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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.

“We are so proud of our students, especially with such a strong representation at this nationally recognized event,” said Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Tess Ahlborn. “As for the students, exposure to such a supportive environment of leadership at a corporate level can be a huge turning point for many young professionals in this stage of their career. These women are headed to very high places.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience,” said Blaney. I absolutely enjoyed the subject matter, the events that we took part in, and the opportunity to make connections with other women in my field.” Blaney felt especially inspired by the professionals she met during the event. “Their knowledge and drive was astounding, and really fueled my love for civil engineering,” she added.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech's CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women's Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right - Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Seven engineering students from Michigan Tech’s CEE and ME departments attended the Kiewett Women’s Construction Leadership Seminar in Omaha, Nebraska. Left to right – Erika Harris, Natalie Parker, Rachelle Wiegand, Lauren Krueger, Emily Blaney, Erin Richie, and Autumn Storteboom.

Michigan Department of Transportation – Hall of Honor: Thomas R. Irwin, P.E., ’63

nov13-14aThomas R. Irwin, P.E., ’63, Michigan Tech Civil Engineering alumni, was one of the 2014 honorees to join the Michigan Department of Transportation Hall of Honor. Irwin entered the highway construction industry in 1969. He has held prominent positions in state and nation transportation associations throughout his career. He was president and owner of Hodgkiss & Douma Inc. (H&D) from 1984 to 2005. Irwin believes in continuous knowledge growth and personal involvement in order to develop personally and encourage others to develop. He is past president of the Michigan Road Builders Association (now the Michigan Infrastructure Transportation Association), past president of the Michigan Asphalt Paving Association (now the Asphalt Paving Association of Michigan), past state director of the National Asphalt Paving Association, past state director of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), and past co-chair of ARTBA’s environmental committee. He was past president of the Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) Fund board of trustees, serving on the board for 11 years. Irwin received Michigan Tech’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 and the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce President’s Award in 2003, and other awards throughout the years.
The Hall of Honor, a permanent display in the Van Wagoner Transportation Building in Lansing, was established in 1971 to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to developing Michigan’s network of highways, roads, streets, transit systems, railroads, airports, and waterways. Members are elected by a committee representing a wide range of transportation industry organizations. With the inclusion of this year’s honorees, a total of 83 people have been inducted into the Hall of Honor.

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.

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Meet the Rail Industry at Rail Day 2014 Michigan Tech and
Rail Activities Associated with Detroit’s Recovery” Keynote speech was given by Tim Hoeffner ’80 (CEE), director, Office of Rail, Michigan Department of Transportation MDOT

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Railroad Night has become a tradition here at Michigan Tech, drawing nearly 150 people each year to an event showcasing the railroad industry. For the first time, the event has been moved to fall from its traditional place after Spring Career Fair. Faculty, staff and students can find more info on our website, or by contacting Dave Nelson (7-1734, dannelso@mtu.edu).

The schedule gives an idea of the event-filled day:
8:15 – 8:30 am Opening Remarks for Industry Participants
8:30 am – 9:15 am Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
9:15 am – 9:45 am Rail Program Overview and Advisory Board Update – For Industry
11:00 am – 4:00 pm Rail Day Expo Event
5:00 – 6:00 pm Meet the Industry Session
6:00 – 7:00 pm Railroad Night Social Hour
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner and Keynote Speaker

This year’s event coincides with the first ever Rail Day and Expo. This event was from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. and was located in the DOW Courtyard and Lobby. 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry. The Railroad Club will also served lunch during the expo.

Evening activities included an industry career panel discussion on what different majors do within the Railroad Industry (Meet the Industry Session) with Door Prizes, followed by Social hour with rail industry (6-7 p.m.) and 10th Annual Railroad Night (7-8:30 p.m.) that included hors d’oeuvres and keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail.

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Railroad Engineering and Activities Club

Rail Night and Expo Page

Meet the Industry Session
Meet the Industry Session
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Rail Day and Expo: 15 companies, ranging from large freight railroads (CN, UP and BNSF) to manufacturers (Siemens, Electromotive Diesel, Ensco) and consultants (HDR, Aecom, Hanson, ERS) were showcasing their technology and talking about careers in the Railroad Industry.
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Poster Session and Breakfast with Students
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1980), Director, MDOT Office of Rail
Railroad Night keynote speech by Tim Hoeffner (CE, 1981), Director, MDOT Office of Rail

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D80 Conference: Students Step Up to Help the Poorest 80%

How can you design, discover, develop, deliver and disseminate life-changing solutions for the poorest 80 percent of the world’s inhabitants? Michigan Tech’s many international programs help do that under the umbrella of the D80 Center.

The D80 Center includes Engineers Without Borders, the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology lab, iDesign, the Peace Corps Master’s International program (PCMI), Global City and the Terra Preta Working Group.
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2014 D80 Conference: Engage in Community

IMG_2155The 8th Annual 2014 D80 Conference: “Engage in Community” was held Saturday, October 11 at Michigan Tech at the Dow Environmental Sciences & Engineering Bldg.

