Hardware, Embedded Software, and Analytics for Environment Quality Monitoring

Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site

June 1 - August 7, 2020

Sponsored by National Science Foundation (NSF) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Award # 1950082

Hosted by Marquette University - Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE), and Mechanical Engineering (ME), Milwaukee, WI

REU Summer 2020 Flyer

There has never been a higher urgency for addressing environmental problems, many caused by human activity and emerging climate change. Thus, the main theme of this Marquette University (MU) REU Site project is the development of a holistic approach for water and air quality monitoring. Participating faculty from three different departments, Electrical and Computer Engr. (ECE), Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engr. (CCEE), and Mechanical Engr. (ME) will work with students to contribute to active research on underwater and aerial drones, water and air quality sensors, embedded algorithms for sensor fusion, navigation, and control, sensor technologies, wireless communications, 3D printing and mechanical design of drone hulls, and environmental engineering.

Research Projects

A tentative weekly schedule at-a-glance of planned activities is described here.

Proj. Num.
Faculty (Department)
Multisensor fusion for water quality monitoring with underwater drones Cristinel Ababei (ECE)
Underwater drone-hull design for better hydrodynamics
John Borg (ME)
Integrated sensors for monitoring air and water quality
Ron Coutu, Jr. (ECE)
Silicon avalanche photodiode spectrometers for environmental sensing
Majeed Hayat (ECE)
Water quality monitoring using hyperspectral aerial imagery
Henry Medeiros (ECE)
Understanding algal bloom processes through drone monitoring
Walter McDonald (CCEE)
Improved catchment hydrology and water quality model structures using machine learning
Anthony Parolari (CCEE)
Energy forecasting for a cleaner environment
Richard J. Povinelli (ECE)
Wireless link budget analysis and design for data collection and transfer
James Richie (ECE) (ECE)
Investigation of aerial dispersion of soot in Milwaukee
Somesh Roy (ME)
In situ monitoring of firework particulates using drones
Susan Schneider (ECE)
Monitoring and analytics to improve water quality via anaerobic biotechnology
Daniel Zitomer (CCEE)

Application Process

Interested students can apply directly via email sent to Dr. Cristinel Ababei or Dr. Majeed Hayat.  Each application must include the following:

Who Should Apply?

The target audience is undergraduates of all levels majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

Accepted students spend ten weeks at Marquette University; in 2020, the program runs June 1st to August 7th.

Applications for 2020 are now open. The application deadline is May 15, 2020.

Applicants to the Marquette Environment Monitoring Summer REU Program should:

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:


After applying and being accepted into the REU program, students will:


REU students will receive:


REU students will be expected to:

Sister REU Sites at Marquette

REU Site: Data Science Across Disciplines, Department of Computer Science, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
Created on 5 May 2020.