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Welcome Week/Orientation1 President’s Picnic1 Labor Day Fall Quarter classes begin Great Books Dinner and Discussion Series: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the NightTime by Mark Haddon2 U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Week1 Grohmann Museum exhibition: Wonders of Work and Labor (runs through Jan. 3)3 Campus and Community Fair1 Lost Arts Festival at the Grohmann Museum3 Fifth Thursday alumni event2

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Ninth Annual WMSE Food Slam4 Career Fair 20105 Fourth Annual MSOE Oktoberfest2 PLTW Counselor’s Conference6 Great Books Dinner and Discussion Series: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann2 Raider Day7 Gallery Night and Day at the Grohmann Museum: Wonders of Work and Labor3 Open House7 Board of Regents’ Annual Meeting (Contact Jo Miglio, (414) 277-7101) Raider Days7

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WMSE Fall Pledge Drive4 Rockwell Automation Fair and alumni event, Orlando, Fla.2 Great Books Dinner and Discussion Series: The Help by Kathryn Stockett2 Opportunity Conference for high school students7 Fall Quarter ends/Commencement Break Week Thanksgiving Holiday (campus offices closed) Winter Quarter classes begin

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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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MSOE students are making a difference both on and off campus through servantleadership. Ben Hansen (left), biomedical engineering senior; Jake Lathers (back), architectural engineering/construction management senior; and James Heinritz, industrial engineering sophomore, volunteered to build a wheelchair-accessible dock and walkway at Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center. Turn to page 16 for more servant-leadership projects both in Milwaukee and abroad.

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, Michelle Schneider, Pamela Torke, Hermann Viets, Ph.D. Photography: Paul W. Roberts

Contents Volume 24, No. 2

Contributing Photography: Dr. David Howell, Cathy Varebrook, Safe & Sound, Medical College of Wisconsin

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President’s Message


Spotlight on Leadership Husband and wife lead Milwaukee higher education

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Faculty Feature Dr. Larry Fennigkoh ’74, ’86, Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department


Focus on Grohmann Museum Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University


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MSOE Students: Impacting on a Local and Global Scale




Quick Takes


Raiders’ Wrap-Up


Summer in the City


Alumni Roll Call

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President’s Message

With the excitement of the 2010 Fall Quarter just around the corner, I find myself contemplating the academic excellence of this institution and am grateful for the outstanding leaders who have brought us to this point from our humble beginnings 108 years ago, and for those who serve us today. As you will see from the three leadership stories that follow on the next few pages, MSOE is indeed fortunate to attract high-caliber leaders. We begin the school year with new academic leadership. Dr. Frederick Berry has joined MSOE as the vice president of academics. He comes to us from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, an institution not unlike MSOE, where he most recently served as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. The MSOE Board of Regents continues to provide invaluable leadership. We are introduced to a Regent in each issue of Dimensions, and in this issue, we learn more about one of our newest Regents, Alex Molinaroli, corporate vice president at Johnson Controls and president of the Power Solutions Division. For many years, MSOE has enjoyed a strong relationship with the Medical College of Wisconsin. There are many connections between the institutions, including shared faculty, synergistic research projects, a joint degree in medical informatics, and board members. An amazing reality is that the two chairs of our respective boards are married to each other. Dr. and Mrs. John and Linda Mellowes have been involved in philanthropy and advisory work over their long and fruitful careers. Linda recently stepped down as chair of the Board of Trustees at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and John serves as Chairman of MSOE. I offer a double round of applause for this power couple, who use their talents to benefit others. The students who will arrive on campus in just a couple of short weeks are the beneficiaries of the contributions of these great leaders, as well as many others, who have graduated and are leaving their mark on MSOE. Sincerely,

Hermann Viets, Ph.D. President

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Linda T. Mellowes

Dr. John A. Mellowes

Husband and wife lead Milwaukee higher education In 1997, MSOE and the Medical College joined forces to offer a Master of Science in Medical Informatics degree. Students benefit from the Medical College’s expertise in medical care, education and research and MSOE’s expertise in business and information technology. In addition, several MSOE faculty members conduct research and teach at the Medical College. Several community leaders serve on the boards of both MSOE and the Medical College of Wisconsin. They are: Curt S. Culver, chairman and CEO of MGIC Investment Corp.; Susan A. Feith, vice chairman of Mead Witter Foundation Inc.; Agustin A. Ramirez, chairman and CEO of HUSCO International; John S. Shiely, chairman of the Board of Briggs & Stratton Corp.; and Timothy W. Sullivan, president and CEO of Bucyrus International. MSOE is a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute along with the Medical College and six other institutions. Read more about the CTSI on page 6. We are indeed fortunate to have the Mellowes involved in the Milwaukee educational community.

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Dr. John A. and Mrs. Linda T. Mellowes are making their mark on higher education in Milwaukee: they each chair the board at two separate Milwaukee universities. Dr. Mellowes serves as chairman of the Milwaukee School of Engineering Board of Regents, while Mrs. Mellowes is the immediate past chair of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Mellowes, chairman and CEO of Charter Manufacturing Co., has served on the MSOE Board of Regents since 1992 and has been chairman since 2007. He received an Honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from MSOE in 2001. Mrs. Mellowes is a dedicated community volunteer who has served on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Board of Trustees since 1994 . On the surface MSOE and the Medical College appear to be very different institutions. However, under the leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Mellowes; Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president; and T. Michael Bolger, president emeritus of the Medical College, the two institutions forged a powerful working relationship.

At MSOE’s Spring Commencement, (left to right) Dr. T. Michael Bolger, J.D. joined Mrs. Linda and Dr. John Mellowes and President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. Dr. Mellowes is the chairman of MSOE’s Board of Regents, while Mrs. Mellowes serves as the immediate past chair of the Board of Trustees at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Bolger, president emeritus of the Medical College of Wisconsin, received an Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree at Commencement.

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New vice president of academics Dr. Frederick C. Berry has been appointed the vice president of academics. Berry comes to MSOE from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind., where he most recently served as head of the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department. While at Rose-Hulman, Berry was responsible for the ECE Department students’ learning environment, leading undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff, laboratories, classrooms and research projects, student retention, ABET accreditation and obtaining industry-sponsored projects. Rose-Hulman has consistently been highly ranked by organizations such as U.S.News & World Report, as has MSOE. In addition to serving as head of the ECE Department, Berry was co-director of Rose-Hulman’s Explore Engineering program, designed to introduce middle- and high-school students to the world of engineering. He also was the executive director of the Global Wireless Education Consortium, a network of 20 academic institutions and seven industry partners in the area of wireless engineering, which is operated as a separate non-profit organization at Rose-Hulman. Berry holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical

Engineering, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, and a Doctor of Engineering, all from Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Eta Kappa Nu, American Society of Engineering Education, and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His areas of expertise are in circuits, power systems, control systems, signals and systems, and electrical engineering design. Prior to joining the faculty at Rose-Hulman, Berry taught at Louisiana Tech University. Berry’s research and work with students has been recognized with several awards, including the Kauffman Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator award from ASEE in 2009; Faculty Honorary Alumnus Award from Rose-Hulman in 2008; Top Ten Paper Award from Frontiers in Education in 1999 and more. Berry co-authored a book, Introduction to Wireless Systems, which was published in 2008. He also holds two patents: Remote Circuit Locking and Laser Positioning System for Earth Boring Apparatus. Berry and his wife Carol have three grown children. He enjoys being active in the community and his church, and has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. Frederick C. Berry, MSOE’s new vice president of academics, stopped in the Cudahy Student Center recently to chat with students (left to right) Sara Casper, biomedical engineering senior; Josh Schroeder, software engineering sophomore and Jason Lengyel, computer engineering junior.

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Enjoy what you’re doing Alex Molinaroli, MSOE Regent, corporate vice president at Johnson Controls and president of the Power Solutions Division

“If you can enjoy your job, do it well, do it with passion and listen to people around you, you should be successful and achieve a lot.” myself as a career engineer from a classical standpoint. I wanted to use my technical degree in a way that would allow me to be involved in business,” said Molinaroli. In 1983 Molinaroli joined Johnson Controls, where he served in numerous positions throughout the United States before moving to Milwaukee in 1998. He learned many lessons during his career, but there’s one that has stuck with him. “When I managed my first team, I had a hard time getting people to go in the direction I wanted them to. Finally, an older gentleman told me that not everyone is motivated by the same thing, and I needed to listen more. That lesson has been reinforced a few times,” Molinaroli joked. Molinaroli received his master’s in business administration from Northwestern University in 2005. For him, having some business education is important. “If you’re working on projects or ideas, or solving problems in the real world, you have to understand the economics in order to sell your ideas. It’s very important. Even if you don’t have ‘business’ in your job description, we all have to sell our ideas.”

A family portrait of Alex Molinaroli (back row, right), his stepson Ray (back row, left) and (front row, left to right) his daughter Rachael, wife Patsy and daughter Adrian.

