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DIMENSIONS Milwaukee School of Engineering Magazine Senior Editor: Sandra Everts Editor: JoEllen Burdue Managing Editor: Pamela Torke Design Coordinator: Leigh Ann Hass Graphic Designers: Andrea Davies, Peg Houghton Contributing Writers: JoEllen Burdue, Kyle Dlabay, Brian Gibboney, Loreen Pace, Kent Peterson, Pamela Torke, Hermann Viets, Ph.D. Contributing Photography: ASC, JoEllen Burdue, Chipstone Foundation, Dr. Eric Durant ’98, Peg Houghton, Dr. Patrick Jung, Kiley Kurz, Steve Luecht, MCAA, Paul W. Roberts, Kat and Dylan Schleicher/ Ellagraph Studios 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.

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Mrs. Linda and Dr. John Mellowes (center) joined President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. at a recent Commencement. Dr. and Mrs. Mellowes are supporting MSOE’s planned giving efforts through their John and Linda Mellowes Planned Giving Initiative.

President’s Message MSOE’s business model may remind us of the story of a manufacturer who loses money on each product but tries to make it up with volume. Actually, because tuition does not cover the cost of an MSOE education, we lose money on each student who enrolls and then employers hire graduates away without compensating us. So how do we overcome this faulty financial model? The answer, of course, is support from our alumni and other donors through voluntary giving in three forms: annual gifts, major gifts and planned giving. The first two are relatively well understood in comparison to the third. Planned giving is a financial plan that is in the best interests of both the donor and MSOE. It generally involves financial (often estate) planning and can involve other members of the donor’s family and perhaps named recognition of the donor. MSOE has a particular effort underway, the John and Linda Mellowes Planned Giving Initiative supported by the Charter

Manufacturing Company Foundation Inc. MSOE’s Scott Weaver, J.D. is leading that effort and making good progress. He knows MSOE very well, having a son, Jon Weaver, who graduated in 2003. We certainly would like to talk with you about planned giving and estate planning. As an attorney and planning specialist, Scott can illustrate opportunities for you that coincide with your personal objectives. Please give me a call at (414) 277-7100 or Scott directly at (414) 277-7148. Read more about planned giving on pages 16-17. Sincerely,

Hermann Viets, Ph.D. President

Contents Spring 2012 2..................................Spotlight on Leadership G. Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins, entrepreneur, adjunct professor, MSOE Regent and holder of the Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship 3..................................Combining Care and Compassion 4-8 ..............................Highlights 9..................................Focus on Grohmann Museum Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library 10-11..........................Quick Takes 12................................St. Pat’s Week 13................................Faculty Feature Dr. Russ Meier, associate professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department 14................................Academic Slam Dunk! 15................................Making Connections 16-17..........................Planned Giving 18................................Commencement 19................................CAECM Senior Design and Career Night 20-21..........................Raiders’ Wrap-Up 22-28..........................Alumni Roll Call 29................................Campus Calendar Back Cover................Summer in the City

On the Cover Austin Meier and Carol Cayo helped MSOE gain the first ever, back-to-back national honor of having Academic All-Americans in the same sport. Read more about them and their accomplishments on page 14.

Spotlight on Leadership

re u t fu n ow r ou y ing t r a Ch G. Woodrow “Woodie” Adkins, MSOE Regent, adjunct professor and holder of the Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship, learned the ropes of running a business at a young age on a dairy farm in Maryland. “Growing up on the farm, I learned quickly how to deal with people, animals, equipment and even learned some economics the hard way,” he said. Adkins graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture education and economics, and joined Swift & Company after graduation. He ascended the corporate ladder in eight years to the position of vice president of marketing and sales of the branded meat business. Four years later, at the age of 33, he was recruited to become the president of Wisconsin Packing Company. During his watch over the next 15 years the business grew from $21 million to more than $250 million in revenue. In 1990, with an entrepreneurial mindset, he organized Adkins Holdings LLC as a personal investment company.

“I like students’ questions, and believe that I am imparting some knowledge to them from a practical experience standpoint.” Adkins was named holder of the Uihlein/Spitzer Chair of Entrepreneurship at MSOE’s Rader School of Business in 2004. He and Professor Larry Schmedeman developed and taught three new courses focused on the skills and tools of entrepreneurship in innovation, business planning, finance and growth strategies. Adkins’ favorite part of teaching is interaction with students. “I like students’ questions, and believe that I am imparting some knowledge to them from a practical experience standpoint,” he said. Currently, Adkins is a managing partner of FCF Partners LP, a private equity fund in Milwaukee. Prior to becoming a partner he co-invested with the fund in 2001 in four foodrelated companies and functioned as an executive partner working with the management of the portfolio companies. “I tried a brief retirement for six months in 2000, but I couldn’t deal with the concept,” he joked. In his free time, he enjoys upland game hunting, motorcycle riding with friends and traveling. Adkins and his wife Doris have two grown children who are married, and four granddaughters.

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Adkins with his wife Doris at the Fall 2012 Winter Commencement.

Adkins’ tools for success: • Reading and utilizing what I read has helped me develop a leadership and public speaking style. I credit the Dale Carnegie courses and my active involvement in the 4-H Club as a young person with that development. • One should be entrepreneurial, even within an organization, to progress and create a personal level of satisfaction in life. • Try not to become so fixated on a single life objective that you miss other doors that open.

Combining Care and Compassion

In January and February, sophomore nursing students invited children and their parents to the nursing lab on campus for a health assessment. The students interacted with children while simultaneously completing a health history and a physical assessment of the child. A total of 19 children who ranged from ages 7 weeks old up to 15 years old attended the event. “The pediatric lab was a fun and rewarding experience. I loved being able to apply what I was learning in lab on an actual person,� said Ashley Albrecht.

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News “Breaking” news Construction begins soon on MSOE’s new athletic field and parking complex, and an official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. The athletic field is being built on top of an in-ground, 780-car parking facility located at the northwest corner of Broadway and Knapp St., immediately north of the Kern Center. As an extension of the Kern Center, it further supports MSOE’s commitment to student wellness and development as a whole person. The $30 million project will have a significant impact on the Park East Corridor as the first major development of its kind in the area. The development is largely supported with a very generous donation from Drs. Robert and Patricia Kern. Project updates and photos will be posted regularly at

MSOE is military-friendly MSOE was included in Military Advanced Education magazine’s 2012 Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities for its dedication to promoting quality educational programs that serve all branches of the U.S. Armed Services. This is the third year MSOE has been included in the guide.

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Most Innovative College MSOE was named one of the 10 Most Innovative Colleges in the Country by The recognition came for Bridge, MSOE’s dynamic social media platform for prospective students. MSOE was in good company: others on the list include Olin College, Carnegie Mellon, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University and more.

Solar savings Fourteen solar panels have been installed on the roof of Margaret Loock Residence Hall. They will generate an estimated 1,100 therms of energy per year, supplying about 20 percent of the annual hot water needs of the residence hall. They also avoid approximately six tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year. Dr. Christopher Damm, associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, led the project, which began two years ago and was funded entirely by the City of Milwaukee, U.S. Department of Energy, We Energies and the State of Wisconsin Focus on Energy Program. The system serves as a remote component of the Mechanical Engineering Department’s Renewable Energy Systems Laboratory and complements MSOE’s 30 kW solar electric power plant on the roof of the Campus Center. It will be used, along with existing in-lab systems, to teach students about solar thermal energy.

MSOE Leadership Day Clover Barnes ’01, chief operations officer of Milwaukee Health Services; Former Lt. Governor Margaret Farrow; and Clint Wenthur ’98, engineering and quality manager at Plexus, shared their professional and life experience at the university’s first annual Leadership Day. They offered wisdom and insight on what true leadership is and how to demonstrate leadership. The event was sponsored by Phi Beta Lambda and the Student Activities Department.

