Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Established 1903
Type Private
Endowment $33,700,000[1]
President Hermann Viets, Ph.D.
Academic staff 132[2]
Students 2648
Undergraduates 2438
Postgraduates 210
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
43°02′38″N 87°54′31″W / 43.0440°N 87.9085°W / 43.0440; -87.9085
Campus Urban
16 acres (6.5 ha)
Colors Red and white
Mascot Roscoe Raider (pirate)
MSOE redirects here. For the e-mail program, see Outlook Express

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. MSOE is best known for its applications-oriented curriculum, close association with business and industry, and extremely high placement rate (98%). The university has an enrollment of more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students as of fall 2010.

For 2010, MSOE was again among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges and Universities" in the country,[3] ranking 9th Best Undergraduate Colleges in the Midwest. Also, MSOE ranked 10th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs category among colleges whose highest degree is a master's,.[4] MSOE is also recognized on the "Best in the Midwest" listing by Princeton Review.[5] In 2010, MSOE was named one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest by Forbes on their list of the 152 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section on its website feature 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region. [6]

MSOE's logo was designed by noted industrial engineer Brooks Stevens, initially for the 1978 "Diamond Jubilee" celebration.[7]



Milwaukee School of Engineering was founded in 1903 by Oscar Werwath and initially called the School of Engineering of Milwaukee. Werwath was the first person to plan an American educational institution based on an applications-oriented curriculum.[8]


The Fred Loock Engineering Center at MSOE

The curricula at MSOE are centered around engineering, engineering technology, nursing, computers, business, architectural engineering, and construction management. MSOE's primary focus is on undergraduate education, however, they do offer nine master's programs. As of 2010-2011, MSOE has 130 full-time faculty members, 75% of whom hold a doctoral degree. Professors teach all courses; teaching assistants are not used. The student to faculty ratio is 14:1.[2] In 1995, MSOE became one of the first U.S. universities to offer a four-year graduation guarantee, promising that an on-track student may always enroll in all the courses on his or her curriculum track.[9]

Academic Programs

MSOE has nine full-time bachelor of science programs in engineering: architectural, biomedical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software, biomolecular, and in the fall of 2010 a freshman-to-master's degree in civil engineering. A part-time engineering degree is also offered. MSOE's Rader School of Business offers degrees in business management, international business, and management information systems. Additional four-year undergraduate programs are nursing, construction management and technical communication. Two-year transfer programs leading to B.S. degrees are offered in electrical and mechanical engineering technology and management.

MSOE confers master's degrees in cardiovascular studies, engineering, engineering management, medical informatics, perfusion, structural engineering, civil engineering, construction and business management, marketing and export management, and new product management.

Study-abroad programs

MSOE has study-abroad exchange agreements with three universities, the Fachhochschule Lübeck[10] in Germany, the Czech Technical University[11] (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic and Manipal Academy of Higher Education, in India. At the foreign universities, all courses are taught in English. The Lübeck program is a junior year option for students majoring in electrical engineering, international business, or mechanical engineering. Participants on both sides of the exchange receive degrees from both universities. The CTU program is open to various majors and most notably offers a junior-year February through June exchange option to students in architectural engineering or construction management.


MSOE is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). The architectural engineering, biomedical engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, electrical engineering technology, 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).[12]


MSOE's campus occupies 15 acres (6.1 ha) in downtown Milwaukee.

Residence Halls

MSOE has three residence halls, located together near the north end of campus. Roy W. Johnson Hall (RWJ) and Margaret Loock Residence Hall (MLH), constructed in 1967, are traditional residence halls; while Regents Hall is arranged apartment style.

Academic and Administration Buildings

MSOE has more laboratories than classrooms.[13] The Allen Bradley Hall of Science and the Fred Loock Engineering Center house the mechanical and electrical engineering departments and the School of Nursing.

In 1980, MSOE's newly constructed Walter Schroeder Library was dedicated by former U.S. President Gerald Ford.[14] In addition to the library, the building houses numerous classrooms plus faculty and administrative offices.

In 1987, MSOE acquired the building that would be dedicated as the Student Life and Campus Center in 1991. It was built in the 1940s and once housed offices and the bottling plant of Blatz Brewery.[7] It now houses student service offices such as Admission, Fincnacial Aid, Registrar, Placement, Student Life, etc. as well as biomolecular engineering laboratories and faculty offices and Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department labs, classrooms and faculty offices.

