Student Erin Davis, Dr. Mark Federle and local children work at pull-boxes on main road in Nueva Providencia, Guatemala. To build the infrastructure necessary to provide electricity to homes, over 2,000 ft. of electrical cable was pulled through conduit from the pull-boxes. The pull-boxes also house the circuit breakers that ensure safety in the system. Full story at Compassion in action below.

Who is my neighbor?

This question was the theme of the 2012 Mission Week at Marquette.  Mission Week is Marquette University's annual exploration of the richness of our Catholic and Jesuit tradition.  Who are our neighbors — locally, nationally and internationally? Throughout the week, we reflected on this and examined how we can create international networks to address issues of faith, justice and ecology.

Dr. Bernard Amadei was the Mission Week keynote speaker.  He is the founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders – International.  A professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Mortenson Center for Engineering for Developing Communities, Amadei dedicates his curriculum and research to education globally responsible engineering students and professional who can create substantial solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.

His commitment to compassion in action inspired us to seriously consider our neighbors and what our moral obligation is to them around the world.  Listen to his keynote address.  The Marquette chapter of Engineers Without Borders is certainly living the call of compassion in action. 

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Compassion in action

Compassion in action + student-centered learning initiatives = discovery learning in the Jesuit tradition. 

In January we reported on the student-centered learning initiatives program here in the College of Engineering; Discovery learning within the Marquette University College of Engineering consists of student-centered learning methods that employ in-class and extracurricular activities that allow students to learn by doing and to apply what they have learned.  Dr. Mark Federle, professor and McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management, received a grant from this initiative that provided en members of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) to travel with him to Nueva Providencia, Guatemala in January and continue work on the village electrification project. 

In addition to wiring twenty homes, electrical infrastructure was enhanced with the addition of nine solar panels, laying over 2,000 ft. of electrical cable to access homes and the installation of eight Trojan T-105 Batteries, to replace existing batteries. The new batteries have the potential to boost the system’s capacity up to five times that of the old batteries. The team also upgraded the electrical closet; which houses the batteries, electrical transformers and monitoring systems, by doubling its size and optimizing space for materials with new shelving. In total, 30 homes, 2 churches, an elementary school, a communal kitchen and mill, a community center and 13 streetlights that are fully operational with electricity and powered by 24 roof-mount solar panels.

The students on the team gained a variety of real-world experience and learned many engineering-related lessons throughout the project. One of the most notable was the opportunity to manage a project. All students were able to take plan sets and methods of construction that were developed during pre-implementation and use them in a full-scale construction project. It was evident that everyone involved gained a much better sense of what it takes to work through problems in the field. The social lessons of the trip were easily as valuable to the student as the engineering experience. It became evident how important strong relationships, good communication and education are to the success of any project.  

Jim Bauer, junior in health sciences; Rachel Beyer, sophomore in civil engineering; Will Castedo, senior in civil engineering; Erin Davis, sophomore in bioelectrical engineering; Tim Lewis, junior in civil engineering; David Mullins; freshman in civil engineering; Elyse O’Callaghan, junior in civil engineering; Liam Sawyer, sophomore in civil engineering; Jacob Schueller, junior in civil engineering and Sarah Walsh, junior in civil engineering were the student team members.

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Jump start engineering

Jump Start Engineering

Jump start your engineering education with a summer workshop at Marquette for 2012 incoming freshman in all engineering majors.  July 30 – Aug. 3 on the Marquette campus. 

Foundations:  refresh your existing knowledge to strengthen math and science skills and prepare for college-level courses.  Discovery learning:  afternoon sessions in the Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratory working on project-based activities.  Conclude the week with a trip to Harley-Davidson’s Powertrain Operations manufacturing and assembly facility.  Click here for more information.

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Seeing the Difference in others

Do you know a fellow alumnus or alumna who, through personal or professional achievements, truly embodies the mission of Marquette? Please nominate him or her for an Alumni National Award. Nominations received this year will be considered for an award in 2013. View the awards criteria, visit the online nomination form and save the date – the 2012 Alumni National Awards celebration is April 26-28.

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Introduce a girl to engineering

Julie L. Ledger, Eng ’99, is vice president and general manager of Opus Development Corp.'s Milwaukee office.  Her recent opinion article in support of “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Week” was published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Her degree is in civil and environmental engineering.

“Today, in honor of the 11th annual "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Week," I encourage you to do just that. Our country faces a critical need to increase the number of students entering engineering programs and professions if we are to continue to be a global leader in economic output, innovation and technology.”  Read the entire article.

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PAGE Opportunity Fair

The Engineering Enrollment Management and Outreach Office hosted the 2012 Parent Advocates of Gifted Education (PAGE) Opportunity Fair on Saturday, Feb. 11.  The successful event brought more than 500 parents and students through Engineering Hall to learn about programs in southeastern Wisconsin available for students in kindergarten through high school. 

The Marquette Engineering Academies were highlighted in the Innovation classroom where students were invited to enjoy hands-on activities for all ages.  There are still openings in many of the spring classes, with and the first classes for summer 2012 awaiting confirmation followed by registration. .  To view these schedules and register online, please visit the Marquette Engineering Outreach website

PAGE event 2012

PAGE event participants in the Innovations classroom

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