Dr. Kristina M. RopellaDr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella is interim Opus Dean of the College of Engineering. She received her bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette in 1985 and earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University. She returned to Marquette and joined the biomedical engineering faculty in 1990 and served as the chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean.

Ropella has focused her research and teaching career on medical imaging. Currently, her lab is developing clinical applications of functional magnetic resonance imaging, including presurgical planning evaluation of rehabilitative outcomes after injury or pathology. She is collaborating with the Medical College of Wisconsin to use her fMRI research results to improve the tool’s clinical uses. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, Whitaker Foundation and MCW.

Ropella has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate classes, including Introduction to Biomedical Engineering Methods, The Art and Business of Science, Advanced Topic in Biomedical Computing, and Data Compression for Implantable Devices. She is co-director of the Functional Imaging Ph.D. program, jointly offered with MCW. She has twice received the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award (1994 and 2002), the university Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2002) and was named the Wisconsin Teacher of the Year by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support for Education (2007). Among other honors, she was the recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2000) and Women of Influence (2008) awards. She is on the board of directors for the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and has served on other national boards, including the Biomedical Engineering Society, Council of Chairs in Biomedical Engineering, and IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.