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Biographical Information for Patrick Hoppe:

Happily Married
4 Children
7 Grandchildren


    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Milwaukee, WI
    Masters of Science - Perfusion
    Graduation Date: February, 1995

    Milwaukee School of Engineering
    Milwaukee, WI
    Bachelor of Science - Biomedical Engineering
    Graduation Date: May, 1993

    Milwaukee Area Technical College
    Milwaukee, WI
    Associate of Applied Science - Biomedical Electronics
    Graduation Date: May, 1985

    American Society of Engineering Educators

How I spend my time at GTC

District Chair for Engineering Technology

Lead Electronics Instructor

Helped developed the WTCS state model for a 2+2 with MSOE’s BS-EET program (GTC was the first WTCS college to sign a 2+2 agreement with MSOE, for their BS-EET program.)

Developed GTC’s Electrical Engineering Technology Program

Developed 8 Self-Paced courses for GTC’s Electronic Technician and Electrical Engineering Technology programs

Developed program posters for the Racine campus, for program promotion


    2002    New Teacher of the Year, GACTE
    2002    New Teacher of the Year, WACTE    
    2003    President's Faculty Excellence Award

    2009    Teacher of the Year, GATCE

Leadership Training
2005-2006 WLDI Graduate (Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute)

I am a product of the State Technical College system. When I was in high school, college was the furthest thing from my mind. My family was always "blue collar" workers and I was going to follow in their footsteps. Several years after high school, the factory I was working at, closed. The year was 1981 and jobs were scarce for unskilled workers.

This "tragedy" was the best thing that ever happen to me. I was forced to look at college as an option. When I applied at a 4 year engineering college, my poor high school grades kept me out. (Since I didn’t plan on going to college, I didn’t worry much about my grades in high school.) They suggested I try a 2 year college, after all, they take anyone.

I attended Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and graduated with an associate degree in Biomedical Electronics. This degree opened up many doors for me. I was able to find a job and again support my family. The other door that the associate degree opened was the front door at the engineering college. They not only let me in, but due to my high GPA from MATC, I received scholarship money.

For the next seven years, I worked full time and attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering full time. After obtaining both my BS and MS degrees, I worked as an engineer in the medical field.

I never forgot what a golden opportunity my associate degree provided for me. When the position opened up for an electronics instructor at Gateway, it was my chance to give something back to the educational system that changed my life.

When asked to list my accomplishments while at Gateway, one would think that I would say the development of the first 2+2 Electrical Engineering Technology program in the state with MSOE’s EET program, or receiving the new teacher of the year award for both G-ATCE and the ATCE.  But my list is different, my accomplishments are my students. When my students tell me about their advancement at work due to the classes they are taking or how the degree they received from Gateway has changed their life, then I know I was successful in "putting something back". Each of my accomplishments has a name, a face, and sometimes a family counting on them.  They are why I come to work each day.

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Patrick Hoppe
Division Chair - Engineering Technology


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