College of Engineering Magazine
NUTS &BOLTS Meet the class of 2015 The largest freshman class in a decade – 338 students – moved onto campus and is on its way to becoming Marquette engineers. Let us introduce them: Students exercise Co-op engineering option More than three-quarters — 77 percent — of 2011 graduating seniors had Co-op engineering or intern positions during their time at Marquette, reports Sue Michaelson, assistant dean and director of the engineering Co-op program. This fact speaks to the continued success of the college’s 92-year-old Co-op program, even during the current economic rollercoaster ride. Apple, Caterpillar and SanDisk Corp., among others, recently joined the ranks of companies providing Co-op positions to engineering students. 64 women 274 men 75 legacy students 61 first in the family to attend college 101 biomedical engineering 60 civil, construction and environmental engineering 40 electrical engineering 86 mechanical engineering 51 undecided/non-degree 29 different states/U.S. territories 8 international students — from Canada, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Panama and Saudi Arabia 8 percent of the class attended at least one engineering academy class for K-12 students before coming to Marquette All sophomore engineering students are enrolled in Professional Development for Engineers to prepare them for their internship and Co-op job searches. Faculty, staff, Co-op students and industry professionals join forces to cover the wide variety of topics helpful to budding professional engineers — résumés and cover letters, professional ethics, job search techniques, and work/life balance, to name a few. And several of these students have logged hundreds of hours of service work before coming to Marquette. Riedel honored 23 // News Co-op and professional engineering job opportunities are on the increase, according to Michaelson, especially in the manufacturing sector. The future looks bright for Marquette engineers. Dr. Susan Riedel, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the Rev. John P. Raynor, S.J., Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence. “She’s a pioneer in pushing the envelope in engineering education, experimenting with alternative teaching methodologies, questioning pedagogy and rigorously assessing student learning,” said a nominator. “Students learn in many different ways and at many different rates, so it is crucial for me to connect with the learning styles of the students, make my expectations clear and provide different opportunities for them to demonstrate mastery of the course material,” she says. “I continually attempt to draw connections among the different areas of engineering to illustrate the common features they all share.” Outstanding teacher and researcher awards Dr. Philip Voglewede, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the 2011 Outstanding Teacher Award for the College of Engineering, a repeat of the award he won in 2009. Recipients are selected through balloting of senior-standing students. Voglewede’s research focuses on how to engineer specific motions, with one particular project aiming to give amputees a superior prosthetic ankle. (See article on page 13.) Dr. Fabien Josse, professor of electrical and computer engineering, received the college’s 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award, recognizing excellence in research by a faculty member in the last five years. His current research interests concentrate on sensors, particularly chemical and biochemical sensors.