August 2011 issue:
“I am captivated by the integration of medicine, engineering, empathy and passion in order to help others live a bit easier.” Melvin McElrath, senior in biomedical engineering.
A summer internship took McElrath to the University of Pittsburgh to work with Legs to Stand On™ to develop a model for basic, low-cost footwear to prevent and treat elephantiasis, which is the second leading cause of disability in the world. Legs to Stand On™ is an innovative effort of international partner organizations, institutions, businesses and governmental agencies to confront three significant barriers to improving health care in low-resource settings; a lack of qualified health care workers and their inequitable distribution; the rapid rise in impairments and mortality from secondary complications of chronic diseases; limited economic resources.
Join us October 7 for the Opening Celebration of phase one of Engineering Hall. A short program will begin at 3 p.m. followed by an open house and tours of the new, 115,000 square-foot engineering building located at 1637 W. Wisconsin Avenue. Come see how our students and faculty will learn, discover and be the difference as they tackle global challenges in a setting that will educate and inspire.
Please respond online by September 30 or contact University Special Events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-288-7431. Limited parking will be available in the North 16th Street Parking Structure located between West Wisconsin Avenue and West Wells Street.
The Noyce Scholar STEM teacher preparation program recently completed its first project-based learning summer internship program, placing junior and senior STEM majors at local sites. Community partners included: Marquette Department of Physics; Marquette’s Upward Bound Math and Science Program; the Urban Ecology Center; Discovery World Museum; and Catholic Memorial High School. Students developed pre-engineering summer camp experiences, lesson plans for middle school students and a number of laboratory exercises covering, among others, designing roller coasters to introduce the concepts of slope velocity and acceleration and conducting field research to investigate wildlife habitats and environmental effects on snake, frog, and turtle populations.
The Noyce Scholar program prepares future STEM teachers, incorporating extensive field experiences through teaching co-operative work terms at local high schools and middle schools. The program facilitates completion of both engineering and STEM teaching certification degree requirements in five years and is supported by the National Science Foundation and Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program. Learn more about the program.
Thousands of alumni returned to campus for Marquette’s Alumni Reunion Weekend July 28-31. Engineering highlights included Open Houses for Triangle Fraternity and Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity on Friday evening. Nearly 100 fraternity brothers and friends gathered to celebrate and reminisce. Click the slideshow to view photos from the parties.
The Saturday Engineering Back-to-School Open House attracted more than 50 alumni and friends who listened to OPUS Dean Robert Bishop provide an update on the College of Engineering and they then attended the much-awaited tour of Engineering Hall. All enjoyed this sneak peek of the new engineering building which opened this past week for students.
The sixth summer of Engineering Academies was a great success! Between June 20 and August 5, 345 students were on the Marquette University campus participating in summer 2011 Engineering Academies exploring a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics. Children as young as 6 had hands-on experiences in Engineering for Young Minds. iHeels: A Summer in Heels was for girls only – 78 young women were able to participate in this year’s program at a reduced cost thanks to a generous gift from The Maihaugen Foundation. One of the most popular classes this summer was The Ultimate Lego Experience. Many of our classes were at capacity, and we will be sure to offer these classes again for summer 2012!
Budding engineers enjoyed the summer academies
The fall 2011 Engineering Academies schedule is now available! All the information you need about courses and registration for K-12 student programming running October 2011 – January 2012 can be found on the Engineering Outreach website: http://www.marquette.edu/engineering/academies.shtml.
If you have questions about programs being offered, or if you are interested in getting involved in Engineering Outreach, please contact us at email@example.com or 414-288-3517.
Mark your calendars for the Engineering Outreach Open House on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 2-4 p.m. The Engineering Enrollment Management and Outreach team has moved their offices to a new home in the NEW Engineering Hall at 1637 W. Wisconsin Ave. Whether you are a veteran of Engineering Outreach programs, or if you are joining us for the first time - you are invited to come see the new building, tour the labs, participate in some hands-on engineering learning with the family and celebrate with cake!
2-3 p.m. – Hands-on STEM activities for families and CAKE!
3-4 p.m. – Guided tours of Engineering Hall
On Aug. 17, approximately 70 attendees from a variety of industries gained insights into managing the multi-disciplinary complexity of the product development process by attending a one-day seminar at Marquette. The event was hosted by the College of Engineering and sponsored by industry partners Mercury Marine, PLM Services, Siemens and LMS. OPUS Dean Bob Bishop kicked off the event, followed by three keynote speakers from General Motors, Ford and Mercury Marine. The keynotes focused on the three areas of modern engineering practice; model-based design and systems engineering; systems integration; and successful communication. The program also included discussion with a panel of experts including the college’s own Dr. George Corliss, professor of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Kevin Craig, Greenheck Chair for Engineering Design and professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Philip Voglewede, assistant professor of mechanical engineering conceived and organized the event Dr. Craig moderated the panel discussion and proceeds from the event were given to engineering outreach for scholarships.
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