MSOE: To offer business community outreach events

MSOE’s Business Excellence Consortium (BEC) is offering a series of free Business Community Outreach Events to provide insights into issues affecting organizations. Each event features a keynote speaker to share information on a current issue followed by interactive discussion groups facilitated by MSOE business faculty and BEC executive coaches.

Registration is required for all of these free events, which will be held in MSOE’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 1047 N. Broadway. Free parking is provided. Visit or call (800) 321-6763 to register.

Event format:

7:30-8 a.m.: Check-in and continental breakfast

8-9:30 a.m.: Keynote speaker

9:30 -9:45 a.m.: Refreshment break

9:45-10:45 a.m.: Participate in one of two interactive discussion groups


Tuesday, Oct. 19

Topic: The Ladish Success Story: What tools are needed to survive in today’s business climate

Keynote Speaker: Gary Vroman, president and CEO, Ladish Co. Inc.

Interactive Discussion Groups:

Group #1 – Emerging Leaders (Facilitator: Dr. Steven C. Bialek, MSOE)

Group #2 – Coping with Realities of a Slow Recovery (Facilitator: Rick Armburst, former CEO and president, The Oilgear Company)

Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011

Topic: Intellectual Espionage

Keynote Speaker: Parker Shipley, special agent, FBI

Interactive Discussion Groups:

Group #1 – Product Development (Facilitator: Prof. Gene Wright, MSOE)

Group #2 – Software Development (Facilitator: Dr. Kathy Faggiani, MSOE)

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Topic: Improved Healthcare Delivery

Keynote Speaker: TBD

Interactive Discussion Groups:

Group #1 – Lean and Lean Sigma for Healthcare (Facilitator: Dr. Ian Wedgewood, president of consulting services, Sigma Breakthrough Technologies Inc.)

Group #2 – The New Role of Biomedical Engineering (Facilitator: TBD)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Morning session

Topic: Gobal Supply Chain: How do you go global?

Keynote Speaker: Rick Armburst, former CEO and president, The Oilgear Company

Interactive Discussion Groups

Group #1 – Managing a Global Supply Chain (Facilitator: Ken Edwards)

Group #2 – Preparing to go Global (Facilitator: Roland Parker)

Afternoon session

Topic: Sustainability in Manufacturing and Construction

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jeong Woo, MSOE

Interactive Discussion Groups

Group #1 – LEED Certification – Building Green (Facilitator: Ted Angelo, vice president, Grunau Company)

Group #2 – Green Product Design (Facilitator: Dr. Carol Diggelman, MSOE)

MSOE is an independent university with 2,600 students. MSOE offers 17 bachelor’s degrees and 10 master’s degrees in the engineering, engineering technology, architectural engineering and building construction, computer, business, nursing and health-related fields. The university has a national academic reputation; longstanding ties to business and industry; dedicated professors with real-world experience; and extremely high placement rates and starting salaries. MSOE graduates are well-rounded, technologically experienced and highly productive professionals and leaders.