Marquette team wins $53,000 at international business plan competition

A mobile app developed by Marquette students that allows users to wirelessly make PowerPoint presentations from tablets or smartphones won $53,000 at the Rice Business Plan Competition. Students Devin Turner, Charlie Beckworth and Nicholas Winninger developed the app, called FocalCast. The app is a venture of Narsys LLC, a company founded by Turner, a Marquette senior who is studying engineering. Beckwith is also an undergraduate engineering student and Winninger is seeking an MBA from Marquette.

Story appeared on, April 23, 2014

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Human powered nebulizer a Eureka Award winner

The human-powered nebulizer developed by our own Dr. Lars Olson and his team of student assistants was selected as a winner in the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Eureka Awards in the health care category. This device helps people in developing countries suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The award announcement will be published in the Business Journal’s May 9th edition. The team's work and commitment is a wonderful example of our engineers creating solutions to global challenges.

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Student team qualifies for RoboCup 2014 in Brazil

An undergraduate team of engineering and computer science students led by Dr. Andrew Williams qualified for RoboCup 2014 Brazil to be held this July in João Pessoa, Brazil. The Marquette COE team is one of only seven worldwide that qualified in the TeenSize robot division and the only American team in this division. The team designed and built their robot, “MU-L8” (pronounced “emulate”), using resources in Engineering Hall. This will be a life-changing experience for these students, and those that follow them. The team’s success is testament to the power of providing opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to let their genius shine. If you are interested in learning more about the team or supporting their efforts financially, please contact Dean Robert Bishop. You can learn more by visiting the team’s website.

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Zoo Story by Edward Albee performed in engineering Visualization Lab

Dr. John LaDisa and Chris Larkee, B.F.A., did outstanding work in extending the portfolio of our Visualization Laboratory to include a first-ever theatrical performance integrating high-performance visualization with on-stage actors in a version of Zoo Story by Edward Albee. The connection of the lab's visualization technical firepower with dramatic live performance was amazing to witness. Congratulations to Dr. John LaDisa, Chris, and all those in Marquette’s Diederich College of Communication with whom they collaborated, especially Dean Bergen and Chester Loeffler-Bell. 

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2014 Alumni National Awards

Each spring, Marquette University sets aside one special weekend to honor distinguished alumni from every college and school who represent the heart, soul and spirit of Marquette.

This year's Engineering Alumni National Award winners are; Bruce A. Spann, Eng '80, Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award; William R. Stemper, Eng '77, Professional Achievement Award; Randol R. Spaulding, Eng '83, Entrepreneurial Award; James G. Shaw, Eng '63, Service Award; and Dr. Jennifer Schilling Connelly, Eng '99, Young Alumna of the Year Award.

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University mourns the death of Susan Michaelson

The university mourns the death of Susan Michaelson, former assistant dean and director of the cooperative education program in the Opus College of Engineering, who died Monday, April 28. Michaelson served in the Opus College of Engineering for more than 30 years before retiring in December 2012. She was an integral part of the success and growth of the Opus College of Engineering's co-op program, and also helped manage the college's honors convocation and graduation ceremonies. 

Expressions of condolence may be sent to:
Mountain View Mortuary
Family of Susan Michaelson
14 Seventh St.
South Range, MI 49963 

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Marquette remembers distinguished alumnus and trustee emeritus Gerald (Gerry) Rauenhorst, Eng '51

Gerry Rauenhorst, a business leader with a steadfast commitment to God, family and The Opus Group passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Fueled by unwavering optimism, Gerry demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, creativity and a commitment to finding a better way to build a business, community and a value-centered life. Read full obituary.

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