In 1989, MSOE acquired the Valentin Blatz Brewing Company Office Building, converting it into the Alumni Partnership Center.[15]

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 in addition to the Milwaukee U.S. Export Assistance Center.

In 2004, MSOE dedicated the Kern Center, a 210,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) recreation, athletic, health and wellness facility. It is the first such facility for MSOE, which competes in NCAA Division III athletics. The center exemplifies MSOE's philosophy of a well-rounded university experience.[16]

In 2006, MSOE acquired the former Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, located at 1000 N. Broadway and renovated it for use as The Grohmann Museum to house the Man at Work: The Eckhart G. Grohmann Collection as well as faculty offices.[17]


Mascot of MSOE Athletic Teams: Roscoe Raider.

The school colors are red and white. MSOE's 22 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. MSOE competes in the Northern Athletics Conference for most sports, except men's ice hockey competes in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association (MCHA), men's lacrosse competes in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC), wrestling competes in the Northern Wrestling Association (NWA) and rowing competes as an independent DIII team.


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Ice Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Rowing
  • Wrestling


  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

MSOE also has a wide variety of club and intramural sports,[18] including a dance team, and a stunt team.

Ultimate Frisbee Team

The student-run Ultimate Frisbee team competes in USA Ultimate sponsored intercollegiate tournaments throughout the year. The team was founded in 2007, and remains very active to this day. MSOE is highly competitive in the Lake Superior DIII conference.

Athletic Facilities

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 downtown campus. MSOE's Kern Center houses many of the sports teams' facilities, along with recreational areas for students and the Counseling Services, Health Services and the Servant-Leadership Office.

Notable alumni

  • Allen J. Carlson (1979, MET), President and CEO, Sun Hydraulics.
  • James I. Finley (1968, EE), Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.
  • Carl Kiekhaefer (c. 1925, no degree), former owner of Mercury Marine, NASCAR team owner.
  • Greg D. Knight (2004, BMS), Owner, McDermott Cue and Knight Chemical.[19]
  • Benjamin Letto (1990, CS&E), President and Chief Developer, SBG Trading Corp.
  • Philip F. Labre (1927, EE), Inventor and patent holder of the American version of the grounded plug (the three-prong plug).
  • Joseph J. Rencis (1980, Architectural and Building Construction Engineering Technology (ABCET)), ASME Fellow.[20][21]
  • Larry A. Schotz (1973, EET), inventor of the car radio adapter for CD players.[22]
  • Dean Foate, M.D., President and CEO of Plexus Corporation.

See also


  1. ^ Walker, Don (2009-01-27). "UW Foundation endowment gained 5.5%". Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Quick Facts - Milwaukee School of Engineering". MSOE. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Milwaukee School of Engineering". America's Best Colleges 2010. U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Milwaukee School of Engineering". America's Best Colleges 2010. U.S. News & World Report. 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-12. 
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  6. ^ "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region". MSOE. 2010-08-02. 
  7. ^ a b "Whole Student Life Handbook". MSOE. 2006-09. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  8. ^ "History". MSOE. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  9. ^ "MSOE Offers Four-Year Graduation Guarantee". MSOE. 1995-07-25. Archived from the original on 2005-05-07. Retrieved 2006-10-09. 
  10. ^ "Lübeck University of Applied Sciences". MSOE. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  11. ^ "Czech Technical University". MSOE. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  12. ^ "MSOE's Accreditations". MSOE. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  13. ^ "MSOE - College Closeup". Peterson's. 2006-02-01. Retrieved 2006-10-09. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Walter Schroeder Library". MSOE. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  15. ^ "Alumni Partnership Center". MSOE. 2006-01-10. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  16. ^ "Kern Center". MSOE. 2004-09-24. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  17. ^ "Grohmann Museum". MSOE. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  18. ^ "MSOE Athletics Home Page". MSOE. Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  19. ^ "MSOE Alum purchases McDermott Cue". MSOE. 2009-04-10. Retrieved 2009-04-10. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Honors and Awards of Joseph J. Rencis". Joseph J. Rencis. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  21. ^ "ASME Fellows". ASME. 2006-01-13. Retrieved 2006-10-07. 
  22. ^ "MSOE Recognizes Outstanding Alumni". MSOE. 2000-12-05. Archived from the original on 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 

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