The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The university has one of the smallest campuses in Milwaukee, at only 22 acres (0.089 km2). The school's enrollment of 2,846 includes 204 graduate students. As of Fall 2016 the university has a total of 135 faculty, of which roughly half are full-time.
Through the eight academic departments the university offers 16 bachelor's degrees, 10 of those being in engineering. Despite being undergraduate focused, the university also offers 11 master's degrees in business, engineering, and nursing. The academic calendar functions on a quarter system year-round, with four ten-week terms: fall, winter, spring, and summer, although the majority of the students do not attend the summer quarter. MSOE is known for its unique track system, which outlines the courses a student should take in order to graduate.
|Milwaukee School of Engineering|
|Students||2,823 (Fall 2016)|
|Undergraduates||2,610 (Fall 2016)|
|Postgraduates||213 (Fall 2016)|
total 22 acres (0.089 km2)
|Colors||Red, white |
|Athletics||NCAA Division III-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (no football), |
Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League,
Northern Collegiate Hockey Association
|Sports||22 teams in men's and women's intercollegiate sports and 8 club sports|
Milwaukee School of Engineering was founded in 1903 by Oscar Werwath and initially called the School of Engineering. Werwath's goal was to meet the needs of the work force for the growing engineering field. Werwath was the first person to plan an American educational institution based on an applications-oriented curriculum. The first classes began in the fall of 1903 at Rheude's Business College. By fall, 1905, the enrollment reached almost 100, exceeding the capacity of the business college. The school was subsequently moved to a new building with help from Wewath's colleague, Louis Allis. In spring, 1906, the school graduated its first class, enrolling about 200 students that fall.
In 1911 the school relocated to the Stroh building, just south of downtown Milwaukee. That same year the School of Engineering offered its first degree in electrical engineering. During this time Werwath recruited school sponsors from companies around Milwaukee, including Allen Bradley. This resulted in a cooperative program where students could be employed at local businesses to help pay for their tuition. In 1912 the School of Engineering initiated its first student publication, electroforce, and in 1913 the school gained its first fraternity, Phi Delta Omega. Also in 1912 Wisconsin provided official recognition to the School of Engineering, granting its programs a state license in both vocational training and engineering education. On March 17, 1917, an official charter was given to the School of Engineering to grant the bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering. This day is now celebrated every year on campus with school-sponsored and student-led events. The School of Engineering also approved the first units of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) and Student Army Training Corps (SATC).
By 1920, the School of Engineering consisted of four specific programs focused around electricity. Werwath developed a new curriculum "to equip the student in college-level engineering standards needed for the degree award combined with parallel hands-on training."  At the same time the academic calendar called the "quarter system" was implemented. This allowed for students to graduate with collegiate engineering degrees in 3 years, or 4 if they chose not to take the summer quarter. In the summer of 1919 52 Bachelor's degree graduates as well as 11 faculty were offered admission to the American Institute of Electrical Engineers. Enrollment surpassed 1,200 in 1928, the school's 25th anniversary.
During the Great Depression when enrollment dropped, the school created a student financial fund for disadvantaged students. By 1933 enrollment had recovered to previous levels. On July 13, 1932, the School of Engineering was restructured through a charter revision and renamed "Milwaukee School of Engineering". This allowed the formation of the Board of Regents, a group of industrial and community leaders to oversee management of the school. One of the first major actions of the board was to purchase the German-English Academy building. In 1935 the board established the Industrial Research Institute, where students and faculty could partner with nearby industries for work.
MSOE received the official seal of approval from the Society for the Promotion of Engineering in 1943, as part of recognition for educational achievements. The following year, MSOE also became a charter member of the National Council of Technical Schools. For the first time, the university started accepting females into its program in order to replace males who were drafted into World War II. Following the end of the war enrollment swelled in 1946 and 1947 due to the GI Bill of Rights allowing returning service personnel to pursue a college education. By 1947 over 90% of the students were veterans. On March 20, 1948 Oscar Werwath died and his sons, Karl Werwath and Heinz Werwath became president and treasurer, respectively. Milwaukee School of Engineering has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,675, with a gender distribution of 74 percent male students and 26 percent female students.
