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STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

STEMHigh School students came to learn about STEM Careers at Michigan Tech. Nearly 200 high school students from nine schools in the western UP spent a day at Michigan Tech, exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. They visited labs and learn about green building and low-impact design, human monitoring devices, forest insects, steam mechanics, remotely-operated vehicles, computer science, materials science and engineering, civil engineering/concrete testing, Great Lakes fish, transportation engineering and geology and mining engineering.

On Tuesday May 12, students from Jeffers High School in Adams Township spent the day at Tech learning about STEM careers. Students from Nah Tah Wahsh Public Academy in Wilson were on campus on May 13th, and on Friday the 15th the University will host students from Watersmeet High School.

Students visited a variety of science, engineering, and computer labs at Michigan Tech and participate in presentations and hands-on activities led by Michigan Tech students, engineers, and scientists to kick start students’ planning for careers in STEM. Tours were approximately from 9 am to 2:30 pm.

View some photos of the STEM Careers Tours Program at Michigan Tech

View a short video clip of a lab example learning about STEM careers

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Selected Topics and Labs to Visited:

Green Building & Low Impact Design
Stream Mechanics Lab
Remotely Operated Vehicles
Computer Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering Concrete TestingLab
Fishy Great Lakes
Transportation Engineering
Geology & Mining Engineering
Human Monitoring Devices / Driving Simulator
Forest Insects

For more information about STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech, contact:

Joan Chadde, Director
MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341

Made possible with funding from the Michigan STEM Partnership and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education with assistance from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

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Schools Sheduled (Update to May 6)

April 28 – Keweenaw Bay Alternative School and Copper Country Christian
May 4 – Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
May 5 – L’Anse High School
May 8: Dollar Bay
May 11: Bessemer
May 12: Jeffers High School
May 13: Nah Tah Wahsh
May 15: Watersmeet

STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour

First MS-accelerated graduates

This year marked the first grdautes for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS program. All five of the grads were very successful with job offers and all are employed.

The accelerated master’s programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering allow students to count up to 6 senior-level credits toward both a Bachelor of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering.

Picture of the first graduating class of the MSCE Accelerated program. Left to right: Kelcey Traynoff, Kathleen Bussell, Ben Bryant, Natalie Lambert and Sarah Reed.
Picture of the first graduating class of the MSCE Accelerated program. Left to right: Kelcey Traynoff, Kathleen Bussell, Ben Bryant, Natalie Lambert and Sarah Reed.

News Briefs from CEE

The Michigan Tech Vice President for Research Office announces the Research Execellence Fund Awards. Thanks to the volunteer review committees, as well as the deans and department chairs, for their time spent on this important internal research award process. Research Seed Grant: Zhen “Leo” Liu, CEE Link to full list

Alex Mayer (CEE) has received $92,000 from the University of Texas at El Paso for the first year of a potential five-year project titled “Sustainable Water Resources for Irrigated Agriculture in a Desert River Basin Facing Climate Change and Urban Growth: From Characterization to Solutions.”

The Guardian, a major British newspaper, published an editorial opinion column co-authored by Ali Mirchi, a postdoctoral research associate (CEE). The op-ed examined the environmental challenges that Iran faces.

On March 28, the ABET Board of Directors elected CEE Department alumnus, Wayne R. Bergstrom, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE., as its 2015-16 President-Elect. Dr. Bergstrom has been active in his service to Michigan Tech through his participation on the Civil and Environmental Engineering Professional Advisory Committee.

Assistant Professor Pasi Lautala (CEE), head of Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace program that aired Friday, March 20. He talked about the success of US freight rail, which is attracting worldwide attention, and some of the safety challenges that freight rail still faces.

Professor Zhanping You (CEE), a transportation engineering expert and faculty member of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, was quoted in an article in the Times Herald of Port Huron, Mich., on why pothole repairs don’t seem to hold.

Trains Newswire published an article about next summer’s Rail and Intermodal Transportation Summer Youth Program.

Senior Research Engineer David Nelson (CEE) and Steve Landry, a railroad engineering student at Michigan Tech, were quoted in a Trains Magazine article about railroad crossing fatalities.

Assistant Professor Pasi Lautala (CEE) was quoted in a New York Times article about safety technology for preventing rail crashes like the fatal one in Valhalla, NY, Feb 5, 2015.

