NUTS &BOLTS Former UPS executive endows chair in electrical engineering A generous $5 million gift from a former UPS research executive is allowing the College of Engineering to add an endowed chair, the Lafferty Chair in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, which will enable the hiring of a top-notch new faculty member. V. Clayton and Beverly Lafferty are 1950 graduates of the colleges of Engineering and Arts and Sciences, respectively. Clay, 85, grew up in Iowa and spent much of his professional career as head of research and development at United Parcel Service. He holds several patents and created the hub system used to support the company’s package delivery and logistics business. He also developed the prototype for the smart pad used by the company for tracking and delivery confirmation. “We’re proud of our Marquette educations,” Beverly says. “When we were able to begin contributing financially, we agreed education was one priority.” She says the gifts honor their parents who “didn’t have much money but put a great deal of emphasis on education.” “The search for the Lafferty Chair is already under way, with a focus on a scholar and educator with an international reputation and expertise in smart sensor systems,” reports OPUS Dean of Engineering Dr. Robert H. Bishop. “Strengthening the
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already-strong research capacity in smart sensor systems will have a significant impact on a broad range of practical applications that are already subjects of research in Marquette’s College of Engineering, including homeland security, health care, the environment and transportation. Bishop praised the Laffertys for understanding “the full scope of the college’s mission — research, a strong faculty, student support, and a facility that encourages innovation and learning.” Their generosity extends to all aspects of the college’s transformation and includes a scholarship fund, named in honor of Clay Lafferty’s parents, Elizabeth and Ray. In recognition of their contribution toward Engineering Hall, the building’s Micro Sensors Research Laboratory will be named in honor of them. The Lafferty chair is the fourth in a series of the college’s endowed chairs, with plans for additional endowments in the future.
Delphi unit, Applied Power and Boeing. If you want to find the two people at Marquette least likely to miss a beat in explaining how a mill differs from a lathe, they’re your guys. Find their story at go.mu.edu/engshop.
Jaskolski, Farrell among Alumni Award honorees OPUS Dean Emeritus Dr. Stanley Jaskolski, Eng ’62, Grad ’64, ’67, received the All-University Merit Award, and Michael Farrell, Eng ’70, and Donna Behm Farrell, Arts ’70, received the All-University Service to Marquette Award at the 2011 Alumni National Awards Weekend. The 2011 College of Engineering Alumni Award recipients were: Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award: James Grotelueschen, Eng ’73, Grad ’74
Old-school shop guys Who are two of the coolest characters — and ultra-handiest guys — at Marquette? Ray Hamilton and Dave Gibas are the connection between the college’s sparkling new high-tech home and the once-ubiquitous shop floors of industrial Milwaukee. Hamilton and Gibas are the know-how behind the college’s machine shop and rapid prototyping laboratory, where course assignments and faculty research projects take shape in aluminum, brass, plastic and steel. Each has decades of experience on the shop floors of companies such as GM’s
Professional Achievement Award: Edmund Steinike, Eng ’85 Entrepreneurial Award: Francis Luecke, Eng ’67 Service to Marquette Award: Dr. Janis Orlowski, M.A.C.P., Eng ’78
Published on Mar 11, 2013