Marquette University Professor Receives Prestigious Education Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Jay R. Goldberg, Ph.D., P.E., has been awarded the prestigious Engineering Education Excellence Award by the National Society of Professional Engineers and was recently recognized at the 2012 NSPE Annual Meeting in San Diego. 

The Engineering Education Excellence Award recognizes engineering faculty who have demonstrated the ability to link engineering education with professional practice. Recipients must be licensed professional engineers and have a faculty appointment in an engineering program accredited by ABET, which accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. The award is sponsored by the Sustaining Universities Program of the Professional Engineers in Higher Education (PEHE) interest group of NSPE. 

Goldberg is currently the director for the Healthcare Technologies Management Program, a joint program between Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin, a Lafferty Professor of Engineering and associate professor of biomedical engineering. During his 13 years at Marquette University, his mission has been to prepare students for their personal and professional lives after graduation. Drawing upon his 14 years of industry experience, he has aimed to ensure that the engineering curriculum at Marquette University produces industry-ready engineers with the skills needed for successful careers. To that end, he helped create a module titled "The Business of Biomedical Engineering." This module teaches first-year biomedical engineering students about the design process, the medical device industry, new product development, finance, and marketing. Students form teams, are presented a problem, develop a design solution, and write a one-page business plan.

In addition, Goldberg's experience as a product development engineer led him to develop a new junior-level design course for biomedical engineers that allows students to observe firsthand how medical technology is used in the operating room and other areas of the hospital. The unit also provides them with practical experience in observing, listening, and asking questions of medical personnel to try to identify problems and opportunities where technology can be used to solve a problem.

Not only does Goldberg's commitment to licensure mean he advocates licensure and promotes the competent and ethical practice of engineering to students, but he is a member of an ad hoc committee on professional licensure for the Board of Directors of the Biomedical Engineering Society. That committee is charged with finding ways to increase the number of licensed biomedical engineers and determining the need for and feasibility of developing a biomedical-specific professional engineering exam.

Goldberg holds a bachelor's degree in general engineering from the University of Illinois and a master's degree in bioengineering from the University of Michigan. He holds another master's degree in engineering management and a doctorate in biomedical engineering, both from Northwestern University. In addition to his engineering and education work, he is also active in his local community of Libertyville, Ill., where he coached soccer for the American Youth Soccer Organization-VIP Program with a team for children with special needs, and is a volunteer with a homeless shelter run by the organization PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).

For more information on the award, or the nomination process, please visit the PEHE award Web site at The deadline for 2013 award nominations is March 31, 2013.

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The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 40,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, please visit

EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photos of Goldberg and the award ceremony are available in digital format.