Project-based experiential learning is at the heart of the CREATE Institute, and how students will develop the skillset and mindset they need to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow. It is a resource for industry engagement and academic excellence. The institute is focused on developing high-impact educational experiences for MSOE students and faculty that have a community impact. It also serves as the institutional hub for faculty development; professional learning workshops for faculty, an MSOE Mindset Speaker Series and student activities; and supports the integration of high-impact practices and project-based experiential learning.

The CREATE Institute supports development of the MSOE Mindset in undergraduates which aligns directly with diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging efforts. Components of being a Leader of Character, a Responsible Professional, a Passionate Learner, and a Value Creator is learning about people from diverse backgrounds, being aware of one's own intersectional identity, being able to create a sense of belonging with others and examining one's actions through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.


Learn alongside industry partners by working on real-world projects that meet the needs of our community partners and boost your professional portfolio.


Access resources and programming that will help you develop high-impact educational experiences for your students and bring real-world projects into your classroom.

Community Organizations

Partner with MSOE and share your needs to provide our students with the opportunity to use the skills they are learning in the classroom to meet the needs of the community.


Develop your own leadership and management skills while mentoring our students as they work to solve real-world problems in the community and around them.


Funding for the CREATE (Community-focused Real-world Engagement in Academics Through Experiential-learning) Institute comes from The Kern Family Foundation and MSOE endowment funds.


Instructional Designer

Dr. Christopher Cooley

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-2348 Cudahy Campus Center: CC07
Associate Director of Faculty Development

Dr. Tyra Hildebrand

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7205 Cudahy Campus Center: CC07
Director of CREATE Institute

DeAnna Leitzke

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-2701 Cudahy Campus Center: CC07 Faculty Resume
Program Coordinator

Deborah Olguin

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7319 Cudahy Campus Center: CC07
Project Coordinator

Natalie Villegas

Department: CREATE Institute
(414) 277-7419 Cudahy Campus Center: CC07

Dr. David Howell

Create scholar

Dr. David Howell

(414) 277-7226 - Grohmann Museum: GM305 -


Create scholar

Dr. Tammy Rice-Bailey

(414) 277-7268 - Grohmann Museum: GM307 -

chair for servant-leadership

Doug Nelson

(414) 277-2354 - Cudahy Campus Center: CC60C -

2019-20 CREATE Faculty Fellows

Jeff Blessing
Joshua Carl
Victoria Carlson-Oehlers
Mark Daugherty
Bill Farrow
Kseniya Fuhrman
Anne-Marie Nickel
Leah Newman
Tammy Rice-Bailey
Icaro dos Santos
Jera Sullivan
Gene Wright

2019-20 CREATE Student Fellows

Brianna Berillo
Jonathan Cobb
Dakota Cole
Rachel Hunter
Alaina Jante
Jesse Lambrecht
Isabel Maier
Veronica Mangio
Caleb Nolen
Jocelyn Riemann
Egor Shalamov
Anne-Marie Warren


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