Engineering history and events



History of News and Events within the CCEE Department

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

  • International Research Presentation
    Dr. S.M. Heinrich, gave a research presentation in Madrid, Spain April 30-May 2, at NMC 2014, the 11th Annual International Workshop on Nanomechanical Sensing. The talk focused on the dissertation research of his current graduate student, Mohamad Sotoudegan, on a novel microsensor for the detection of chemical or biological substances in liquids.
  • APWA Spring Conference
    On Thursday, May 1, 2014, the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Public Works Association will be hosting a program specifically for college students at the Spring Conference in Milwaukee. The goal of the program is to open college student’s eyes to the vast opportunities in the public works sector and give you a head start on finding your next job. There will be educational sessions on the public works profession and public works jobs along with time for students and faculty to meet with municipalities, vendors and private consultants at the conference. Students are encouraged to bring their resume to pass out.
  • WEF National Competition
    Congratulations to Sara Breitzman, Andrea Dunn, Matthew Fueston, and Sarah Walsh for advancing to the next level of the Water Environment Federation National Competition that will be held from September 27-October 1 in New Orleans, in the Wastewater category. This is a highly competitive competition, and were chosen from a select pool of applicants across the nation. They also were invited to come share their presentation at the 2014 CSWEA Annual Conference that will be held in St. Paul on May 14th. Their problem statement for the competition is "Can we develop a more sustainable biosolids management plan for Southeastern Wisconsin?"
  • UGrad Environmental Fellowships
    The EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Studyhas 34 new fellowships for the summer of 2014. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a 3-month summer internship. Application deadline: May 27, 2014.

April 2014

  • ASCE Regional Competition
    On April 11-12, the Marquette ASCE Student organization competed in the 2014 Annual Great Lakes Regional Conference with 18 other schools and over 500 students. Marquette finished in 10th place overall; with finishes 1st in Surveying, 6th in Steel Bridge, and 7th in the Concrete Canoe competitions.
  • COE Outstanding Teacher Award
    Dr. Alexander Drakopoulos
     receives his second Outstanding Teacher Award in the past three years. The outstanding teacher award is voted on by the senior graduating class. He will be honored at the COE Honors Convocation on Friday, April 25. Congratulations Dr. D!
  • Chi Epsilon Scholarship
    The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering would like to congratulate student Oliver Haugland on being awarded the 2014 Dr. Eugene A. Glysson National Chi Epsilon Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded yearly to students who demonstrate outstanding academic work, as well as significant, enthusiastic and excellent involvement in extracurricular activities, particularly within Chi Epsilon, the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. Congratulations Oliver!
  • James L. Allhands Essay 2014
    Ryan Mahoney, a CEMA student, had his James L. Allhands Essay targeting the importance of virtual construction tools for pre-project planning published in the April 2014 issue of the Professional Constructor Journal of the American Institute of Constructors. Congratulations Ryan!
  • Environmental Seminar
    On Monday April 7th, Mr. Sidharta Arora from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, will be on campus to discuss "Biological Phosphorus Removal Full Scale Pilot at South Shore Water Reclamation Facility" for the spring Environmental Seminar.
  • Environmental Seminar
    Dr. Siva Sarathy, research scientist at Trojan University in London, Canada will be on campus Monday, April 14th to present his research on UV Treatment of Drinking Water: Disinfection & Removal of Trace Contaminants.
  • Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities
    This summer, Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program is offering 34 internships across the nation. This is a wonderful opportunity for junior, senior and graduate students looking to gain experience in the energy and transportation areas. Application deadline is April 15, 2014. We highly encourage you to apply to this opportunity!
  • Alumni Awards Week
    The College of Engineering highlighted five distinguished alumni for alumni award weekend, two of which graduated from the Department of Civil. Construction and Environmental Engineering: Bruce A. Spann and James G. Shaw
  • Hunger Clean Up Day 2014
    Join ASCE, MUBC, EWB, and Chi Epsilon for the 25th Civil Engineering Hunger Clean-Up day! Register on the website by April 6th as a volunteer to join this amazing crew of students helping our community.
  • Environmental Seminar
    Dr. Anne Schauer-Gimenez
    , director of biological research at Mango Materials, will be on campus Monday, April 28th to present her story From Biogas to Bioplastics: the Mango Materials Story.

