Faculty and staff grants: February and March 2020

In an effort to promote research and scholarship conducted by Marquette faculty and staff, the Office of Marketing and Communication and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have partnered to present a monthly recap of recent grants awarded to faculty and staff.

This report will be featured in Marquette Today each month.

The following grants were awarded to university faculty and staff in February and March 2020.

Extreme Power Conversion Project 1 — Advanced Filter Architecture for Next Generation Wide Bandgap Power Electronics
$53,304 – Mid-West Energy Research Consortium

Nathan Weise, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Opus College of Engineering.



Advanced Spectral CT Algorithms
$75,886 – General Electric Company

Taly Gilat-Schmidt, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Opus College of Engineering.

Abstract: The researcher hypothesizes photon-counting CT will produce a gray scale image with higher image quality than conventional nonspectral CT images, where image quality will be measured by a metric that includes spatial resolution, noise and noise texture. This grant will allow for the development of workflow to perform gray scale reconstruction methods, evaluation of grayscale image quality through experimental phantom studies, and the development of a quick-reconfiguration method.

Citizen Engagement, Democratic Deliberation and the Rural Water Crisis
$20,000 – American Political Science Association


Amber Wichowsky, associate professor of political science (principal investigator); Dr. Shion Guha, assistant professor of computer science; Dr. Philip Rocco, assistant professor of political science; Dr. Krassi Hristova, director of the Global Water Center and associate professor of biological sciences — all from the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr.Jill Birren, associate professor of educational policy and leadership in the College of Education; David Strifling, director of the Water Law and Policy Initiative and adjunct professor of law in Marquette Law School.

Abstract: Can democratic deliberation improve water-resource management? Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has been called “ground zero” in the battle between industrial-scale dairy farming and clean water. This project brings together an academic team to study how the public and key stakeholders have come together to address the sources and consequences of contamination and to assess the effectiveness of their problem-solving efforts.

Towards a context aware Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system
$172,839 – Tactical Athlete Health and Performance Institute

Iqbal Ahamed, professor and chair of the computer science department, in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: This grant allows researchers to continue research and develop a proprietary customer relationship management platform that manages current company needs and scales upwards as needs determine.

Developing inclusive opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences internship program
$297,281 – Arthur Vining Davis Foundation

Andrew Kunz, professor of physics in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: The College of Arts and Sciences will continue to develop an inclusive internship program necessary to provide equitable access to internship opportunities to benefit all students. In particular, this grant aims to significantly increase participation rates amongst students of color, low-income students and first-generation students in the college’s internship program by providing stipends that are essential for enabling access and for recruiting community organizations that may otherwise feel they are unable to take on a student. In turn, the local community will benefit by welcoming into its workforce a diverse body of students who will bring creative and culturally informed solutions.

A Marquette IceAct Telescope for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole
$10,000 – Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium

Karen Andeen, assistant professor of physics in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: This grant will provide additional funding for materials and staffing to construct an IceAct Telescope for use at the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.

Marquette University GenCyber Camp
$98,703 – National Security Administration

Debbie Perouli, assistant professor of computer science in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences.

Abstract: GenCyber Camps respond to a recognized need to develop cybersecurity awareness and teach sound cybersecurity fundamentals at the K-12 levels. The GenCyber program works to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity by providing grants to conduct GenCyber camps. Each teacher who participated in camp activities received a stipend to help cover costs. Each student who participated in camp activities also received support to cover expenses of attendance.