Educator of the Year Blake Wentz has been named the 2012 Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) Educator of the Year. Wentz is an assistant professor and construction management program director in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department. He is also the MCAA Student Chapter advisor at MSOE.


Industry Day with Rockwell Collins The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, led by Drs. Eric Durant ’98, Rich Kelnhofer, Mark Sebern and Steve Williams, worked with alumni and industry advisory committee members at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to execute an Industry Day at MSOE. Six Rockwell Collins employees, mostly MSOE alumni, gave guest lectures in 15 classes, presented eight freehour talks, and sponsored a pizza dinner and keynote talk for 175 EECS students. Thirty EECS students then traveled to Rockwell Collins with Drs. Durant, Mark Hornick, Sebern and Williams for a facility tour and reception with MSOE alumni working at Rockwell Collins.

Recreating history MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center is helping the Chipstone Foundation create an artifact to display at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibit, “Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina,” features face jug vessels that were created by slaves in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. Vince Anewenter ’11, RPC manager of operations (pictured), used 3D laser scanning to create an exact digital copy of an original face jug. Using the digital file, Anewenter and biomedical engineering student Nora Huang worked with Brian Gillis, the commissioned artist, to convert the model into a time capsule. Using Selective Laser Sintering technology the RPC additively manufactured the actual time capsule, which will be on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum April 26-Aug. 5.

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Outstanding! MSOE’s student chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) was the Class 2 recipient of the 2011 SAE Honeywell Outstanding Collegiate Branch Award. They received the award, which came with an $850 check, in recognition of exemplary performance in the areas of technical meetings, networking opportunities, Collegiate Design Series competitions, promoting SAE membership, and community service programs like A World In Motion®.

Students’ business skills go national MSOE students won first place in five events and finished in second or third place in 10 other categories at the annual Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL) Conference. All 10 of the MSOE students competing at the state conference qualified for the national competitions to be held this summer in San Antonio. They competed against more than 100 students from UW-Madison, UW-Oshkosh, UWWhitewater, UW-Green Bay and more. Dr. Michael Payne, assistant professor in the Rader School of Business, is the Phi Beta Lambda group’s advisor. Scan for more information.

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Amigos y agua Students in Dr. Michael Carriere and Dr. Patrick Jung’s Latin American Society class traveled to Guatemala for a week this Spring. During Winter Quarter they learned about the people and places of Guatemala. The trip furthered the students’ education, and they also completed work that will be the first step toward building a water system in the small village of La Pila. Students surveyed family homesteads and farm fields to examine the feasibility of building water catchment and drip water systems. MSOE’s Engineers Without Borders student group is now evaluating the information and considering this as a future project. The class and EWB worked with Behrhorst Partners for Development, a non-governmental organization that does many public health projects in Guatemala.

“OP”portunity Conference winners Nearly 70 teams of high school students put their computer, math and science skills to the test during MSOE’s annual “OP”portunity Conference. The OP Conference gives high school students the opportunity to demonstrate excellence in academic pursuits. Cary-Grove (Ill.) High School (Team A) won the computer competition. Marquette University High School, Milwaukee, won the math competition and Libertyville (Ill.) High School (Team A) won the science competition.

Back, l-r: Mollie Zuberbier, Henry Luecht, Jake Larson, John von Helms, Steve Luecht. Front, l-r: Carly Uuskallio, Garrick Jannene, Spencer Rode, Sid Bickle

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Three-peat! Architectural engineering and construction management students won the Preconstruction National Championship for the third straight year at the annual Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Student Competition. Team members (pictured, left to right) are Jared Gothard, Cate Scholfield, Matt Bakke, Chris Dublinski and team coach Dr. Jeong Woo. Not pictured are Josh Halvorsen, Nick Zamorski, Theodore Bulinski (alternate) and Bryan Makatura (alternate). To win, the students prepared a preconstruction proposal for a $200 million Ritz Carlton Ski Resort in Vail, Colo. PCL Construction judging panelists commented on the high caliber of MSOE students and said, “The MSOE team is the Yankees of Preconstruction.” Woo, assistant professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, coached the team.


Web app and sustainable building companies win MSOE competition Sharing top prize in the sixth annual MSOE Business Plan Competition were The Notebook, a company developing innovative services and Web apps for college students, and Xeratec, a property development business focused on environmentally sustainable building renovation. Victor Bande, Max Poeske and Jaren Singh of The Notebook, and Andrew Hillstrom and Keith Kumpula of Xeratec, will represent MSOE at the Mason-Wells BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition between 21 Wisconsin universities. The MSOE competition is sponsored by MSOE’s Uihlein/Spitzer Center for Entrepreneurship and supported by MSOE’s Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) project grant. Dr. Jeffrey Blessing, professor, Rader School of Business, serves as Kern Fellow and competition coordinator.

Local schools compete in Fluid Power Challenge Fifteen teams of eighth-grade students competed in the Fluid Power Challenge in December at MSOE. They solved a fluid power challenge by designing and constructing a mechanism that used fluid power technology. Mitchell Middle School was the Overall Champion and Portfolio Champion. Steffen Middle School was the Design Champion, Team Work Champion and Team Challenge Champion. The program is sponsored by the National Fluid Power Association and is designed to introduce students to the world of engineering and careers in fluid power.

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Marshfield H.S. wins regional Science Bowl Marshfield (Wis.) High School won the Wisconsin regional championship in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Science Bowl® for high school students at MSOE. The winning team advances to Washington, D.C., to compete against 68 other regional winners. This is the third year in a row that Marshfield High School won the regional championship. Twenty teams of high school students from Wisconsin were quizzed on biology, chemistry, earth and science, physics, astronomy and math.

Student receives heroism award Freshman mechanical engineering major Daniel Maughan received the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Heroism Award. Maughan traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive the award which was presented by his Congressman, Kenny Marchant, of the 24th District of Texas. The Heroism Award is the third-highest award presented by BSA for lifesaving and

meritorious action, reserved for individuals who have demonstrated heroism and skill in saving or attempting to save a life. Maughan’s father, Mike, suffered a heart attack due to an unknown blood clot. In an act of heroism, Maughan performed CPR on his father until paramedics arrived on scene. Due to the trauma caused by the blood clot, Mike later passed away with his family by his side.

On the Move William Breese, director of housing, earned his Ph.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service in Higher Education from Cardinal Stritch University. Sheku Kamara ’01, is now director of the Rapid Prototyping Center and Vince Anewenter ’11 is manager of operations. Judy Prest, admission counselor, has moved from the Office of Continuing Studies to Enrollment Management. Chris Raebel ’94, assistant professor in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department, earned his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a structural emphasis from Marquette University.

New faculty Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management J. W. Spear, Lecturer

Facilities Joseph Goodman, Electrician Peter Lahmann, HVAC Technician Kyle Schulz, Custodian Finance Patrice Brunette, Staff Accountant Financial Aid Erik Mozolik, Senior Financial Aid Counselor Lucy Spicuzza, Financial Aid Counselor Physics and Chemistry Cherrie Raimann, Administrative Assistant Project Lead The Way Patricia Deibert, Associate Affiliate Director

Mechanical Engineering

Robert Chang, Lecturer Thomas Samuel, Lecturer Physics and Chemistry Dr. Ingrid Buxton, Adjunct Assistant Professor

New staff Electrical Engineering and Computer Science/Mathematics Sandra Pierce, Administrative Assistant

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**Editor’s Note: Future staff and faculty appointments and promotions will be reported in the MSOE Newsroom:

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Focus on

Grohmann Museum Edmund Lewandowski American (1914-1998) Edmund Fitzgerald Oil on canvas 31 1/2 x 41 ¾ in.

