Aero Marquette Team Excels in International Competition
Josse Honored with Haggerty Research Award The annual award recognizes a Marquette faculty member who has demonstrated scholarly distinction and an all-encompassing belief in excellence. Contaminated drinking wells. Deep sea oil spills. Homeland security threats. These are examples of some of the world’s most pressing problems. Dr. Fabien Josse, professor of electrical and computer engineering and the 2013 recipient of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Faculty Award for Research Excellence, is using his skills to help find answers to some of them. With support from Marquette’s Microsensors Research Lab team, Josse is investigating and developing novel sensors and sensor systems that can be used in liquid applications. Josse and his team have developed microacoustic wave-based sensors and microcantilevers to detect fuel and oil contamination, as well as contaminates such as organophosphate pesticides, which can leak into groundwater, causing harm when ingested or absorbed through the skin. Josse is respected for his ability to collaborate not only on campus but throughout the country and world. “Fabien is actively contributing to solving important global issues, such as monitoring the health of drinking water,” says Dr. Robert H. Bishop, Opus Dean of the College of Engineering. “He has built impressive international collaborations while also reaching across Marquette’s campus to further not only his research, but the research of others as well.”
The 2013 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) airplane-design competition pitted a six-person team of Marquette engineering students against almost 40 teams from around the globe. The task was to design and construct a remote-controlled aircraft to carry as much weight as possible with a constrained engine. Balsa wood, basswood and aluminum components for structural integrity went into constructing a plane that measured six feet from tip to tail and had a 10-foot wingspan. Team Aero Marquette’s plane finished second in the national competition and sixth in international competition. See the following link for videos of the competition flights: go.mu.edu/MUaeroteam.
The experience introduced students to the fun and excitement of being an engineering college student, as they participated in labs in Engineering Hall, were challenged by leadership programs led by Marquette’s ROTC program and toured Milwaukee companies and organizations like Rockwell Automation and Growing Power. At the end of the experience, which was sponsored in part by Hein Electric and Marquette ROTC, one student summed up his experience saying, “I learned how broadly engineering is being used to help others.” We hope the week inspired the students to become global problem solvers — otherwise known as engineers.
Recognizing Engineering’s Distinguished 2013 Alumni Award Winners Congratulations to the engineering alumni who were nominated by their peers for excelling in their careers and lives, and selected for Marquette’s prestigious Alumni National Awards. All-University Professional Achievement Award: Dr. John F. Wakerly, Eng ’70 Engineering Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award: Thomas G. Searle, Eng ’77, Grad ’78
Featured is Peter Malak, Ed Barry, Mike Bergagna, Mike Krzoska, Matt Komro (pilot) and Beau Hommes.
Engineering Leadership Academy This past June, 36 young men and women from across the country plunged head first into an intense engineering and university experience on Marquette’s campus. High school juniors and seniors from seven states participated in the Engineering Leadership Academy, sleeping and eating in a residence hall for a week.
Engineering Professional Achievement Award: Michael J. Harsh, Eng ’78 Engineering Entrepreneurial Award: Daniel Casey, Eng ’66 Engineering Service Award: Lawrence V. Jacques, Eng ’75 Engineering Young Alumna of the Year Award: Katherine Litkowiec Medalle, Eng ’99 For the complete story see marquette.edu/ alumni/awards.
marquette university college of engineering