Obtaining full institutional accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (NCA) began in 1950, and approval of accreditation was granted in 1971. By the time of the school's 50th anniversary in 1953, enrollment reached 2,300 students from 48 states and 30 foreign countries. With the beginning of the Space Race as well as emphasis on technological education, many classes at MSOE upgraded their technology and their programs. The school partnered with WISN-TV and WISN (AM) to create programming centered around science and promoting their school.
The curricula at MSOE are centered on engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. MSOE's primary focus is on undergraduate education, where it has 8 academic departments and offers 15 undergraduate majors. MSOE mainly offers ABET-accredited bachelor of science degree to undergraduate students, as well as a bachelor of science in user experience and communication design. MSOE also has 11 post-graduate master's programs. As of 2016, MSOE had 138 full-time faculty members, 83% of whom hold a doctoral degree. Professors teach all courses; teaching assistants are not used. The student to faculty ratio is 16:1.
MSOE has full-time bachelor of science programs in engineering: architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software, a freshman-to-master's degree in civil engineering. A part-time engineering degree is also offered. MSOE's Rader School of Business offers a degree in business administration. Additional four-year undergraduate programs are nursing, construction management, technical communication, user experience and actuarial science, and computer science. Two-year transfer programs leading to B.S. degrees are offered in electrical engineering, engineering and management.
MSOE confers master's degrees in engineering, MBA in educational leadership, MBA in STEM Leadership engineering management, perfusion, architectural engineering, civil engineering, construction and business management, marketing and export management, and new product management.
In 2016 MSOE had a four-year graduation rate of 44%.
Undergraduate admission is described by U.S. News & World Report as "more selective". Princeton Review gave the university an admissions selectivity rating of 86. For the 2014-15 academic year the university received over 2,000 applications; 1,511 were accepted, resulting in a 75.55% acceptance rate. The admitted students’ academic profile showed 75% were in the top 50% of their high school class, SAT scores of 620 in critical reading, 650 in math. The average composite ACT score was around 28.
MSOE has study-abroad exchange agreements with five universities: the Czech Technical University (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic; Lille Catholic University in Lille, France; the Fachhochschule Lübeck in Germany; the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy; and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. All courses are taught in English.
MSOE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The architectural engineering, biomolecular engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, mechanical engineering technology, and software engineering programs are accredited by The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). The nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The construction management is accredited by the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE). The master of science in perfusion is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
The 2019 U.S. News & World Report ranked MSOE 10th among regional universities in the Midwest, 9th among undergraduate engineering programs, 4th in Computer Engineering, and 5th in Electrical Engineering. In 2016 MSOE was listed among Princeton Review's 159 best Midwestern colleges. In 2016, Forbes ranked MSOE #481 on its list of America's top colleges.
Along with the president, Milwaukee School of Engineering is led by a Board of Regents composed of a chairman and 50 representatives from businesses, industries, education, and the government. The Board of Regents governs and makes major decisions through several standing committees, such as the executive committee and the business and industrial advisory committee.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering operates on a four-quarter system year-round, with its academic terms lasting ten weeks each. Most of the programs use a track system that outlines what courses students should take and pass for each term in order to graduate in four years. Freshmen usually take four courses per term and upperclassmen five. The MSOE Guarantee states that for a student starting and staying on track, all classes needed for graduation will be available when they need them so that they may graduate in four years.
MSOE's campus, which occupies 22 acres (0.089 km2) in the East Town neighborhood of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is spread over several blocks. MSOE has one of the smallest campuses in Wisconsin; only the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD) has a smaller campus (2 acres (0.0081 km2)).
