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MSOE President John Y. Walz, Ph.D. to be inaugurated April 29

Walz is an industry-experienced professional who also is an academic leader.

By - Apr 25th, 2017 01:40 pm
John Y. Walz. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

John Y. Walz. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

April 25, 2017 — Dr. John Y. Walz will be inaugurated as president of Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in the MSOE Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway. Walz is only the fifth president in MSOE’s 114-year history. A committee of MSOE Regents vetted more than 400 candidates from across the United States for this position, which Walz assumed on July 1, 2016.

Walz is an industry-experienced professional who also is an academic leader. He is a chemical engineer and worked as a process engineer for Shell Oil Co. before embarking on his career in academics. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Tulane University, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

Prior to his appointment as president of MSOE, Walz was dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering. His other academic roles include teaching in the Chemical Engineering Departments at Carnegie Mellow University, Tulane University and Yale University. He also was dean of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech and chairman of the Chemical Engineering Department at Yale.

MSOE is an independent, non-profit university with about 2,900 students that was founded in 1903. MSOE offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; a 97 percent placement rate; and the highest ROI and average starting salaries of any Wisconsin university according to PayScale Inc. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.

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