March 2014

February 2014

December 2013

November 2013

October 2013

September 2013

  • Dr. Baolin Wan was invited to attend the “Workshop on Aging of Composites” which was held in the National Transportation Safety Board Training Center, Ashburn, VA, September 25-26, 2013.  This 2-day workshop was organized by USDOT-FHWA and West Virginia University- Constructed Facilities Center (WVU-CFC).  During the workshop, Dr. Wan gave an invited talk with title of “A Model to Predict the Degradation of FRP Bonded Concrete Joints in Moist Environment”. 
  • Five members of Engineers Without Borders - Elyse O'Callaghan, Timothy Lewis, Kelsey Welch, Liam Sawyer, and Kurt Wagner - traveled to the Bridge Builder Conference in Sevierville, TN hosted by Bridges to Prosperity. Bridges to Prosperity is a non-profit organization that provides isolated communities with access to essential health care, education, and economic opportunities by building footbridges over impassable rivers.
  • CCEE senior John Haughland traveled to the 2013 University of Oklahoma International WaTER Conference on Sept. 23-25. The conference theme was "Synergy at the Interface: Integrating Technology, Social Entrepreneurship and Behavior Change" with keynote speaker Ada Oko-Williams, the winner of the third OU International Water Prize.
  • CEMA 3860 - Construction Materials and Methods toured the International Concrete Products building in Germantown. It is important for students to learn through practicing and seeing real-world experiences close to home. Pictures are found on our facebook page!
  • Dr. Ting Lin presented a poster entitled "Tall building response to simulated pulse-like ground motions", co-authored with Nenad Bijelic and Greg Deierlein (Stanford), as part of the Earthquake Engineering Implementation Interface (EEII) program at the 2013 SCEC Annual Meeting in Palm Springs, CA.
  • Dr. Ting Lin gave an invited talk on the recently funded project entitled "Validation of earthquake simulations and their effects on tall buildings considering spectral shape and duration" in the SCEC Ground Motion Simulation Validation (GMSV) Technical Activity Group (TAG) Workshop in Palm Springs, CA.
  • Joseph Diekfuss, PhD, presented his paper Quantifying Modeling Error Uncertainty in the Prediction of Fatigue-Induce Fracture Risk in Mast-Arm Sign Support Structures at the 2013 Engineering Mechanics Institute Conference
  • Ahoya! Engineers September 2013
  • Faculty Biographies :: Get to know your professors! How long have they been at MU? Were they students here? Did you know?

August 2013

  • New Year, New Faculty :: The department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is excited to announce two new faculty members. Dr. Patrick McNamara will be joining the environmental engineering area group while Dr. Ting Lin is joining the structural engineering and structural mechanics area group.
  • Anaerobic Treatment of High-Strength Industrial Wastes :: A two-day short course for wastewater treatment professionals. September 4-5, 2013. Earn continuing education credits and meet aspiring and prominent wastewater treatment professionals. 
  • Mango Materials :: Anne is the co-founder of a company called Mango Materials. Their goal is to turn waste into ecofriendly, affordable plastics while creating a positive environmental impact. Anne graduated from Marquette's graduate program with her PhD. Check out her spotlight on the department website!

July 2013

June 2013

  • 13th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion :: Matthew Seib, Dan Carey, and Dr. Zitomer traveled to the Anaerobic Digestion Conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
  • SESM Seminar :: Dr. Ting Lin, PhD - Performance-Based Engineering: Opportunities for Integrating Research and Teaching

May 2013

  • AISC Ideas2 Awards :: Highlighted Marquette civil engineering senior, Jacob Schueller
  • New Faculty :: The Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering would like to welcome Dr. Patrick McNamara to our team! Dr. McNamara is excited to be joining the faculty this coming fall semester. He earned his M.S. from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He teaches environmental engineering classes and conducts research on how everyday household products impact our water treatment systems after they are flushed down the drain. In his spare time he enjoys fishing and running. Feel free to contact him if you are interested in undergraduate research or just have questions in general about environmental engineering at Welcome to Marquette Dr. McNamara!

April 2013

  • Marquette's Jump Around Guy :: Rick Smith, Eng '73, Grad '82
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award :: Thomas G. Searle, Eng '77, Grad '78. Alumni National Awards Weekend.
  • Service Award :: Lawrence V. Jacques, Eng '75. Alumni National Awards Weekend.
  • PhD. Defense Announcement :: Announcement of Public Defense for a PhD thesis, Joseph A. Diekfuss: Reliability-based Fatigue Assessment of Mast-Arm Sign Support Structures. Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Engineering Hall 423.
  • SESM Seminar :: Naiyu (Natalie) Wang - Reliability-Based Risk Assessment and Renewal of Civil Infrastructure
  • The Professional Constructor :: Congratulations to Jacob Kleiman, a senior in the CEMA program, who had his paper published in the Journal of the American Institute of Constructors April 2013 issue. His paper "Placing the Ethical Cornerstone" won this years AGC Allhands essay competition. You can read his essay on page 42! 