Pasi Lautala (CEE/MTTI) has received $99,997 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a two-year project, “National University Rail Transportation Center (NURail) Tier 1.”

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 94th annual meeting, for transportation professionals from around the world, was held in Washington, D.C. January 11-15, 2015. Joining the 12,000 attendees were members of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI). This year’s theme was Corridors to the Future: Transportation and Technology. Read More

The Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues posted a news story and photo on its Facebook page about the seven Michigan Tech women who were chosen to attend the Kiewit Women’s Contruction Leadership Seminar.

Colin Brooks, senior research scientist at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor, was interviewed by WILX-TV in Lansing about MTRI’s work with the Michigan Department of Transportation, using drones.

PhD student Divya Kamath (CEE), has been awarded the 2015 MI AWWA Fellowship. Kamath has been working on an AOP project
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CEE Awards Banquet 2015

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Annual Awards Banquet was held in the Rosza Atrium on April 16th.

2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell
2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence
Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell

The 2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence
Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell
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.

The Graduate Research Excellence Award Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai
The Graduate Research Excellence Award
Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai

The Graduate Research Excellence Award
Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai

2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability  Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.
2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability
Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.

The 2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability
Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.
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.

2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn
2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar
Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn

The 2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar
Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn

2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year David Porter
2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
David Porter

The 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
David Porter

2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award Kris Mattila
2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award
Kris Mattila

The 2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award
Kris Mattila

More photos on the CEE Photo Gallery

CEE Senior Design Colloquium May 1st

cee1Senior Design Colloquium
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
May 1, 2015
Presentations will be in Dow 641 & Dow 642
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the spring 2015 senior design team presentations. This semester students have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the Department’s design project requirement. Refreshments will be served.

Download Program PDF: Senior Design Colloquium Spring 2015

Dow 641:
8:00 AM

Design of Highland Copper Company’s Slurry and Water Pipeline & Expansion of the Existing Mine Tail-ings Impoundment to Accommodate Future Mining
Instructor: Stan Vitton

Slurry and Water Pipeline Design:
Cassandra Kussow, Tyler Scarlett, Patricia Tompson, Shi Yan

Slurry and Water Pipeline Construction:
Nicholas Coon, Trace Hubbard, Margaret Kloote, Ellen Nightingale, Dustin St. Arnaud, Madison Ziems

Expansion of Existing Mine Tailings Impoundment:
Alex Anderson, Ronald Coffey, Kyle Pfeifer, Christian Valesano, Derek Waldorf

Dow 642:
8:00 AM

Wayne Industries Development Plan
Instructors: David Nelson and Bill Leder

ENVISION Consulting Group — Site Plan
Dan Livernois, Project Manager; Jim Herman, Adam Schalk, Kevin Smith

JART — Rail Access
Joe Giancarlo, Project Manager; Robert Daavettila, Tyler Pullen, Alyssa Strebel

Keweenaw Building Solutions — Building/Structural
Mark Heinrich, Project Manager; Kyle Gillean, Kyle Hamilton, Tanja Mattonen

Dow 641 9:30 AM
Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for a Trichloroethylene Groundwater Contaminant Plume in Mancelona, Michigan
Instructors: Alex Mayer and Eric Seagren

1 Earth Engineering
Kelsey Lank, Project Manager; David Ekkens, Ellen Englund, Qiuyuan Nan

Northern Way Environmental
Jonathan Rickli and John Weston, Project Managers; Josh Siler, Brady Zueg

Superior Consultants
Hannah Slabaugh, Project Manager; Alex Ferguson, Laura Harris, Sarah Peterson


Dow 642 9:30 AM

Hebron Gravity Based Structure (GBS) near St John’s, Newfoundland
Instructors: Mike Drewyor and Tim Wellert (ILF)

BBG Engineering, Tower Cranes 3 & 5: Foundations, Erection and Removal
Marshall Bailey, Project Manager; Andy Groneveld, Emily Blaney

CKE Engineering, Tower Crane 4: Pile Foundation, Erection and Removal
Charlie Briner, Project Manager; Ethan Bell, Kevin Courtney

International Bridge Design Group, Pedestrian Access Bridge: Foundation, Bridge, Erection and Removal
Erica Morley, Project Manager, Tom Kendrick, Nick Krommendyk, Micah Trierweller