He has this advice for MSOE students: “If you can enjoy your job, do it well, do it with passion and listen to people around you, you should be successful and achieve a lot. You have to enjoy what you’re doing.” In his free time, Molinaroli enjoys spending time with his wife Patsy and his family. “Right now I would say my children are the center of my focus. I like helping them and being a part of their life as they start moving from living at home to college and a career.”

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When MSOE Regent Alex Molinaroli was pursuing a bachelor’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at the University of South Carolina, he never imagined he would someday lead a team of 14,000 people in 30 locations worldwide. Molinaroli, who is corporate vice president at Johnson Controls and president of the Power Solutions Division, did know that he wanted to incorporate the business world into his career. “I knew that I didn’t see

Alex Molinaroli’s tips for success: 1. Listen to those around you. 2. Understand your strengths and weaknesses. 3. Follow your heart. 4. Don’t fret over things you can’t change.

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News MSOE part of Milwaukee research metropolis MSOE, along with seven other Milwaukee-area institutions, received a $20 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant was awarded in July to support the Clinical Translational and Science Institute (CTSI) of Southeastern Wisconsin and create a Milwaukee research metropolis in which organizations share resources and staff to advance biomedical research, patient care and education. Members of the CTSI include MSOE, the Medical College of Wisconsin, Marquette University, UW-Milwaukee, the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital and Health System, Froedtert Hospital and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. MSOE faculty and staff will be working with the other institutions to transfer knowledge from the research laboratory to the patient bedside. In projects currently underway, Vito Gervasi ’96, ’03, manager of research and development in MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center, is collaborating with researchers from Marquette University, the Medical College and Froedtert Hospital to develop a stent that can be used in a bifurcated artery (an artery that is Y-shaped). The stent is inserted into the main portion of the artery, and is able to also go in the branches of the same artery. Sheku Kamara ’01, manager of operations for MSOE’s Rapid Prototyping Center and adjunct scientist at CTSI, is working with the VA Medical Center, Marquette and UWM on a study that will use fMRI to examine human brain activity during upper and lower limb movement in people with post-stroke hemiparesis. He will design and produce the fMRI-compatible hand-bike that allows patients to exercise while undergoing a functional MRI. In addition, MSOE’s successful SMART (Students

Construction and business management focus of new MSOE degree MSOE will begin offering a Master of Science in Construction and Business Management degree in Fall 2010. The degree targets professionals who are working in, or have experience in, the construction industry. “Business development is no longer restricted to those working in an office. Architectural engineers, construction managers and civil engineers are finding themselves responsible for bringing new business to their companies,” said Dr. Steven C. Bialek, chair of the MSOE Rader School of Business. “The new Master of Science in Construction and Business Management at MSOE will help those working in the field advance their technical expertise and prepare them with necessary business development skills.” Professionals will learn the leadership tools necessary to compete in the ever-changing and highly competitive construction management environment. The degree provides students with advanced skills and understanding in

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Sheku Kamara ’01 displayed the hand-bike he designed that allows patients to exercise while undergoing a functional MRI.

Modeling A Research Topic) Teams program will be expanded. The program engages teams of high school students and their teachers working with research scientists to design and construct physical models of proteins being investigated in research laboratories. Tom Bray, dean of applied research, is on the CTSI executive committee, and Dr. Larry Fennigkoh ’74, ’86, Dr. Ron Gerrits ’94 and Dr. Tim Herman are also active in the CTSI. As the program grows and evolves, more MSOE faculty and staff members will become involved.

construction project administration and business management, and prepares them for upper-management positions in the construction industry. The new master’s degree was created in conjunction with the MSOE Rader School of Business and the university’s Architectural Engineering and Building Construction Department.

MSOE is a “Green College” According to the Princeton Review, MSOE is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges. The education services company selected MSOE for inclusion in a resource it created for college applicants, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guidebook is focused on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

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Students design SuperMileage Vehicle In a seemingly impossible feat—and one that is sure to excite drivers everywhere—a group of architectural engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering students built a vehicle that achieved 757 miles to the gallon. They competed at the international SuperMileage Vehicle competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. They took 11th place overall, eighth place in the mileage category and scored a perfect 100 on the oral review where they were asked questions about various aspects of the car and its design. They sailed through the technical inspection and were the only team to complete all eight runs (48 laps total) with no “Do Not Finish” runs. The SuperMileage Vehicle was on display at Discovery World in July during SuperMileage Car Days. Students planned and organized the event which featured activities for kids and families, and an exhibit of microcars from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.

From left to right, Dr. Robert Rizza, Dr. Patrick Jung, Stacey Drifka, President Viets

Faculty and staff awards Three awards are given annually to faculty and staff members at MSOE who exemplify the values and beliefs of the university’s founding family. Dr. Robert Rizza, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award; Dr. Patrick Jung, assistant professor of general studies, received the Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award; and Stacey Drifka, administrator in the Human Resources Department, received the Johanna Seelhorst Werwath Distinguished Staff Award. Additional faculty and staff members who were recipients of student-selected awards are Willie Lewis, lead dispatcher in the Public Safety Department, winner of the Student Advocate Award; Laura Schumacher, senior admission counselor in Enrollment Management, Outstanding Mentor Award winner; and Dr. Hermann Viets, MSOE president, Greek Advocate of the Year.


Student leadership awards Congratulations to the more than 60 students who were nominated for MSOE leadership awards. Winners were announced at the annual President’s Student Leadership Awards Dinner. They are: Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award - Neal Bitter Vincent R. Canino Outstanding Biomedical Engineering Senior Student Award - Catherine Weitenbeck Nursing Leadership Award - Kari Squires Matthew W. Fuchs Outstanding AE&BC Senior Student Award Josh Wilsmann Thomas W. Davis Student Leadership Award - Justin Sell Daniel E. Sahs Award for Service - Stefanie Gonzalez Outstanding Peer Mentor Award - Shawn Lenagh Resident Assistant Programming Award - Ryan Smaglik Greek of the Year Award - Anna Kaas Student Employee of the Year Award - Zach Neill

SuperMileage Vehicle Team members tested their vehicle throughout the design and build process.

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MSOE to help students achieve HUGE Futures MSOE and St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) will be Helping Urban Girls Engineer their Futures (HUGE Futures). Female and urban high school students often do not consider engineering careers simply because they know little about them. To address this problem, Dr. Patrick Jung, assistant professor, General Studies Department at MSOE and SJA applied for and received a grant of $63,000 from the Lumina Foundation and University of Wisconsin system to support the new HUGE Futures program in which: • All qualified SJA freshmen will be required to take Introduction to Engineering, the first course in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) curriculum, beginning in Fall 2010. • MSOE will provide 10 student mentors for classroom or student assistance, project help and one-on-one tutoring at SJA. • Ten SJA students will attend MSOE’s summer camp programs designed to acquaint high school students with various engineering fields. • SJA students will be able to participate in all of MSOE’s Women’s Connections programs throughout the school year, giving them an opportunity to interact with female engineering students serving as role models. • Senior SJA students will have the opportunity to attend classes and earn credits at MSOE. MSOE wins award for student activities MSOE was recognized at the National Association for Campus Activities’ (NACA) 2010 Northern Plains Regional Programming Conference. Nick Seidler, assistant director of student activities, received the Outstanding Advisor Award for his service to MSOE, significant involvement with the students and campus, creative and innovative efforts, and involvement with NACA. The MSOE Student Union Board (SUB) received a number of first place awards at the conference for various events they hold throughout the year for students and they received honorable mention in the Miscellaneous Publicity category for SUB’s Presidential Mini-Golf 2010 Video. Nick Seidler getting involved!

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SJA students showed off the reel rake they created in one of their Project Lead The Way courses.

Dr. John Mellowes named Rotarian of the Year Dr. John Mellowes, chair of the MSOE Board of Regents, received the 2010 Rotary Person of the YearVocational Recognition Award from the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. Mellowes is chairman and CEO of Charter Manufacturing. The Rotary Person of the Year Award celebrates individuals who, through their profession, have made the community a better place to live and work by contributing in the form of important leadership activities or in the advancement of ideas, products or services. Dr. Robert Spitzer honored Dr. Robert Spitzer, president emeritus of MSOE, received the Charles Van Hise Award for Distinction in Education from the Wisconsin Historical Society. The Society annually presents awards to individuals for their accomplishments and celebrates their contributions to history at the Wisconsin History Makers Gala.

Katelyn Volz ’10 and Jeremiah Gillis in China


Trips to China offer international experience Katelyn Volz ’10 and Jeremiah Gillis took part in a 10-week internship sponsored by Williams Controls at its 85,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China. While in China, Volz, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in international business, and Gillis, an electrical engineering major, applied their undergraduate studies to product design, quality control, manufacturing process control and specification development projects. They also received Mandarin and cultural training lessons from Williams Controls staff in China and participated in company social activities. To prepare for their internship, Volz and Gillis took an 11-week graduate-level course through the Rader School of Business called Doing Business in China. They completed projects to learn about business and culture, and interacted with executives of companies that have a presence in China. Their classmates also traveled to China. The group of eight graduate students spent 12 days networking with Chinese business professionals, government officials and local leaders during corporate tours and meetings in Shanghai, Suzhou, Xian and Beijing. They met with representatives from Brady Corporation, General Electric and GE Healthcare, DemandForce, Clifton Addison, Kohler Company, Mercury Marine, Oshkosh Corporation and Williams Controls. This is the second year of the Doing Business in China program, which included a stop at the World Expo in Shanghai, a servant-leadership project with a school in rural China, and more.