Great Lakers: Selections from the Great Lakes Marine Collection of the Milwaukee Public Library May 11 – Aug. 6, 2012 Presented by the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society Hand-selected from the collections of the Milwaukee Public Library, this exhibition features paintings, prints and photos of Great Lakes boats of the 19th and 20th centuries. Works by such artists as Edmund Lewandowski, Robert von Neumann and Fritz Gerlach are featured alongside photos and effects from Great Lakers like the W.E. Fitzgerald, Edmund Fitzgerald, Christopher Columbus, and the Meteor, among others. Boat models and ‘working boats’ slide shows are also included in this unique display.

Current Exhibit: Through April 22, 2012 H.D. Tylle: Touring Germany and Working in Wisconsin 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 and included representations of companies like Merck and BMW. Many of those same pieces are featured in the Grohmann Museum exhibit, in addition to Tylle’s representations of Wisconsin companies such as Charter Manufacturing, Kondex and Pieper Electric, among others. Gallery Night Event: Friday, April 20, 2012, 5 – 9 p.m.

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Quick Takes

Always a favorite amongst children and parents, the Society of Model Engineers held its annual Train Time gathering on campus in March. Kids enjoyed looking at scale models of trains built by local railroad clubs.

The MSOE Symphony Orchestra added some festivity to campus with their holiday concert, held in December.

Elementary and middle school students from Our Next Generation Inc. celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on campus. They also saw the unveiling of a four-foot tall replica cake of the Martin Luther King National Memorial created by technical communication senior Barbara Meyer.

Most MSOE students can recite the laws of thermodynamics, but do they know the difference between a salad fork and a dinner fork? Business-etiquette consultant Margery Sinclair guided students through the intricacies of a four-course dinner, hosted by Counseling Services, to help them improve dining etiquette and business conversation.

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The MSOE Investment Club hosted lunch with Dr. Eckhart Grohmann, MSOE Regent and supporter. All students were invited to hear Grohmann discuss entrepreneurship and his Man at Work collection, featured in the Grohmann Museum.

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The MSOE Dance Team performed during halftime at a Milwaukee Wave soccer match. “Dancing at the Wave game was awesome—performing in front of a large crowd was an adrenaline rush that pumped us up. We also got to meet the players and get their autographs,” said team member Kira Hansen.

More than 2,000 people attended 91.7 FM WMSE’s 10th Annual Rockabilly Chili Contest in the Kern Center, raising more than $44,000 for WMSE and hundreds of pounds of food for the Hunger Task Force.

Twenty-two high schools competed in the 2012 Milwaukee Regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in March, where MSOE was a sponsor. This year’s challenge was to inflate a balloon and pop it in 20 or more steps.

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The Spirit

of St. Patrick–

the patron saint of engineers—is alive and well at MSOE. The week-long St. Pat’s celebration featured games, food, a march through downtown Milwaukee and lots of severed neck ties.

This year, 11 eggs survived the annual egg drop challenge— where students build contraptions to protect an egg from a three-story fall. A team from FOX 6’s Real Milwaukee morning TV show competed and succeeded with an in-tact egg!

Left to right: Phoebe Skowronski, Emily Dvorsky, Marissa Parent, Tyler Loehrl, Kara Stuiber, Kash Engineer and Ben Parrish posed in front of their SUB booth during the St. Pat’s Carnival.

Architectural engineering junior Tiffany Biagini was elected this year’s St. Patrick— the second female St. Patrick in the history of MSOE! She celebrated after cutting Dr. Viets’ tie, signing the proclamation and gaining control of the university for the day.

The entire campus was invited to participate in the Raider Rally, where participants marched through the streets of Milwaukee to take on the Fir Darrig for control of the university.

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Dr. Russ Meier

Faculty Feature

Associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Dr. Russ Meier has traveled the world including Brazil, Spain, Hong Kong and Morocco, sharing his expertise in computer engineering and engineering education. In 2009, he won the Young Engineer of the Year Award from STEM Forward. We caught up with him to learn more about his background, passion for teaching and why he loves MSOE. Your favorite thing about teaching: In 2009, I taught my 10,000th student. So, in 2012, I am closing in on 10,500. Being able to touch that many lives in such a powerful and positive way is the most rewarding part of teaching. Your favorite thing about MSOE: At MSOE, I know each of my students, their classroom skills, their design ability, their internship positions and their extracurricular activities. The small, private school environment allows me to form a mentorship role with students that is much more effective than what I could accomplish with 500 students in a class. What was your first job? I was a working member of a family farm with more than 1,600 acres of pasture and crop land from about the age of 8. In fact, my love of engineering comes from the tear-down and repair of broken trucks, tractors and other farm implements. Favorite place you’ve traveled to: For the peace and quiet of nature, my wife and I head to the U.S. Southwest. The canyons and deserts are inspiring. For the vibe of a bigger city, I head to Madrid, Spain. The combination of Old World architecture, world-class art, a vibrant and walkable central city, and plenty of tapas makes for the perfect city getaway. Best place to hang out on campus: My office because it overlooks Cathedral Square, with southern light in the wintertime, fantastic Milwaukee architecture out the window, Jazz in the Park drifting in the window on warm afternoons, and the constant stream of students stopping by to ask questions or just talk.

Best advice you’ve ever received: My parents always encouraged me to be a lifelong learner. They said, “Education will take you anywhere you want to go. Degrees aren’t granted. They are earned!” Apple or PC? Definitely Apple! I’ve owned and used Apple computers as my primary computer since the 1970s. I learned to program on Apple IIe computers using Apple BASIC. What is your biggest motivator? My students! Watching them explore engineering has been my greatest joy. I see amazing pieces of technology like the iPad and it makes me continually think about what the students who graduate from MSOE in my field of computer engineering will create next! Dr. Meier has more to share! Visit us online at to read his complete answers to these, and other, questions.

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Academic Slam Dunk! Two MSOE student athletes have helped the university gain the first ever, back-to-back national honor of having Academic AllAmericans in the same sport. Carol Cayo was named the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year for Division III women’s basketball (the only one in the country). Cayo, from Lake Mills, Wis., is a senior majoring in industrial engineering. Last year, Austin Meier, from Oshkosh, Wis., received the same honor for men’s basketball. Meier will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering and a master’s degree in structural engineering. This is the first time in the history of this prestigious award, which has been granted by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) since 1952, that one university or college has received the honor two years in a row for the same sport. Cayo was also named Player of the Year for the Northern Athletics Conference. Meier received the same honor last year—making this another back-to-back win for MSOE! MSOE has had a very strong academic reputation throughout its 109 year history, but the basketball program hasn’t been as strong. This begs the question of why these standout athletes, who could have chosen to play basketball at nearly any university, chose to attend MSOE and play NCAA Division III basketball. “MSOE had the best balance of everything that I was looking for in college. First, there were a limited number of colleges that offered my specific major, in addition to being a place where I could make a significant contribution to the basketball team,” said Meier. “Given the fact MSOE is located in the heart of downtown Milwaukee, it allowed for small classes with a big city atmosphere. Overall, it had the best of what I was looking for in all my ‘college categories.’” “When looking at colleges I was definitely more concerned with finding a strong academic school rather than just a place where I could play sports. Luckily, MSOE offered both,” said Cayo. “I was really impressed with the extensive lab experiences for students, the high placement rates and starting salaries, and small class sizes. MSOE’s Kern Center, an amazing athletic facility, also helped finalize my decision.” Both athletes are involved in activities off the court and outside of the classroom. Meier is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Cayo is secretary of Tau Beta Pi, a member of the Institute for Industrial Engineers, and a recipient of the prestigious MSOE Presidential Scholarship. Meier and Cayo both have jobs lined up for after graduation this spring. Meier will move to Lenexa, Kan., to work as a structural engineer for Kiewit Power Engineers. Cayo will join Epic in Verona, Wis., as an implementation consultant/project manager.

