Alumnus named new director of innovation at the 707 Hub

Patrick Monahan

Patrick Monahan, a 2005 graduate of the College of Heath Sciences, has been named director of innovation at the 707 Hub.

Having worked in academia, industry, consulting and Catholic education, Monahan brings an 18-year history of collaboration, innovation and leadership to the role.

“We are thrilled to welcome Patrick back to Marquette as director of innovation in the 707 Hub,” said Dr. Jeanne Hossenlopp, vice president for research and innovation. “Patrick brings a wealth of diverse experience with him, having served in leadership and connector roles in research and innovation spaces. We are excited for the future of the 707 Hub and the new directions it will take under Patrick’s leadership, building on the great work of the founding leaders, Kelsey Otero and Megan Carver.”

As a researcher in the field of neuroscience, his work took him from Loyola University Chicago to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From MIT, he was recruited to Trinity College Dublin as a research fellow to build a first of its kind lab in Ireland using tools and techniques he helped developed at MIT. He then served as a strategic partner with a research group at CiNet (the Center for Information and Neural Networks) at Osaka University in Japan, where he helped create a three-nation partnership to secure funding for another research program.

As a consultant, he worked with Blackthorne LLC, a high-tech finance and investment start-up in Whitewater, Wisconsin, which focused on creating artificial neural networks to find patterns in multidimensional space. Monahan consulted on the biological realism of the created neural networks.

As an educator, he served as a science teacher for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee where he recently, while working at the Notre Dame School of Milwaukee, developed an automated database to identify students in need of additional academic support.

After graduating from Marquette with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, Monahan went on to receive neuroscience-based research master’s degrees from Loyola University Chicago (2008) and MIT (2014). In 2022, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a master’s degree in educational leadership.