Silver Lining Construction, Bund and Slurry Wall Design, Construction and Removal
Ashley Guenther, Project Manager; Richard Taglione, Ross Kittel, John Qualey

Talk: Oil and Gas Pipeline Design, Construction and Operation

IMG_9826 (450x319)James Rockwell ’79, gave a presentation "Oil and Gas Pipeline Design, Construction and Operation," on Thursday April 16th at Michigan Tech.
The presentation was based on Rockwell’s 33-plus years in the oil and gas industry. It focuses on long-distance pipelines.
An overview of the engineering principles, issues, practical aspects and regulations applicable to the design, construction and operation of oil and gas pipeline systems was presented. The focus was on DOT specifications, standards and procedures for steel pipelines. Hydraulics, diameter and wall thickness sizing construction aspects were discussed.

Tess Ahlborn presented with an Outstanding Faculty Award

Tess_AhlbornTess Ahlborn was presented with an Outstanding Faculty Award on Sunday, about 250 students gathered for the 9th Annual Greek Life Awards Ceremony in the MUB Ballroom. In addition to the many student awards presented, Order of Omega, the Greek Life Honor Society that coordinates the awards, also took the time to recognize some exceptional faculty and staff.
There are more than 500 students in fraternities and sororities at Michigan Tech, and Order of Omega really wanted to emphasize that these awards (Outstanding Faculty Award and Outstanding Staff Award) would be coming directly from the students.
Link to Tech Today article

Steel Bridge & Concrete Canoe Winners

Congratulations to the ASCE Steel Bridge Team and Concrete Canoe teams for their outstanding performance at the regional competition in Toledo this past weekend.

The Steel Bridge Team placed second in the region, securing a spot to attend the National competition this summer.

The Concrete Canoe Team placed first in the regional canoe competition, securing a spot to attend their National competition this
summer.

Please be sure to congratulate these students for their countless hours of dedication and hard work.

To learn more about the Canoe Team, check out their website. To learn more about the Steel Bridge Team, check out their website

News article Engineering Society of Detroit Technology Century

Michigan Tech's Steel Bridge Team
Michigan Tech’s Steel Bridge Team
Michigan Tech's Concrete Canoe Team
Michigan Tech’s Concrete Canoe Team

CEE Students Win Graduate Research Awards

1st Place Oral Presentation Award Winner:   Jennifer Fuller Civil and Environmental Engineering Developing a Sustainable Process for Removal of Synthetic Hormones in Wastewater Treatment
1st Place Oral Presentation Award Winner:
Jennifer Fuller (center) Civil and Environmental Engineering
Developing a Sustainable Process for Removal of Synthetic Hormones in Wastewater Treatment
Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award to Xu Yang, Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015 at Michigan Technological University; Presented by Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman and Dr. Zhanping You
Exceptional Graduate Student Scholar Award to Xu Yang (center), Department of Civil Engineering, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015 at Michigan Technological University; Presented by Dean of Students Bonnie Gorman and Dr. Zhanping You
3rd Place Poster, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015  Ruilong Han Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Seismic Performance Assessment Considering Aftershock Hazard
3rd Place Poster, Graduate Research Colloquium 2015
Ruilong Han Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Seismic Performance Assessment Considering Aftershock Hazard
Dean's Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes academic performance in areas such as excellent GPA, originality in research, leadership and teamwork:  Bo Zhang, Atmospheric Sciences;  Co-Advisors: Judith Perlinger and Robert Owen;  “Characterization of Transport and Transformation of Air Pollutants Observed in the Free Troposphere Over Central North Atlantic”
Dean’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship recognizes academic performance in areas such as excellent GPA, originality in research, leadership and teamwork: Bo Zhang, Atmospheric Sciences;
Co-Advisors: Judith Perlinger and Robert Owen;
“Characterization of Transport and Transformation of Air Pollutants Observed in the Free Troposphere Over Central North Atlantic”


More photos and information about the 2015 Graduate Research Awards


Glen L. Martin Practitioner Service Award to Richard Anderson, P.E.

feb16Richard Anderson, P.E. and Michigan Tech civil engineering alumnus was awarded the 2015 Glen L. Martin Practitioner Service Award. The Glen L. Martin Practitioner Service Award is awarded to an engineering practitioner for distinguished service to or support of civil engineering education. The award will be presented at the the annual conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in Seattle, Washington, June 2015.