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Making Connections


oing off to college is an exciting, yet terrifying, moment in a student’s life. For most, it’s the first time they’ll be away from home. Besides juggling a demanding MSOE class schedule, students are dealing with new roommates, making friends, handling finances, doing laundry, navigating a new city, finding time to sleep and relax, and of course calling, texting or emailing friends and family back home. The list goes on and it’s easy to become overwhelmed. That’s exactly why the MSOE Mentor Program was established. For more than two decades, MSOE faculty, staff and fellow students have been meeting with freshmen to help them adjust to college. The program helps them develop bonds with people on campus and enhances their first year at MSOE. “Being a mentor is a great way to interact with students,” said Rachael Left to right: Cameron Rate ’11, Jacob Rogahn, Adam Resnick, Chelsey Morrow and T.J. Signer are past McFarlane, MSOE admission participants of the Mentor Program at MSOE. counselor. “I enjoy helping them become part of the MSOE community and make connections across campus.” “Mentees,” as they’re affectionately called, meet periodically with their faculty or staff mentor who helps them feel connected to MSOE and make the first year of college a positive one. “I enjoyed getting to know people in the same major as me, and asking them for help on homework,” said freshman James Maki, a biomedical engineering and computer engineering major. According to a Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshmen Survey administered by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), in 2010 only 51.9 percent of students nationwide reported their emotional health was in the “highest 10 percent” or “above average.” While the mentors at MSOE are not counselors or curriculum advisors, they are able to help mentees take advantage of the services available in MSOE’s Learning Resource Center, Counseling Services and Health Services offices if necessary. This year, mentees voluntarily met with their mentor and a peer mentor. Mark Tutkowski, a computer engineering major, said, “Because I’m a commuter, I saw this as a great opportunity to meet people on campus.” Building on the success of the program, a mentor will be assigned to every freshman next fall. The program will be even more focused on the individual student. Freshmen will be paired with a faculty or staff mentor who they’ll meet with individually on a regular basis. The mentors will serve as another point of contact for freshmen, and will complement traditional academic advising. The purpose of the mentor program is to increase the retention and satisfaction of MSOE students, help them acclimate to their new environment, and to guide, support and encourage them to get the most out of their education. Freshmen also will be assigned a peer assistant. Peer assistants will play a large role during Welcome Week, helping freshmen become acclimated to life at MSOE and getting to know one another. Freshmen will be invited to keep in touch with their peer assistant throughout the year and participate in a variety of social events. Dimensions Spring 2012


Some questions require more thought … hat are your plans for the weekend? You’re probably able to give an answer without thinking twice. What are your plans to ensure the financial well-being of your estate or company? There’s a question that isn’t as easy to answer. We don’t think twice about planning a party, meeting, dinner, vacation or our retirement. But it’s surprising how many of us don’t have a plan for the financial well-being of our estate or company.


No one should overlook or minimize the importance of a plan for their financial future, which is why MSOE has a Development Office. The staff is available to help you with planned gifts in your estate and making charitable gifts to the university. They also look out for the well-being of MSOE’s financial future. There are many ways to protect your hard-earned income and take advantage of tax savings for charitable giving. Did you know that making a contribution to MSOE is also tax deductible? Donating to your alma mater is a great way to help current students and show appreciation for the education and scholarship assistance you received. Every gift helps.

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“Scholarships helped to relieve a lot of the pain and anxiety that I was feeling day to day,” said Jasmine Gooden, a sophomore mechanical engineering major. “When I received the scholarships I was able to relax and not feel as though I had to put myself under a huge deal of pressure.” MSOE has benefitted from the financial support of its donors since 1903. Major improvements have been made to the campus in the past decade including the addition of the Kern Center, Grohmann Museum, BioMolecular Engineering Laboratories and the new athletic field and parking structure to be built this summer. These landmark projects are the result of the generosity of our supporters and their personal motivation to spearhead major university projects. The support of alumni, benefactors and donors makes the MSOE experience possible. Tuition does not fully cover the cost of an MSOE education or the university’s operating expenses. The Annual Fund is comprised of gifts that alumni, parents and friends of the university make in response to yearly requests for support. Annual giving is a way in which the largest numbers of constituents are able to support MSOE. Annual gifts provide the needed financial resources to support academic programs, scholarships, equipment and materials purchases, computers for labs, student services, as well as academic and co-curricular programming and activities. Annual

gifts from alumni and friends enable MSOE to sustain its position of academic excellence. Planned giving, on the other hand, is a way to make a larger gift to MSOE than you would normally be able to out of your day-to-day income. A planned gift is a major gift made during your lifetime or through a will or bequest as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. There are many different types of planned gifts. Planned gifts can be made on behalf of an individual, a family and even a business. There are many ways to give a meaningful and impactful gift. You can give your gift now or postpone actual delivery until a later date—the choice is yours. Alumnus Jim Schutta ’78, ’88 always wanted to give back to MSOE and help current students. When he passed away, his wife Mary Jane honored Jim’s wish and established an endowed scholarship in his name. For the Schuttas, this planned gift is a very special way to acknowledge that Jim’s success may not have been possible without his education from MSOE. Read more about the Schuttas in the story at right. Scott C. Weaver, J.D. is MSOE’s director of planned giving. Weaver was hired as part of the John and Linda Mellowes Planned Giving Initiative, with funding provided by the Charter Manufacturing Company Foundation Inc. Weaver is available to help alumni and supporters include MSOE in their financial and estate planning. You can reach him at (414) 277-7148 or

In upcoming issues of Dimensions, we’ll take a closer look at the different types of planned gifts:

∂ A bequest through your will. ∑ Gifts of stock, bonds, real estate, real and personal property.

∏ A gift of a current, fully-funded life insurance policy.

π A gift from your retirement account.

His memory lives through endowed scholarship For alumnus Jim Schutta ’78, ’88, attending and graduating from MSOE wasn’t always easy. After starting his career at Johnson Controls right after high school, he attended night school and completed his MET degree in 1978. But he wasn’t done there. He continued on to complete his master’s in engineering management in 1988, and even taught night classes as an assistant professor while working full time. His career mirrored his academic success, and he quickly moved up the ladder at Johnson Controls where he worked for more than 20 years. Jim felt MSOE contributed greatly to his career success first at Johnson Controls, then later as a director of quality at Premark International and finally as an independent consultant. “Jim thought MSOE was the most wonderful place, and gave him the best opportunities. That’s why he wanted to leave money in the form of an endowed scholarship,” said his wife of 30 years, Mary Jane. Sadly, Jim was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, and passed away in April 2011. “After Jim was diagnosed, we had time to talk about things,” said Mary Jane. “He knew he wouldn’t have been able to afford his education without the help he got from Johnson Controls, and he thought if he could set up a scholarship, he could help other people get an education. He was adamant about wanting to return the favor. Jim loved MSOE, and felt he owed much of his success in life to MSOE.”

Œ Gifts of stocks or bonds. œ Charitable Remainder UniTrusts and Charitable Lead Trusts.

º A new life insurance policy where MSOE is the beneficiary.

— CDs, savings accounts, brokerage accounts and checking accounts with Payable on Death (POD) provisions.

For more information, visit: and contact Scott Weaver, J.D. at (414) 277-7148 or

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Commencement More than 50 engineering, business and nursing majors crossed the stage to become MSOE alumni at this year’s Winter Commencement. Dr. Charles F. James Jr., P.E., retired vice president of academics and professor emeritus, received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree and delivered the keynote address. Honorary degree recipient Dr. Charles F. James Jr. spoke to the crowd at Commencement.