Students do well in business competitions Vince Anewenter took fifth place in the Mason Wells BizStarts Collegiate Business Plan Competition. Anewenter submitted a business plan for Eco-Disc, a company specializing in creating putters and drivers made from recycled plastic and resin for the popular sport of disc-golf. Anewenter is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Management degree, and is the project coordinator Vince Anewenter (right) received fifth in the Rapid Prototyping place in a business plan competition Center. MSOE students also won first place in three events and finished in second or third place in seven other categories at the 43rd annual Wisconsin Future Business Leaders of America/Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA/PBL) Conference. This year’s event marked MSOE Rader School of Business’ fourth year of competition. Competitions included both written examinations and judged demonstrations in business and information technology subjects.

Faculty research Three faculty members have been awarded release time during the 2010-2011 academic year to focus on their research. Their proposals were chosen from several submitted by fulltime faculty and recommended by the Committee on Protracted Leaves. They are: Dr. Robert Rizza, Mechanical Engineering Department: Establishment of Preliminary Data for a New Numerical Foot Model. Dr. Jeong Woo, Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department: Sustain Academic Excellence in Building Information Modeling and Sustainable Design and Construction. Dr. Eric Durant ’98, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department: Applicability of “Transforming Organizations” to suggested improvements for MSOE.

See pictures and read more about the students’ experiences in China on their blog:

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Highlights A film crew was on campus for two days in May to film footage for the Virtual Visit. They also filmed interviews with Stefanie Gonzalez (pictured above), a senior biomedical engineering major, and several other students and faculty.

Lights, camera, action! Prospective students and their parents have a new way to experience MSOE—through their computer! With the start of the new academic year, MSOE is rolling out a “Virtual Visit” on its website. The interactive tool allows high school students (and anyone else) to learn more about MSOE through a series of short videos and commentary from MSOE students and faculty. The Virtual Visit is intended to give prospective students an idea of what it is like to be a part of the MSOE community and encourage them to tour campus in person. The visit is loaded with video interviews, footage of classrooms, labs and events. More than a dozen students helped out with the project, telling stories about their personal experiences on campus, and several faculty members and alumni were interviewed as well. Check out the MSOE website at to watch the Virtual Visit, meet some of today’s students and professors, and reminisce about your time at MSOE. MSOE Alumni Directory available soon MSOE’s newest Alumni Directory has been printed, and those who have ordered copies will be receiving them in midAugust. The directory is a great way to keep in contact with long lost friends and to network with fellow MSOE alumni. If you would like to order your own copy, you may do so by calling Publishing Concepts Inc. (PCI) at (866) 786-1733. Printed and electronic versions are both available.

Summer in the City breaks records! Close to 450 attendees participated in this year’s Summer in the City alumni event—a record-breaking crowd! MSOE alumni and friends enjoyed everything from a beer and brat cruise to a Silver and Gold anniversary dinner, a Milwaukee Brewer’s game complete with tailgating, and more! Thanks to everyone who participated! Photos from the weekend are now posted online at Upward Bound serves students Since its inception in 1979, MSOE’s TRIO Upward Bound program, one of the oldest in the state, has served more than 750 low income high school students whose parents had not completed a college degree. Of those students, 600 have received a high school diploma and enrolled in college. TRIO Upward Bound programs are federally funded by the Department of Education and are administered to U.S. citizens An Upward Bound student who are disabled, come from conducted an experiment in one of MSOE’s labs.

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The following associate professors have been promoted to professors: Dr. Gul Afshan, Physics and Chemistry Department, joined the MSOE faculty in 2000 and is the biomolecular engineering program director. She holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from UW-Milwaukee. She received the Falk Engineering Educator Award in 2005. Dr. Jeff Blessing, Rader School of Business, is the management information systems program director and joined the MSOE faculty in 1986. He has a Ph.D. in computer science and engineering from UW-Milwaukee. Dr. Matey Kaltchev, is chairman of the Physics and Chemistry Department and has been teaching at MSOE since 2002. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from UW-Milwaukee. The following assistant professors have been promoted to associate professors: Dr. David Howell, General Studies Department, joined the MSOE faculty in 2003. He has a Ph.D. in individual interdisciplinary from Washington State University, and holds the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership at MSOE. Dr. Patrick Jung, General Studies Department, has been teaching at MSOE since 2003. He has a Ph.D. in American history from Marquette University and was the 2010 Oscar Werwath Distinguished Teacher Award winner. Dr. Vipin Paliwal, Physics and Chemistry Department, began teaching at MSOE in 2003. He has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Post Graduate Medical Institute, Chandigarh, India.


low-income families, or are first-generation college students. The program gives these individuals the opportunity to overcome social and economic barriers that would otherwise prevent them from pursuing higher education. MSOE’s program allows high school students to attend classes at the university and explore all the different fields of study available. The goal is for these students to enroll in a college or university after they graduate high school. Academic tutoring, counseling and social support are provided to students in the program to help them succeed. Studies show that students involved in the TRIO Upward Bound program are four times more likely to earn a college degree than students with similar backgrounds who did not participate in the program. MSOE hosted its 30th Annual TRIO Upward Bound Student Recognition banquet in July. MSOE Regent Michael J. Barber ’82 delivered the keynote speech and received the Distinguished Corporate Achievement Award for his leadership in engineering and technology and his outstanding support of TRIO and Educational Opportunity Programs. Barber is vice president, healthymagination for GE Healthcare. He is one of the founding members of the MSOE chapter of National Society of Black Engineers.

New Faculty

MSOE Regent Michael J. Barber ’82 accepted the Distinguished Corporate Achievement Award, and was joined by his wife and MSOE Corporation member Jacqueline Herd-Barber ’84.

On the Move

Academics Dr. Frederick Berry, Vice President of Academics; Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Architectural Engineering and Building Construction Matthew Tadisch ’06, Lecturer Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Dr. Chandana Tamma, Adjunct Assistant Dr. Frederick Berry Professor Rader School of Business Paul Churchill, Lecturer Kim Pettiford ’93, ’99, Adjunct Assistant Professor

New Staff

Dr. Nadya Shalamova has been named the technical communication program director. Dr. Sheila Ross moves from part-time to full-time status as an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department.

Environmental Health and Safety Julie LaRose, Environmental Health and Safety Director Facilities Timothy Dalton, Groundskeeper Dr. Nadya Shalamova

Julie LaRose

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Thinking differently It took failing a class and dropping out of college for Dr. Larry Fennigkoh ’74, ’86 to fully appreciate the value of an MSOE education. “I signed up for a digital electronics class one quarter and even though I was taking 22 credits, I thought I could handle it. I ended up failing the class and trashing my G.P.A. It so traumatized me that I just quit and dropped out,” remembers Fennigkoh. He went back to work as an electronic technician, where he realized he actually understood concepts of his job thanks to his MSOE education. “The lights came on and Moses came down and I understood what was going on. MSOE was teaching me to think altogether differently.” Fennigkoh re-enrolled shortly after that, and he never looked back. He received his EET degree in 1974, his MSEM degree in 1986 and his Ph.D. in industrial engineering from UW-Milwaukee in 1995.

Dr. Fennigkoh ’74, ’86, demonstrated to biomedical engineering junior Kari-Beth Lawrence how to use the paddles on a defibrillator.

“MSOE was teaching me to think altogether differently.” Fennigkoh has been teaching biomedical engineering classes through the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MSOE since 1998. “I was always interested in anatomy and physiology and I had a strong interest in electronics. I thought it would be tremendously neat to blend these two interests together.” While serving as the director of clinical engineering at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee, Fennigkoh developed an algorithm for hospitals to classify medical devices based on function, risk to patient and maintenance requirement. He quantified those three elements to come up with a score, which determines how much and how often devices need to be inspected for maintenance. His algorithm was adopted by the federal regulatory agency and is still used today by hospitals around the world. “It blows me away that the algorithm is still used and talked about,” said Fennigkoh.

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Fennigkoh often serves as an expert witness for criminal cases, one recently involving the death of a man from a taser. “I actually was able to test that taser in a lab right here at MSOE. Every case I’ve ever worked on I’ve been able to tie it into the classroom.” Being an expert witness is not something Fennigkoh takes lightly. “It’s the best form of continuing education because it forces me to immerse myself in subject matter in a way I wouldn’t do otherwise. The responsibilities are high, and the consequences of being unprepared can be career ending.” In 2009, Fennigkoh received the Karl O. Werwath Engineering Research Award from MSOE. In his free time, Fennigkoh enjoys woodworking in his shop at home. “I like to create and build things – whether it’s furniture or new lab equipment, that’s my other passion.”

