January 2018




Ahoya JANUARY 2018 Newsletter

Civil engineering student named to U.S. Olympic speedskating team

Emery Lehman, a junior in the Opus College of Engineering studying civil engineering, was named to the U.S. Olympic speedskating team that will compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Lehman will participate in the team pursuit and possibly in the 5,000-meter race.

Hear more about Emery’s journey to the Olympics from WISN-TV (ABC 12). Good luck, Emery!

Emery Lehman

GasDay helps We Energies to deliver natural gas efficiently

Mohammad Saber, doctoral student in electrical and computer engineering and member of GasDay, has worked to incorporate probabilistic forecasting into GasDay’s services to utilities like We Energies. When Saber chose this topic for his Ph.D. dissertation, he set out to develop a way to present a more complete view of the risks that could lead to over- or under-supply, helping natural gas companies cut down on costs.

Read more online.

Engineering National Marquette Day reception and basketball game

The Opus College of Engineering invites all alumni to a reception prior to the Marquette vs. Providence men’s basketball game on National Marquette Day, Saturday, Feb. 3. The reception will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bradley Pavilion, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 N. Water Street. The game will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Celebrate National Marquette Day and support the Opus College of Engineering scholarships and programs that assist students in their pursuit of a Marquette Engineering education. Enjoy a lunch buffet and cash bar, and visit with fellow alumni, family and friends of the college.

Tickets are $40 for adults, $18 for children age 4 – 12 and free for children age 3 and under. Register online by Friday, Jan. 26, or by phone to Terrie Bruckbauer, advancement associate, at (414) 288-3353. Tickets to the game can be purchased separately online.

national marquette day


E-Lead selects new student cohort

The Opus College of Engineering is proud to announce the selection of a new cohort for the Engineers in the Lead (E-Lead) program. The group of 20 sophomore students kicked-off the program with a week at the LeaderShape Institute in Lake Geneva, Wis., along with students from the Diederich College of Communication and the College of Business Administration.

E-Lead offers students the opportunity to build on their technical skills and develop their capacity to lead people and teams. Through a curriculum rooted in the Jesuit tradition, E-Leaders learn to guide change, solve problems and serve others. Students apply in their sophomore year, earning a Concentration in Engineering Leadership upon graduation.

e-lead cohort

Visiting the Werner Lab

Thomas, Eng ’86, and Suzanne Werner visited with Dr. Ayman EL-Refaie, professor and Thomas and Suzanne M. Werner Endowed Chair in Secure and Sustainable Energy, and graduate fellows in their lab during a visit to campus in January.

 Werner Lab



Congratulations to the following individuals on their recent accomplishments:

  • Dr. Yong Bai, McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management and professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was elected as chair of the Construction Engineering Education Committee of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Luke Haberkorn received the 2017-18 IEEE PES Scholarship Plus Initiative recognizing undergraduate students who have declared a major in electrical and computer engineering, are high achievers with strong GPAs, have distinctive extracurricular commitments and are committed to exploring the power and energy field.

Upcoming events:

Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar Series: Hosted by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Spring 2018

Joint Bioengineering Seminar Series: Hosted by the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Spring 2018

M.E. in STEM Teaching seeking applicants

Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering and College of Education have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship to develop and implement a 14-month Master of Education degree program for new science, technology, engineering and math teachers.

Applicants to this accelerated program, which will begin in summer 2018, must have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM discipline. Applications are due Thursday, Feb. 15.

Bridge to Business for Engineers seeks applications for first cohort

In a unique collaboration between Marquette University’s Opus College of Engineering and College of Business Administration and Milwaukee-based manufacturer Rexnord, the Bridge to Business program provides early career engineers with business fundamentals to give a better understanding and appreciation of the business enterprise. This immersive, six-day non-credit program exposes participants to an integrated curriculum that focuses on teamwork and team leadership; personality and communication styles; conflict and negotiation; accounting and financial statements; marketing channels, sales and pricing; voice of the customer; and supply chain management.

The program is specifically designed for early career engineers who recently graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, as well as those with a few years of experience. Program dates for 2018 will be delivered over two, three-day sessions on May 22–24 and June 12–14.

The program fee is $3,750 per person; organizations sending two participants are eligible to send a third participant for free. For questions, please contact Kevin Walsh, director of executive education.

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