Engineering students hard at work in the Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratory. From left Hsiaoan (Justin) Wang; David Blankenheim; Christie Nguyen; Tom Silman, DLL facilities manager; Joe Poczateck and Randall Neu.

Pedaling to change the world

Popular Mechanics recently featured Marquette Engineering’s Human Powered Nebulizer (HPN) in an online article on clever ideas of how to harness the energy created by bikes.

The HPN is an innovative, low-cost nebulizer that does not require electricity. Nebulizers convert liquid medicine into a mist that can be inhaled deep into the lungs. The HPN is designed for use in places where electricity is not readily available. The goal is to produce a device that will last for 10 years and cost less than $25. 

The HPN is an on-going senior design project. Teams of undergraduate students, faculty and other partners have worked to design, perfect and test the device since 2006.  Visit the HPN website to learn more.  The HPN was also featured in the fall 2011 Marquette Magazine.

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LaDisa named Young Engineer of the Year

Dr. John LaDisa Jr., assistant professor of biomedical engineering, was named the 2012 STEM Forward “Young Engineer of the Year”.   The award recognizes an outstanding contributor to the engineering profession in the Milwaukee area.  This individual helps raise the visibility of the profession and the region, while serving as role models to others who may select engineering as a career.

STEM Forward is southeastern Wisconsin’s leading technical organization providing and/or promoting educational outreach programs emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

Dr. John LaDisa Jr.
Dr. John LaDisa Jr.

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Celebrate National Marquette Day

There still time to register for:

The College of Engineering Alumni Association’s annual Silent Auction and Men’s Basketball Game
Marquette vs. Cincinnati on National Marquette Day

Saturday, February 11, 2012
10:30 a.m, Silent Auction and Brunch
  Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
  333 West Kilbourn Avenue
2:00 p.m. Tipoff
  Bradley Center
  1001 North 4th Street

Celebrate National Marquette Day and help support the College of Engineering Alumni Scholarship. 
Enjoy a delicious brunch buffet, take your chances on wonderful auction and raffle items and visit with college faculty, administrators, alumni and friends.

COEAA gratefully acknowledges its sponsors:

Title Sponsors
Sargent and Lundy logo Raytheon logo
Gold Sponsor
McShane logo
Blue Sponsors
Boyle Fredrickson, S.C. C.G. Schmidt
Federal-Mogul Corporation Kohler Company
STRATTEC Security Corporation Walbridge

Game tickets are limited.  Register by Friday, February 3, 2012
Phone:                 Libby Gard – 414.288.8440

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Scholars, engineers, athletes

Natalie Kulla, Eng ’11 and Kerry McBride, senior in civil engineering, were honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and selected to its Scholar All-Central Region Team. Kulla earned Big East goalkeeper of the year honors in 2010 and 2011. McBride was named Big East defensive player of the year for 2010 and 2011.  Click on their names to learn more about them.  The Marquette women’s soccer team is the BIG EAST American Division champion for the third straight year.

"Congratulations to Kerry and Natalie on a GREAT season and fantastic careers at MU.  Natalie and Kerry epitomize the Marquette mission of excellence, faith, leadership and service both on the field and off.", Dr. Chris Foley, professor and chair of civil, construction and environmental engineering.  Natalie is currently pursuing a graduate degree in sustainability at St. Louis University.  Kerry is finishing her senior year at Marquette and plans to graduate in May, 2012 with a degree in civil engineering.

Natalie Kulla
Kerry McBride
Natalie Kulla
Kerry McBride

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Engineers Without Borders founder keynote at Marquette Mission Week

Dr. Bernard Amadei will give the keynote address “Engineering for the Developing World:  from Crisis to Development” at the 2012 Mission Week on Tuesday, February 21.  Each February, the Marquette community pauses to reflect on our university's Catholic, Jesuit mission. Mission Week is the time set aside to recall our larger purpose and the Ignatian heritage and spirituality that guide us throughout the year.

Amadei is founding president of Engineers Without Borders USA and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders — International. He is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. Amadei dedicates his curriculum and research to educating globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can help create sustainable solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.

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Scheidt completes NSF Career Awards grant project

Dr. Robert Scheidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, recently complete his NSF Career Awards grant project with publication of the paper  “Remembering forward: Neural correlates of memory and prediction in human motor adaptation”. Read the complete paper.  The project was to integrate the use of robotic tools and functional neuroimaging to understand how the brain learns to make arm movements that compensate for unpredictable mechanical environments, such as are encountered while steering a car, playing sports or assembling widgets in a factory. 

National Science Foundation (NSF) career award grants are usually made to individuals in order to enhance their careers as biomedical researchers.  The grant usually requires the 75% of the researcher’s time be devoted to the project.  The university must usually agree to release the principle investigator from teaching, clinical and administrative duties.

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Alumni invited to mentor students through new online CIRCLES eMentor Network

Do you have a mentor who’s helped you along your career journey or may have given you a piece of valuable advice that still recall? You could be that mentor for a current Marquette student by participating in the new CIRCLES eMentor Network through LinkedIn. The program offers flexibility so you and your mentee establish the frequency of communication, commitment as well as objectives.  Join the more than 100 alumni nationwide who have already volunteered to serve as eMentors.  You may learn something along the way, too, as highlighted in this recent Wall Street Journal article about reverse mentoring.

To join, visit the CIRCLES eMentor Network on LinkedIn or contact Alyssa Klopatek ( or (414) 288-6584) for more information. We Are Marquette!

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