Archives—April 2014

Professor Tess Ahlborn hosts STEM opportunities

Professor Tess Ahlborn (CEE) hosted two “Bridging the Gap” workshops and a “Michigan Tech College Corner” at the Tech Savvy–Powered by AAUW event held April 26 in Gaylord. The event brought together 155 middle school girls and 55 caring adults to introduce and explore STEM opportunities, including concepts needed for designing and constructing bridges. Attendees also gained insight from women mentors who pursued degrees and careers in typically male-dominated STEM fields, and how persistence played a key role in success.


CEE Senior Design Colloquium

Senior Design Colloquium Civil and Environmental Engineering Department;
Friday, May 2, 2014: Presentations will be in Dow 641 and 642

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the Spring 2014 senior design team presentations. This semester students in four sections have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the Department’s design project requirement. Refreshments will be served.

CEE Senior Design Colloquium Schedule PDF

Dow 641; 8:05 am
Digital As-Builts for the City of Houghton Pipe Networks
Instructor: Dr. Amlan Mukherjee
1. BNB Consulting
Bryan Daavettila, Brian Kernstock, Nathynn Mitchell
2. ADT Engineering
David Auricchio, Tyler Tomlinson, Ashley Smokoska
3. MED
Zhongyue Mao, Eric LaBelle, Duane Burfield
4. Three Star Consulting
John M Ferry, Derek Collar, Yubin Tan

Heavy Lifting Device (HLD) at Kiewit
Dow 642; 8:05 am
Offshore Services Yard in Ingleside, Texas
Instructor: Mike Drewyor
1. HLD Foundation Design by ACE Engineering
Tim Johnson, Project Manager
Dan Becker, Alex Philips, Lan Shi
2. HLD Mast Erection by Upright Engineering
Pat Spalding, Project Manager
Kyle Chouinard, Jiayi (Joe) Ding, Zack Weber
3. HLD Boom Load out onto Barge by BSF Construction
Evan Feinauer, Project Manager
Tom Briggs, Aric Souilliere
4. HLD Lift of Production Module – Rigging Design by BWYD Engineering
Doug Burmeister, Project Manager
Justin Wigand, Greg Donajkowski, Tianye Yang

Dow 641 9:30 am
Michigan Tech Trailhead Lodge
Design Competition
Instructors: Bill Leder, Bill Baxandall
1. TDWS Consulting
Kelcey Traynoff, Project Manager
Allyssa Demers, Eric Simmons, Kevin Wilks
2. BBY&B
Ben Bryant, Project Manager
Jared Belovich, Alex Bomstad, Kaili Yue
3. Team NRAM Rod
Nicholas Lanoue, Project Manager
Ryan Anderson, Michael LaFerve, Adam Suokas
4. I.S.S.I.
Alice Flanders, Project Manager
Evan Kryzske, Wen Tao Liu, Casey Holvenstot

Dow 642 9:55 am
Evaluation of Sludge Process Train
Alternatives for Class A Biosolids
Production at the Gogebic-Iron Wastewater Authority (GIWA) Treatment Facility
Instructors: Dr. Eric Seagren & Dr. Jennifer Becker
1. DESM Engineering
Mitchell Murphy, Project Manager
Dominic Davis, Wesley Ellenwood, Courtney Sian
2. Sustainable Biosolids Solutions
Keith Anderson, Project Manager
Justin Kosmowski, Ryan Leveille, Jonathan Witham
3. ABCK Consulting
Anna VanderKooi, Project Manager
Brogan Beyette, Collin DePrekel, Kaitlin Hannum
4. PACS
Shawn Conard, Project Manager
Kyle Slavik, Will Ashbaugh, Mike Polkinghorn


CEE 2014 Awards

Adriano Rothschild received the The Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence is made annually to a graduate level civil or environmental engineering student in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics, research, and service, in memory of our friend and colleague, Danielle F. Ladwig.

Adriano Rothschild received the The Danielle Ladwig Award

Tia Scarpelli received the The Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability is made annually to an undergraduate civil or environmental engineering student who has demonstrated leadership, passion, and activism for effecting environmental sustainability at the local, national, or global level.

Tia Scarpelli received the The Nicole Bloom Award

Xu Yang received the Graduate Research Excellence Award

Xu Yang received the Graduate Research Excellence Award

Tess Ahlborn was voted the Howard Hill Faculty of the Year of Chi Epsilon students presenting her with the award.

Tess Ahlborn was voted the Howard Hill Faculty of the Year

Graduate Teaching Assistants Recognized
Concrete Canoe team
F. William Baxandall Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

CEE National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

Three graduate students have received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Christa Meingast in environmental engineering and Gregory Hardy and David Diesenroth in mechanical engineering won the competitive fellowships. Benjamin Winter in civil engineering received an honorable mention.

“NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are one of the oldest, most prestigious and competitive programs nationally,” said Jodi Lehman, assistant director for research development at Michigan Tech. “It is the fellowship program that other federal programs such as the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy use as a benchmark,” she noted.

“The Graduate School is happy to see our students honored for their scholarship and achievements in and out of the classroom,” said Debra Charlesworth, assistant dean of the Graduate School and coordinator of the NSF Graduate Research Fellows program at Michigan Tech. “These prestigious awards recognize not only our students, but the faculty and staff who have provided opportunities and mentoring for them to reach their potential. They join an outstanding group of Michigan Tech NSF scholars who are conducting research around the world.”

Charlesworth herself is a former NSF Graduate Research Fellow.

“The recent awards and honorable mention demonstrate the quality of a Michigan Tech education at all levels and disciplines,” said Craig Friedrich, director of graduate studies for the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics and Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering. “Our students are on par with the top research institutions in the US, and the support provided by Jodi Lehman helping students prepare fellowship applications continues to grow our success and recognition with the National Science Foundation and other agencies.”


Engineering on Alcatraz: Alumna Involved in Restoration and Stabilization

Certain names bring forth visceral associations. Alcatraz is one, but the notorious prison of the past is also a place for a Michigan Technological University alumna to use some of her civil engineering skills in the present.
Debra Campbell, a 1976 graduate, works for the National Park Service on Alcatraz, perched on an island in San Francisco Bay. She has been involved in four recent projects on the iconic island.

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ASCE Publishes Textbook by David Watkins

Water Resources Systems Analysis through Case Studies: Data and Models for Decision Making by David W. Watkins Jr., Ph.D. consists of 10 case studies suitable for the classroom to demonstrate engineers’ use of widely available modeling software in evaluating complex environmental and water resources systems. Simulation and optimization models, visualization tools, and spatial analysis tools are applied to real-life situations. Each case study includes background on the geography, hydrology, and natural resources of the area as well as relevant social, economic, developmental, and political issues. A series of active-learning exercises is provided, along with additional resources for instructors. Software is not included, but all programs and data sets are freely available online.

Primarily intended for students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate level systems analysis courses, this book may also be of interest to practicing engineers in the field of water resources planning and management.

Contents of book