One on One What is your favorite place to travel to?

I like the warm beaches of Mexico, with margaritas. What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

I love ’50s rock and roll and have gone to Buddy Holly tributes in Clear Lake, Iowa, the past 15 years in a row. What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Clueless, inconsiderate drivers. In fact, I just installed a 14-inch compressed-air horn in my car for that very reason.



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Grohmann Museum Wonders of Work and Labor: The Steidle Collection of American Industrial Art, Penn State University Sept. 18, 2010 – Jan. 3, 2011 The paintings and prints in the Steidle Collection capture the power and beauty of industry. The images, potent reminders of earlier industrial development in America, are visual records connecting fine arts, industry and education before World War II. In this special collaboration with the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery at The Pennsylvania State University, the Grohmann Museum is pleased to present a selection of the most captivating pieces from the Steidle Collection. The exhibit opens Sept. 18 and Grohmann Museum members have the opportunity to attend a special members-only opening on Sept. 17. Everyone is invited to attend the Gallery Talk on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m., featuring experts from the Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery.

Henry Varnum Poor (1888-1970), Miners in a Lift, 1947, Oil on masonite, 58 x 40 in., Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University.

Lost Arts: A Celebration of Our Working Past at the Grohmann Museum

Edmund Marion Ashe (1867-1941), The Cast, 1939, Oil on canvas, 83 x 72 in., Earth and Mineral Sciences Museum and Art Gallery, The Pennsylvania State University.

On Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Grohmann Museum will host its first festival celebrating the activities and ways of work captured in the paintings and bronzes in the museum’s permanent collection. Watch a blacksmith, woodcarver, spinner, potter, sculptor, lacemaker, painter and glass founder demonstrate their techniques as the museum and its surroundings become a laboratory for the creation of Lost Arts.

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The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Formula Hybrid senior design team developed a prototype vehicle for the 2010 New Hampshire Motor Speedway competition. The vehicle used eight lead-acid batteries to power two electric motors that were supplemented by a gasoline electric generator. At the competition, the team of mechanical engineering majors took fourth place in the Hybrid in Progress category, and 17th place out of 30 teams overall.

Senior Design

Catherine Weitenbeck (left) and Brandon Chown (right) displayed their team’s project: a portable infant incubator for developing nations. The selfcontained backpack unit helps to regulate premature infants’ body temperature while keeping them safe and comfortable during medical transport often done by foot.

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Nursing students Ricardo Perez (left) and Deanna Smars (far right) created a template that can help to ensure accurate and complete patient data is transferred from the Emergency Department to the Medical Center at Aurora Sinai in Milwaukee. They hope the tool they designed will aid in preventing medical errors that can arise due to poor communication.

For this senior design project, students built a remote-controlled airplane capable of lifting 55 pounds for the SAE Aero Design Competition. This year’s team incorporated a data acquisition system capable of recording take-off distance, and linked two RC car engines to one propeller, which maximized the power output.


Electrical engineering majors (left to right) Zach Martin, Paul Gibelev, Nick Reed and Brady Grubb posed in front of their Dual Axis Solar Tracker senior design project. The system tracks the sun using two motors on both rotational and tilt axes, allowing for maximum sun exposure.

Michelle Smits (center) tested the hands-free faucet developed by team Triton’s Horn. To the right of Smits is team member Corey LiDonne, his sister Olivia and his parents Jon and Tammy. A group of electrical engineering majors developed the touch-free faucet for use in homes and hospitals as a way of avoiding germs and bacteria. The faucet can automatically adjust water pressure and temperature based on a few easy-to-learn hand signals.

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MSOE Students: MSOE servant-leaders are impacting and improving communities both near and far. These students are volunteering for, and even leading, projects ranging from constructing a wheelchair-accessible dock at a rural retreat center in Wisconsin to renovating a school in a remote village in Kenya. Making waves

More than 80 MSOE servantleaders joined forces at Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center to help build a wheelchair-accessible dock, among other improvements. Ali Bernero ’10 (right) served as the project manager.

Located in rural Newburg, Wis., Blue Lotus Farm and Retreat Center serves at-risk, physically disadvantaged and mentally challenged children through recreational programs and curative workshops in a 64-acre setting. Ali Bernero ’10 became associated with Blue Lotus after attending a servantleadership volunteer fair, where she learned they were in need of a handicap-accessible dock. What started out as a small project eventually grew to a multi-year, four-component project involving more than 80 MSOE volunteers. Bernero graduated in May with her bachelor’s in architectural engineering and her master’s in structural engineering. She served as the project manager for all four projects, which included: (1) building a wheelchair-accessible fishing post; (2) building a 52-by-30 foot deck and (3) a 10foot wide walkway that connects the deck with the farm pavilion; and (4) a floating dock that allows canoes to be lifted onto the dock, making it easier for wheelchair-bound campers to be lifted into their canoes. MSOE’s Office of ServantLeadership provided financial support for the project, but it was run and organized by student volunteers. In addition, DeAnna Leitzke ’98, ’08, assistant professor in the Architectural Engineering and Building Construction Department, had her survey class survey the area and develop a site plan. Leitzke hopes to incorporate different phases of future Blue Lotus projects into her classes. For Bernero, volunteering is a critical part of the college experience. “By getting students involved in volunteer projects, we can help them discover all the real-world applications that come with their studies,” she said. While components of the Blue Lotus project will continue to be worked on by students next year, Bernero is proud of everything they’ve completed thus far. “I was so proud of my classmates. I’m still amazed at how much we accomplished.” The project involved students from different majors and included a classroom component, where students developed a site plan. The improvements will continue on into the 2010-11 academic year.

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Impacting on a Local and Global Scale From classroom to community

Students joined forces with local community members to build a community garden for Milwaukee’s Dominican Center for Women. The garden will aid in providing fresh food for area residents, as well as a safe place to gather.

When Michael Carriere, assistant professor in the General Studies Department, began teaching The Sustainable City course he asked himself, “What can MSOE do to improve its city and its community?” The answer came in the form of a community garden project at Milwaukee’s Dominican Center for Women, which seeks to maintain and improve a beautiful, stable, healthy and safe neighborhood. Students in Carriere’s class partnered with the Dominican Center, local organization Safe & Sound and MSOE’s Office of Servant-Leadership to plan and build the garden, which provides residents with healthy food and a safe place to gather. MSOE students participated in community meetings, planned the design and layout of the garden beds, helped purchase the materials, cleaned up the plot, and joined with other volunteers to build the garden. Carriere was able to integrate servant-leadership principles into his class projects while also making a positive impact on MSOE students and the local community. “My students now understand how government, non-profit organizations and community members all play a role in the design and implementation of a project. Servant-leadership also allows for hands-on learning (something that really speaks to MSOE students), and for young people to see the value of working with people they would likely never come in contact with if not for the servant-leadership experience,” said Carriere.

Servant-leadership crosses borders While servant-leadership has had a dramatic impact on students in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities, its reach is not limited to one area. Dr. David Howell, who holds the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership, has partnered with Brydie Hill of Project Kenya, a non-profit based in southeastern Wisconsin, and MSOE students to bring drastic improvements to several Kenyan villages. In March 2010, MSOE students McCoulter Eaton, Jay Konkol and Ryan Barnett traveled with Howell to Ribe, Kenya, to help renovate a rural school. The students participated in planning, constructing components and improving the dilapidated structure, which will serve some 650 students once complete. “Ryan and Jay were in my Applied Servant-Leadership class. They were able to learn about servant-leadership theory in a class context and then apply it as soon as class ended. For me personally that immediate application was a big deal,” said Howell. MSOE students have been traveling to Kenya with Project Kenya since early 2009, with missions as diverse as providing health care to building computer labs with donated equipment. At the time of printing, another MSOE group comprised of students Ryan Barnett, Evan Crayford, Jeff Hanson, Jordan Heck, Eric Marsch, Ryan Wyss, alumnus Ryan Lent ’06 and English-as-a-Second-Language Coordinator Abigail Goelzer traveled to Kenya to further assist communities there. They took a generator, donated by Generac Power Systems, which will provide much-needed power to a school and computer lab in Migori, Kenya. “For me,” said Howell, “having faculty, alumni and students get together for a common cause and share tenants of servant-leadership, enabling people to serve and lead simultaneously, is why it’s so important to continue this initiative.”

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McCoulter Eaton (right) and Jay Konkol (below, right) traveled to Kenya recently along with Ryan Barnett and Dr. David Howell to help build and repair a rural school there.

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Spring Commencement Patrick Thomas ’01 ME (left) was there to honor his younger brother Curtis Thomas, who graduated with an architectural engineering degree.

Construction management major Alex Mejac (left) wrote on architectural engineering/construction management major Nicole Bloedorn’s hard hat at Commencement.

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The ranks of distinguished MSOE alumni increased by more than 400 graduates during the 2010 Spring Commencement. Neal Bitter, was the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award recipient and also the class respondent. During his address Bitter said, “It takes more than class work to measure how far we’ve come. MSOE has taught us how to think and ask the right questions. Our professors challenge and motivate students to be the best they can.”

