December 2016




Ahoya December 2016 Newsletter

BMES takes engineering to school

St. Agnes School October 2016

St. Agnes Schhol October 2016



Members of the student chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society; Dr. Sam Bechara, assistant chair of biomedical engineering and lecturer; and other Marquette students traveled to St. Agnes of Bohemia School in Chicago for an outreach day.

The Marquette team presented a brief introduction on heart physiology, electronics and computer programming. Participating students were paired with a Marquette student and each built his or her own ECG simulator that they got to keep. The event provided a hands-on opportunity for the younger students to experience engineering, and it gave BMES students the chance to share their mission of promoting the future of biomedical engineering through an emphasis on health innovation and scientific advancement for the globally underprivileged and neglected.

Biomedical engineering student Efrain Torres summed up the event: “This outreach event was truly amazing. I had such a good time meeting the students and inspiring them to pursue engineering. It was one of the most wonderful experiences I have ever had.”

Parolari research finds major Middle East dust storm caused by extreme drought, not regional conflict

Dr. Anthony Parolari, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, led research on the occurrence of extremely dry and hot weather, coupled with cyclonic wind conditions, in the Middle East. His paper was recently published in Environmental Research Letters.

"The Middle East is a notable hotspot dust source during summer, and dust storms in this region are usually associated with the Shamal winds from the north and cyclones,” Parolari said.

The storm in September 2015 affected Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Cyprus, leading to scores of people being hospitalized, ports being closed, flights being canceled and large portions of the affected countries and the eastern Mediterranean Sea being covered in an unprecedented haze.

At the time, several media reports blamed land cover change, attributed to conflict in the region, including agricultural land desertion, reduced irrigation, and increased military vehicle traffic over unpaved surfaces for the unusually severe storm.

SAE Baja team at Backwoods Baja

The Marquette SAE Baja team achieved a third-place finish at the recent SAE Backwoods Baja race sponsored by the University of Wisconsin – Stout in Menomonie, Wis. The Marquette team also posted the fasted lap time of the day.

Twenty vehicles competed in the event, which featured a particularly challenging combination of sand and forest tracks.

SAE Backwoods Baja

Werner to speak at upcoming Connecting with the World lecture

Tom Werner, Eng ’86, president, CEO and chairman of SunPower Corporation and a member of the Marquette University Board of Trustees, will present “Solar Energy: Changing the Way Our World is Powered” at the Connecting with the World lecture on Friday, Dec. 9, noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering 202, 1515 W. Wisconsin Avenue. .

No longer accessible only to a select few, solar energy has gone mainstream, with installations this year surpassing 1 million in the U.S. alone. Werner will talk about this evolution, the technology behind it, and why more homeowners and leading businesses, such as Target and Apple, are choosing to meet their electricity needs through solar energy. He’ll also share his perspective as a CEO with 14 years’ experience working in a dynamic industry influenced by innovation, public policy and global markets

This lecture is free and open to the public. Thanks to the Opus Deanship Endowment, which provides funds for this series.

OREC goes the distance

Student runners and staff from the Opus College of Engineering and postdoctoral fellows from Marquette’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Engineering Center recently represented the university at Broadscope Disability Services’ “Joe’s Run, Walk or Roll,” a 5K fun run, walk or roll to raise funds to help advance opportunities for people and families living with disabilities.

Dr. Karen Krueger, OREC postdoctoral fellow, recently represented OREC and Marquette at the Chicago Marathon, which she completed in a personal best time.

Congratulations to OREC on the move!

Joe's Run 2016 

Wishes for a Merry Christmas

Faculty and staff of the Opus College of Engineering wish you and your loved ones Merry Christmas and joy this holiday season.


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