May 2012 issue:
On March 30, a Marquette University biomedical engineering senior design team members Ellen Hawkinson, Katelynn Kramer, Brian Laning, Sarah Schmiedel and Andrew Weingart competed in the Rice University 360° Global Health Design competition. Thirty-eight teams from around the country vied for a chance to compete and 26 teams were asked to present on the day of the competition including our team from Marquette. Teams presented their work on an engineering solution to a global health problem.
Marquette's team presented the Human Powered Nebulizer (HPN). The HPN project has been developed by many great senior design teams for about 8 years. It is a device that needs no electricity but can provide respiratory care for people suffering from COPD, asthma, tuberculosis and lower respiratory infections. Hundreds of millions of people suffer from these diseases with many living in places without electricity. Millions die from not having access to respiratory treatments for these conditions, emphasizing the importance of the HPN.
Of the 26 presenting teams, four finalists were selected by a panel of expert judges from around the world. Finalist teams were from Marquette, Rice University, Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. After a second round of presentations and judging, Marquette’s team finished in second place behind members from Rice.
“I am so very proud of this group of excellent engineers. They have put so much hard work into this project and to be recognized, I hope, is very rewarding for them. I also think it was a great experience for them to learn about other global health technology projects," said Dr. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering and advisor to the team.
Team members: Andrew Weingert, Sarah Schmiedel, Ellen Hawkinson, and Katelynn Kramer
A team of 13 undergraduates (see banner photo) traveled to the University of Missouri at Columbia to attend the ASME Student Professional Development Conference and to compete in the Student Design Competition. Providing transportation energy is a major piece of the overall energy challenge nationwide and the world, and is the focus of the 2012 Student Design Competition.
The competition project is to design four self-propelled devices which can collectively complete a relay race in the shortest period of time. Each device must contain an on-board energy source and trigger the motion on the next device.
The four energy forms that the team chose are; electrical energy – modified remote control car; potential energy – modified mousetrap car; custom battery powered capacitor car; and rapid prototyped compressed air car.
The Marquette ASME team placed third out of 30 university teams. They received $150 in prize money and a certificate for placing in the competition. Dr. Kyle Kim, professor and chair of mechanical engineering, was the project advisor. This project is part of the student-centered learning initiatives program.
Click here to see a short video of the device testing.
In late February the College of Engineering hosted the annual Engineering Scholarship Competition and Open House for prospective students admitted for fall 2012.
The weekend began Friday evening with a fish fry dinner for parents in the AMU, while students enjoyed casino night across the street in Engineering Hall. The next morning 480 students from 25 states nationwide took the scholarship exam competing for 12 engineering scholarships. The Open House was the first held in the new Engineering Hall and attractedmore than 1,200 visitors who also toured labs and classrooms Olin Engineering Center and Haggerty Hall.
Each April, the Marquette University Alumni Association honors alumni and friends who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.
Five engineering alumni will be among the 50 alumni honored during the Alumni National Awards Weekend, April 26-28. Dr. Erik M. Pell, Eng ’44, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; William J. Krueger, Eng ’87, Professional Achievement Award; Michael J. Nigro, Eng ’83, Entrepreneurial Award; Robert P. Fettig, Eng ’68, Service Award; and Denise Demarais Zarins, Eng ’93, Grad ’95, Young Alumna of the Year Award.
Congratulations to all.
Dr. Scott Beardsley, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, is a 2012 recipient of a Way Klingler Young Scholars Award. These awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The awards of up to $32,000 are intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and to cover up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.
Beardsley uses a combined experimental and computational modeling approach to identify and quantify deficits in MS patients’ sensorimotor control of their arm movements. He assesses patients’ fine motor functions through a variety of clinical tests and electronic drawing exercises, and then uses robotics to measure their corrective movements as they perform specific motor tasks. This data is then plugged into a computational model to determine how MS impacts patients’ sensory and motor processing compared to neurologically intact subjects. Plans for his sabbatical include gaining clinical experience and categorizing sources of motor impairment in MS patients.
Dr. Scott Beardsley
Dan Zitomer, professor and director of the Water Quality Center in the College of Engineering, is assisting the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) in identifying which industrial wastes would boost methane production more than others to help dispose of liquid wastes that have high concentrations of sugar, starch or protein.
Ethanol producers, cola bottlers, cheese factories and food flavoring makers outside the Milwaukee metropolitan area will be getting an unexpected call. MMSD wants to help them dispose of liquid wastes that have high concentrations of sugar, starch or protein. What's in it for MMSD besides a little extra revenue from disposal fees? More methane.
Some of the biogas, as it is called, already is burned to generate electricity - and lessen dependence on energy from coal and natural gas - at the district's South Shore sewage treatment plant in Oak Creek, Wis. Biogas also is burned in boilers for heating buildings there.
Read more on this innovative program and its benefits to businesses and the community.
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