Not sure on market for engineering, I am guessing not a whole lot out there, but hope to be wrong.
Milwaukee is Lake Michigan. And Lake Winnebago, Wis. largest inland lake 40 mi by 10 mi and lot's of river running also.
The Mississippi is 3 hr drive and lot's of running to be had there as well.
Not a whole lot of go-fast's around but still enough to have fun with others. Milwaukee is a nice town, would be happy for you if the move works. Let me know if you need anything and I'll do my best. Take care...Dave