KDLH-TV and Fox 21 in Duluth broadcast news stories about Michigan Tech’s Rail and Intermodal Transportation Institute, part of Summer Youth Programs. High school students participating in the institute are in Duluth visiting rail companies and train yards.
Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a research project that received $333,463 based on contract costs. The title of the project is, Incorporating Surface-Treated Rubber Particles into Portland Cement and Geopolymer Concrete to Field Performance. Also working on this project are Shiyue Fang (Chem) and Zhanping You (CEE).
David Watkins (CEE/CWS) is the principal investigator on a research project that received a $47,200 grant from the Nation Science Foundation. The project is titled, Coupled Production-Consumption Systems for Climate Change Mitigation: Designing Equitable Food, Energy and Water Conservation Strategies. Co-PI for the project is Kathleen Halvorsen (SS).
Technology Century, a science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on a visit by ESD executives to Michigan Tech and plans to establish a student chapter of the ESD at Michigan Tech.
Joan Schumaker-Chadde (CEE/GLRC) has received $5,000 from Michigan State University for the public service project Governance Approaches to Foster Great Lakes Literacy, Identity and Stewardship: An Integrated Assessment.
Pasi Lautala, director of the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program (RTP), led a group of students and staff at the annual NURail meeting in Chicago, June 3-4.NURail is a University Transportation Center (UTC) with a railroad focus. NURail has 7 member universities, and 14 affiliates, see more information at NURail Center. Lautala presented a session on NURail Affiliate Universities, and collaborated with senior research engineer David Nelson on a session on Senior Design and Enterprise projects at Michigan Tech. Hamed Pouryousef and Sumanth Kalluri presented a group of posters highlighting Michigan Tech railroad research projects, and Hamed participated in the 3-minute thesis competition.
Principal Investigator Kuilin Zhang (CEE/MTTI), along with Co-PI Colin Brooks (MTII), have received a research and development grant of $200,000 from the National Science Foundation for a three-year project. The project is titled Improving Spatial Observability of Dynamic Traffic Systems through Active Mobile Sensor Networks and Crowdsourced Data.
The Graduate School Announced Award Recipients for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, Doctoral Finishing Fellowships: Yaoxian Huang, PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering; Huang said: “As an atmospheric scientist, I plan to be an environmental researcher and educator. The award for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools (MAGS) Distinguished Thesis Award: Xu Yang, PhD Candidate in Civil Engineering; Photographs and details of awards and fellowships coordinated by the Graduate School can be found online.
The Mining Journal published a news story about a period of public comment opening on a consultants’ review of progress on recommendations made in the 2000 International Joint Commission report, “Protection of the Waters of the Great Lakes.” One of the consultants reviewing the progress was Michigan Tech Professor Alex Mayer (CEE).
Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, and Neil Hutzler, retired past chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, collaborated with the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering to conduct a STEM Night for a sold-out crowd of 300 teachers from across the country who were attending the 2015 National Science Teachers’ Association STEM Forum & Expo last week in Minneapolis. Chadde and Hutzler are among the co-authors of the Family Engineering Activity & Event Planning Guide published in 2011. Michigan Tech received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop the guide. Anza Mitchell, president of the Michigan Tech student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, assisted with the event.