This summer, Marquette University held an academy designed to encourage young women to become engineers. Only about 20% of engineer undergraduates are female, organizers said, and they wanted to promote the profession and encourage more girls to become interested in math, problem solving and engineering.
Kudos to them and to anyone who makes the effort to encourage girls to be proud to use their brains. A study, led by a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher, released in July in Science magazine showed that girls are just as good in math as boys are. That’s no surprise to me or anyone who teaches. Girls are as smart as boys, and often, in honors classes, girls outnumber boys.
Where some see a putrid eyesore, Daniel Zitomer, an associate professor of engineering and director of the Water Quality Center at Marquette University, sees a sweet opportunity to make energy.
Allow bacteria and other microbes known as archaea to digest the stringy algae in enclosed tanks and the end product is methane, says Zitomer. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s commission has agreed to spend up to $150,000 for Zitomer's next search for wastes that can further boost methane yields in the tanks. We Energies has contributed to the project along with Veolia Water Services. Marquette University has committed $30,000 as well.
A handheld biodiesel analyzer developed by researchers at Paradigm Sensors LLC and Marquette University was named one of the most significant technology products of 2008 by R&D Magazine. The i-SPEC Q-100 analyzer uses impedance spectroscopy to assess the chemical content of biodiesel, including glycerin, acid number, blend percentage and methanol. Marquette University’s College of Engineering developed the technology for the analyzer. According to Stan Jaskolski, OPUS Dean of Engineering at Marquette, the analyzer uses technology known as electrical impedance spectroscopy to detect and analyze the components of fluid. In the case of biodiesel, it detects glycerin, acid number, blend percent and methanol.
The students at "Engineering for Young Women," a five-day summer academy last week at Marquette University, aren't the stereotypical geeks, plagued by pocket protectors and weak social skills. They're young women with an interest in math and science — the target audience of a slew of initiatives at engineering schools across the country trying to woo women to the field at a time when their numbers remain scarce.
MU's engineering school is moving up. The centerpiece of the transformation lies ahead: a new Discovery Learning Complex, and the spark plug igniting this creative combustion is engineering school Dean Stan Jaskolski. Jaskolski is re-engineering the engineering program with money, innovation and collaboration. The new engineering complex will link up faculty and students from all levels and disciplines, along with sales and marketing students and labs.
For some, a Florida retirement home is as close to heaven as you can get. For Stan Jaskolski, it was still too far away. The Marquette University engineering school dean agreed to jettison Florida's beaches five years ago and return to Milwaukee to reconfigure his old academic stomping ground.
Mechanical, electrical, control, and software engineers all play a vital role in building electromechanical systems. Suddenly, mechatronics is everywhere. "Mechatronics" means many things to many people, but when pressed, many reference a drawing shown by Kevin Craig, professor of mechanical engineering who started a mechatronics program at Marquette University. Craig may perhaps be the nation's foremost evangelist of mechatronic design. "Mechatronics is really all about design of any physical system, where you integrate controls, electronics, and computers from the very start of the design process," said Craig.
Any strategic plan that revolves around being a player in the newly named "innovation economy" would be incomplete without an initiative to grow more engineers and scientists. Stan Jaskolski, dean of engineering at Marquette University, and Van Walling, a veteran Milwaukee engineering manager, have teamed up on a new initiative called STEM7. Jaskolski has called for an engineering education revolution and is leading Marquette into a major expansion of its engineering capabilities.
Marquette University College of Engineering will offer certificates in engineering innovation and new product and process development beginning in fall to spur innovation in the manufacturing sector. The graduate certificates are designed for practicing engineers or other qualified individuals with bachelor's degrees who want to expand their knowledge in these fields but don't need a master's degree, according to university officials.
As the days grew longer, time was growing short for Team Biodiesel's efforts to automate a biofuel reactor — but the project was gradually coming together. They'd argued about the machine, planned, worried and waited to get their hands dirty. At last, they were building. The Marquette University engineering students in Team Biodiesel settled into a rhythm. Jamie Formea worked by himself on the computer code for the controls. Nick Klosinski and Billy Daniels began assembling the biodiesel reactor. Danny Hartmann hustled back from his full-time job at Brady Corp. and helped wherever needed.