Graduate Student Success- Engineering

Stories from Our Engineering Graduates and Alumni

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Do you have a success to share with Marquette University's Graduate School?  We'd love to hear from you. Please fill out this form and tell us about your new job, presentation, publication, or any other award or honor you've recently received. Congrats to all of our graduate students for their achievements.  


Philipe Ambrozio Dias- PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rezoan Shuvro Electrical and Computer Engineering

The IROS (International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems) Conference is one of the largest and most impacting robotics research conferences worldwide. Philipe Ambrozio Dias just finished his 2nd year in the Graduate School (PhD) and had the opportunity to participate in this event on October 1-5, 2018 in Madrid, Spain.  Dias said it was a great honor and also a demonstration that the work he's been developing with his advisor Dr. Henry Medeiros headed in the right direction.

Researchers and companies from all over the world presented their most recent innovations in topics such as robotic sensors, grasping, applications to rehabilitation etc., so Philipe was able to learn a lot and get new ideas for his research. He presented his work on automated detection and segmentation of fruit flowers in images, which relies on artificial intelligence strategies. This work is a collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is of great interest for precision agriculture applications, such as mapping orchard environments to early predict and optimize the final fruit yield. 


From Philipe:

"I'm very grateful to my advisor for all his guidance and the resources that he made available at our COVISS lab. I'm also grateful to the Graduate School for the background knowledge built through some courses and for the Graduate Travel award that facilitated my participation at the conference."


Valay Shah- PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Valay Shah Student Biomedical EngineeringIn 2018, Valay was awarded the Graduate Student Research Travel Award, funded by the Richard W. Jobling Scholarship Fund. Valay plans to use the funds to attend the Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego, CA in November. He will present research that he has conducted during the past year, investigating the effects of long term training on reaching movements guided by external, supplemental feedback.  


Rezoan Shuvro- PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Rezoan Shuvro Electrical and Computer Engineering Rezoan Ahmed Shuvro has started the PhD program at EECE department of Marquette University in the Fall’18.  He is continuing his research with new EECE chair, Professor Majeed M. Hayat. His work focuses on probabilistic modeling of cascading failures in interdependent systems, in particular, modeling cascading failures in the power grid including communication network and human operators in the loop. Recently, one of his works was published in the 50th North American Power Symposium (NAPS, 2018) held in Fargo, North Dakota. His paper was entitled, “Impact of Initial Stressor(s) on Cascading Failures in Power Grids.” He co-authored another paper entitled “A Data-Driven Model for Simulating the Evolution of Transmission Line Failure in Power Grids” at the same conference. Currently, he is working on embedding correlated human errors in his model and to find how different initial conditions generate different blackouts in the power grid.  


Photo of Saba SeyediSaba Seyedi- MS, Environmental Engineering

Saba graduated in May 2018 and starting her PhD in Fall 2018. Her oral presentation, "Anaerobic Co-digestion of Aqueous Liquid from Biosolids Pyrolysis" was given at the at the WED Residuals and Biosolids Conference (RBC) on May 15-20 in Phoenix, Arizona. 


 jeff lajeunesse engineering graduate degreeJeff LaJeunesse- PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering

Jeff is a fifth-year candidate and attended the American Physical Society Conference in St. Louis, Missouri. At this conference, LeJeunesse presented his research paper, entitled Investigating the shock response of dry and water-saturated sand: flyer-plate experiments and mesoscale simulations. His work characterized the response of dry and water-saturated sands to high-velocity impacts on the order of 400-4000 mph. Tracking these waves and characterizing how they propagate helps to understand how materials behave under extreme thermo-mechanical loading conditions. The behavior of sand under these extreme conditions was measured within the laboratory at Marquette University and modeled with massively parallel codes that utilized U.S. Department of Defense super computers. This work was performed in conjunction with researchers from Georgia Tech, Harvard University, University of California-Davis, and Eglin Air Force Base, and supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. LaJeunesse plans to work for a U.S. National Laboratory after receiving his doctoral degree.


Chris JohnsonChris Johnson- MS,  Mechanical Engineering

Chris attended the American Physical Society Conference in St. Louis Missouri this past July, and presented his research there. His research paper, entitled Photon Doppler Velocimetry Measurements of Transverse Velocities, looks into how granular materials, such as sand, respond to longitudinal and shear loading at high strain rates. Measuring both longitudinal and transverse velocities in the Marquette University Shock Physics Laboratory are important for understanding how materials respond to high strain rates, ultimately allowing for material strengths to be determined. Johnson's goal for after graduation is to work in a national laboratory exploring experimental shock physics.

Lee Kimbell- Phd, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

During his 2nd year as a PhD student, Kimbell traveled to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor to present his research at a conference for the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors. His poster presentation, entitled Biosolids-Derived Biochar to Sorb Micropollutants from Wastewater, will focus on whether filters with biosolids-derived biochar could be implemented to remove additional containments at the end of the wastewater treatment process. After completing his PhD, Kimbell intends to work in industry or environmental consulting.

Jen Bonniwell- PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

During her third year in the PhD program, Bonniwell presented the results of her accepted paper, entitled Performance Analysis of Resilient Dynamic Feedback H2 Controllers, at the 2015 IEEE Multi-Conference on Systems and Control, in Manly, NSW, Australia. Her presentation provides an a priori analysis procedure useful to engineering system control designers by aiding them to make insightful selections of components with adequate tolerances. Jen was also awarded the Schmitt Leadership Fellowship.


Dylan SnyderDylan Snyder- PhD, Biomedical Engineering

During his 5th year in the Biomedical Engineering program at Marquette, Dylan presented his research, entitled Effects of wrist tendon vibrations on cortical activity during arm stabilization, during a poster presentation at the Society for Neuroscience Conference in Chicago. This research is focused on the human brain and how it uses sensory information to control the body. More specifically, how the brain uses sensory information to control, arm stability. Past research in Dylan's lab has shown that applying vibration to the forearm flexor tendons can improve arm stability. Even though the application of tendon vibrations is known to improve the function, the mechanism behind the improvement is unclear. During his time here at Marquette, Dylan has built a passive robotic device that allows him to investigate how the brain controls arm stability and explore the mechanisms behind improved arm stability with applied tendon vibrations. Once the mechanisms of arm stability and tendon vibration are better understood, it may be possible to transfer this knowledge into the clinical setting to improve current neurorehabilitation techniques and to develop therapeutic devices. After graduating from Marquette University, Dylan plans to enter into industry and design neurological devices meant to restore or enhance function.

Sophie SchunkSophie Schunk- MS in Biomedical Engineering 

Sophie had the honor of presenting her research at the Biomedical Engineering Society's Conference in Tampa, Florida. Sophie's poster presentation described a nonlinear computer simulation model for blood glucose regulation consisting of 3 compartments for glucose (blood plasma, muscle tissue/mitochondria, non-muscle tissue), insulin and glucagon control action, and new approaches for addressing the diverse nature of meal and exercise inputs. Results illustrate how differences with meal type (slow vs. fast glycemic index [GI]) and exercise/activity based glucose-glycogen consumption affect predictions of blood plasma glucose dynamics and hormonal control action. Current challenges are addressed with model personalization, providing input flexibility for body mass, muscle ratio, stress, and types of diabetes (T1D, T2D) informing drug delivery design. The model was created in Matlab (and Simulink) with future implications and algorithm development to help inform diabetics on how to best regulate blood glucose.

Sophie is currently completing her master's thesis at Marquette and hopes to work directly with diabetic medical devices and supplies in a clinical applications role after graduation.