March 2013

  • Jacob Kleiman, a 5th year senior in the CEMA program, was the first place winner of the 2013 James L. Allhands Essay Competition. The topic of his essay is "Placing the Ethical Cornerstone" and can be read on the AGC website, here. Jacob and his faculty sponsor, Dr. Mark Federle, were honored by the AGC Education and Research Foundation at the 2013 AGC Convention.
  • iFair IT/Engineering Career Exploration :: ASCE YMG Spring iFair will be held Wednesday, March 27th from 9:00am-2:00pm. This is an outreach event organized by the professional branch of ASCE for middle school & high school students to participate in engineering challenges. They are looking for some volunteers. Email Sarah Sanfilippo if interested.

February 2013

  • House of the World :: Engineers Without Borders meeting tomorrow, February 28th at 6:00pm in ENG Hall Room 236; EWB welcomes Marquette graduate Brian Rademacher, co-founder of House the World!
  • Wisconsin ITE Section Dinner Meeting :: Marquette University will be hosting an ITE (Institute of Transportation Engineers) Student Appreciation night on March 6th. See flyer for more information and RSVP with Allan Pacada at
  • Ahoya! Engineers February 2013

January 2013

  • Reverse Career Fair :: Each year employers tell us that the ideal candidates they seek possess communication and leadership skills. As leaders of your student organization we are asking for your help in connecting your active members with employers seeking interns and full-time employees. Our second annual Reverse Career Fair will be held on February 12 in the AMU Ballrooms from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Take time to showcase the skills and experiences members gain by being a part of your organization. DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: Friday, January 25.
  • CCEE grad John Peronto :: In the Winter 2013 issue of the Marquette Magazine Civil Engineering/Mechanical Engineering grad John Peronto was featured in the "9 to 5" highlights some major achievements this grad has accomplished in his years in academia--5 degrees in 5 years. Wow!

December 2012

  • Microsoft Advertisement in Engineering Hall :: Over this past summer, Microsoft came and filmed an advertisement in Engineering Hall and the EMST lab. See some of the really awesome things Microsoft windows, and our students, can do!
  • Freshmen Engineering Students Computer-Aided Design Team Project :: All freshman engineering students enrolled in Engineering Discovery 1 (GEEN 1200, Fall 2012), will participate in the 2012 Computer-Aided Design (CAD) Team Project - Poster Exhibition & Competition for modeling experimental components and facilities, located and available in the Engineering Hall: Single Cylinder Engine, Double Cylinder Engine, Fort Lift, Go Kart, Ray’s Bicycle, and COE Printer.
  • Microsoft Uses Engineering Hall for its Second Promotional Video :: If that first video isn't enough, Microsoft came back in October and shot a second video about the state-of-the-art computer lab found in the new Engineering building. Microsoft was impressed, and pleased, with how Marquette's Engineering students use Microsoft programs and computers during research and education.
  • Ahoya! Engineers December 2012

November 2012

October 2012

  • ASCE Speaker :: Kristine Barnes (Martin, MSCE ‘06) has worked in the nuclear industry as a civil/structural engineer with expansive enclosures as well as with oversize machinery for over 6 years. She will discuss the civil engineering aspects of two of the large scale projects she has worked on including steam generator replacement and the repair of a concrete containment building.
  • BCMU Field Trip :: Epic Systems is a software company that created a program healthcare organizations worldwide use to store health records. Their expansion consists of an 811-acre campus valued at $400 million. The project is currently the largest one in the Midwest complete with an 11,000-seat auditorium for Epic employees and visitors, a solar field with 4,500 photovoltaic solar panels, and the companies third set of office buildings, known as Farm Campus.
  • ASCE Guest Speaker William Loftus, President of SPACECO:: Mr. Loftus will be discussing the Chicago Lakeside Development ( This project will transform the +500 acre site of an old steel mill into a model development for green, 21st century lifestyle. The project will create an entire community centered around "Tomorrow's Infrastructure" with residential, retail, commercial, education, and recreational developments, all designed with a sustainability mentality and all in one project! The project will take an estimated 25-45 years to reach completion
  • Ethics in Engineering :: Tomorrow, October 23rd, Dr. Federle will be presenting at the ASCE Southeast Wisconsin Branch October Mentoring Meeting highlighting Ethics in Engineering. The meeting begins at 5:30 at Best Place in the Pabst Brewery.
  • Region 3 Associated Schools of Construction Competition :: Over fall break, Marquette had 2 teams competing in the Region 3 Associated Schools of Construction Competition. The team competing in the Heavy/Civil division earned 2nd place! Three CEMA students (Sarah Vandekerchove, Brian McNally and Jake Kleiman) and three CEEN students (Javier Porras, Nick Manning, Steve Dieckhaus) comprised the team. Congratulations on your outstanding work and achievement!
  • Environmental Engineering Seminar :: This week the Engineering Seminar will be hosted by a Marquette Ph.D. student, Matthew Seib. His focus will be on Anaerobic Biotreatment of Domestic Wastewater. Please see the attached abstract from his talk!
  • Marquette University Engineer Magazine :: Highlights Dr. Brooke Mayer, a new faculty member of the CCEE department
  • Ahoya! Engineers October 2012

