St. Joan of Arc Chapel in spring

Students go under ground

Dr. Jim Crovetti, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering (C2E2) is taking some of his students below ground as part of the Student Centered Learning Initiatives program featured in earlier issues of AHOYA. 

A soils course; soil properties, soil behavior and shallow foundation systems, retaining walls and spread footings; is a requirement for all junior-level students in C2E2.  As part of the Student Centered Learning Initiative the laboratory sequence of this curse is being redesigned to allow students to discover and hopefully appreciate what is hidden underground, including existing soil deposits and completed foundation support systems.  To date, two new capstone experiments have been developed which will provide students with a better appreciation of lateral earth pressures, shallow footings and deep footings.  Additional experiments will be developed over the next 5 months to complete the overall re-design of the laboratory sequence.

A table-top experiment has been designed which will allow students to induce increasing levels of lateral earth pressures to various retaining wall structures to provide a direct link between active earth pressure forces and retaining wall stability against overturning and sliding.  A second field experiment has been developed to utilize the outdoor soils pit, an 8 ft. x 8 ft. pit adjacent to Engineering Hall, to demonstrate the load bearing capacity of shallow and deep foundations.  A small isolated spread footing, between 18” x 18” and 24” x 24” will be placed over the clay soils in one quadrant of the soils pit and loaded to a maximum pressure of 10,000 psf, simulating the design bearing pressures for the isolated spread footings in Engineering Hall.  The load deflection behavior of the footing will be collected and compared to theoretical values discussed in class.  A second series of tests will be conducted during the same experiment to examine the behavior of deep foundations (piles).  The pile foundations will be represented by 1-2” diameter closed-end pipes, one driven only into the clay layer (skin friction) and one driven to rest on the underlying sand layer (point capacity and skin friction).  The pipes will be instrumented with strain gages at the top and bottom to illustrate the load shedding behavior of these two systems.

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EWB featured on Milwaukee radio

Elyse O'Callaghan, engineering student and a member of Engineers Without Borders, along with Bernard Amadei, founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA, discussed the profession's commitment to social welfare in the world. Amadei presented the keynote address at Marquette University's Mission Week in February.

Interview appeared on "Lake Effect" (WUWM-FM), March 14, 2012.

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MU record broken

Jonathan Kusowski's, Eng ’11 and current graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, program record in the men's weight hammer throw highlighted the first day of competition for the Marquette University men's and women's track and field teams at the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in New York City.

Kusowski's record throw of 63 feet, 1/4 inch (19.21 meters) placed him second overall in the event and earned eight points for the Marquette men, who sit seventh in the team standings after five scored events.

Jonathan Kusowski

Jonathan Kusowski

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Eno student employee of the year

Lauren Eno, senior in biomedical engineering, won the 2012 Marquette Student Employee of the Year award.  She has worked in the Office of Enrollment Management and Outreach for 3 years.  Lauren’s professionalism, strong work ethic and take-charge attitude are the hallmarks of her work.  Her nomination has been submitted to MASEA (Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators) for the regional student employee of the year competition.

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Faculty award winners

OPUS Dean of Engineering Robert Bishop announced that Dr. Alex Drakopoulos, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been selected to receive the 2012 Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Engineering.  Recipients of this award are selected for excellence in teaching by a faculty member.  The ballots were distributed to this year’s senior-standing students (anticipating graduation within that year) in selected senior classes.

Dr. Robert Scheidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been selected to receive the Outstanding Researcher Award for 2012 for the College of Engineering.  Recipients of this award are recognized for excellence in research by a faculty member during the last five years.  This award is based on selection criteria that include; significant publications, funded research, graduate student productivity and “state of the art” technology.  An independent selection committee selected Scheidt to be this year’s recipient.

Dr. Alex Drakopoulos
Dr. Robert Scheidt
Dr. Alex Drakopoulos
Dr. Robert Scheidt

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Engineering alumni become trustees

Two engineering alumni were recently elected to the Marquette University Board of Trustees.

Dr. Janis M. Orlowski graduated from Marquette’s College of Engineering with a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering in 1978. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1982. Her residency as chief resident and a fellowship in nephrology were completed at Rush University Medical Center, Chicago.

Thomas H. Werner, a 1986 graduate of the College of Engineering, has served as SunPower Corporation’s chief executive officer and as a member of the SunPower board of directors since June 2003. SunPower is a publicly traded corporation that delivers the highest-efficiency solar cells and solar panelsas well as the most advanced solar energy systems.

Learn more.

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College hosts science fair

The College of Engineering recently hosted the 2012 Badger State Science and Engineering Fair. More than 60 students and projects from 11 different schools, both local and from as far away as Bayfield, participated.  Projects this year far exceeded expectations making it very difficult for judges to choose winners. 

The Best of Fair award was given to Ashton Wackym from University School Milwaukee.  Wackym’s project was “Designing and Creating a Modular Concussion Detection System”, Ashton will attend the International Science and Engineering Fair held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May. 

The College of Engineering is proud to announce Annie Yang from Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S. as the winner of the Dr. Stan Jaskolski Award given to a senior student.  Annie was also awarded the Marquette University College of Engineering Scholarship which is awarded for an exemplary engineering related project.  Ms. Yang’s project was “The Effectiveness of the Fluorescent Probe DAF-2DA for the Detection of Nitric Oxide”  stemmed from her desire to pursue a health related engineering career and her interest in sports. 

Annie Yang

Annie Yang

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