Business management major Logan Gill posed with his parents and siblings—all 16 of them. Gill’s parents Wilson Jr. and Bonnie home school all of their children, and received the V.I.P. Excellence in Teaching Award after being nominated by Logan. “They provided the tools, but expected me to provide the perseverance,” said Logan.

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Joseph Blanchard, management information systems major, was the class respondent and graduated with high honors.

CAECM Department Happenings

Team members (left to right) Samantha Pekarscik, Michael Olk, Juan Montenegro, Tanya Otto, Ben Sprecher, James Saxton, Jake Edler, Brandin Keltner and Abdul Almishwat presented their senior design model for a new elementary school in Williams Bay, Wis.

Spring is a busy time of year on campus, the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department (CAECM) being no exception. We’ve got the scoop on the latest CAECM events, from Career Night and Senior Design to a symposium about the world’s tallest building. Sanesh Thomas (left), sophomore architectural engineering major, spoke with Tom Brady of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Inc. at the annual Career Night event, attended by more than 30 companies.

Lawrence C. Novak, SE, SECB, LEED®AP, director, engineered buildings for Portland Cement Association, gave a presentation titled “The Philosophy of Engineering for the Burj Khalifa, the World’s Tallest Building.” The symposium was attended by CAECM students, faculty, staff and alumni. Dimensions Spring 2012


Raiders’ Wrap-up MSOE hockey reaches NCAA tournament for first time; Toomey and Jordan and Josh Keizer earn national honors The MSOE hockey team reached the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in school history by winning the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup for the first time since 2006. The Raiders defeated Adrian 4-3 in overtime to secure their spot in the national tournament. MSOE fell to Gustavus Adolphus 3-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship. The Raiders finished the season ranked No. 8 in the Division III national poll. The team was ranked in every poll this season including a program best No. 6 in the poll before the NCAA tournament.

Toomey, Jordan Keizer, junior defenseman Nathan Brunk and Josh Keizer were all named Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association All-Conference. Josh Keizer and freshman defenseman Logan Bauman were selected to the MCHA AllFreshman Team.

MSOE (22-7-1, 16-3-1 MCHA) led all teams with three players being honored on the All-U.S. College Hockey Online ( teams. Junior forward Jordan Keizer was named to the Second Team while senior goalie Connor Toomey was selected to the Third Team. Freshman forward Josh Keizer was picked as a member of the All-Rookie Team. Toomey and Jordan Keizer were also named to the ACHA All-American teams. Toomey was selected to the First Team while Keizer is a member of the Second Team.

Jordan Keizer led the country with seven short-handed goals and seven game-winning goals. He finished second in goals (23) and points (45) nationally. He also scored the most goals in MCHA play with 16 and was second with 34 points in conference action.

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Toomey finished his MSOE career as the all-time leader in school history for wins (64), goals against average (2.32), save percentage (.913), saves (2,480) and shutouts (10). Among all Division III players, Toomey was eighth in goals against average at 1.98 and tied for fifth with three shutouts.

In MCHA play, Josh Keizer was right behind his brother with 13 goals in conference play and tied for the lead in freshman scoring in MCHA action at 25 points. Around the country, he was third in points among rookies.

Women’s basketball breaks program record for wins; Cayo named NAC Player of the Year and Academic All-America of the Year The MSOE women’s basketball team set program records with 17 wins overall and 11 victories in Northern Athletics Conference action. MSOE (17-10, 11-6 NAC) advanced to the NAC semifinals where they fell to Dominican 76-71. To reach the semis, the Raiders defeated Concordia-Chicago 59-40 in the NAC quarterfinals to earn their first win in the NAC Tournament.

Cayo was named NAC Player of the Year as well as NAC Defensive Player of the Year. She was selected First Team AllNAC for the third straight season. In NAC games, she was first in rebounding (10.3 RPG), second in points per game (17.3), second in blocks (40), second in field goals made (104), third in field goal percentage (52.8 percent) and third in free throws made (84). She reached the 1,500-point plateau and moved to second in the MSOE women’s basketball all-time scoring list during the season. Also, she became the first player in NAC history to reach 1,000 rebounds in a career. She is the all-time leader in rebounds and blocks in NAC and MSOE history. Cayo was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and selected to the Central Region Second Team in addition to being a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy.

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Raiders coach Jessica Ott was selected as NAC Coach of the Year for the second time in her career.

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Senior center Carol Cayo was named Capital One Academic AllAmerica of the Year for Division III women’s basketball, marking the second straight year that an MSOE basketball player has earned this honor. Austin Meier was selected as the College Division Academic All-America of the Year during the 2010-11 season. Read more about Cayo and Meier on page 14.

The men’s team finished with a record of 7-9 in NAC play and 10-15 overall. Sophomore guard John Cording was named to the Team of the Week in December. Cording had career-high scoring marks in back-to-back wins against Aurora and Marian.

Wrestlers earn share of conference title and academic honors The MSOE wrestling squad finished with 89.5 points at the Northern Wrestling Association Tournament to claim a share of the conference championship in Sheboygan, Wis. Lakeland also had 89.5 points. Junior Caleb Staub and sophomores Marcus Rokosh and Dallas Schurg each won NWA titles. Schurg won each of his three battles by decision to take the crown at 157 pounds. For Staub, he won his first two matches by pin (times of 1:53 and 1:24) then won by major decision 13-0 to take the top spot at 184 pounds. Rokosh won his first bout via pin in 1:49 and took the championship at 197 pounds with a 7-4 decision.

At the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional in Minneapolis, junior Austin Binish and sophomore Austin Karls were named reserves for the NCAA Division III National Championships. Binish was MSOE’s top finisher as he came in fourth place at 133 pounds while Karls was fifth in the heavyweight class. Binish, Karls and junior Mathew Ostovich were honored by the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA) as Academic All-Americans. The team itself was lauded with top 25 status among NCAA Division III programs, ranking 24th with a combined 3.1672 grade point average. This is the team’s tenth time in 12 years receiving this distinction. Dimensions Spring 2012


New Assignments

Steven Yanke ’88 EE, principal, Affiliated Engineers Inc., Phoenix


Todd Heraly ’89 EET, district operations manager, Eaton Corp., Appleton, Wis.

Gregory Wright ’78 EET, senior project manager, Sensus, Raleigh, N.C.

Matthew Shade ’97 AE, manager of field finance standards, Siemens Industry Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.

John Patelski ’80 EE, executive vice president, Ghafari Associates, Chicago


John Davis ’98 ME, performance and reliability engineer, John Deere & Company, Horicon, Wis.

David Bauer ’81 MET, executive director of product development in Wisconsin, Red Fusion Studios, Madison, Wis.

David Philip ’90 MET, manufacturing engineer, The Phoenix Co. of Chicago Inc., Wood Dale, Ill.

Mason Schmitz ’98 AE, project manager, C.W. Driver Inc., Pasadena, Calif.

Paul Zovic ’91 BMS, regional manager of Wisconsin business operations, Vieau Associates Inc., Minneapolis

Sarah Alt ’99 TC, information technology director – corporate business process, Generac Power Systems Inc., Waukesha, Wis.


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Michal Riege ’89 IE, project engineer, John Crane Orion, Grafton, Wis.

Ko Vang ’96 ME, senior manufacturing engineer, Logic PD Inc., Montevideo, Minn.

Jonathon Hintz ’83 ME, director of business development, Muza Metal Products, Oshkosh, Wis. Tyrone Rice ’84 ME, director of business sales for the Houston/Gulf Coast Region, Verizon Wireless, Houston Christopher Juneau ’86 ME, senior project engineer, Heat and Control Inc., Hayward, Calif.

Mark Albert ’92 ME, sustainability program manager, Sargento Foods Inc., Plymouth, Wis. Elizabeth (Vrablec) Hietpas ’94 CE, storage development engineer, DellCompellent, Eden Prairie, Minn. Andrew Byrom ’96 EE, sales engineer, EAS Sales—A Melfoster Company, Hoffman Estates, Ill.

