July 2011 issue:
Relive your days as a student during Alumni Reunion Weekend. The weekend is full of activities, and engineering festivities include Friday night fraternity gatherings for Triangle and Sigma Phi Delta, as well as a Saturday Back to School Open House in the College of Engineering. Optional tours of the new engineering building will take place during the Saturday Open House. Learn more and register for these events.
On June 24 James Lubow, a member of the 2010-11 eLIMO senior design team, and Dr. George Corliss, professor of electrical and computer engineering and senior design course instructor, took an historic drive – a 40 mile round trip from the Marquette campus to Waukesha, Wis., in the eLIMO. See route here.
The eLIMO is completely electric powered. Since 2007 senior design student teams have worked to convert the eLIMO from a decommissioned Department of Public Safety van from a standard internal combustion engine-powered. Learn more.
Were the conversion and the trip a success? To quote Corliss, “Teams have been working on the eLIMO for nearly four years. It was GREAT to experience it in actual driving conditions. Driving the eLIMO was one of the most professionally satisfying things I have done in quite a while.”
- Top speed: Comfortably exceeded the 35 mph design specifications.
- Miles traveled: 40 miles, on 70 percent total charge. That's the range claimed for the Chevy Volt, and the eLIMO is a much larger vehicle.
- Any problems: Direct drive simplified the design, but it left initial acceleration rather weak and leads to a vibration in the drive shaft while coasting. No one we passed noticed that anything was unusual, and that's a good outcome.
What’s next? The eLIMO will officially debut at a fall engineering open house events, either Sept. 11 or Oct. 9. The eLIMO will then be returned to the DPS van fleet, used for transporting students each day from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. (4 a.m on weekends).
The new home of the College of Engineering is a living laboratory where students and faculty will tackle global challenges in a setting that will educate and inspire. What happens inside will change lives, and we invite you to be a part of this change. Visit the website to learn more.
Mark your calendars and join us for the Opening Celebration on October 7, 2011.
There is a critical need to improve the ability of biomedical engineers and project teams to translate new ideas into innovative, new medical devices and technologies that better meet healthcare needs in the United States. Jay Goldberg, director, Healthcare Technologies Management Program; Lafferty Professor of engineering and associate professor of biomedical engineering received a $108,000, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health that will allow engineering senior design students to experience all phases of the product design process from identifying the problem to be solved through commercialization of new ideas.
In the current senior design curriculum a small team of senior students works to solve a real-world problem. Project ideas come from industry, faculty and students. Current student teams do not work on need finding, the first step in any design process, or the commercialization of new ideas, the final step in the design process. Goldberg’s grant will allow these two crucial steps to be added to the senior design curriculum and students will be able to experience all phases of the design process. While Marquette has a solid, established design program, selected enhancements can be made which will significantly improve the capabilities of future engineering graduates. The current program concentrates on the design steps from project definition through writing and presenting a formal design proposal.
The grant will be used specifically for biomedical engineering projects, although the teams working on these projects may be from a variety of engineering disciplines.
1637 W. Wisconsin Ave. is the address of Engineering Hall, the new home for the College of Engineering on Marquette’s campus. 1637 has special meaning for the college and for Marquette.
In 1637 René Descartes, French mathematician and philosopher, introduced the Cartesian coordinate system – vital to all engineers - the new idea of specifying the position of a point or object on a surface, using two intersecting axes as measuring guides. The development of the Cartesian coordinate system enabled the development of perspective and projective geometry. It would later play an intrinsic role in the development of calculus.
Father Jacques Marquette, S. J. was born in Laon, France on June 10, 1637. He founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. In 1673 Father Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to see and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River. In 1881 Marquette University was founded, named after Marquette and the rest is history . . .
Memorial plaque - St. Ignace, Mich.
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