Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Milwaukee School of Engineering
Established 1903
Type Private
Endowment $59,540,559[1]
President Matthew Panhans (interim)
Academic staff
Students 2658
Undergraduates 2459
Postgraduates 199
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
43°02′38″N 87°54′31″W / 43.0440°N 87.9085°W / 43.0440; -87.9085Coordinates: 43°02′38″N 87°54′31″W / 43.0440°N 87.9085°W / 43.0440; -87.9085
Campus Urban
22 acres (8.9 ha)
Colors Red and white
Mascot Roscoe Raider (pirate)

The Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) is a private university located in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As of fall 2011, the university had an enrollment of more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students.


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.[3]

MSOE's logo was designed by industrial engineer Brooks Stevens, initially for the school's 1978 Diamond Jubilee.[4]


Fred Loock Engineering Center

The curricula at MSOE are centered around engineering, business, mathematics and nursing. MSOE's primary focus is on undergraduate education, however, it does offer post-graduate master's programs. As of the 2013-2014 school year, MSOE had 135 full-time faculty members, 78% of whom hold a doctoral degree. Professors teach all courses; teaching assistants are not used. The student to faculty ratio is 15:1.[2]

Academic programs[edit]

MSOE has full-time bachelor of science programs in engineering: architectural, biomedical, computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical, software, biomolecular, 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, technical communication, and actuarial 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 Education Leadership, MBA in STEM Leadership engineering management, medical informatics, perfusion, architectural engineering, civil engineering, construction and business management, marketing and export management, and new product management.

Study-abroad programs[edit]

MSOE has study-abroad exchange agreements with five universities: the Fachhochschule Lübeck[5] in Germany, the Czech Technical University[6] (CTU) in Prague, Czech Republic, the Florence University of the Arts[7] in Florence, Italy, Manipal Institute of Technology,[8] in India and Lille Catholic University[9] in Lille, France. At the foreign universities, 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, 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).[10]


The 2015 U.S. News & World Report ranked MSOE 15th "Best University in the Midwest".[11] U.S. News & World Report ranked MSOE as the 12th Best Undergraduate Engineering Program [12] among engineering schools whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. MSOE was also recognized on the "Best in the Midwest" listing by Princeton Review.[13][when?] In 2015, included MSOE on its list of America's Top Colleges.[14]


MSOE's campus occupies 22 acres (8.9 ha) in downtown Milwaukee.

Academic and administration buildings[edit]

The Allen Bradley Hall of Science and the Fred Loock Engineering Center house the mechanical and electrical engineering departments. MSOE's Walter Schroeder Library building houses classrooms and faculty and administrative offices.

The Campus Center houses student service offices, including Admission, Financial Aid, Registrar, Placement, Student Life, as well as biomolecular engineering laboratories and faculty offices, and Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management Department labs, classrooms and faculty offices. Recently added was the Ruehlow Nursing Complex, a multimillion-dollar upgrade for the School of Nursing.

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 and 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.[16]

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.[17]

In 2013, MSOE completed construction of and opened the Pamela and Hermann Viets Field, an athletic field for soccer, lacrosse and rugby, that was built atop a three-level parking garage.[15]

Residence Halls[edit]

MSOE has four residence halls, located 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. MSOE recently purchased the unfinished Stay Bridge Hotel on Water Street, converting it into The Grohmann Tower student apartments. Students were able to begin occupying the building in time for the 2014-15 school year.


Roscoe Raider, MSOE mascot

MSOE's 21 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. MSOE competes in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) for most 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, including Harvard, Yale and Wisconsin.

The school colors are red and white.

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

Rowing Team[edit]

The MSOE Rowing Team is one of the school's newest sports. The team practices all year long and competes at many regattas; these include: the Milwaukee River Challenge, Tail of the Fox, Head of the Charles, Heart of Texas, Milwaukee Invite, MACRAS, Aberdeen Dad Vails and IRA's.

Ultimate Frisbee team[edit]

The MSOE student-run Ultimate Frisbee team, founded in 2007, competes in USA Ultimate sanctioned events in the Midwest. They are the 2012 Lake Superior DIII Conference Champion.[19]

Athletic facilities[edit]

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.

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.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ MSOE (2015-02-10). Form 990 Filing. p. 47. 
  2. ^ a b "Who We Are". MSOE. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  3. ^ "History". MSOE. 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-08. 
  4. ^ "Whole Student Life Handbook" (PDF). MSOE. September 2006. Retrieved 2006-10-05. 
  5. ^ "Lübeck University of Applied Sciences". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Czech Technical University". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  7. ^ "Florence University of the Arts". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  8. ^ "Manipal Institute of Technology". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  9. ^ "Lille Catholic University". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  10. ^ "MSOE's Accreditations". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  11. ^ "Regional University Midwest Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  12. ^ "US News and World Report Rankings". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  13. ^
  14. ^ "MSOE named one of "America's Top Colleges"". MSOE. 2013-06-07. 
  15. ^ a b "Campus Maps and Facilities". MSOE. 2013-12-17. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Kern Center". MSOE. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  17. ^ "Grohmann Museum". MSOE. 2007-08-24. Retrieved 2013-12-17. 
  18. ^ "MSOE Athletics Home Page". MSOE. Retrieved 2006-09-20. 
  19. ^ "MSOE Ultimate Frisbee Organization". Society for the Appreciation of Ducky(SAD). 2009-01-07. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  20. ^ "MSOE athletic field and parking complex". MSOE. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
  21. ^ "Honors and Awards of Joseph J. Rencis". Joseph J. Rencis. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 
  22. ^ "ASME Fellows" (PDF). ASME. 2006-01-13. Retrieved 2006-10-07. 
  23. ^ "MSOE Recognizes Outstanding Alumni". MSOE. 2000-12-05. Archived from the original on 2006-07-08. Retrieved 2006-09-22. 

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