The buildings on campus vary with age, with most being built in the mid-20th century. The oldest building on campus is the Alumni Partnership Center (formerly the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building), built in 1890  and the newest being the Kern Center, built in 2004. Several of the buildings on campus use the iconic Cream City brick, which is used in many other buildings in Milwaukee.
Allen Bradley Hall of Science was acquired and renovated in 1958, formerly a parking garage. Allen-Bradley provided much of the funding and equipment for the building and was thus obtained the naming rights. It houses electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering, as well as the physics and chemistry departments. The Fred Loock Engineering Center was opened in 1967, and was designed by Fitzhugh Scott. It is an extension of the Allen Bradley Hall of Science. The building houses several laboratories and classrooms for use of many engineering departments.
The only major library on campus is the Walter Schroeder Library. Dedicated in 1980 by Gerald Ford, the library is named after Wisconsin magnate Walter Schroeder and has the mathematics as well as the electrical engineering and computer science faculty offices.
Most of the administration buildings are located in Student Life and Campus Center, which was acquired from Blatz Brewery in 1987. The department of civil and architectural engineering and construction management (CAECM) have their faculty offices here as well. Recently added was the Ruehlow Nursing Complex, a multimillion-dollar upgrade for the School of Nursing. Many student resources such as the bookstore, a marketplace, and the student union called the "Great Room" are also here.
Rosenberg Hall, home to MSOE's Rader School of Business, was dedicated in 2003. Funds for the project were provided by alumnus Kenneth Rosenberg and his wife Doris. The hall contains classrooms, labs and faculty offices and the Milwaukee U.S. Export Assistance Center.
In 2006, MSOE acquired the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and renovated it for use as The Grohmann Museum to house the Man at Work: The Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection, classrooms, and faculty offices for the humanities and psychology departments.
In 2004, MSOE's 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) Kern Center was completed, adding a hockey arena, basketball arena, fitness center, running track, and field house to its campus. MSOE's Kern Center houses many of the sports teams' facilities, as well as offering recreational areas for students, faculty and alumni. The Kern Center also has classrooms, and houses the physical and mental wellness centers.
In 2013, MSOE completed construction on a new athletic field and parking complex called Pamela and Harmann Viets Field. The athletic field was built on top of an in-ground parking facility immediately north of the Kern Center.
Undergraduates may live in one of four residence halls, but incoming freshman may live only in Roy W. Johnson Hall (RWJ) or Margaret Loock Residence Hall (MLH). Roy W. Johnson Hall and Margaret Loock Residence Hall were constructed in 1967, and are traditional residence halls; while Regents Hall and Grohmann Tower are arranged apartment style.
Meals are served by Food Services Incorporated, which operates three dining facilities in the dormitories and the campus center.
MSOE's 21 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. MSOE competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) for most sports, including seven women's sports. Men's ice hockey competes in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA), men's lacrosse in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC), men's volleyball in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL), and wrestling in the Northern Wrestling Association (NWA). Men's rowing is not sponsored by the NCAA, so MSOE competes against all collegiate teams. MSOE also has club and intramural sports.
Elmer Carl Kiekhaefer (June 4, 1906 – October 5, 1983) was the owner of Kiekhaefer Mercury (later Mercury Marine) and Kiekhaefer Aeromarine and also a two-time NASCAR championship car owner.Colleges and universities of Milwaukee
Higher education in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is dominated by the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on the East Side and Marquette University, located near downtown. Milwaukee is also served by Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Wisconsin Lutheran College, Concordia University Wisconsin, (the Mequon Campus), Lakeland College (the West Allis/Milwaukee Campus) collectively giving the city a full-time, degree seeking college student population exceeding approximately 70,000, the largest in Wisconsin. A January 2000 study from McGill University in Montreal ranked Milwaukee 6th in a list of U.S. and Canadian cities with the highest number of college students per 100 residents. Also serving Milwaukee-area students are local campuses of Upper Iowa University and Ottawa University, which has a campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin.Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration
The Collegiate Aerial Robotics Demonstration (CARD) is a robotics competition for college and university students inspired by FIRST. The inaugural event was held at the 2011 FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.Eric E. Hagedorn
Eric E. Hagedorn (August 21, 1896 – June 22, 1963) was an American politician and electrical engineer.
Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hagedorn graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School. He served in the United States Navy. Hagedorn went to Milwaukee School of Engineering and then worked as an electrical engineer. He lived in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin and was a Republican. Hagedorn served in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1941. Hagedorn died of cancer in Park Falls, Wisconsin where he had lived for eight years prior to his death.Frederick W. Cords Jr.
Frederick W. Cords, Jr. (December 27, 1903 - ?) was an American electrical engineer from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who served one term as a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.Grohmann Museum
The Grohmann Museum, at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, houses an art collection dedicated to the evolution of human work. The museum opened on October 27, 2007 and is located at 1000 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.
It is next to the German-English Academy Building.Harout O. Sanasarian
Harout O. Sanasarian is a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.Harris Cup
The Harris Cup is an ice hockey championship trophy, awarded annually to the NCAA Division III Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) league playoff champion.
The trophy originated with the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association. The MCHA first awarded a championship trophy in 1998. The trophy was renamed the Harris Cup in 2002 and first awarded under that name in 2003. All previous winners of the MCHA trophy are inscribed on the trophy and recognized as Harris Cup awardees. The trophy is named after Dan Harris, who served as MCHA league president through 2002 and is the long-serving athletics director for Milwaukee School of Engineering. Following the MCHA and NCHA's merger in 2013, the trophy will be awarded to the NCHA's playoff champion beginning in 2014.Hermann Viets
Hermann Viets, Ph.D. was an astronautics engineer and president of Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). He was MSOE's fourth president, assuming the position in 1991.James I. Finley
James Ivan Finley is the former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology in the United States Department of Defense.
He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 19, 2006.The following statement was issued by the White House on December 19, 2005:
The President intends to nominate James I. Finley, of Minnesota, to be Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. Mr. Finley currently serves as President of The Finley Group, LLC, a consulting company he formed in 2002. Prior to this, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of SMARTSKIN, Inc. Mr. Finley has served in a managerial capacity for General Electric, Singer, Lear Siegler, United Technologies and General Dynamics, where he was a Corporate Officer, President of Information Systems and Chair of the Business Development Council. Mr. Finley received his bachelor's degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his master's degree from California State University Fresno.Jimmy Banks
James Banks (born September 2, 1964 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a retired U.S.soccer defender. After a standout career at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Banks spent six seasons playing indoor soccer with the Milwaukee Wave. He also earned 35 caps with the national team between 1986 and 1991, including two games at the 1990 FIFA World Cup. Since retiring from playing professionally, Banks has entered the coaching ranks with both youth clubs and the Milwaukee School of Engineering men's team. His current key roles as a coach is to better students through his favorite phrases of "Wack!", "We need those!", and "Let it rip!".
Bank’s recently discovered the restaurant chain “Pizza Ranch”. Banks commonly takes the MSOE men’s team to the restaurant chain for post game meals.Kern Center
The Kern Center is a 210,000-square-foot (19,500 m2) athletics and fitness facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is home to many sports at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, including ice hockey, wrestling, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. The building is named for Robert and Patricia Kern, the center's major benefactors. The financial support for the facility's land was given by Eckhart and Ischi Grohmann.The Kern Center is home to the school's Health, Development, and Wellness area. The departments in this area include Health Services, Counseling Services, and Servant-Leadership.
Ground broke for construction of the Kern Center on April 11, 2003 and the facility was dedicated on October 29, 2004.
The Kern Center Arena (115 ft × 115 ft or 35 m × 35 m) has a seating capacity of 600 and hosts MSOE varsity competitions, campus special events, and community rentals.
