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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


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.

News Briefs from CEE

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.

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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Transportation & Civil Engineering (TRAC) Educator Workshop

OMichigan Tech will offer a Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Educator Workshop as a free program that provides teachers with curriculum-enhancing, hands-on lessons and tools for their math, science, engineering, and social science classes. The presenter will be Julie VanPortfliet, TRAC Program Manager, Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT).

The workshop will feature motion detectors, photo gates, and magnetic levitation tracks as just a few of the fun activities that TRAC will introduce. TRAC includes teacher training, interactive software, replacement supplies, and opportunities for students to interact with engineers, and enter design competitions. Participants will experience seven modules, and choose two for their classroom.
- Bridge Builder
- Highway Development and the Environment
- Highway Safety
- Magnetic Levitation
- Motion and the Transportation Engineer
- Roadway Design and Construction
- Traffic Technology
Preview the 7 TRAC Modules: www.michigan.gov/mdot-trac

Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: FREE (includes lunch & refreshments, 2 TRAC modules, 6 SCECHs pending)
Location: Room 104, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Tech

Link for More details and registration information for TRAC

Making a Difference Award Winners Recognized

image79734-persSeveral staff members were honored with Michigan Tech Staff Council Making a Difference Awards at an awards program in the MUB Wednesday.

Team of Amanda Cadwell (CEE), Christina Sarazin, Catherine Burns and Lori Weir
This team was nominated for their effort in making last year’s UAW classes a reality. Through collaboration, hard work and determination they created a cutting-edge program to advance the skills of UAW workers that will be a benchmark for other universities. According to President Glenn Mroz, it has already generated interest with UAW at the state level. Continue reading

Nathan Cody Hayden | 1993 – 2014

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The Department is sad to inform that Michigan Tech civil engineering student, Nathan Cody Hayden, 21 of Kalkaska, died unexpectedly on December 4th, 2014. Born and raised in Kalkaska, he is the son of Malinda Hayden and the late Cody Hayden and Krista Bachelor.
Nathan graduated from Kalkaska High School in 2011. He was an honor student, participating in football and wrestling. Nathan was famous for his role as Kalkaska Man. He had the ability to engage the entire Kalkaska community and crowds with his dynamic personality and charisma. He started playing on the Michigan Tech Rugby Club his freshman year and loved every moment. Nathan spent the last six months working on his internship in Bay City, with Soil and Materials Engineers.
Born: October 06, 1993
Died: December 04, 2014

Obituary Link

Seven students represent Michigan Tech at Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar

IMG_3704640Seven Michigan Tech students attended the Kiewitt Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar held in Omaha, Nebraska at the Kiewitt Corporate Headquarters November 6-8, 2014. Candidates were chosen from a pool of sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated leadership skills, a drive for success, and a passion for the construction and/or engineering professions. Kiewitt selected 50 collegiate female leaders to participate in the event designed to challenge and develop their leadership skills. Attending were civil engineering majors Emily Blaney, Lauren Krueger, Natalie Parker, Autumn Storteboom, and Rachelle Wiegand, along with mechanical engineering majors Erika Harris and Erin Richie. Continue reading

10th Annual Railroad Night and Rail Day Expo

hoeffnerThe Rail Transportation Program and Railroad Engineering and Activities Club held the 10th Annual Railroad Night, on Tuesday Oct. 14, in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The event was free to faculty, staff, students and members of the local community. A social hour started at 6 p.m., followed by hors d’oeuvres and the keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT.

UPDATE: View photos of Rail Day and Expo and Rail Night on the Photo Gallery Continue reading