February 2016 e-newsletter

Hack to the future

Challenge Marquette students with a human-centered problem and give them 12 hours to ideate, create and communicate their designs in a five-minute presentation and you have the 2nd Annual Direct Supply-sponsored Opus College of Engineering Hackathon.

On Jan. 23, nearly 100 freshmen through graduate students representing every engineering major, as well as students from the College of Business Administration and the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, poured into Engineering Hall at 8:30 a.m. to receive some encouraging words from Direct Supply CEO Bob Hillis and Marquette President Michael R. Lovell before competing for cash prizes.

Students selected one of three challenges in social robotics, new and emerging technologies, or design and construction, all with the goal of improving the lives of the community’s aging population. The teams swiftly and energetically got to work before engineering faculty and Direct Supply employee judges listened to final presentations and asked questions of each team before awarding first and second place for each challenge.

It came as no surprise to the faculty, staff and employee event mentors that most of the winning teams were multi-disciplinary.

Connecting to the World lecture series

The Opus College of Engineering is hosting its spring 2016 Connecting with the World lecture series.

Teresa Mogensen, Eng ’89, Grad ’03, senior vice president at Transmission Xcel Energy, and president of Xcel Energy Transco, will speak on “The Evolution of the Electric Grid: What is it, Where is it Going, and the Role of Engineers” on Friday, Feb. 20, 2016 at noon in Olin Engineering room 202. All lectures are free and open to the public.

The next scheduled lecture will be April 27, 2016. Dr. Richard Corsi, department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at the University of Texas – Austin will be the featured speaker.

Faculty grants

Drs. Rich Marklin, professor of mechanical engineering, and Mark Nagurka, associate professor of mechanical engineering, were awarded a three-year grant from the Electrical Power Research Institute for a project titled “Aerial bucket controls and decision to implement recommended ergonomic interventions.”

Dr. Simcha Singer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a two-year Petroleum Research Fund grant from the American Chemical Society.

The following faculty have been awarded Summer Faculty Fellowships (SFF) and/or Regular Research Grants (RRG) from the university for the coming year:

Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, an RRG for “Using Spectral Information to Reduce Metal Artifacts in Computed Tomography Images.”

Drs. Stephen Heinrich, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, and Chung Hoon Lee, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, SFF and RRG for “Toward Higher-Order Micro/Nanobeam-Based Mass Detection Methods in Biological and Chemical Sensing.”

Dr. Robert Scheidt, professor of biomedical engineering, SFF and RRG for “Control of Arm Posture and Movement Following Stroke.” Dr. Simcha Singer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, SFF and RRG for “Hybrid Models to Reduce the Computational Cost of Simulating Energy Conversion Processes.”

K-12 Engineering Academies

The Opus College of Engineering is once again offering engineering academies for K-12 students.

The Engineering Academies provide students of all ages with a wide variety of interesting and engaging programs that challenge them to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, to appreciate STEM, and to explore the engineering design process. The college outreach team develops and offers these academies, providing unique opportunities for students to have fun while solving real-world engineering problems. See the spring 2016 academies schedule.

Schimmels honored as Faculty All-Star

Dr. Joseph Schimmels, associate dean of research and professor of mechanical engineering, will be featured as Marquette Faculty All-Star at the men’s basketball game against Butler on Jan. 30. This year, the Provost’s Office, along with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, is featuring one faculty member at each game to recognize their professional achievements and contributions to the university. Dr. Schimmels is the first engineering faculty to be recognized this year.

Learning to lead from alumni

Shadowing Marquette alumni who are industry leaders in engineering is one of the key components of E-Lead, Engineers in the Lead, a program that combines courses and real-world experiences to help students develop leadership skills to complement the traditional technical side of an engineering education.

Read about the E-Lead program and the experiences of E-Lead students in this article from the 2015 Engineer magazine.

What issue will be most important for the Milwaukee region in 2016?

In a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, President Michael R. Lovell talked about the important role Opus College of Engineering programs play in the future of the Milwaukee region.

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