Dr. Ababei receives grant for research in Uncertainty Modeling and Design Methods for Heterogeneous Embedded Systems

Dr. Cristinel Ababei, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Marquette University, received a $251,000, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation.  This award was made through the Software and Hardware Foundations (SHF) program.

Driven by aggressive technology scaling, the number and diversity of cores integrated on a chip increased tremendously over the last ten years. As a result, embedded systems have evolved into heterogeneous and increasingly complex systems-on-chip with tens and projected hundreds or thousands of cores. However, to fully harvest the benefits offered by these new hardware platforms, several challenges must be addressed: 1) increased design uncertainties due to process, voltage, and temperature variations, 2) poor reliability due to elevated rates of faults and performance degradation due to increasingly adverse aging mechanisms, and 3) increased design complexity due to heterogeneity of hardware/software (HW/SW) components and due to new network-on-chip communication infrastructures.

The goal of this proposal is to create a new design method to address increased uncertainties and to improve reliability and performance of future complex embedded systems.


Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering wins $25,000 prize

The National Council for Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), an organization advancing licensing for engineers and surveyors, announced that the Marquette University Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering is the grand prize winner of the 2015 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education.   The vehicle bridge was a project of the Marquette chapter of Engineers Without Borders and the department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering. The department received the top prize for its submission, Sechum Vehicle Bridge.

For the project, civil engineering students worked as part of a team that also included faculty, professional engineers with specific technical backgrounds to support each discipline on the project, other professionals and more than 100 community volunteers from the Mayan community of Sechum in Guatemala. The team designed and constructed a vehicle bridge, which impacted three rural communities seeking safe, reliable crossing of the Rio Pasaguay to access education, markets, and health care. The award jury praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as its improvements to the quality of life in this community.


Congratulations Dr. Gerald Harris on receiving two major grants

The Opus College of Engineering is pleased to share that Dr. Gerald Harris, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, has recently received two grants for research and education. He has received a 3-year, $496,000 grant from the Department of Defense for project entitled, The Process of Adjustment among Caregivers of Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury: A Qualitative Study. The project specifically addresses adjustment for those providing care to individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and will identify supports and barriers to successful adjustment, particularly attending to differences between military and civilian populations.

In addition, Dr. Harris has received a 5-year, $750,000 award through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) in the Department of Education. The award is an Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) project entitled, “ARRT in Pediatric Mobility for Physicians and Engineers.” With his collaborators at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Chicago, and other sites, Dr. Harris will train post-doctoral fellows in the rehabilitation of pediatric patients.