T. Michael Bolger, J.D., president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics. Bolger had this to say to the crowd of parents, family and friends: “Life is essentially a search, and more than a job search. Life is a search for who you are. You must search for truth, meaning and happiness. You may never find it, but never stop looking for it. It is the search itself that makes life worthwhile.”

Mechanical engineering major Neal Bitter was the class respondent and the recipient of the Fred F. Loock Outstanding Student Award. Bitter also received the Alumni Association Award for Student Achievement. Dr. Robert Kern introduced Bitter and noted that he and other professors were often put on the spot whenever Bitter raised his hand in class—they knew he would ask a challenging question.

T. Michael Bolger, J.D., president and CEO of the Medical College of Wisconsin, received the Honorary Doctor of Business and Economics degree and delivered the keynote address at Commencement. Bolger congratulated MSOE’s newest graduates and commended them on the hard work it took to receive their degrees.

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Quick Takes

Noah Schwalbe ’10 (center), mechanical engineering graduate, tested his balance at the MSOE 2010 Health Fair held in April, while Jessica Harris (right) of Goodyear Chiropractic Health Center timed him. The annual health fair educated visitors on how to lead healthy lifestyles.

Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej was the guest speaker at the MSOE Athletic Banquet held in May. Zaugg-Siergiej won a silver medal with the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and she is also married to MSOE hockey player and student Michael Siergiej.

MSOE’s School of Nursing held its honor society induction ceremony in May. Inductees were (front row seated, left to right): Caitlin Berigan, Dee Cha, Laura Dickinson-Lee, Angeline Foster, Linsey Fox, Sarah Goetz, Kendra Grosklaus. (Back row, left to right): Jonie Jeske, Amanda Keller, Shea Rollins, Deborah Schill, Emily Schmeling, Heidi Sommersberger, Stephanie Vecitis.

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Dr. Roger Frankowski kicked off MSOE’s “Last Lecture” series, which gives an MSOE faculty or staff member the opportunity to pass on his or her knowledge and life-experiences to the campus community. Frankowski retired in July after 42 years of service to MSOE. Some of his advice to audience members included, “You have the ability to change. Make sure you look to that future.”

Quick Takes

Graduates of the 2009-10 Upward Bound program celebrated their accomplishment with a group photo at their commencement. MSOE’s federally funded Upward Bound program has helped low-income students successfully complete high school and continue on to higher education for more than 25 years. Read more about Upward Bound on page 10.

Dr. Richard R. Pieper Sr. spoke at a recent servant-leadership conference held on campus. Several years ago, MSOE established an endowed chairmanship using a major gift from the Suzanne and Richard Pieper Family Foundation, which is designed to promote the concept of servant-leadership at the university. Dr. David Howell currently holds the Pieper Family Endowed Chair for Servant-Leadership.

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Raiders’ Wrap-up

Lacrosse has debut season MSOE competed in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) during the 2010 season, which was the debut year for the MLC. The conference is the first in the Midwest for NCAA men’s lacrosse. MSOE Director of Athletics Dan Harris is the first commissioner of the MLC. Junior Kyle Welsh and freshman Vince Witt were named Honorable Mention All-MLC for their play. Welsh scored 15 goals for the Raiders, logging two goals twice in games during the 2010 campaign.

Kevin Diederich

Men’s track and field placed second at championships The MSOE men’s track and field team finished in second place at both the Northern Athletics Conference Indoor Championships and the Outdoor Championships during the 2010 season. Freshman Jordan Werner was named Male Freshman Athlete of the Meet at the Outdoors Championships after he won the 100meter dash with a time of 11.45 and the 200-meter dash at 22.42. Werner, along with freshmen James Franke, Chris Neja and sophomore Mark Van Alstyne, combined to win the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:22.77. Senior Zak Lutz won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:56.67. Sophomore Arthur Weborg took the top spot in the long jump at 6.97 meters and also finished first in the triple jump at 13.74 meters. Sophomore Todd Krupa won the pole vault at 4.20 meters. At the NAC Indoor Championships, MSOE’s 4x400-meter relay team comprised of Werner, Franke, Neja and sophomore Tom Monteverde placed first. Werner also won the 400-meter dash. Another top finisher for the Raiders was junior Kevin Diederich who won the 55-meter hurdles race.

Amanda Heller

Vince Witt

Dieringer and Heller took top spots at NAC championships The MSOE women’s track and field team finished fourth at the Northern Athletics Conference Outdoor Championships and fifth at the Indoor Championships. At the outdoor event, sophomore Emily Dieringer won the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.93 and the 100-meter hurdles at 15.97. Dieringer also won the pole vault at 3.05 meters. Sophomore Amanda Heller took the top spot in the 10,000-meter run and second in both the 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Freshman Katelyn Herrmann was third in the steeplechase. Sophomore Carol Cayo finished third in the 400-meter hurdles and freshman Karly Nehls was second in the triple jump. During the Indoor Championships Dieringer won two events: the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles. Dieringer also finished third in the 200-meter dash and pole vault, while Heller placed second in both the 5,000-meter run and the 3,000-meter run.

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Men’s volleyball had best year ever

Men’s tennis finished strong The MSOE men’s tennis team won its first Northern Athletics Conference Championship in 2010 and participated in the NCAA Tournament against Carleton in May. The Raiders won four titles at the NAC Championship as they gathered 54 points at the two-day event in New Berlin, Wis. Junior Mark Schadler won the number five singles championship by the score of 6-0, 6-2 in the final match. Senior Fabian Griebel took home the number six singles title, while junior Dustin Holzhauer and freshman Zach Weaver combined to take the crown at number one doubles. Senior Andrew Ohland and Schadler won the number three doubles championship in their last match. Holzhauer finished second at number one singles and Weaver came in second at number three singles while Ohland was also second at number four singles. Sophomore Juan Montenegro placed third at number two singles at the event. Montenegro and junior Grant Lees finished third in number two doubles action. MSOE went undefeated during regular season conference action as they gathered an 8-0 record in those matches. The Raiders finished the season with a 10-6 overall record.

Mike Brunette

Raiders’ Wrap-up

On the 10-year anniversary of the MSOE men’s volleyball program, the Raiders had their best year ever as they finished the season ranked 10th in the nation, which is the highest ranking by any MSOE varsity program. The Raiders had a team record 17 wins in 2010 and lost only four matches against Division III opponents. The Raiders had victories over national power NYU, ninth-ranked MIT and eighth-ranked Carthage twice as MSOE went on to win the Midwest-III Volleyball Conference Title. Senior setter Chris Brandt was named Most Valuable Player, while seniors Jon Holzbauer and Glenn Frazee along with sophomore Max Martin joined Brandt on the All-Conference team. Midwest-III Freshman of the Year honors went to Jack Geary who also received AllConference honors. National recognition went to junior Chris Reininger who was named the AVC National player of the week on March 29. For the week, Reininger averaged 4.64 points, 1.42 digs and nearly one block per game while hitting a sizzling .657. Juan Montenegro

Brunette and Merk named to NAC First Team Raider seniors Mike Brunette and Michael Merk made the Northern Athletics Conference First Team, which is the first time two MSOE players were named allconference since 1997. Brunette led the Raiders with a batting average of .435, an on-base percentage of .535 and 40 RBIs. In the NAC, Brunette was third in batting average, fifth in on-base percentage and ninth in walks. Merk hit .420 this past season with a .500 on-base percentage. The second baseman led the team with five triples, six home runs and a slugging percentage of .713. Merk had 18 doubles, 33 RBIs and 49 runs. Also receiving conference accolades was senior pitcher Roy Turtenwald, who was a NAC All-Sportsmanship Team selection. Junior Emery Hull was ninth in the NAC for slugging percentage (.619), sixth in on-base percentage (.511), sixth in runs (51), second in doubles (19) and third in walks (30). Senior Pete Winberg hit .301 on the year and was tied for fifth in the NAC for triples with four.

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Softball showed improvements

2010 MSOE Softball Team

Raiders’ Wrap-up

The MSOE softball team made strides during the 2010 season as they increased their win total by nine games overall and by five games in Northern Athletics Conference action. In 2009, the Raiders were 6-22 overall with a 4-20 NAC record. In 2010, MSOE improved to 15-17 overall and 9-15 in NAC. Freshman outfielder Julie Windish was second in the NAC in doubles (13), eighth in slugging percentage (.616), 10th in both batting average (.414) and on-base percentage (.458). She led MSOE with 22 RBIs and 27 runs. Sophomore pitcher Jessica Iversen was fourth in the NAC in both innings pitched (190.2) and wins (14) and fifth in strikeouts (164). She was second on the Raiders in batting average (.333) and RBIs (20). Freshman catcher Lianna Campos was named to the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. Freshman third baseman Kate Klaubauf led MSOE with four home runs and also had 13 RBIs while sophomore Elise Pinkerton had a batting average of .301, logged 15 RBIs and led the Raiders with 13 walks. Klaubauf and Pinkerton were tied for second on MSOE with 21 runs each.

