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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

STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

STEMSign up for a STEM CAREER TOUR at MTU
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATH

FREE 6-hour Field Trips offered for Gr. 9-12 classes April 20-May 15!!

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

Register Early! Bus travel stipends, sub teacher reimbursements, free student lunches (up to 25/group) available to first 10 to register!

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Register online: 2015 STEM Tour Registration

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.

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.

News Briefs from CEE

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.

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