Alumni Skate and Chili 2012 Guests of all ages enjoyed the annual Alumni Skate and Chili event at the Kern Center. Participants skated with members of the MSOE hockey team and enjoyed a hearty meal of chili after working up an appetite.

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Joshua Skogman ’99 AE, operating group quality director, M.A. Mortenson Co., Brookfield, Wis. Jason Williams ’99 EE, associate in intellectual property, Dinsmore and Shohl LLP, Dayton, Ohio

2000s James Gerloff ’00 AE, ’04 MSST, chief operations officer, J3 Engineering Group LLC, Mequon, Wis. Edward Lisinski ’00 AE, assistant director – building inspection department, City of West Allis, West Allis, Wis. David Scheusner ’00 IE, sales engineer, Blair Martin Co. Inc., Signal Hill, Calif.

Sergey Turanov ’02 AE, civil and structural engineer, Lonco Inc., Naperville, Ill. Tamara (Mauer) Ames ’03 AE/CM, project manager, Alden Bennett Construction, Chicago Rebecca (Bertossi) Johnson ’03 CM, project manager, VJS Construction Services Inc., Pewaukee, Wis. John Lisowski ’03 CM, owner, New Wave Electric, Oceanside, Calif. Todd Thierfelder ’04 MIS, merchandise planner, Walmart, Bentonville, Ark. Jadon Jaeger ’05 AE/MSST, structural engineer, Computerized Structural Design S.C., Milwaukee Jason LaRosh ’05 AE, shareholder, Angus-Young Associates, Janesville, Wis. Timothy White ’05 MSEM, senior product development portfolio manager, Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis.

Fox Valley-area alumni gathered in Appleton, Wis., in January to watch the MSOE Raiders hockey team take on rival Lawrence University. The Raiders won 3-2, thanks in part to fan support!

Emily (Knowlen) Smith ’09 AE/CM, electrical engineer, PositivEnergy Practice LLC, Chicago

Adam Davidson ’11 ME, mechanical design and systems engineer, Hilmot Corp., Waukesha, Wis.


Matthew Dawiec ’11 ME, valve engineer, Hydac Technology Corp., Glendale Heights, Ill.

Brett Diggins ’10 AE/MSST, structural designer, Whitney Bailey Cox & Magnani LLC, Baltimore Ivan Domacinovich ’10 CE, associate program analyst, FedEx SmartPost, New Berlin, Wis. Nathan Schwebke ’10 AE, mechanical engineer, Affiliated Engineers W Inc., San Francisco Daniel Albrecht ’11 EE, product engineer, Andis Co., Sturtevant, Wis. Ian Ashton ’11 IE, tooling engineer, Solo Cup Co., Lake Forest, Ill.

Sam Deligio ’11 EE, engineer-drives support, Rockwell Automation, Mequon, Wis. Andrew Doubek ’11 ME, applications engineer, HB Performance, Mequon, Wis. Peter Eich ’11 BE, quality associate, Baxter International Inc., Round Lake, Ill. Glenn Frazee ’11 AE/MSST, structural associate, Sargent & Lundy, Chicago Geoffry Giltner ’11 MET, applications engineer, Hansen Industrial Transmissions, Verona, Va.

Jeremy Griffith ’06 BSM, segmentation and analytics architect, Kohl’s Department Stores, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Bradley Bacon ’11 ME, mechanical project engineer, Carlisle IT, Franklin, Wis.

Benjamin Hassler ’06 IE, manager of operational excellence, Six Sigma Black Belt, Cardinal Health, Columbus, Ohio

Quentin Blacklock ’11 MIS, systems software engineer, Times Printing Co. Inc., Random Lake, Wis.

Steven Holland ’06 EE, senior sensors engineer, Mitre Corp., Bedford, Mass.

Chase Carpenter ’11 BE, engineer, Standby Systems Inc., Minneapolis

Donald Griep ’11 MSEM, manufacturing engineer, Husco International, Waukesha, Wis.

John Heisel ’07 MIS, systems administrator, Quad/Graphics Inc., Sussex, Wis.

Roman Churnovic ’11 ME, product design engineer, Panduit Corp., Burr Ridge, Ill.

Cornelius Grosz ’11 SE, junior developer, CUNA Mutual Group, Madison, Wis.

Brittney Christensen ’09 IE, industrial engineer, Generac Power Systems, Waukesha, Wis.

Brian Clayton ’11 ME, engineer, Dematic, New Berlin, Wis.

Andrew Haffemann ’11 ME, design engineer, John Crane Orion, Grafton, Wis.

Amanda Keller ’11 NU, nurse, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee

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Michael Gagliano ’02 ME, associate, The Webb Law Firm, Pittsburgh

Stevan Grcic ’11 ME, project engineer, Inventix Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls, Wis.

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David Peacock ’11 ME, mechanical engineer, ACS Group, New Berlin, Wis.

Midwest Alumni Event

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During this year’s Rockwell Automation Fair held in Chicago, MSOE alumni stopped by our booth to say hello, and also joined us for drinks and hors d’oeuvres after the fair. Here, Hetal Lee ’97 (left) and Will Mak ’09 catch up.

Virgil Pope ’11 CM, project engineer, McCarthy Building Co. Inc., St. Louis William Richardson ’11 EET, controls engineer, Faustel, Germantown, Wis. Stacie Sjogren ’11 NU, registered nurse, Froedtert Hospital, Wauwatosa, Wis. Timothy Smith ’11 AE/MSST, structural project designer, Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, Mich. Jacquelyn Suchla ’11 AE, mechanical designer, DBR Engineering Consultants Inc., Houston

Dan Herrmann ’06 (left), Justin Snowden ’06 (center) and Eric Engebretson ’07 reminisced about their MSOE days over some beer and appetizers at the alumni event.

Curt Hagen ’11 EET, process engineer, Swiss-Tek Coatings Inc., New Berlin, Wis. Andrew Hapka ’11 MIS, help desk – tier one, Brooksource, Milwaukee

Jonathan Syvertson ’11 AE/MSST, estimator, Novum Structures, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Jason Mankowski ’11 NU, operating room registered nurse, Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Katherine Thompson ’11 EE, application engineer, G&W Electric Co., Chicago Keenan Unangst ’11 ME, engineer, Hader-Seitz Inc., New Berlin, Wis.

Daniel Henke ’11 ME, design engineer, Krones Inc., Franklin, Wis.

David Matter ’11 MIS, quality assurance technician, RedPrairie, Waukesha, Wis.

Erin VandenLangenberg ’11 NU, registered nurse, New London Family Medical Center, New London, Wis.

Sophie Janto ’11 NU, registered nurse, Froedtert Hospital Trauma Center, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Hayley McEnerney ’11 NU, registered nurse, Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee

Pamela Van Zeeland ’11 NU, graduate nurse, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints Hospital, Racine, Wis.

Christopher Johnson ’11 ME, design engineer, Tempco Electric Heater Corp., Wood Dale, Ill.

Matt McGovern ’11 AE, assistant project manager, Metro Mechanical Contractors Inc., Minneapolis

Ryan Waldmann ’11 ME, engineer I, RFA/Minnesota Engineering, Minneapolis

Michael Johnson ’11 AE, field engineer, The Boldt Company, Appleton, Wis.

Joel Mertes ’11 EE, product engineer, MTE Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Nicholas Kretschmer ’11 ME, second lieutenant, U.S. Air Force, Del Rio, Texas

Adam Messing ’11 AE/CM, design engineer, CNH Global, Racine, Wis.

Melanie Watruba ’11 NU, registered nurse, Froedtert Hospital & Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, Wis.

