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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


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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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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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See the Photo Gallery of the 2014 D80 Conference at Michigan Tech

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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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Michigan Tech Earthquake Expert Wants to Make Nuclear Power Plants Safer

image109115-horizYue Li, an associate professor of civil engineering at Michigan Technological University, specializes in earthquakes and natural disasters. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to work at a research center in Finland, seeking solutions to the ever-present threat facing nuclear power plants during natural disasters. He and his Finnish colleagues are focusing particularly on the nuclear plants’ performance during earthquakes.
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Michigan Tech Researches Feasibility of Drone Use in Transportation

Everyone knows what drones are, right? They have gained visibility for use in military and monitoring applications, but have a wide variety of more ‘friendly’, useful applications here at home, such as helping understand the condition of our transportation infrastructure. They are flying machines, operated for a given purpose either autonomously or remotely, that have uses well beyond their better-known reputation.

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Supercomputer Helps Model Lakes, Oceans and Much More

By his barren office in the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC), one can tell that Pengfei Xue is new to campus. The assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering just started Oct. 1, but he’s already hard at work, beginning to model Great Lakes and coastal US regions using Superior, Michigan Technological University’s new supercomputer.

He claims the horsepower within Superior is great.

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