wis. Science Bowl

February 11 15 20 25 26 – March 4

3–4 4 5 12–16 14 23 29

Train Time Annual Rockabilly Chili Contest to benefit WMSE Spring Quarter classes begin St. Patrick’s Week Great Books Dinner and Discussion Raider Day Fifth Thursday Alumni Event

April 5–15 16 21 25

Spring Break Board of Regents’ Meeting Open House Great Books Dinner and Discussion

Architectural Engineering Senior Design Show Great Books Dinner and Discussion Raider Day Winter Quarter ends/Commencement Break Week

If you have questions or need 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.

From the Archives In this new, ongoing segment of Dimensions, we will present an object or photo from MSOE’s extensive archive collection, maintained by the MSOE Library. We hope you enjoy the glimpse at our past. The MSOE Relay, a monthly publication that combined the alumni bulletin, student bulletin and staff newsletter into one document, ran from February 1950 to June 1968. It started out as a small pocket-sized publication of approximately 15 pages, but grew to a larger size in 1955. Composed on IBM electromatic typewriters and photographically reduced to a smaller size, it was produced by the Public Relations Department and printed on campus using an offset press.

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Continuing Studies and Outreach The Rader School of Business is the new home for Continuing Studies and Outreach at MSOE, which combines and replaces the Center for Working Professionals and Business Excellence Consortium (BEC). Professor Kathy Faggiani, Ph.D., will lead the new unit. “The primary goal of Continuing Studies and Outreach is to connect the MSOE academic community with those individuals and organizations seeking to improve their effectiveness and level of success,” said Faggiani. “We want to be your resource for careerlong development.” MSOE’s Continuing Studies and Outreach will develop and deliver programs and services for: • Adult learners seeking education and professional development opportunities through MSOE’s credit and non-credit programs. • Organizations seeking well-defined, strategic training and professional development opportunities for their workforce. • Individuals and organizations seeking assistance from MSOE engineering and industry experts to solve problems and enhance organizational effectiveness and success. Continuing Studies will offer bachelor’s degree completion programs for adults who have completed a two-year associate degree; graduate programs; graduate certificate programs; and non-credit workshops that introduce new and innovative tools and practices. Outreach will help individuals and organizations respond to challenges occurring at all stages of the individual and organizational life cycle. Services include customer-site training and assistance to support Lean Six Sigma programs, Project Management, Design for Producibility certification of the engineering workforce and more.

For more information contact Dr. Kathy Faggiani at (800) 321-6763 • (414) 277-7279 or

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Fall - Winter 2011