September 2016




Ahoya September 2016 Newsletter

Eagle Racing – SAE Baja at MU

Rochester Race

Rochester Team



Eagle Racing, Marquette’s competitive Baja car racing team, recently placed fifth of 40 teams at the Blizzard Baja in Michigan and 34th of 95 teams at the SAE Rochester International Competition. The team is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers Collegiate Design Series, an organization open to all Marquette University students that provides the opportunity to experience all aspects of a professional engineering process.

Since 2011, student teams have designed off-road vehicles focusing on the ability of the car to survive the stresses of off-road racing, perform at a competitive level and keep the driver safe. Design and manufacturing takes place in the Opus College of Engineering Discovery Learning Lab in Engineering Hall, and testing is at Wisconsin Off-Road Adventures in Random Lake, Wis. Corporate sponsors include Briggs & Stratton, Husco Automotive, Hy-Tech Powder Coatings, Lucas-Millhaupt, Milwaukee Tool, Robinson Metal, Solidworks, Tankcraft Corp. and Wisconsin Off-Road Adventures.

Follow the Eagle Racing team online and on Facebook


Outreach office receives grant from JCI

The Opus College of Engineering Outreach Office, under the leadership of Dr. Jon Jensen and Lori Stempski, received a $210,000, three-year grant from the Johnson Controls Inc. Foundation.

The grant will be used to start the ABC Robots program in targeted Milwaukee public schools and to fund the college’s Engineering Leadership Academy

Endowed chair appointments

Dr. Yong Bai has been appointed the McShane Chair in Construction Engineering and Management and professor of construction engineering management. He comes to Marquette from the Department of Construction Management and Engineering at North Dakota State University, where he served as chair since 2012. Bai will work with all constituencies to build a globally recognized construction engineering and management program.

Dr. Ron Coutu has been appointed the V. Clayton Lafferty Endowed Chair in Micro-Sensor Devices and Smart Sensor Systems and professor of electrical engineering. Coutu served as associate professor of electrical engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio. He retired from active duty Air Force after serving honorably for 25 years. His current research interests include microelectromechanical systems, smart sensors, device fabrication, micro-electrical contacts and phase-change materials. He is also very interested in energy harvesting, renewable energy, micro-grids and energy storage.

Dr. Joseph M. Schimmels has been appointed to the Robert C. Greenheck Endowed Chair in Design and Manufacturing. Schimmels is a professor of mechanical engineering and former associate dean for research in the college. His research interests are the design and realization of desirable dynamic mechanical behaviors. Applications include robotics, prosthetics and vibration isolation. His research in robotics addresses the selection and realization of compliant behavior for performing constrained manipulation tasks, such as manufacturing assembly. His teaching interests are developing student knowledge, skills, and personal attributes associated with innovative design and new product development.

Mayer quoted on Yahoo Sports

Dr. Brooke Mayer, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was quoted in a recent Yahoo Sports article on the how the condition of the water in Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janiero, Brazil affects local fishermen.

Faculty grants

Marquette University is now a member of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power. The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power is a network of fluid power research laboratories, academic faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at nine universities.

Dr. Mark Nagurka, associate professor of mechanical engineering and participating member of the ERCEFP, has been awarded a $160,000, two-year grant for a project titled "Efficient, Integrated, Freeform Flexible Hydraulic Actuators.” Nagurka is the principal investigator for this project.

Dr. Henry Medeiros, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was awarded a $260,459, two-year grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology for a project titled "Dynamic Performance Measurement of Mobile Manipulators."

Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater short course

The Opus College of Engineering Water Quality Centers presents the “Emerging Contaminants in Water and Wastewater” short course, Oct. 25-26, 2016. Registration and other information is available online.

Marquette and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering Celebration

Dr. Kristina Ropella, Opus Dean, Opus College of Engineering, Marquette University, and Dr. Joseph Kerschner, dean and executive vice president, School of Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, invite biomedical engineering alumni to a special gathering to celebrate the new Marquette University and Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. on Marquette’s campus. Registration and other information is available online .

Marquette Homecoming

Back by popular demand, Marquette University’s Homecoming tradition will reignite October 2-9, 2016! Let's bring the Marquette community together to celebrate the pride and passion for our university.


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