Rowing had strong season

2010 MSOE Rowing-Varsity Team

2010 MSOE Rowing-Novice Team

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The MSOE rowing team started their season at the Heart of Texas Regatta in Austin and finished 17th out of 31 teams. The Raiders had the second most points per entry at the event. MSOE finished second in the final of the 105 men’s novice eight. At the Lubbers Cup Regatta in Grand Valley, Mich., the Raiders were third in the men’s varsity four with a time of 07:50.1. MSOE finished third in the men’s lightweight varsity four race with a time of 07:58.6. In the men’s varsity four “Frank Yates Cup,” the Raiders placed fourth with a time of 07:52.5. The Raiders competed against the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota in April. MSOE finished third and fifth in the varsity four (1,000 meters), fourth in the freshman four and third and fourth in the varsity eight. At the Indianapolis Collegiate Invite Regatta, MSOE was second and third in the men’s varsity four final race. The Raiders won the men’s second varsity/lightweight eight petite final with a time of 7:09:12, and they also won the men’s novice four petite final with a time of 8:27:06. The Raiders finished their season by competing in the Dad Vail Regatta in Philadelphia. The Raiders won their heat in the varsity heavyweight four with a time of 06:39.354 and came in fourth in the final of the men’s varsity lightweight four.



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John Splude ( far right), MSOE Regent and chairman of HK Systems Inc., spoke during the Predicting the New Economy: Past, Present and Future forum hosted by the Rader School of Business. Other panelists included (seated left to right) MSOE Regents Michael Barber ’82, John Duncan ’79 and Frederick Kuester.

Graduates of the Milwaukee County School of Nursing (MCGHSN) and the MSOE School of Nursing gathered for a scholarship luncheon honoring the classes of 1960 (50-year anniversary) and 1985 (25-year anniversary). The event included a silent auction and tour of the MSOE School of Nursing facilities. Hundreds of people honored Dr. Roger Frankowski during the Raider Reception and Gala in the Grohmann Museum Rooftop Sculpture Garden. Frankowski retired as the vice president of academics in July, after 42 years of service to the university.

MSOE alumni enjoyed reminiscing and catching up with friends during a private beer and brat cruise along the river and Lake Michigan’s harbor.

Members of the classes of 1985 and 1960 (MSOE and MCGHSN) joined Dr. and Mrs. Hermann Viets for a silver and gold reunion dinner, served in the spectacular Grohmann Museum.

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New Assignments 1977

Alumni Roll Call

Greg Kerr ABCET, director of business

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Benjamin Goetter AE/CM, senior

Jessica Davis IE, area manager of logistics engineering, Kraft Foods, Buena Park, Calif.

project manager, Mortenson Construction, Brookfield, Wis.

development, RuckPate Architecture, Barrington, Ill.

Thomas Terril CE, mobile developer,



Michael Washelesky ABCET,

William Buerger CE, senior software

co-owner/architect, Advanced Engineering Associates Inc., Peru, Ill.


Brightkite Inc., Burlingame, Calf.

developer, Ramtech Software Solutions, Stillwater, Minn. James Grant CE/BMS, vice-president of

Kenneth Ebenhoch MET, ’97 MSEM,

corporate information systems, Direct Supply, Milwaukee

operations manager, Stork Cellramic, Milwaukee

Andrew Klosinski ME, project engineer

Joseph Razo CET, ’85 EET, marketing

manager-business and regional systems channel, Rockwell Collins Inc., Cedar Rapids, Iowa

1985 Daniel Schueller MET, president, Brad Foote Gear Works Inc., Naperville, Ill.

1987 Gregory Dantzman EE, ’93 MSEM,

electrical engineer, Tennant Co., Minneapolis

and manager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif.

Matthew Murphy MET, customer service manager-natural gas, Wisconsin Public Service, Wausau, Wis. Jeannette Pfeiffer AE, ’09 MSST, senior project engineer, Thornton Tomasetti, Chicago Matthew Schantz MSEM, engineer II,

Dominion Energy Kewaunee Inc., Green Bay, Wis.

2002 Eric Buesing CM, project manager,

VJS Construction Services Inc., Pewaukee, Wis.

Timothy White ME, ’05 MSEM, senior staff engineer – projects, Alternative Energy Group, Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis.



Tammy Miller MSEM, transition manager, Plexus Corp., Neenah, Wis.

Alicia (Callahan) Jensen BE, research

Christopher Wisinski ME, sales

fellow, Department of Neurology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

engineer, Bornquist, Chicago

Jessica (Strand) Lisinski NU, hospice and

palliative manager, Horizon Home Care and Hospice Inc., Brown Deer, Wis.

2004 Gregg Mattek BSM, account technology

strategist, Microsoft Inc., Appleton, Wis.

1988 Brian Colby AE, senior preconstruction

manger, Stevens Construction, Madison, Wis.

1992 Michael Karbowski BE, senior field applications engineer, Microchip Technology, Chandler, Ariz.

1997 Raye (Michlig) Daugherty BE,

shareholder and patent attorney, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Phoenix Myra (Montalbo) Mikos BE, clinical engineer, Aramark Healthcare, Chicago

A reception and facility tour for MSOE alumni and friends were held recently at Forrer Business Interiors Inc., the largest furniture and services dealership in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly 30 alumni and friends were treated to a presentation by Randy Howard, president, and a tour of their product center. Here, Howard (left) spoke with Shajan John ’94 at the reception.

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MSOE alumnus creates goodwill

Jim Livingston ’78 ABCET, ’03 MSEM, (center) seen here with (left to right) Connie, Charles, Cassandra, Pegeen and David, implemented quality assurance and a team-oriented atmosphere to help streamline processes at Goodwill Industries Work Services.

Productivity has improved with quality and the challenge has become finding enough work to keep everyone busy. “MSOE taught me to listen and understand those around me and involve them in the decision-making process—an important step in developing the buy-in required for a quality system that will be used every day. Also important is the good grammar reinforced in my MSOE education. (Thanks, Bob Kleppin!)” Livingston offered the following advice to students and alumni: “Keep an open mind about your abilities and where you might fit. I never imagined I’d be doing a job like this.”

Jenny Strangeway BSM, office manger,

Patrick Torhorst BMS, vice-president of

Grandview Chiropractic Center, Waukesha, Wis.

information technology, Quest CE, Milwaukee

Todd Thierfelder MIS, inventory system

analyst, Sherwin Williams, Cleveland

2005 Craig Lieffring AE, structural engineer, Kohler Co., Kohler, Wis. Darryl Purdy II CE, aircraft electrical

and environment systems engineer, United States Air Force, Sheppard AFB, Texas

Alumni Roll Call

Jim Livingston ’78 ABCET, ’03 MSEM has spent most of his career in quality assurance. Though his bachelor’s degree is in architectural and building construction engineering technology, Livingston’s first job was for a firm that specialized in manufacturing architectural building products. He began working in quality assurance in the mid-1980s. “Goodwill was looking for a process improvement engineer when I started here in 2004. The job evolved to quality assurance when my past experience with documented quality systems fit the need to improve the quality processes at Goodwill,” said Livingston. Today he is the quality assurance manager for the Work Services Division of Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc. Goodwill is much more than a chain of retail stores—it strives to help people with disabilities and other barriers to employment develop work and life skills, find work and successfully perform that work. At Goodwill Industries Work Services, more than 400 people perform packaging, inspection and assembly tasks everyday for companies such as Briggs & Stratton and Strattec; laundry services for Froedtert Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and document destruction and reverse logistics services. Livingston is the key to keeping these operations running smoothly and efficiently. He is responsible for making sure the operations are ISO 9001 Registered, conforming with Good Manufacturing Practices and certified by the National Association for Information Destruction and Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council. It is a challenge for any company to become ISO registered and certified to any standard, but when the workforce is comprised mostly of people with disabilities, that adds another layer of difficulty. Livingston overcame those challenges by building a team-oriented environment where all of the employees are excited to contribute. He developed clear work instructions and ultimately helped all team members understand the very basics of using quality tools and practices: how to tell the difference between a good and bad part; what to do with it; and who to tell.

2006 Ann (Hartwig) Belter ME, ’09 MSEM,

2007 Kali Wildey AE, designer, A. Epstein & Sons International Inc., Chicago


program planner, DRS Technologies, Milwaukee

Jacob Bartes CM, project manager, Spies Inc., Fond du Lac, Wis.

Michael Spradling CE/SE, senior

Andrew Bryl IB, director of commercial

software engineer, Overture Networks, Morrisville, N.C.

