February 2017




Ahoya FEBRUARY 2017 Newsletter

SAE team wins Baja Blizzard

The Opus College of Engineering SAE Baja team won the Blizzard Baja race at Michigan Tech, which included a field of approximately 40 vehicles. They also posted the three fastest laps of the race! The team was honored with a $500 award from TeamTech Motorsports Safety, Inc.

2017 Baja Blizzard team
2017 Baja Blizzard team

2017 Baja Blizzard Car headed t victory
2017 Baja Blizzard car headed to victory

New faculty join college

Dr. Ayman EL-Refaie, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been named as the first Thomas and Suzanne M. Werner Endowed Chair in Secure and Renewable Energy Systems.

Prior to joining Marquette, he served as principal engineer and project leader for the Electrical Machines Lab at General Electric’s Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. EL-Refaie has a strong record of research and scholarship in electromechanical systems. In his role at GE for the past 10 years, he published more than 35 refereed journal articles and received 32 patents. He has received more than $12 million in funding from the Department of Energy for his research on advanced traction motors for hybrid application. A fellow of the IEEE, EL-Refaie received his Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research interests are in magnet machines and motors, advanced traction motors for hybrid applications, energy conversion, and renewable energies.

Dr. Bing Yu has joined the college as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering.

Yu, who served as an assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Akron, received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Between 2005 and 2012, he was a postdoc, senior research scientist and research assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at Duke University. His research on cancer diagnosis and therapeutics has attracted more than $7 million in funding from NIH and NSF. He has published more than 70 technical papers or abstracts and is the inventor of 10 U.S. and international patents or patent applications. Yu is also the co-founder of Zenalux Biomedical, Inc., a biomedical device company in North Carolina. He is a senior member of SPIE and an ASLMS Fellow. His current research focuses on optical spectroscopy, spectral imaging, and endoscopy for cancer detection and treatment monitoring, as well as miniature and cost-effective optical devices for global health.

Engineering hosts third annual Hackathon

One-hundred-sixty students from five different colleges competed to solve real-world engineering problems and develop presentations at Marquette’s third annual Hackathon.

Students worked in groups to troubleshoot challenges involved in improving the lives of the elderly.

The event was sponsored by Milwaukee company Direct Supply, which provides healthcare equipment and other services to senior living communities. President and CEO Bob Hillis said students at Hackathon were working on real industry problems.

“We are serving 21 million seniors in America who are aging,” Hillis said. “You get a crack today at changing the lives of people, and I’ll bet some ideas come out of here that really go the distance.”

Guided by Direct Supply employees, Hackathon participants were given about 12 hours to analyze data and develop their solutions to challenges in healthcare innovation; prizes were presented to the top groups. The winning team received a prize of $1,500 to be shared among the six group members.

Borg named ASME fellow

Dr. John Borg, P.E., professor of mechanical engineering, has been named a fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME confers the fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.

College to host Cristo Rey engineering club

Engineering Outreach will host the newly formed Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Engineering Club. Club leaders Griffin Knipp, campus minister and coordinator of student life at Cristo Rey, and Frank Jacoby, adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, will meet with club members weekly.

The club’s first activity involves the Finch Robot, a small robot previously used in Marquette engineering classes to introduce computer engineering to students with little to no programming experience. The Finch allows students to quickly and easily begin programming using a simple robotic platform and JAVA-based software environment. The engineering club will learn to modify pre-written programs to change the robot’s operation. Internal robotics components such as motors, light sensors, infrared sensors, temperature sensors, accelerometers and speakers will be explored. Other planned activities include building a motor and Arduino software.


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