Marquette University Wins 2015 NCEES Engineering Award

NCEES LogoMarquette University’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering was awarded the grand prize of $25,000 from the 2015 NCEES Engineering Award for Connecting Professional Practice and Education for their work building a vehicle bridge in Guatemala through Engineers Without Borders.

The department received the top prize for their submission of the Sechum Vehicle Bridge. The vehicle bridge was designed and constructed by a team consisting of civil engineering students, Marquette faculty, professional engineers, and more than 100 community volunteers from the Mayan community of Sechum in Guatemala. After completion, the bridge supported three rural communities who were seeking safe, reliable crossing of the Rio Pasaguay to access education, markets, and health care.

The National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying is a nonprofit organization made up of engineering and surveying licensing boards from all of the 50 states. The jury and judges praised the project for its strong interaction with professional engineers as well as its improvements to the quality of life in this community.


“I am impressed that the students were able to coordinate the bridge construction so that it could be completed in such a short time frame,” said NCEES Engineering Award jury chair Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry. “This project will have a huge societal impact and positive long-term effects on the community.”


Pope Francis Takes on Man-Made Climate Change

Pope FrancisPope Francis has declared that human activity is the primary cause of global warming, stating that humans have pushed the planet to its environmental “breaking point”.

His most recent encyclical, which was released this past week, called on people of all faiths to respond to climate change and begin making an effort towards fixing it.  The encyclical, entitled “Praise be to you”, the opening words of a prayer to the earth, discusses an international climate change conference in France this winter and the approaching first visit by a pope to a joint session of Congress in September.


“It took Pope Francis to make this a mainstream issue and provide religious rationale for addressing it,” said Jame Schaefer an associate professor of Theology at Marquette. “From way, way back in the theological tradition, there has been an emphasis on avoiding the excessive use of the goods of the earth. Both Pope John Paul and Pope Benedict did a lot to emphasize overconsumption, and greed and the sustainability of the world.”


The encyclical remains hopeful, discussing policies such as: access to freshwater, genetic modification, ocean acidification, and theological arguments in favor of environmental protection. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki said the encyclical “should encourage Catholics to protect the environment”. Read more about Pope Francis’s view on climate change here.


Promoting Students with Disabilities to Study Abroad

Susan SygallWhen Susan Sygall was a freshman in college living in Boulder, CO, her life was changed forever after a serious car accident caused by a reckless driver made her a paraplegic. In her new personal memoir, No Ordinary Days: A Journey of Activism, Globe-Trotting, and Unexpected Pleasures, she uses strength and humor to describe how she adjusted to her new life, received a scholarship to study in Australia, and how that abroad experience changed her life perspective and goals.

Her abroad experience inspired her to continue traveling around the globe, and with her ongoing adventures and friendships she made along the way, led to the co-founding of Mobility International USA (MIUSA). MIUSA is an organization dedicated to providing a wide range of resources and access for students with disabilities to travel abroad.


Her memoir highlights her own successes and disappointments in dealing with her disability as well as the transformative impact of study abroad on everyone who has ever opened themselves up to such an amazing experience.


Marquette Alum to Represent U.S. in the Pan American Games

Luis FelicianoLuis Feliciano, Arts ’15, will represent the United States as a light welterweight boxer in the Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, this month. Feliciano, who graduated this past May, is the national amateur champion at 141 pounds and is ranked No. 1 by USA Boxing.

During his final semester at Marquette, he balanced taking 18 credit hours while training daily for the Pan Am Games qualifier. He finished second in the Pan Am Games qualifier in Tijuana, Mexico. He beat boxers from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Costa Rica before losing in the final to Joedison Teixeira de Jesus of Brazil.


“I understand that in a sense I have a responsibility to all these people because they look up to me,” he said. “I’ve had my ups and downs, but that’s part of it. That’s part of the learning experience and growing up and maturing, not only in boxing but in other situations in life, too.”


Feliciano hopes to perform well at the Pan Am games, and then will start preparing for the U.S. Olympic trials in an attempt to the make the U.S. Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Summer Games.


Increase in Students Enrolled in English Schools

BooksThe number of students enrolled in English international schools reached a record-breaking four million students last month, according to the International School Consultancy.

According to Nick Brummitt, the chairman of ISC, the increase in students is driven by the desire to compete globally in the foreign university degree arena as well as the improving economies.


