July 2017




Ahoya July 2017 Newsletter

Marquette offers electrical engineering program for middle school girls

As part of a series of summer outreach programs to K-12 students, Marquette’s Opus College of Engineering offers “WE GIRLS: Women in Electrical Engineering,” a program that allows girls to explore a career in which women make up only 15 percent of the field. The program is led by Dr. Cristinel Ababei, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.

“This is a really good opportunity for them to be exposed to engineering at an early age,” said Maggie Weglarz, a junior studying bioelectrical engineering who worked with the middle school girls.

Read more about the program and its impact on WUWM-Radio (87.9 FM).

Design Day fosters innovation, collaboration

This past May, the Opus College of Engineering held the third annual celebration of design and innovation in the college — Design Day. Design Day 2017 served as a showcase of the year-round design activities that exist within the college, including senior capstone projects, as well as freshman student-led and course-related design projects. The 100-plus displays and presentations represented hours of collaboration and cover the depths of research, such as a low-cost manual water pump for developing countries; one-person solar car foundation; bone substitution grafts design; and a concrete canoe.

Beyond engineering students, this year’s showcase brought students from across the university, including undergraduates from all colleges and graduate students. Throughout the day, more than 800 students, faculty, staff, industry partners and parents walked through the doors to either showcase or learn more about the projects.

A special thanks to the 18 industry sponsors for making Design Day 2017 possible. The real-world learning experience for students is an invaluable part of their Marquette education. .

Tyler Grymkoski
Design Day participants

Engineers Without Borders return to Guatemala

Engineers Without Borders Marquette will head back to Guatemala on Friday, July 28, to continue their work in the rural community of El Aguacate. Over a year ago, the team assessed the need for a critical pedestrian bridge to allow the community safe access to schooling, healthcare, markets and churches. Since then, they’ve designed the pedestrian bridge and are ready to begin construction. While in Guatemala, the team will also assess a project to bring clean drinking water to more than 300 taps and revisit past project sites to evaluate social impact and structural integrity.

For those interested in helping EWB Marquette reach their material fundraising goal of $5,000, donations can be made online. To follow the team while in Guatemala, visit the Opus College of Engineering Instagram for story updates on-the-ground.

EWB Guatemala Bridge
EWB Guatemala bridge project


Construction Engineering and Management — ‘You can be proud of what you built’

As one of only 16 construction engineering and management programs, the Opus College of Engineering’s program is helping students and graduates take big ideas and build them into the grandest realities. Learn more about the program and see the work students and alumni are creating in the new Construction Engineering and Management video online.

Grants and awards

Congratulations to the following individuals and groups on their recent accomplishments:

Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, received a four-year, $2,482,601 award from the National Institutes of Health titled, “Software tool for routine, rapid, patient-specific CT organ dose estimation.” Her project will develop and validate a software tool to estimate radiation dose delivered to a patient when undergoing a computed tomography (CT) examination. Once developed, the tool can be used for radiation dose tracking, protocol optimization for dose reduction and large-scale epidemiological studies for estimating cancer risk due to CT exams.

Dr. Robert Scheidt, professor of biomedical engineering, received a three-year, $438,182 award from the National Institutes of Health titled, “Augmenting kinesthetic feedback to improve arm control after stroke.” His project will establish a new line of research that will ultimately lead to novel technologies enabling many stroke survivors to improve motor control in the arm affected by stroke, thereby improving quality of life.

• The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering received the 2017 NCEES Engineering Education Award, worth $7,500, for its submission, Marquette’s EWB El Bosque Pedestrian Bridge. The jury selected Marquette from 16 entries in recognition of engineering programs that encourage collaboration between students and professional engineers.

Dr. Nabeel Demerdash, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Eta Kappa Nu Teaching Excellence Award.

• Students Benjamin Mol and Justin Lizalek received the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Dr. Russell J. Niederjohn Academic Excellence Scholarship Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.

• Student Luke Haberkorn received the IEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative, recognizing electrical and computer engineering undergraduates with strong GPAs, distinctive extracurricular commitments and dedication to exploring the power and energy field.

• Graduate students Mohamad Ali Malakoutian and Michael Bachman received the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s Thomas K. Ishii Graduate Fellowship Award.

SAE Baja Racing Team wraps successful year

Marquette’s Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Racing Team wrapped up a successful season at the SAE Baja Annual Competition in June, finishing fifth place in maneuverability and 22nd overall out of 108 vehicles. Other highlights from the season include:

  • First place – Blizzard Baja, Michigan Tech (February 2017)

  • Third place – Backwoods Baja, University of Wisconsin – Stout (October 2016)

  • Third place – Midnight Mayhem, Louisville (October 2016)

MU Baja Team

MU Baja Team

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