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First row, left to right: Jack Stubbe ’82 CET, ’88 EET; John Rantanen ’82 EE, ’90 MSE; John Rice ’80 ECET; Constantine Katraouzos ’70 engineering graphics certificate; Mark R. Thompto ’86 EET; Daniel C. Zillmer ’95 MET; Michael J. Raymond ’88 ECET; Corey Cassavant ’02 EE Second row, left to right: Jan G. Kolek ’76 CET, ’77 EET; Peter Schotz ’95 CE; Jessica Irwin ’04 CE; Stephen Chula ’02 CE; Nicholas Holupchinski ’03 SE; Charles Dufek ’85 CET, ’91 EET; Eric Furness ’84 MSEM; Fritz Byle ’91 MET Third row, left to right: Bob Kuecherer ’88 EET, ’92 MSE; Jonathan Schaaf ’05 SE; David A. Young ’82 EE; Jamie Peschel ’03 SE; Shai Macagon ’97 EET; Bonnie VanZile-Weiland ’03 EE; Losa Vang ’96 EET; Scott Richardson ’79 EET Fourth row, left to right: Terrance James McCraw ’06 CE; John Waddle ’03 CE; David R. Boyd ’96 EE; Todd Bonack ’89 EET; Shawn Stewart ’96 EE; Greg B. Hahn ’07 EET; Soutsanith Douangphachanh ’07 EET; Ron Brzezinski ’87 EET; Ryan Eggert ’02 EE Not pictured: Nathaniel K. Zelazo, founder and chairman emeritus – Astronautics, ’83 D. Eng. (Hon); Perry Bertolas ’85 MET, ’95 MSEM; Stephen Schmitt ’88 EET; David Ehlers ’97 EET; Micah Fedke ’02 CE; Jerred Slavata ’04 CE; Alexander Goberman ’06 CE/EE; Justin Peters ’06 CE; Nicholas Weyrum ’06 CE

MSOE alumni find home at Astronautics Astronautics Corporation of America is a world leader in the design, development, integration and manufacture of state-of-the-art equipment, electronics and systems for sea, land, air and space applications. This cutting-edge company often turns to MSOE when it needs innovative, hard-working engineers to solve its toughest problems. Recently, we caught

Luke VandenAvond MIS, systems

up with MSOE alumni who work at Astronautics. “MSOE really prepared me for the workplace,” said Stephen Chula ’02 CE, who worked on the Electronic Flight Bag, a sophisticated computer and display, for the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. “I started here right after graduation and I love it.”

Rodney Burkhardt MSEM, plant manager, Metal Technologies Auburn LLC, Auburn, Ind.

Keegan Ford ME, resource engineer,

specialist, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance, Milwaukee Corey Vincent CM, project manager,

Robert Coehoorn ME, engineer, PRO

Turner Construction, Houston

Engineering & Manufacturing Inc., Milwaukee

engineer, AWR-STAAR Corp., Mequon, Wis.

2009 Golda Barnes NU, patient care

coordinator – RN, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints, Racine, Wis. Stephen Bosshart ME, design engineer,

United Conveyor Corp., Waukegan, Ill.

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Shauna Dunn NU, registered nurse,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Jordan Engedal EE, associate engineer in

the leadership development program, Rockwell Automation, Mayfield Heights, Ohio

CORE Consulting, Thiensville, Wis. Anthony Gray CE, development

Nicholas Green ME, manufacturing

engineer, Silgan Containers, Oconomowoc, Wis. Bonnie Havner NU, trauma nurse,

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee



Jay Kaiser AE, energy engineer, Franklin Energy, Madison, Wis. Thomas Kasprzycki ME, mechanical design engineer, Baxter Healthcare, Round Lake, Ill. Ashley Kimball BSM, marketing

manager, Timber-lee Christian Center, East Troy, Wis. Nicholas Komoroski MET, design

Jason Kothrade EE, applications

engineer, Johnson Controls Inc., Milwaukee Lindsay Landoff NU, cardiac unit RN,

Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee

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Erich Schroeter SE, design engineer,

Danielle DeTennis AE, MSST,

Bucyrus International, South Milwaukee, Wis.

structural engineer, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Madison, Wis.

Steve Van Camp BSM, technical

project leader, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, Wis. John Varebrook BUS, logistics

representative, Evans Transportation Co., Brookfield, Wis. Steven Waass ME, technical

procurement, Vulcan Materials Co., Naperville, Ill. Brenton Wehber ME, design engineer,

Vilter Manufacturing, Cudahy, Wis.


Jeffrey Dischler EET, design engineer,

Extreme Engineering Solutions, Madison, Wis. Ronald Domingo AE, assistant estimator

and project manager, Venture Electric Inc., Waukesha, Wis. Joshua Ebeling SE, software engineer,

Bucyrus International, South Milwaukee, Wis. Angeline Foster NU, operating room nurse, Mercy HealthCare, Janesville, Wis. James Franceschetti IB, market manager,

Zachary Adkins EE, test equipment

optek-Danulat, Germantown, Wis.

Yiu Ting Lee AE, electrical engineer, Elara Engineering, Chicago

engineer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kurt Furlong EE, software engineer, LS

Ashley Litkey NU, registered nurse,

Kayla Albertin NU, registered nurse,

Tyler Gallenberg ME, mechanical

Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, Austin, Texas

Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee

Nathan Mathoit ME, product specialist,

Craig Anderson ME, engineer trainee,

Research LLC, Cedarburg, Wis. engineer, ESC Services Inc., Oak Creek, Wis.

Heidenhain Corp., Schaumburg, Ill.

United Conveyor Corp., Waukegan, Ill.

John Gates ME, consulting engineer, CORE Consulting Inc., Thiensville, Wis.

Ryan McVeigh AE, inside sales engineer,

Andrew Babler AE, engineer, Tweet

Ariella Gilerovich NU, graduate nurse

The Glacier Group, Madison, Wis.

Garot Mechanical, Green Bay, Wis.

Steven Midcalf EET, firmware engineer,

Ryan Baird AE, power systems study engineer, Coordinated Power Systems Inc., Hales Corners, Wis.

Brady Corp., Milwaukee Ryan Nelson SE, Java programmer,

FedEx-Smartpost, New Berlin, Wis. Sameer Pai ME, quality engineer,

Medical Profiles & Engineering Inc., Eden Prairie, Minn. Tran Pham EE, applications engineer,

Elettric 80, Skokie, Ill.

CICU, Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee Daniel Goral EE, systems engineer I,

Alyse Bartczak NU, registered nurse,

Honeywell Corp., Colorado Springs, Colo.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Scott Goral SE, software developer, Quad/Graphics, Sussex, Wis.

Ramon Benedict EET, design engineer, Jefferson Electric Co., Franklin, Wis.

Jordan Haupt EE, engineer, Wells Manufacturing Corp., Fond du Lac, Wis.

Brad Borges AE, mechanical engineer, Kone Cranes, New Berlin, Wis.

Ashley Heindl NU, graduate staff nurse-

engineer, ESC Services Inc., Oak Creek, Wis.

Peter Borschowa EE, hardware design

CGICU, Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee

engineer, Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.

Eric Hoffmann EE, electrical engineer,

Keith Polecastro ME/TC, mechanical

Brian Buehler EE, systems engineer, Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Frank Pizzitola ME, mechanical

engineer, Wheels Now Inc., Waukesha, Wis. Amanda (Brushafer) Potratz TC,

documentation specialist, Old Republic Surety, Brookfield, Wis. Mathew Rutz ME, homogenization application engineer, Tetra Pak, Vernon Hills, Ill. Jean-Yves Schneider EE, product engineer, MTE Corp., Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Phillip Carerros MET, manufacturing

engineer, Ark-Les Custom Products, New Berlin, Wis. Joseph Cavanagh SE, mobile platform engineer, EM Systems, Milwaukee

Jonathan Holzbauer ME, manufacturing engineer, Master Lock Co., Milwaukee Sean Kennedy EE, nuclear power school instructor, United States Navy, Charleston, S.C. Kevin Kilroy ME, associate engineer-

Environmental Systems Design, Chicago

mechanical, Hamilton Sundstrand Corp., Rockford, Ill.

Brandon Crozier EE, sales engineer

Corey Kraft CE, software engineer,

trainee, Parker Hannifin, Cleveland, Ohio

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Kelly Costello AE, HVAC engineer,

Alumni Roll Call

engineer, Taylor Dynamometer, Milwaukee

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Jeremy Kundert ME, design engineer,

HUSCO International, Waukesha, Wis. Adam Lawrenz ME, second lieutenant,

United States Marine Corp., Milwaukee John Marschke CM, estimator/field

engineer, Kiewit Power Constructors, Lenexa, Kan. Charles Martin CE, embedded software engineer, Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

Alumni Roll Call

Alex Mejac CM, estimator/project

engineer, Kiewit Power Constructors, Lenexa, Kan. Scott Molling CE, software engineer,

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jennifer Moore NU, graduate nurse,

Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee Elizabeth Morawski NU, registered

nurse, Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee Ryan O’Connor ME, test engineer,

MGA Research Corp., Burlington, Wis. Jeremy Off ME, acoustic engineer,

Robinson Metal Inc., DePere, Wis. Kristofor Oftedahl MET, design

engineer, Gehl Co., West Bend, Wis. David Osenga ME, engineer trainee,

The 28th annual MSOE President’s Golf Outing was a great day of camaraderie and golf for MSOE Regents, Corporation members, alumni and friends. Left to right: President’s Golf Outing chairman and MSOE Corporation member Kurt Drier ’91, MSOE Corporation member Mike Ebben ’82, MSOE Men’s Golf Coach Joe Meloy and Chris Wills.