The Kern Center Ice Arena (NHL-sized: 200 ft × 85 ft or 61 m × 26 m) located in the lower level of the building, has a seating capacity of 800, and hosts hockey games, open skating, ice shows, skating lessons, campus events, and community rentals. The ice arena also acts as the pre-season home of the Milwaukee Admirals.Lauren Prott
Lauren Elizabeth Prott (born March 18, 1992) is an American professional soccer player from Chico, California. She plays for FC Djursholm in Djursholm, Sweden.Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association
Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association was a college athletic conference which operated in the midwestern United States. It participated in the NCAA's Division III as a hockey-only conference. The conference included only men's teams.
The league was founded in 1998 with six teams: Benedictine University, the University of Findlay, Lawrence University, Marian University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Northland College. After one year in the conference, Benedictine dropped hockey, and Findlay moved to the Division I College Hockey America conference. The University of Minnesota Crookston joined in 1999. As a Division II school, Minnesota Crookston operated the hockey team with no scholarships like the other Division III members of the league. While they competed in the conference championship, they were ineligible for the NCAA Division III Tournament, but they were eligible for the Harris Cup. Minnesota–Crookston dropped varsity hockey after the 2008–09 season and was replaced by Lake Forest.
Finlandia University joined the conference for the 2004–05 season. Before the 2007–08 season, the MCHA added Concordia University in Mequon, Wisconsin, and Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.
In the summer of 2012, the five hockey-playing schools in the University of Wisconsin System announced that they would leave the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) to begin playing hockey in their all-sports conference, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The move would have left only two men's teams in the NCHA, leading St. Norbert College and the College of St. Scholastica to join the MCHA. In April 2013, the NCHA and MCHA announced a merger, where the NCHA would absorb the MCHA's teams (of the MCHA's 10 schools, all seven who also sponsored women's hockey played in the NCHA). The men's and women's sides will retain separate administrative structures, as well as their automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.Norman Sussman
Norman Sussman was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and the Wisconsin State Senate.Northern Wrestling Association
The Northern Wrestling Association is a college athletic conference. It participates in the NCAA's Division III as a wrestling-only conference. Its first season was held in 2006–07, and the member schools include the following institutions: Concordia University Wisconsin, Knox College, Lakeland College and the Milwaukee School of Engineering.PAST TEAM CHAMPIONS2007-08
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Concordia University - WisconsinSigma Phi Delta
Sigma Phi Delta (ΣΦΔ) is an international professional-social fraternity of engineers. As "The Premier International Fraternity of Engineers", the organization is the only fraternity of its kind that draws its membership exclusively from male engineering students at ABET-accredited colleges and universities, as other similar organizations are co-ed or admit students not strictly in traditional engineering programs (such as architecture or technical sciences).Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building
The Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building was built in 1890 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. It was originally home to the offices of the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company. The building today is owned and operated by the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and known as the Alumni Partnership Center. It was designed by architect Paul Schnetzky in Romanesque style and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building is currently home to the MSOE Marketing, Alumni Affairs, and Development departments. It serves as a meeting place for MSOE alumni.
The building was home at one time to the Beer Baron Restaurant. It features an image painted in the ceiling window that includes Joseph Schlitz, Frederick Miller, Frederick Pabst, and Valentin Blatz with Gottlieb Heileman painted, but in the distance. This is reportedly because Heileman did not build his brewery in Milwaukee. Blatz's face is a cut-out, which could be removed for him to look down upon his workers from his office.
An interesting feature of the building is that it's built to 3/4 scale. Valentin was sensitive about his small stature and had the smaller building designed so that he didn't feel overwhelmed by the typical large office buildings of the time.
The office building features a three-story walk-in safe.WMSE
WMSE (91.7 FM) is a non-commercial radio station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, playing a wide-ranging eclectic music format run by volunteer DJ's. The station is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE).
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