Michael Lovell

Michael R. Lovell is an American engineer and academic administrator, currently serving as President of Marquette University. Lovell assumed office on July 1, 2014.


Lovell received his Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh.


Before joining Marquette University, he had served as the 8th chancellor for the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, having been named to that position by the UW System Board of Regents in April 2011. Lovell came to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee as its engineering school dean in 2008 and served as its interim chancellor after the departure of its former chancellor Carlos E. Santiago in 2010. He had previously been the Professor and Associate Dean for Research of the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.
Lovell has published more than 100 articles in leading engineering journals, has written a dozen book chapters and recently co-authored a book, Tribology for Scientists and Engineers. As a researcher, Lovell has been a lead or co-lead investigator for nearly $30 million in externally funded research grants from foundations, businesses and government agencies including the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education. His research has led to several technological breakthroughs, and he currently holds seven patents and 14 provisional patents. In 2013, Lovell was formally inducted into the National Academy of Inventors.