Janaury 2017




Ahoya January 2017 Newsletter

Ropella honored as engineer of the year

Dr. Kris Ropella, Opus Dean of Engineering, has been named the STEM Forward 2016 Engineer of the Year, which honors a remarkable person in the Milwaukee 7 community who has made an extraordinary contribution to the engineering profession. The Engineer of the Year award has been a STEM Forward tradition since the 1950s.

Founded in 1905, STEM Forward has evolved into the region's leading technical organization providing educational outreach programs that emphasize science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Medeiros studying applications for robots

Henry Medeiros, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and a team of researchers have received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to expand the number of applications for robotics. Medeiros says that robots are primarily used in stationary cells in manufacturing and used to perform only one task, but that the current focus is to produce robots to accurately perform multiple tasks. “What we want to do is take another step forward and do that with the robot in motion,” Medeiros said.

Story appeared in Biz Times, Dec. 19, 2016.

Engineering outreach offers academies and residential programs

K-12 Engineering Academies offer students of all ages a wide variety of interesting and challenging programs. Our courses challenge youth to become critical-thinking problem solvers, appreciate STEM and explore the engineering design process. Spring 2017 academies are open for online registration.

The Engineering Leadership Academy (June 25 – 30) and HEELS! Residential Academy (July 23 – 28) are week-long residential programs for high school juniors and seniors. Students interested in learning about engineering will spend a week at Marquette University exploring engineering disciplines while interacting with faculty from across the college. Participants will work in state-of-the-art laboratories, view demonstrations, use science and math skills, and participate in many hands-on activities. New this year, the second of these programs (aptly named HEELS – Hands-on Engineering Experiences for Lady Leaders of STEM) will be offered to women only, and will be co-sponsored by Johnson Controls, Inc. Applications for the residential programs are available online.

Werner sees bright future in solar energy

Tom Werner, Eng ’86, president, CEO and chairman of SunPower Corp., was featured in a recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on his career in the solar power industry and the future of solar energy.

Olson receives Enterprise Seed Fund grant

Dr. Lars Olson, interim director of the Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering, was awarded a grant from the Enterprise Seed Fund at Marquette for the Human Powered Nebulizer project. The HPN converts liquid medicine into a mist that can be inhaled deeply into the lungs and is designed for use in impoverished countries where electricity is unreliable. The funds will used to create an assembly plant in Central America and to ramp up capacity to build more nebulizers to treat respiratory conditions in places where there is no electricity.

The Enterprise Seed Fund provides seed capital to growing start-up businesses at critical junctures in their development.


Girls Who Code Club at MU second largest in country

The Girls Who Code Club is an organization that teaches 5th – 12th grade students computer science in a supportive environment, with the goal of reaching gender parity in computing fields. The Marquette chapter has approximately 80 girls who come from 20 different communities in and around Milwaukee, making it the second largest in the country.

The club is led by dedicated instructors: Emmali Hanson, Paula Van Camp, Colleen Dunlap, current engineering students and computer science major Kathleen Baert. Twenty volunteers and three industry volunteers also work with the club. Beginner students continue to work on learning the Python programming language and will finish the semester focusing on their final project — designing their own game. The intermediate class will be advancing their knowledge of web development beyond the basics of HTML and CSS. This spring, the girls will learn how to make websites interactive using JavaScript, and then apply their knowledge to a website of their own.

Additionally, students are introduced to a variety of career paths through speakers and hands-on activities.

Scholarship fundraising event on Feb. 18

Celebrate National Marquette Day and support Opus College of Engineering scholarships and programs that assist students in their pursuit of a Marquette engineering education. Enjoy hors d'oeuvre stations and a cash bar while visiting with fellow alumni, family and friends of the Opus College of Engineering. The reception begins at 4:30 p.m., prior to the 7 p.m. tipoff of the National Marquette Day men’s basketball game against Xavier.

Register online by Friday, Feb. 10.

Zitomer is faculty all-star

Dr. Dan Zitomer, professor of civil, environmental and construction engineering, will be honored as a faculty all-star at the Jan. 28 men’s basketball game against Providence.

Each home game, Marquette Athletics, along with President Michael R. Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers, honors an outstanding faculty member for his or her service to the university and contributions to their respective field.

Connecting with the World lecture series

The Opus College of Engineering Connecting with the World lecture series presents Beth Smits, Eng ’90, vice president of Strategic Growth Operations for Best Buy. Her presentation, Retail Transformations, will focus on how a rapidly and constantly changing technological environment is forcing retailers to think differently about how they interact with and sell to consumers.

The lecture is Friday, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m. in Olin Engineering 202, 1515 W. Wisconsin Ave. on the Marquette campus. Lectures in this series are open to the public.

Thanks to The Opus Deanship Endowment, which provides funds for this series.


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