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Tim Colling (CEE/MTTI) and Nick Koszykowski (CEE) have received $110,545 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a project titled “2015 MERL Development and Support.”

Tim Colling, Gary Schlaff, Luke Peterson and Nick Koszykowski (CEE) have received $723,778 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for “2015 RoadSoft Asset Management System Development & Support.”

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?

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.

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.


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.


From Sustainability Demo to Fish Taco: Aquaponics at Michigan Tech

Rob Handler is about to harvest his research. Typically, that means the gigantic kale and nice-sized onions and basil he’s growing nine stories up in the Dow Environmental Science and Engineering greenhouse. Today, though, it means the key ingredient for fish tacos, to be served at a residence hall.

“We have been growing tilapa,” he says. “They are a hardy fish that grows well in a controlled environment.”


MTRI’s Global Research Featured at Michigan Tech

The staff of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor was on campus on Friday, Sept. 20, to conduct a poster session in the Dow Atrium (sixth-floor campus entrance). MTRI scientists and engineers were also available to discuss projects, collaborations with Michigan Tech departments and staff, and areas of research interest. The session is intended to outline the institute’s current activities and to explore opportunities to develop new working relationships.

MTRI, a research center of Michigan Technological University, is a recognized leader in the research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.

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