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Keynote speaker: Dr. Jonathan Mellor (CEE/PCMI ‘ 09), Yale Climate & Energy Institute; Keynote Address: “The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health”

This was the 8th Annual D80 Conference. The D80 Conference is a celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the world’s poorest 80%. The Michigan Tech campus hosts this annual conference in the fall every year to give a platform to the voices of university students serving communities-in-need both domestically and abroad. The public is always invited to join us.

Keynote Presentation: "The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health", Dr. Jonathan Mellor, Yale Climate & Energy Institute with Dr David Watkins, Michigan Tech
Keynote Presentation: “The Complexities of Water, Climate and Health”, Dr. Jonathan Mellor, Yale Climate & Energy Institute with Dr David Watkins, Michigan Tech
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D80 Conference


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Research News from CEE

Pasi Lautala (CEE/MTTI) and Hamed Pouryousef (CEE) have received $59,106 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a research project titled “Evaluating the Use of Operational Management Techniques for Capacity Improvements on Shared-Use Rail Corridors.”

Tim Colling and Christopher Gilbertson (CEE/MTTI) have received $367,180 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a two-year project titled “Michigan Local Bridge Load Rating Support and Technology Transfer FY 2015-2016.” Tim Colling, John Kiefer and Chris Gilbertson (CEE/MTTI) have received $177,909 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a project titled “2015 Transportation Asset Management Council Education Program.”

Associated Press wire service published an article about Professor and Chair David Hand’s (CEE) research on using recycled tires to improve road asphalt. Newspapers and broadcast media outlets, including the Detroit News, ran the AP story.

Tim Colling and John Kiefer (CEE/MTTI) have received $99,345 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for “TAMC Activities 2015.” Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI), Gary Schlaff and Nick Koszykowski (CEE) received $264,351 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for the two year project “Implementation of Roadsoft for MDOT Safety Services Unit.”

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the following students have earned the Doctoral Finishing Fellowship: Rasika Kishor Gawde, PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering, Ruiqiang Song, PhD candidate in Civil Engineering, Yunzhu Zhao, PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering. More information

Undergraduate student Lacey Kaare (CEE) won third place in the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) World Congress Student Essay Contest with her essay titled “Attitudes and the American Way: Barriers to Fully Automated Vehicles.” The essay contest was sponsored by the Southwest Research Institute. Kaare’s winning essay was featured in the final program, and her registration fee for the 2014 ITS World Congress in Detroit was funded by the Southwest Research Institute. In addition, the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute provided Kaare with funding for travel and expenses during the convention. Kaare entered the contest as part of the requirements for an ITS course offered last spring at Michigan Tech in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Zhanping You (CEE) has received $41,308 of $855,680 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for the first year of a two-year research and development project, “Low-Emission Asphalt Pavements with Crumb Rubber.”

Martin Auer and Pengfei Xue (CEE) have received $21,052 from Battelle Memorial Institute-US Environmental Protection Agency for a research and development project titled “Lake Erie Phosphorus Modeling.”

Alex Mayer (CEE), Rupali Datta (Bio Sci) and Rod Chimner (SFRES) have received $144,710 from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a research and development project titled “Huron Creek Watershed Improvements Phase 1: Reducing Copper Loads from Stamp Sand Deposits in the Keweenaw Peninsula with Permeable Reactive Barriers.”

PI Daisuke Minakata (CEE) was awarded $330,000 from the National Science Foundation for his project, “Coupling Experimental and Theoretical Molecular-Level Investigations to Visualize the Fate of Degradation of Organic Compounds in Aqueous Phase Advanced Oxidation Systems.”

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Where the Rubber Meets the Rubber: Two Michigan Tech Studies Could Lead to Better, Greener Roads

image113772-horizSince the 1960s, Sun Belt states have built their roads using asphalt mixed with crumb rubber made from ground-up scrap tires. This rubberized asphalt not only provides a market for old tires, it is also quieter and longer lasting than conventional asphalt pavement. But will it work in a four-season climate? Especially in places where winter comes early and stays late?
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Rail Transportation Summer Program Gives Students a Look Inside the Industry

image111869-horizTwo dozen high school students from across the nation spent a week this summer riding the rails. No, they weren’t trying out the hobo life; they were participating in Michigan Technological University’s Rail and Intermodal Transportation program, part of the University’s popular Summer Youth Programs.
“This camp is different because the students spent much of the week on the road visiting rail-related transportation facilities,” says David Nelson, program advisor. Nelson is a senior research engineer in Michigan Tech’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
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Rail and Intermodal Transportation Program Begins this Week

5985253957_f178f2acac_oThe Rail and Intermodal Transportation Program (RTP), a one-week course for outstanding high-school students, is taking place this week, July 28–August 1.

The program’s 24 participants will spend the week exploring many aspects of intermodal transportation–from high-speed passenger train systems to international container shipping.

Students will have technical, hands-on tours of rail and intermodal facilities in Ishpeming/Marquette and Duluth/Superior as well as classroom and lab courses on Michigan Tech’s campus.

“This program gives students a really good intro to the field,” says David Nelson, RTP coordinator. “It introduces them to both engineering and workforce jobs in transportation. The students we see run the gamut from just getting introduced to the field to already being trainspotting and train history experts.”

Participants will also get a taste of college life on two college campuses (Michigan Tech and UW–Superior) by staying in residence halls, eating in university dining halls, exploring campus and meeting diverse peers.