Renee Krueger ’11 NU, special education registered nurse, Union Grove Special Education Consortium, Union Grove, Wis. Jake Lathers ’11 AE/CM, field engineer/estimator, Kiewit Power Constructors Co., Lenexa, Kan. Matt Loosen ’11 BE, quality technician, Wacker Neuson, Germantown, Wis. Alyssa Lozoya ’11 BE, quality engineering technician, Baxter Healthcare, Waukegan, Ill.

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Tyler Morgan ’11 BUS, sales, Xpedx, Pewaukee, Wis. Alexsis Mossbrucker ’11 IB, business analyst, Aquity Group, Chicago Landon Much’11 AE, assistant project manager, Aldag/Honold Mechanical, Sheboygan, Wis. Michael Neidinger ’11 SE, program analyst I, FIS, Menomonee Falls, Wis. Augustine Osuocha ’11 NU, graduate nurse, Aurora Healthcare Inc., Milwaukee Daniel Patelski ’11 EE, product engineer, G&W Electric Co., Blue Island, Ill.

Jared Wentz ’11 EET, controls engineer, GE Energy-Waukesha gas engines, Waukesha, Wis. Amy Zimmerman ’11 NU, staff nurse, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tenn. Matthew Zimmerman ’11 ME, mechanical engineering analyst, Carlisle IT, Franklin, Wis. Joshua D. Adams ’12 ME/BM, mechanical engineer, Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp., Milwaukee Matthew Brady ’12 ME, sales engineer, Maxon Corp.- A Honeywell Company, Chicago

Lars Kemmann ’12 SE/EE, owner, BynaLogic LLC, Grafton, Wis. Jacob Narveson ’12 ME, design engineer, RFA/Minnesota Engineering, Horicon, Wis. Daniel Neumann ’12 ME, turbine engineer, Regenco LLC, West Allis, Wis.

Timothy Romano ’12 MIS, internet marketing associate, Uline, Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Michael Scott ’12 ME, generator engineer, Regenco LLC, West Allis, Wis. David Spence ’12 BSM, die-cast engineering manager, Albany Chicago Co., Pleasant Prairie, Wis.

To Jill and Christopher Vanderhoef ’01 EET, a son, Nathan, born on April 7, 2011. To Jesse and Tamara (Mauer) Ames ’03 AE/CM, twins – son Alexander, and daughter, Alexia were born on Feb. 11, 2011.

To Ruth and Michael Marty ’05 ME, a son, Bennett, born on Nov. 21, 2010. To Wes and Karin (Eames) Carner ’06 ME, ’11 MSNP, a daughter, Andra, born on Nov. 12, 2011. To Lisa and Thor Misko ’06 AE, a daughter, Ziva, born on Nov. 29, 2011. To Melissa and Ronald Covert ’07 ME, a daughter, Hanna, born on July 13, 2011.

To Michelle and Jason Gudex ’04 ME, a son, Oliver, born on Nov. 5, 2011.

To Tyler ’08 AE and Allison (Sowinksi) Malzahn ’09 NU, a son, Parker, born on Nov. 7, 2011.

To Alison and Ethan Hoehn ’04 AE/CM, a son, Everett, born on Nov. 1, 2011.


To Dana and Kurtis Wier ’04 IB, a son, Mason, born on Dec. 19, 2011. To Laura and Jason LaRosh ’05 AE, a daughter, Sienna, born on May 25, 2011.

Randy Crump ’77 EE, received a 2012 Central City Business Award from the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee for his company, Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services.

Marriages Thomas Tarkowski ’91 ME, married Jill Waltersdorf on Jan. 23, 2012. Erik Olson ’92 ME, married Kelly Jorgensen on April 16, 2011.

To Steve Polkinghorne ’00 and Elizabeth Shevokas ’01, a son, August Elisha, born on Aug. 2, 2011.

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Michael Phillips ’12 EE, systems software engineer, Belcan Engineering, Rockford, Ill.

To Sarah and James Gerloff ’00 AE, ’04 MSST, a daughter, Lidia, born on March 30, 2010.

Rebecca Bertossi ’03 CM, married Ralph Johnson on June 4, 2011. Max Schneider ’05 IE, married Jessica Stratton on Dec. 30, 2011. Brian Miller ’07 ME, married Jamie Freeman on Oct. 22, 2011. Sara Millin ’07 NU, married Joshua Meissner on Nov. 5, 2011.

To Toni and Christopher Belsky ’98 EE/BMS, a daughter, Maylynn, born on May 4, 2011. Christopher, Maylynn and her big brother Simeon all share the same birthday!

Amanda Reda ’10 NU, married Anthony Goglio on Sept. 10, 2011. Rock Ridolfi ’10 AE, married Tracy Larsen on April 30, 2011. Jason Mankowski ’11 NU, married Kevin Smith on Oct. 1, 2011.

Birth Announcements To Isabel and Robert Freedlund ’90 CS&E, a son, Alexander, born on March 25, 2011.

To Jessica (Rouch) ’04 AE/CM and Michael Jahner ’04 AE/CM, a son, Zachary, born on Nov. 19, 2011, shown here with big sister Addison.

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was a full-time contractor for GE Healthcare, testing hardware and software for heart monitors. He then worked as a sales representative for JVC, and finally landed at Froedtert Hospital where he was a radiology technician for two years. Osmanski’s entrepreneurial spirit finally took over and he decided to focus his attention full-time on the candy business in 2009. He said, “If I would have had more opportunity within a company to be entrepreneurial, I would probably still be with the company.” Osmanski enjoyed the biomedical engineering program. “It had classes in all the different disciplines. We learned programming, mechanics, electrical design and theory, chemistry, systems modeling and physiology. The lab work is important because you’re building things. Everyone at MSOE was so helpful in showing us how to use equipment and be safe. It doesn’t seem too many graduates from other universities get that same type of application experience.” This broad range of course work was key to Osmanski’s success. “When starting a business, you have to put on all the hats, especially when you don’t have a lot of money to start up with. I had to do the design work, fabrication, business setup and maintenance, selling, programming and machining.” In addition to the Osmanium Candy Company, Osmanski has developed a caffeinated candy line for the Ed Hardy brand and has ownership in Bing! Bang! Boom! Ice Cream Company, which manufactures the world’s first caffeinated ice cream, Bang!!. He’s also excited to announce that Osmanium has brought back a local Milwaukee favorite: Candy RaisinsTM. This sweet treat was discontinued a few years ago and Osmanium has successfully recreated the flavor and is selling the product as Candy SunshineTM. Osmanski’s products are distributed worldwide, and can be purchased regionally at Woodman’s Markets, Casey’s General Stores, Best Buy, Beans and Barley, the MSOE Bookstore and online.

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eed some pep in your step? Talk to John Osmanski ’06 BE. He’s the owner and president of Osmanium Candy Company, which designs and manufactures caffeinated candy, including Crackheads® and Jitterbeans® (chocolate covered coffee beans with an added boost of caffeine), on the south side of Milwaukee. Osmanium Candy Company started as a crazy late-night idea during Thanksgiving break of Osmanski’s junior year. An entrepreneur at heart, he devoted his spare time to perfecting the candy and bringing it to market, while still working toward his biomedical engineering degree. After graduation Osmanski continued to run the candy business on the side while pursuing an engineering career. He


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John Wittlin ’79 MET, has been named to the Menomonee Falls Hall of Fame. He is a third generation owner of Wittlin’s Service, an auto repair facility in Menomonee Falls, Wis. Wittlin’s Service has worked with Menomonee Falls High School and the Student Occupational Experience Program to help mentor students with an interest in the automotive field.

John Schwantes ’80 BIM, has been appointed to the Wisconsin Technical College Board as a public member.

Left to right: Benny Herrmann ’07, Danny Herrmann and MSOE biomedical engineering junior Kate Herrmann proudly displayed their love of MSOE at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland.