September 2012

  • Modelogix3 :: A seminar on WinEst's latest advancement is a quantum leap in cost-modeling technology.
  • Joseph Diekfuss, MS, and Christopher Foley, PhD, PE, made a presentation on September 7th at the Mid-Continent Transportation Research Forum in Madison, WI. Joseph Diekfuss discussed the Reliability and Inspection Protocols for Sign Support Structures. He did an excellent job!
  • Welcome to Marquette Dr. Mayer!
  • Doors Open Milwaukee
  • We would like to extend a congratulations toward two Marquette engineering students who earned scholarships this year from the Milwaukee Chapter of Education. Elyse O'Callaghan is a senior studying Civil Engineering and Heath Brozovich is a 5th year student studying Construction Engineering and Management. Picture provided from Milwaukee Chapter Construction Specifications Institute:
  • Meet Mortenson Construction
  • MU Career Fair 2012 :: Features ARCO Design / Build is looking for juniors, seniors, and recent MU graduates to join their team for both co-op and job placement
  • IEEE Guest Speaker Dr. Paul Berger
  • COE / Rockwell Automation Cornroast
  • CCEE Guest Speaker Perry McCarty :: Dr. Perry McCarty came to Marquette and discussed Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Water Scarcity, Quality, Degradation, and Sustainability. He emphasized that water is essential to all forms of life and that we need to treat it well. Water is important and should not be wasted. He also encouraged using water as a renewable energy source because it is something that you can find everywhere.

August 2012

  • MU Environmental Engineering Seminar Series
  • BIM / BrIM Summit :: The Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering held its First Annual BIM/BrIM Summit on August 16, 2012. The Summit was organized to help the Department dramatically enhance its teaching and research efforts in the area of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). The first summit focused on Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Bridge Information Modeling (BrIM) and included students, faculty, and representatives from industry (e.g. software vendors, general contractors, governmental agencies). The first summit, and subsequent summits being planned, seek to re-define civil, construction, and environmental engineering education at Marquette and the Department wants to use enhanced technologies as a focal point to drive that change.

July 2012

  • Dr. Baolin Wan, associate professor of structure engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University, was elected to be a Council member of the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) during the 6th International Conference on FRP Composites in Civil Engineering (CICE 2012) which was held in Rome, Italy on June 13-15, 2012. IIFC ( is the only international professional organization dedicated to the use of fiber-reinforced composite materials (FRP) in civil infrastructure and the Council is the highest body of the institute.
  • Matthew Seib, graduate research assistant working with Dr. Daniel Zitomer, Professor and Director of the MU Water Quality Center, has been selected to receive the 2012 Water Environment Federation (WEF) Canham Graduate Studies Scholarship in the amount of $25,000. A Celebration of Excellence ceremony honoring all 2012 WEF award recipients will be held at WEFTEC 2012 in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 ( Matthew will receive his award in New Orleans.
  • Dr. Christopher M. Foley, Professor and Chair of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Christopher H. Raebel, 2011 MU PhD Graduate and Assistant Professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Joseph Diekfuss (MU Doctoral Candidate) presented papers at the 3rd International Structural Specialty Conference of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers ( in Edmonton Canada June 6-9, 2012. Raebel and Foley's paper was entitled: "Experimental Evaluation of the Robustness of Flexible WT Steel Connections". Diekfuss and Foley's paper was entitled: "Probabilistic Wind Model for Reliability-Based Evaluation of Sign Support Structures".
  • Dr. Mark Federle, Associate Chair, Professor and McShane Chair in Construction Engineering, received the 2011 American Society of Civil Engineers ( Outstanding Reviewer Award for his work on the "Journal Construction Engineering and Management".
  • Discovery Learning :: An article from the Marquette Educator about the building of the discovery learning complex (renamed Engineering Hall)
  • Engineering Hall :: An article from the Journal Sentinal highlighting Marquette's new 115,000 sq ft Engineering Hall
  • Ahoya! Engineers July 2012



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