June 2016

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Ahoya June 2016 Newsletter

The class of 2016

Students, families, friends, faculty and staff gathered at the Al McGuire Center on May 21 to celebrate the class of 2016 at the Opus College of Engineering diploma ceremony. 225 undergraduate degrees, 22 master’s degrees and 5 doctoral degrees were awarded. The Marquette all-university commencement was held on May 22.

Congratulations to all graduates!

Alumni awards

The Opus College of Engineering recently celebrated the 56th annual Engineering Honors Convocation. This is truly a unique event — we are the only college at Marquette that hosts a combined award recognition event for our students, faculty and our distinguished alumni. It is important that these young engineers-to-be see and experience those who have graduated before them and who have been very successful in making a positive difference in the world. And we know it is exciting for our alumni to see and experience the excellence of our students who are and will be the innovative leaders of the 21st century.

Students were honored for their academic and service achievements. For the first time ever, there were ties in both the 2016 outstanding teacher and the 2016 outstanding researcher award categories. Outstanding teacher awards were presented to Dr. Said Audi, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. Mark Nagurka, associate professor of mechanical engineering. Outstanding researcher awards were presented to Dr. Joseph Schimmels, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for research, and Dr. Daniel Zitomer, professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering.

Jason Schoen, Eng ’05, received the Young Alumnus of the Year award. The Professional Achievement Award was given to Adonica Henley Randall, Grad ’79. Mark A. Gehring, Eng ’86 was honored with the Entrepreneurial Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year award was presented to Edward G. Parrone, Eng ’70. Learn more about our alumni award winners.

Faculty awards

Dr. Brooke Mayer, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her project “CAREER: harnessing the Power of the Phosphate-Binding PstS to Recover Phosphorous.” Learn more about this project. Congratulations to Dr. Mayer on this most prestigious award.

Dr. Taly Gilat-Schmidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering, has been named the 2016-17 Way Klingler Sabbatical Award winner. During her sabbatical, Gilat-Schmidt will focus on two projects. The first will develop algorithms to identify and analyze blood vessels in the retina, specifically utilizing the new image information obtained by advanced imaging technologies developed at the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program lab. The second will develop algorithms to statistically differentiate between photoreceptors and other image structures.

Dr. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will serve as the interim chair for the new Marquette University Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering while a national search is conducted for the permanent department chair.Dr. Lars Olson, associate professor of biomedical engineering, will serve as the interim chair for the new Marquette University Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering while a national search is conducted for the permanent department chair. 

2016 strategic innovation fund awardees announced

The Office of Research and Innovation announced the 2016 strategic innovation fund recipients. This is the second group of fund awardees since the program launched last year.

This year 26 unique projects led by Marquette faculty, staff and students across a variety of disciplines, including engineering, will receive approximately $2 million. Funded projects fall into one of five thematic categories: arts, community engagement, inter-religious initiatives, research and student experience.

Dr. Daniel Goleman was speaker at Connecting with the World lecture series

The Opus College of Engineering and its E-Lead Program hosted Dr. Daniel Goleman, internationally renowned psychologist and author of many best-selling books on emotional intelligence, as part of the “Connecting with the World” lecture series.

Dr. Goleman’s lecture, “What Makes a Leader: Why Emotional Intelligence Matters,” highlighted the role of emotional intelligence in effective leadership. Ranked as one of the 10 most influential business thinkers by the Wall Street Journal, Goleman has transformed the way the world educates children, relates to family and friends, and conducts business.

Global Water Center cultivates collaboration

Dr. Daniel Zitomer, professor and director of the Marquette University Water Quality Center, said the Global Water Center has cultivated collaboration among Marquette, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and water industries. It has resulted in technology to instantly monitor water quality. “We have 14 industry members and have been very successful – multiple licensing agreements and technologies are being developed,” he said.

McNamara featured as Emerging Investigator

Dr. Patrick McNamara, assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, was featured as an emerging investigator by the journal Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, which is published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

McNamara’s article “Mounting data suggests antibacterial soaps do more harm than good” was recently featured in Ars Technica, a publication dedicated to technology.

Faculty promotions and retirements

Dr. Said Audi, associate professor of biomedical engineering, and Dr. John Borg, associate professor of mechanical engineering, have been promoted to professor.

Dr. Jon Jensen, associate professor and associate dean for enrollment management, has been promoted to emeritus associate professor. Dr. Dean Jeutter, professor of biomedical engineering, has been promoted to emeritus professor.

2016 retirements from the Opus College of Engineering include Jensen, Jeutter and Dr. Cliff Crandall, associate professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering. These faculty members have provided a combined total of 122 years of service to Marquette.

Homecoming returns to MU

The tradition returns to campus! Marquette alumni and friends are invited to join current students for a week of Homecoming programs on campus. From a block party to service projects to Marquette Madness and more, Homecoming 2016 has something for everyone.

 
 

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