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New Road Rating System Developed by Michigan Tech

Researchers at The Center for Technology and Training, which is part of the civil and environmental engineering department, have developed a new system for assessing the conditions of gravel roads. This system and its use by Michigan road agencies was the subject of an article in the winter 2016 Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan.

CTT staff, John Kiefer, Melanie Kueber-Watkins, Pete Torola and Tim Colling all worked to develop and test the new system which will be widely collected in Michigan starting this year with full implementation in 2018. Data collected with the system will be reported on a state-wide basis to the Michigan Legislature on an annual basis.

By Tim Colling.

CrossroadsNew Inventory-Based Rating System Pilot Tested in 2016

Unpaved road rating system developed by Michigan Tech brings asset management principles to unpaved Michigan roads

Finally—The Tools to Rate an Unpaved Road

Gravel and unpaved roads make up half of Michigan’s non-federal aid network, and there are 22,000 miles of them in Michigan.

As a result of a project funded by the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council (TAMC), CTT has pioneered a new rating system for unpaved roads, called the inventory-based ratings (IBR) system.

Read more at The Quarterly Journal of the County Road Association of Michigan.

Amlan Mukherjee on the Board of the Green Building Initiative

Amlan Mukherjee
Amlan Mukherjee

The San Antonio Business News, the Seattle Post Intelligencer and other news outlets around the country reported on the new officers and board of directors of the national Green Building Initiative (GBI). Amlan Mukherjee (CEE) was named to the board.

Green Building Initiative Announces 2017 Board of Directors

2017 Chairman of the Board Rich Mitchell to Lead GBI in a Year of Growth, New Developments

Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) January 10, 2017

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the election of its 2017 Board of Directors.

In addition to incoming GBI Chairman Rich Mitchell, the board of directors includes new and re-elected members. Among the newly elected board members is Amlan Mukherjee, PhD, Associate Professor.

GBI Executive Director Vicki Worden:

GBI’s mission is to accelerate adoption of green building best practices and we increased the number of buildings we reach by more than 100 percent in 2016.

Read more at PRWeb, by Shaina Weinstein.

Funding for Research on Reduction of Fish PCB Concentrations

Judith Perlinger
Judith Perlinger

Judith Perlinger (CEE/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $44,684 research and development grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Noel Urban (CEE) is the Co-PI on the project, “Can Reductions in Great Lakes Fish PCB Concentrations be Achieved by Management of PCBs in Atmospheric Deposition?”

This is a 15 month project.

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Pengfei Xue Interviewed on Lake Climate Projection

Pengfei Xue
Pengfei Xue

HOUGHTON — A Michigan Technological University researcher is leading the effort to create a comprehensive model for the complicated and diverse climate of the Great Lakes region.

Pengfei Xue developed a model combining climate and water models with assistance from Loyola Marymount University, LimnoTech and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory.

When we have that component, the entire water cycle and surface water cycle would be complete. Then we could estimate the water level change over years.

Read more at the Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.

In the News

The Mining Journal in Marquette and the Daily Mining Gazette in Houghton published an article about Pengfei Xue’s (CEE) research, building computer models of the impact of climate on the Great Lakes.

Portrait of Environmental Compliance Engineer Krissy Guzak

Krissy Guzak

Michigan Tech alumnus Krissy Guzak is helping Ford look toward an eco-conscious future through a variety of projects and nonprofit work. Guzak received both a BS and MS in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech. She is now an environmental compliance engineer in the Environmental Quality Office at Ford.

I work on a handful of things, but my two main responsibilities are acting as the plant waste subject matter expert and maintaining the paint emissions reporting system.

Read more and watch the video at Ford Go Further.

Steven Tomaszewski Appointed to Board of Trustees

Steven M. Tomaszewski
Steven M. Tomaszewski

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford Township and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell to the Michigan Technological University Board of Control.

The eight-member board is the governing body of the university.

“I thank Derhun and Steven for their commitment to serving on this board. I am confident they will help the university continue its success,” Snyder said.

Read more at WLUC TV6, by Alyssa Barker.

Steven Tomaszewski is a ’91 Tech graduate in Environmental Engineering.

Snyder makes appointments to university boards

Six Michigan universities will be getting new members of their governing boards after Gov. Rick Snyder announced appointments this afternoon.

Tomaszewski is the director of global facilities for General Motors. He is a board member of the Hartland Area Youth Athletic Association (HAYAA) and the MTU advisory boards for the College of Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He worked with MTU to establish the GM Rides the Waves program. Tomaszewski holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in hazardous waste management from Wayne State University. He will replace Paul Ollila.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press, by David Jesse.

Governor Appoints Two Tech Alumni to Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford, Michigan and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell, Michigan to serve on the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees. The eight-person board is the governing body of the University. Both men are alumni of Michigan Tech.
Read more at Tech Today, by Mark Wilcox.

Alex Mayer Receives Funding for Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research

Alex Mayer
Alex Mayer

Alex Mayer (CEE/GLRC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $52,771 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled “EAGER: Collaborative Research: The Role of Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research: Relationships Between Volunteer Motivations, Data Quantity and Quality, and Decision-Making.”

This is a one-year project.

There is growing interest in using citizen science projects, public participation in scientific research, to measure hydrologic parameters. Hydrologic variability requires repeated measurements over long periods of time and over a wide range of locations.

Wet Freeze Climate Study Funded by MDOT

Zhanping You
Zhanping You

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $183,489 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Chris Gilbertson (CEE) is Co-PI on the project, “Identify Best Practices in Pavement Design, Materials, Construction and Maintenance in Wet Freeze Climates Similar to Michigan.”

This is a 13-month project.

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