A L I V I N G L A B O R AT O R Y “It’s more than a building. It’s a platform for innovation.”
Dr. Robert H. Bishop, OPUS Dean of the College of Engineering
As a Marquette engineer, you’ll spend much of your time in newly constructed Engineering Hall, a living laboratory designed by a guiding vision of engineering on display. From the cool gloss of stained and polished concrete to the warm accents of reclaimed wood to the rough fireproofed exterior — all is revealed by the interior and exterior glass walls. An array of 130 sensors takes a constant pulse of the building’s systems, measuring water usage, temperatures, energy consumption and vibration. All of this data is available to students via a 65-inch LCD touch-screen monitor on the building’s first floor. The building itself is a teaching tool, a place where faculty and students work together to find solutions to today’s biggest challenges: clean water, reusable energy, safe roads, healthy bodies and more. You’ll be a member of teams that take hold of new ideas, collaborate day and night, and work in a progressive environment to develop knowledge and products that enhance the quality of life for people around the world. Labs are right next to classrooms, putting you in the middle of the action, and projects can be driven by market research and prototyped within weeks.
Lower level. Energy. A series of labs gives students and faculty the tools they need to explore energy solutions for a world seeking to reduce its carbon footprint. Areas of focus include smart power systems, thermal fluids, thermodynamics and shock physics. Floor one. State of the art. Students have access to cutting-edge technical resources, including advanced computer technology and the Jaskolski Discovery Learning Laboratory. This hands-on space is where students turn ideas into prototypes and designs and volunteer to introduce children and teens to the field of engineering through education and outreach. Floor two. Sensors, sensor controls and nanoscale devices. Sensors are crucial to the design and maintenance of all engineering systems — everything from the check engine light in a car to blood sugar monitors to potential new uses as early warning devices to protect against terrorist threats. Floor three. Human performance and health care. Laboratories devoted to areas such as medical imaging, bioinstrumentation and embedded system designs allow teams of investigators from multiple disciplines to study form and function of the human body using stateof-the art technologies and design diagnostic, therapeutic and assistive technologies. Floor four. Water and water quality. Water is an enormous worldwide challenge in the 21st century. Solutions involve water engineering, allocation of scarce water resources and other issues vital to sustaining life. It’s the new home for the college’s Center for Water Quality.