Ricardo Perez NU, graduate nurse,

Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Milwaukee Joshua Schaalma MSEM, packaging

United Conveyor Corp., Waukegan, Ill.

manager, Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac, Wis.

Michael Patelski EE, consultant, West

Gregory Schauer EET, junior electronics

Monroe Partners LLC, Chicago

engineer, Marlin Technologies Inc., Horicon, Wis.

MSOE Regent Michael Barber ’82 attended the golf outing, which raised money for scholarships for MSOE students.

Travis Schneider ME, sales and

application engineer, Parker Hannifin, Cleveland Advith Shetty CM, business

development, ACS Developers, Bangalore, India

MSOE alumni and friends had the opportunity to tour Generac Power Systems’ Eagle Training Center in Eagle, Wis. At the reception, MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D. (left) presented Allen Gillette, senior vice president of engineering for Generac, with MSOE apparel.

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Birth Announcements To Mi Le and Vincent Argento ’91 AE, a daughter, Jada Elaine, born on May 16, 2010. To Erin and Kurt Drier ’91 CS&E, a daughter, Makenzie Leigh, born on March 4, 2010.

To Jamie (Meares) ’93 AE and Michael ’95 B&CS Pohl, a son, Sebastian, born on April 18, 2010. Werner Electric Supply in Neenah, Wis., hosted an alumni event recently. Lynn T. MacDonald (left), Werner Electric Supply president, Brian Soule ’70 (center), Werner Electric Supply vicepresident—product manager and MSOE President Hermann Viets, Ph.D.

Amanda Siewert NU, graduate nurse,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Ryan Smaglik EE, associate engineer in

the leadership development program, Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee

Marriage Announcements Gregory Kerr ’77 ABCET, married Vicky Zeiler on April 10, 2010. Michael Ihrcke ’96 EET, married

Kari Squires NU, graduate nurse, Aurora

Andrea Czyscon on March 20, 2010.

Health Care, Milwaukee

Brent Folbrecht ’97 CE, married Ruby

Kyle Sternkopf ME, performance

Liou on July 12, 2009.

assurance engineer II, Johnson Controls Inc., Salt Lake City

Jessica Gluckman ’98 AE, married

Nathan Sward ME, mechanical engineer,

Erik von Asten ’04 EE, married Laura Wagner on Jan. 16, 2010.

Prolitec Inc., Milwaukee

Jonathan Ziegler on May 30, 2010.

Kathrine Thomas NU, pediatric nurse, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Cara Piggott ’05 ME, married Shawn

Peter Vande Hey ME, rotational

Baus on May 29, 2010.

engineer, Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh, Wis. Lee Vesterdahl EET, systems engineer,

Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Jake Wolfgram EE, analog hardware

engineer I, Plexus Corp., Neenah, Wis. Devin Zettler ME, manufacturing

Alumni Roll Call

To Tara and Matthew Bratzke ’92 AE, a daughter, Addison, born on May 20, 2010.

To Amber and Christopher Boll ’03 ME, a son, Eli James, born on April 1, 2010.

Kazda on Nov. 7, 2009. Matthew Nysse ’06 CM, married Nicole Michael Spradling ’06 CE/SE, married Mary Gruebnau on Oct. 31, 2009. John Bauman ’07 ME, married Victoria Scheuerman on Feb. 20, 2010. Justin Grenier ’07 EET, married Trisha Stuebs on Feb. 26, 2010.

engineer I, HUSCO International, Maquoketa, Iowa To Jeremy ’00 ME, ’09 MSEM and Kristin (Turk) Morehouse ’01 AE/MSEV, a son, Zachary Jon, born on June 3, 2009 and seen here with big brother Turk Joseph.

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To Sharon and Matt Standke ’94 EE, a daughter, Victoria, and a son, Tyler, born on April 10, 2010. To Michelle (Haines) ’98 AE and Ryan ’01 AE Stephans, a daughter, Brynn Elizabeth, born on Jan. 1, 2010.

Alumni Roll Call

To Kevin ’99 EET and Tina (DeRuyter) ’00 AE Carr, a daughter, Sophia, born on Jan. 19, 2010. To Amy and Ryan Krenn ’99 IE, a daughter, Zoey Alexis, born on March 25, 2010. To Brian ’00 AE and Shari (Gorr) ’02 CE Hess, a son, Eli Brian, born on April 16, 2010. To Amber (Gordon) ’04 EE and Robert ’04 EE Lang, a daughter, Sydney Ann, born on May 15, 2010. To Nikki and Adam Schneider ’04 ME, a daughter, Isla Grace, born on June 2, 2010. To Michelle and Joshua Schaalma ’10 MSEM, a daughter, Bella Rose, born on

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Rebecca (Nelson) Bahm ’90 AE, was

Alan Hagemann ’99 BMS, co-produced

promoted to Colonel in the Air National Guard. Bahm was the first MSOE student to be commissioned through the AF ROTC in 1990.

a documentary called “Shine Like Stars” about the U2 tribute band U2Zoo.

Kurt Osborne ’93 EE, received the

Julie (Furst) Henning ’99 TC, created

an iPhone application that provides pictures, information and an interactive map of family-friendly activities in Milwaukee.

Application of the Year Award, Green Engineering Award, and Automotive Category Winner Award from National Instruments Graphical System Design Achievement Awards in August 2009.

Stephen Bichler ’00 B&CS, has been

Jodie Sherven ’97 AE, received her PE license from the state of Illinois in June 2010.

Brandon Lemonier ’00 AE, has been

Nathan Wilke ’98 EE, has been inducted

into the Edgerton Area Athletic Hall of Fame. While at MSOE, he helped the wrestling team win a Lake Michigan Conference championship during the 1997-1998 season. Matthew Burow ’99 CM, has received

the Future 50 award for Catalyst Construction from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

promoted to the rank of Major in the United States Air Force. He is currently stationed in Fairfax, Va. named to the Top 40 Under 40 by Consulting Specifying Engineer magazine. William Serre ’00 EE, has been named as

one of the 2010 Leaders Under 40, by Quad Cities magazine. Jesse Daily ’01 MET, has received the

Future 50 award for CORE Consulting from the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

March 5, 2010.

Achievements Paul Drimmer ’62 EE, was awarded the 2010 Shem Tov (Good Name) Award by the Beth El Synagogue in Southbury, Conn. Terry Meikle ’71 ME, was awarded a Governor’s Excellence in Renewable Energy award from the state of Colorado for his work to research, test and develop woody biomass as a source for electric power in Colorado Springs.

During a recent Fifth Thursday alumni event, Gene Wright ’79, ’87, adjunct professor in the Rader School of Business and owner/president of Wright Innovation Inc. explained and demonstrated social media and Web 2.0 technologies. Adam Tietyen ’90 (left) and Scott Janeshek ’95 (right) spoke with Wright (center) at the event.

Also present at the event were Dave Pettiford ’91, ’97 (left) and Efrem Powell ’96. During his presentation, Wright informed audience members how to effectively use Web 2.0 technologies like Facebook and Twitter at home and work.

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Erik von Asten ’04 EE, received a master of science in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2009. Andrew Barry ’07 ME, received a master

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John Busateri ’49 EE George Senft ’49 RHACT

Andrew Bryl ’08 IB, received a master of

Harold Ruona ’51 ACT

business administration degree from University of Phoenix in 2010.

Walter Vachalek ’53 INT

In Memory

Jack Hotchkiss ’56 RTT

Chester Hitchcock ’35 EEP

William Heidingsfeld ’76 BIM

Eugene Oesterreich ’40 CAW

Steven Caylor ’94 ME

Elenor Knoebel ’48 NU

Richard Merriman ’50 EEE

Roger Roder ’54 RTT Harold Menting ’59 EEP

away May 9, 2010. He served as an MSOE Regent from 1982 to 1985, and as Regent Emeritus from 1985 to 2004. His professional career included positions at American Home Products and Lever Brothers. He served in various national and international executive roles at S.C. Johnson and Son Inc., culminating as president and CEO of the company.

Scott A. Weinhold, electrical engineering senior, passed away June 16, 2010. Scott was a cadet in the MSOE/Marquette ROTC Program. He is survived by his parents, Ron and Sandy Weinhold of Oak Creek, Wis., his sister Jill Alsuwailih, and many friends and relatives.

We are extremely proud of our alumni and want to know what you are doing. Keep us up-to-date by providing the information requested below. Be sure to give us your e-mail address so you’ll receive the monthly Alumni E-news and invitations to special events. MSOE never sells your contact information.

Alumni Roll Call

Thomas Keyser ’50 RHACT

Beverly Hanley ’48 NU

Kenneth Eastham passed

Donald McQuade ’49 RS

of business administration degree from Marquette University in 2010.

Erwin Lange ’47 ET

Former MSOE Regent William

Merlin “Mert” Theisen ’48 ACT

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