“As economies improve and incomes increase, an international school education becomes high on the list of priorities for more families,” said Brummitt.


This record-braking enrollment was a result of rapid growth. The total number of students at international schools 15 years ago was just under one million students enrolled, and five short years ago the schools boasted 2.75 million in enrollment. However, the increasing number of students enrolling could plateau due to the short-supply of native English teachers.


“There are not enough top quality teachers who meet certain criteria and schools compete to recruit the best ones,” said Brummitt.


Read more about the increase in students enrolled in English schools here.


U.S. Universities Symbolic Visit to Iran

US-Iran flagsA group of senior United States university representatives visited Iran, making what is believed to be the biggest academic delegation since the 1970s. The delegation met representatives of 13 Iranian universities and research institutes in hopes to revive past, strong academic links between countries.

Iran was the biggest source of overseas students in the US, but now there are only about 11,000 Iranian students in the US and no students from the US universities on exchanges to Iran.

Despite past history, both the US and Iran seem hopeful in rebuilding their educational relationship. The chancellor of the University of Tehran had told the US delegation that his university once had links to “many American universities and is ready for resuming such ties once again.”


Read more on their symbolic visit and hopes for educational ties here.


EVENTS - Festival Season Continues

Enjoy Milwaukee's numerous ethnic festivals this summer through the music, food and cultures that make up our city.

Festa Italiana
July 17-19
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Armenian Fest
July 19, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
St. John the Baptist Armenian Orthodox Church, 7825 W. Layton Ave.


German Fest
July 24-26
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Irish Fest
August 13-15
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Mexican Fiesta
August 21-23
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Indian Summer Festival
September 11-13
Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr.


Scholarships & Conferences

diplomaCheck out our scholarships and conferences webpage dedicated to keeping up-to-date listings of scholarships, fellowships and academic conference opportunities available to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Click on the links below for details and the complete listing.

Fellowships, Scholarships and Conferences
Fulbright Scholar Opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Burkina Faso: Engineering and Environmental Sciences
- Africa Regional Research Program: AIDS and AIDS-Related Research

- African Regional Research Program: All Disciplines

- Madagascar: All Disciplines

- Ghana: Law

- Zambia: Journalism and Broadcasting

- Rwanda: Business Administration, Economics and Finance







Kelsey Welch with Engineers Without Borders team
Kelsey Welch
Civil Engineering '15

Kelsey wasted no time getting involved in the international programs Marquette has to offer. With the support of her family accompanied with her passion for travel, she knew studying abroad was something she wanted to do.

“I knew I wanted to study abroad my freshman year, so I attended the first study abroad fair that I could,” said Kelsey. “If I could tell other engineers anything, it is that if they want to study abroad you can easily make it fit in your schedule, it just takes planning.”


Kelsey attended Gonzaga-In-Florence in Florence, Italy during her spring 2012 semester. The program enabled her to take engineering courses as well as complete core curriculum requirements. Kelsey states the biggest skill sets she gained from studying abroad are confidence, knowledge, and the inspiration to expand her horizons, which is exactly what she did.


Kelsey became a part of the Marquette organization Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a non-profit that implements sustainable engineering projects in Guatemala. Kelsey participated in five EWB international trips and one domestic trip. She was involved in coordinating in-country arrangements, translating project documents, and fundraising in order for trips to happen.


“EWB taught me to think outside the box by finding third world solutions that aren’t always imaginable in a developed country mindset,” said Kelsey. “It taught me to be a listener, an analyzer, supporter, translator, designer, electrician, iron worker, and most importantly a global leader.” 


Following graduation, Kelsey became a Bridge Corps Fellow for Bridges to Prosperity in Guatemala where she is currently located. She recently finished a pedestrian bridge and will be in Guatemala through July assessing communities for future bridges for EWB to build. In August, Kelsey will head to Panama to expand the Bridges to Prosperity program, while also assisting in building two more bridges. She then plans to return to Guatemala in March for existing bridge inspections.


“There is definitely a different point of view that I have because of my international experiences. A lot of engineering is thinking outside the box, but if you haven’t gotten outside of the box it is hard to be an innovator,” said Kelsey. “I think having international experiences as part of an undergraduate career is really important and all of my experiences have shaped me to who I am today.”


Kelsey plans on attending graduate school following her fellowship. She hopes that all of her international experiences lead to her finding a job abroad and having a successful engineering career.





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