Daphne Wilson ’91 EET, won the Wisconsin Governor’s Trailblazer Award for Women in Business. Wilson is president of Zoe Engineering LLC in Milwaukee.

Andrew Spehert ’97 MET, received his Master of Science in Engineering Management degree from MSOE in November 2011.

Ko Vang ’96 ME, received his Master of Business Administration degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in 2011. Anthony Campione ’97 MET, received his Master of Science in New Product Management degree from MSOE in November 2011.

Robert Lemke ’99 MSEM, received a 2012 Central City Business Award from the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee for his company Wisconsin Redevelopment LLC. Lemke also is an associate professor at MSOE in the Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department.

Jason Niles ’03 BE, received his Master of Science in Medical Informatics degree from MSOE in November 2011. Mason Khan ’04 EET, received his Master of Science in Engineering Management degree from MSOE in February 2012.

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John “Jack” Allen ’80 ABCET, has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Valspar Corp. Allen will serve on the board’s audit committee.

Robert Lang ’04 EE, has earned National Board certification for science teaching. Lane is a physics and engineering teacher at Glenbard South High School in Glen Ellyn, Ill. Kurtis Wier ’04 IB, received his Master of Business Administration degree from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011.

Where are they now? MSOE alumnus Clair Hunt ’49 (right) recently caught up with Charlotte, N.C., area chair Lexee Zutz ’03. Hunt lives in Greenville, S.C., with his poodle LuLu and has fond memories of his days at MSOE. “I remember, in particular, President Werwath taught class one day and our assignment was to write an instruction leaflet on how to tie your shoelaces. That was very interesting. It isn’t as easy as it sounds.” Hunt is the retired owner of Process & Air Conditioning Equipment Inc.

Jason LaRosh ’05 AE, received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2011. Jason Bergemann ’06 MET, received his Master of Science in Engineering Management degree from MSOE in November 2011. Karin (Eames) Carner ’06 ME, received her Master of Science in New Product Management degree from MSOE in February 2012. Steven Holland ’06 EE, received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2011. Wendi Keesling ’06 BSM, received her Master of Science in Engineering Management degree from MSOE in February 2012. Dimensions Spring 2012 27

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From the Archives

The years leading up to World War II were known as the “Golden Age of Aviation,” as interest ran high in the excitement of flying. Advances in aeronautical technology were leading to new career opportunities in aviation, and organizations such as the Girl Scouts recognized the importance of preparing young women for these new career choices. The Wing Scouting program for Senior Girl Scouts began in 1942, and with a world war underway, the program took on added importance as civic duty took center stage in the lives of Girl Scouts. Milwaukee’s county-wide Wing Scout Troop was one of the first in the country to take off in the Wing Scout program. Their “aviary” was Milwaukee’s Neeskara School, but most of the ground school and laboratory work took place in the aviation department at MSOE. The scouts built model airplanes, learned principles of aviation, meteorology, navigation and radio code and helped build wood aircraft models for army and navy identification purposes—all of which contributed to the preparation of the scouts for future careers in aviation. By 1945 more than 120 senior scouts from every public and private high school in Milwaukee County were participating in the program’s three-year “flight plan.” Hannah Werwath Swart, daughter of MSOE founder and president Oscar Werwath, trained Wing Scout leaders at MSOE and managed the program for the Great Lakes region.

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Wing Scout Facts ✈ The “SSS” patch on the scouts’ uniforms indicated “Senior Service Scout.” ✈ Ground school and model building classes were taught with assistance from the Civil Air Patrol. ✈ The Wing Scout program was affiliated with the National Aeronautic Association. ✈ The first Wing Scout meeting at MSOE took place on Oct. 23, 1944. ✈ The Wing Scout program was designed for senior scouts age 15 to 18.

In Memory

his own consulting firm, Charles Parker & Associates. Parker used his considerable influence and abilities to help MSOE to grow while emphasizing its niche of a technologybased education with outstanding programs, facilities and faculty. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 1980.

Dr. Charles Parker Jr., MSOE Regent Emeritus and longtime supporter, passed away Jan. 23, 2012. Parker’s relationship with MSOE began in 1970 as a Corporation member and he joined the Board of Regents in 1975. Parker retired from Allis-Chalmers in 1986 as a corporate vice president, after four decades with the company, at which time he became president of

Jerome Schnettler ’50 P.E., passed away on Dec. 26, 2011. Schnettler served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, and graduated from MSOE in 1950 with a degree in electrical engineering. He enjoyed a long and prosperous career with Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. He also served as a Corporation member since 1974 and was awarded Alumnus of the Year in 1986.

Alumni Roll Call

Eugene Modrzejewski ’47 EEE Herman Mueller, Jr. ’47 ELECT Roy Ammentorp ’49 RHACT Charles Matsumoto ’49 RHACT Thomas Frierson ’51 RHACT Denis Johannes ’51 EEE Frank Metcalf ’51 EEE Robert Weeks ’51 RHACT Thermond Adams ’56 ELTNT Donald Heath ’56 ME Clifford Smith ’60 EEC Eugene Alm ’62 EEC Etheridge “Ed” Iverson ’62 ECT Arthur Moratz ’62 ME Peter Gavankar ’63 EEC George Lapham, Jr. ’64 EEC Edward Neuenfeld III ’64 ME Marvin Thompson ’67 EE John Jurek ’68 EE Joseph Watson ’69 AIM Dan Kane ’70 IET Lawrence Lindquist ’71 ME Jerome Pociask ’83 EET David Lemke ’93 MET

Longtime MSOE employee Georgiann Lindert passed away on Jan. 7, 2012. Lindert joined MSOE in 1956 as an addressograph clerk in the Center Services/Print Shop. She worked in several departments throughout her career, including the Admission Office and Information Technology. She received the Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award in 1985 and had one of the longest tenures of any MSOE employee as she was in her 56th year of employment. 

Campus Calendar June

April 16 16 19 20-21 21 21 25

Board of Regents’ meeting Continuing Studies and Outreach Information Session Health and Wellness Fair Gallery Night and Day at the Grohmann Museum Open House Midwest chapter alumni event, Chicago Great Books Dinner and Discussion

May 2-11 3 4 9 16 25 26 28 31

91.7 FM WMSE Spring On-air Pledge Drive Last Lecture Series: Dr. Larry Korta Groundbreaking ceremony for MSOE Athletic Field and Parking Complex Student Leadership Dinner Continuing Studies and Outreach Information Webinar Senior Design Show Spring Quarter ends/Commencement Memorial Day holiday, campus offices closed Alumni Fifth Thursday event

6 11 18-29

Great Books Dinner and Discussion President’s Golf Outing Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Core Training Institute

July 4 8-27 9-14 12 12-15 14 16 23-Aug. 17 27-28

Independence Day holiday, campus offices closed Summer programs for high school students Private College Week 50th Anniversary of Fluid Power Institute™ at MSOE Summer in the City alumni reunion Open House Board of Regents’ meeting Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Core Training Institute Gallery Night and Day at the Grohmann Museum

August 10 14 27 30

Senior Visit Day Continuing Studies and Outreach Information Session Regents’ Golf Outing Alumni Fifth Thursday event

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.

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What better time to visit campus and catch up with classmates than in the middle of Milwaukee’s best season—summer! We have a lot in store for alumni, family and friends during the annual Summer in the City alumni reunion. Events include a joint celebration with MSOE’s Fluid Power InstituteTM, a pub and brewery tour, an interactive discussion about the risk of inflation with expert panelists from the Board of Regents, tours of campus and much more! The classes of ’62 and ’87 from MSOE and MCGHSN will be honored, along with the class of 2002. Watch your mailbox or visit for more information. See you in July!

MSOE Dimensions - Spring 2012  
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