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2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Services and Resources for Graduate Students


Types of Projects within the ATC

Interdisciplinary capabilities provide a major advantage and can span fields such as engineering, science, business, computers and technical communication. Faculty, staff and students who undertake applied research projects represent all aspects of the university’s curricula - architectural, biomedical, biomolecular, computer, industrial, software, electrical and mechanical engineering, plus construction management, nursing, mathematics, physics and chemistry, business and technical communication. The research projects involve expertise in a variety of areas, such as computer-based synthesis/analysis/fabrication/testing, environmental engineering, finite element stress/thermal/fluid dynamic analysis, materials, product and process design, alternative energies and many others. ATC research assistantships involve both graduate and undergraduate students working on advanced projects.

Modes of interaction include directly funded projects, consultation, federally funded Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants, consortia work, technology licensing and subcontracts. Applied research is done by staff and faculty with industrial experience - often with research assistants and student and class projects in engineering and business disciplines - coordinated with company and faculty advisors. Referrals serve as an initial contact point for networking with others to optimize expertise and facilities for technology transfer.

Research Assistantships

MSOE offers a limited number of graduate research assistantships for research with the ATC. Selection is based upon available funds, project personnel requirements and student qualification. Feb. 1 is the normal application deadline for an assistantship that is awarded for the subsequent Fall Quarter. Assistantships may be available at other times of the year, based on additional funding and program activity.

Graduate research assistants are assigned to the ATC. All assistantship candidates must be accepted for graduate study by MSOE. Open graduate research positions can be viewed online at You may also submit a letter of interest detailing areas of expertise along with a current resume to the following address: Dean of Applied Research, MSOE, 1025 North Broadway, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3109, USA. Allow at least 60 days for processing the application once all materials are received.

Position Obligations and Benefits: This is a 12-month appointment, renewable for subsequent years based on continued availability of funding, the student’s work performance and academic progress. Students will normally receive both of the following awards:

  • Research Assistantship: Student typically will be assigned a specified number of hours of research and ATC project work per week over 12 months.
  • Tuition Scholarship: Student takes a maximum of two classes (six credits) per academic quarter (including summers), leading to the M.S. degree in two to three years. Tuition will be waived in proportion to the fraction of full-time employment for courses needed for the degree, providing they meet graduate degree program requirements. Each tuition scholarship award will be made based on a student’s academic record, potential to succeed in the program and related work experience.

No other (outside) employment is allowed. To be eligible for the research assistantship, applicants must be enrolled as graduate students at MSOE by virtue of course work or continuous enrollment. No teaching or classroom-related work will normally be expected of research assistants. Occasionally, a graduate student will assist in running a laboratory.

Students must maintain satisfactory graduate student academic standing to retain their position.

Graduate Student Housing

The new Grohmann Tower apartment building features apartment-style studio,  one- and two-bedroom units with full kitchens and bathrooms. The building is open to junior, senior, international and graduate students on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible, graduate students must earn at least six credits per quarter. For more information, visit Graduate Student Housing. 

Grohmann Tower Pricing (Sept. 1, 2015- Aug. 31, 2016)

Unit Type Pricing (per month)
Studio $1,200
One Bedroom Suite $1,300
One Bedroom Standard $1,350
One Bedroom Deluxe $1,500
Two Bedroom Suite $2,700

In addition to the Grohmann Tower, MSOE operates three residence halls located in the middle of campus just a block or two from classrooms and laboratories. These facilities offer quiet floors, suites and a full-service food operation. Although undergraduate students comprise the largest segment of the resident population, the residence halls do offer an on-campus option to the graduate student. The Housing Department can provide more information on what is available and how personal needs might be accommodated.

Renting off-campus housing from one of the many independently owned rental units near the university provides an alternative.