MSOE gains partnership support with its educational leadership in artificial intelligence

More than $2.5 million has been pledged to name spaces within the new Dwight and Dian Diercks Computational Science Hall at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and to support programs and technology within this state-of-the-art facility of technology.

The new building, slated to open in fall 2019, will position MSOE at the forefront of teaching artificial intelligence and next-generation technologies. Donations come from individuals, alumni, former faculty members, board members and local businesses.

“MSOE was built on partnerships with industry and we are proud to continue that tradition,” said Dr. John Y. Walz, President of MSOE. “We count on our partners to support our bold step into this transformative learning space.”

The dedicated computer data analysis lab will provide a reconfigurable, data-rich lab space that will evolve with the program. PieperPower Corporation sponsored the Enterprise Partnership Classroom, Enterprise Partnership Center Contact Space, and Collaboration Rooms to bring students and industry together around unparalleled computing power.

Northwestern Mutual expands and augments the university’s computer science program with an emphasis on artificial intelligence by supporting the Northwestern Mutual Classroom, Northwestern Mutual AI Laboratory, and collaborative rooms in the building, scholarships, and a series of lectures.

The Rexnord Corpration Classroom and the Kimbel A. Nap ’72 Classroom – a gift from Elaine Nap, are interactive and flexible classrooms for emerging ways of learning. A gift from MSOE Professor Emeritus Hans Schroeder supports administrative office space for the computer science and software engineering programs that will reside in Diercks Hall.

The LogistiVIEW AR/VR Lab is an interdisciplinary space where computer science and software engineering students will work on augmented reality and computer graphics application development courses; nursing students will participate in nursing simulations; and Civil and Architectural Engineering and Construction Management students will learn virtual design and construction coordination, as well as building information modeling techniques.

The Pindel Global Precision Room is a center for teamwork to foster collaboration between students, faculty, and industry. MSOE alumni Dr. Michael Barber ’82, Regent, and Dr. Jackie Herd-Barber ’84, Corporation member, have pledged to sponsor the plaza, which will foster collaboration across disciplines.

The Dr. Bernard A. Cohen ’71 Human-Computer Interface Lab will explore the interactions between humans and technology in the fields of robotics, computer science, biomedical engineering, nursing and user experience .

The Ronald Jensen Lecture Hall – a gift from Dr Ronald Jensen ’74, the Dr Joe and Lynette Noworatzky Lecture Hall – a gift from Dr Joe ’85 and Lynette Noworatzky, and the Wagner Family Lecture Hall – a gift from Jo and Bob Wagner ’64 and Barb Wagner Karol will provide a dynamic meeting space for faculty and staff.

The Dr. Edward Raether ’68 and Arlene Raether Study Area provides students with a place to relax and focus on their studies. The Gary Folbrecht Desk – a gift from Brent J. Folbrecht is a faculty desk designed for student accessibility. In addition, Generac provided an in-kind donation of emergency power for the facility.

“Our supporters have recognized the need for innovative work and learning spaces,” said Jeff Snow, MSOE’s vice president of development. “We are grateful for their dedication to fostering an inspired culture on campus. »

Diercks Hall offers open and engaging spaces that will foster collaboration between students, faculty and industry. Modern interactive classrooms will provide flexible learning spaces for all of MSOE’s academic programs, and a 256-seat auditorium combined with central event space will serve as a public forum for MSOE, industry and the community.

Collaborative spaces will allow MSOE students to bring their best solutions to life, in collaboration with industry partners, while the NVIDIA GPU-powered supercomputer will provide the computing power.

Janice G. Ball