Sensor designer seeks answers to pressing world problems
MILWAUKEE – Fabien Josse, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Marquette University, has been named the university’s 2013 recipient of the Lawrence G. Haggerty Award for Research Excellence. The annual award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated scholarly distinction and an all-encompassing belief in excellence.
In collaboration with Marquette’s Microsensor Research Lab team, Josse is exploring and developing novel sensors and sensor systems to use in liquid applications for detecting fuel and oil contamination, as well as contaminates used in agricultural production. He and his team are also working to develop models that predict and optimize sensor responses.
Josse claims that the goal of his research is “to build sensors to accelerate remediation by rapidly identifying and quantifying harmful contaminants and pollutants.”
During his 30 years at Marquette, Josse has earned more than $5.6 million in funding and is widely recognized for his contributions to the field of liquid-based sensors. As a widely published researcher, he was also the first in the College of Engineering to be awarded the prestigious Research Initiation Grant, now known as a Career Grant, from the National Science Foundation. Additionally, Josse strives to maintain his belief in the teacher-scholar model by teaching four courses each academic year while continuing his research.
“Fabien is actively contributing to solving important global issues, such as monitoring the health of drinking water,” said 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.”
Josse, who also received $5,000 with the award, earned his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Maine at Orono in 1982.