December 5, 2000

MSOE Recognizes Outstanding Alumni

MILWAUKEE -- Two Milwaukee School of Engineering alumni were recently presented Outstanding Alumnus Awards in recognition of their continued support of MSOE and dedication to their alma mater.

Larry A. Schotz (Mequon, Wis.) is founder, president and owner of L.S. Research Inc., a technology consulting, research and development company. Schotz earned his electrical engineering technology degree from MSOE in 1973, which led to engineering positions with Sherwood Electronics and Draco. He started his own company in 1980.

Larry Schotz '73
Larry Schotz '73 with his wife, Marion, at the 2000 Homecoming dinner/dance.

As one of the world's leading circuit designers and a pioneer in the field of radio frequency, Schotz holds more than 20 U.S. patents. He is the inventor of wireless speakers, the car radio adapter for CD players, and the micro-digital controlled tuner. He is widely recognized for his leadership in the consumer electronics field and was awarded the Hi-Fi Grand Prix Award for Audio Engineering in 1982 and the Engineering Design Graphics Award.

Schotz has remained involved in his alma mater over the years. He became a Corporation member in 1985, and joined the Board of Regents in 1993, where he has taken leadership roles as co-chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee, co-chairman of the university's Priority Needs Committee, and as a member of the Second Century Challenge Committee. He is a member of MSOE's Wall of Fame and received an alumnus award for his contributions to the university in 1983.

Matthew W. Fuchs, P.E. (West Allis, Wis.), professor and chairman of the Architectural Engineering and Building Construction Department, earned his mechanical engineering degree from MSOE in 1963. He later earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Matthew Fuchs '63
Alumni Association president Kim Pettiford presents Matthew Fuchs '63 with his Outstanding Alumnus Award at the 2000 Homecoming dinner/dance.

Before joining MSOE in 1965, Fuchs worked as a project engineer for Allstate Industrial Cranes. Since 1968, he has done consulting work as president of Rhombic 8 Associates Ltd., and as treasurer of both 3-D-8 Inc. and Carl Bauman Associates Ltd. A Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin, he is active in professional associations including American Society of Civil Engineers (1994-95 national AE Division Education chairman, Wisconsin Section Construction Committee chairman), American Society for Engineering Education (1995 AE Division chairman), American Concrete Institute-Wisconsin Chapter (past president, board member) and American Institute of Constructors (founding director of the Wisconsin chapter, currently national Executive Committee member and national Membership Committee chairman).

Fuchs received the Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers Triple E Award for Educator of the Year in 1988, and the Associated General Contractors of Greater Milwaukee's Special Distinguished Community Service Award in 1996. Upon graduation in 1963, Fuchs was recognized for his success at MSOE with the Alumni Association Award for Student Achievement.


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