NASA selects Marquette satellite to launch into space

NASA has selected Marquette as one of 16 organizations to launch a CubeSat, a small student-built satellite that weighs around three pounds, into space sometime in the next three years. The Marquette satellite is designed to carry out two main objectives: collect and transmit pictures from onboard cameras back to earth, and test the reliability of special computer memory used in space. The student-built CubeSat, named Golden Eagle One, will be the first satellite built by Wisconsin college students to be launched into space.

“The Opus College of Engineering wants to inspire students to reach for places they normally wouldn’t reach for, including space,” says Dr. Robert H. Bishop, Opus Dean of Engineering and adviser on the project. “This project is an opportunity for our students who are driven to explore.”

The announcement was covered by media outlets across the country.

Stories aired on WITI-TV (Fox 6) and WISN-TV (ABC 12). The story by WISN-TV (ABC 12) appeared on and AOL.On News.

Similar stories appeared on,, and an Associated Press story appeared on, The Racine Journal Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, Florida Times-Union, The San Francisco Chronicle, Fox 11 Green Bay, Minnesota Star Tribune and at least eight other news sites nationwide.

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Marquette engineering dean honored for contributions to space flight and engineering education

Dr. Robert H. Bishop, P.E., Opus Dean of the Marquette University Opus College of Engineering, has been selected to receive the 2013 Dirk Brouwer Award from the American Astronautical Society. The award honors those who have contributed significant technical contributions to space flight mechanics and astrodynamics.

The society selected Bishop for his seminal contributions to the theory and practice of navigation and control of autonomous aerospace systems and for exceptional achievements in engineering education.

“Marquette University and the city of Milwaukee are fortunate to have the leadership and expertise of Dr. Bishop,” said Dr. Margaret Callahan, interim provost and dean of the College of Nursing at Marquette. “He is helping form the next generation of engineers by reimagining engineering education at Marquette. Dr. Bishop authors key engineering textbooks that and are used worldwide and impact the education of engineering students globally. We are proud of Dr. Bishop’s accomplishments and laud this recognition by his peers.”

Bishop’s expertise is in the application of systems and control theory. He is currently working with NASA on techniques for achieving planetary precision landing to support human and robotic missions. This work involves advanced navigation algorithm development with fast-to-flight characteristics. He co-authored Modern Control Systems, which has been adopted worldwide and is considered a leading undergraduate textbook in control theory. His book on graphical programming, Learning with LabVIEW, is the reference textbook delivered with all copies of the student edition of LabView.

Prior to joining Marquette in 2010, Bishop was a faculty member for 20 years in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as department chairman for six years and held the Joe J. King Professorship. Previous positions and honors include a practicing engineer at the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, an independent lab that was founded at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; twice selected as a faculty fellow for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and a Welliver Faculty Fellow at the Boeing Company.

The award was named after Dirk Brouwer, an astronomer who specialized in celestial mechanics and had a widespread influence on workers in space flight and astrodynamics. Brouwer received his doctorate from Leiden University and went on to become the director of the Yale University Observatory.

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Marquette University Student Named New Face of Civil Engineering

Elyse O'Callaghan
Elyse O'Callaghan

Elyse O’Callaghan, a fifth-year student at Marquette was recently named one of 10 New Faces of Civil Engineering – College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). This recognition program promotes the achievement of young civil engineers by highlighting their academic success, volunteerism, and dedication to making a positive impact on society through their chosen profession.

Since her freshman year, O’Callaghan has been involved with Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA). Currently she is serving as a project manager for a vehicular bridge senior design project in Guatemala, which is scheduled to be constructed in 2015. Previously, she led an electrical infrastructure project and a pedestrian bridge project in Guatemala.

Her work with EWB-USA earned her a co-op internship with CH2M Hill working as an inspector on the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange project and other projects in the transportation engineering division.

“As an engineer, you affect social welfare and health on a massive scale so you have to live by a code of ethics and morals,” said O’Callaghan on what she finds most rewarding about the profession. “The creativity and imagination needed to come up with solutions to problems both big and small, and the communication and leadership skills to make those solutions culturally and socially appropriate so that they will meet the needs of their end users, make for rewarding work.”

In addition to her volunteer work with EWB-USA, O’Callaghan is also involved in several other service organizations including serving as a high school catechist, the Manresa Scholars Program and participating in MARDI GRAS (Making a Real Difference in Gulf Region and Surrounding) service trips. She also is a mentor for the Future City competition for high school students.

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Champions for Change; engineering projects highlight Marquette social innovation initiative

Dr. Robert Bishop, Opus Dean of Engineering defines social innovation in the Opus College of Engineering as the pursuit of innovative, transformative, and sustainable approaches to solving real problems for real people in the real world focusing on the poor and most vulnerable as an expression of our deep commitment to social justice. This means that we not only teach ideas of social justice, but we offer students and faculty opportunities to practice social justice.

The Human Powered Nebulizer helps people in the developing world breather easier, here's a short video with more details. The Humanoid Robot Project helps young people fight childhood obesity, this video tells the story.

Marquette engineering - we truly are men and women for others. Learn more about the Social Innovation Initiative at Marquette.

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Connecting with the World Lecture Series

The Opus College of Engineering’s Connecting with the World Lecture Series brings the most influential minds in engineering to Marquette’s campus to share innovations and ideas that have changed or promise to change our world for the better. Through this lecture series, our students, faculty, and local industry and academic partners benefit from opportunities to meet and learn directly from leaders in the field. The lecture series is supported by the generosity of Marquette alumnus Ronald O’Keefe.

Please join us for the upcoming lectures in this series. All lectures are free and open to the public.

March 31 we present Dr. Chales Haas, L.D. Betz Chair of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at Drexel University. Dr. Haas will speak on Pathogens as Pollutants: Advancing Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment.

April 15 we present Dr. Gary May, Dean and Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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