Research by CEE Chair David Hand on treating ballast water was referenced and Gary Fahnenstiel, a research scientist in the GLRC, was quoted extensively in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal article “Park Chief Puts Foot Down on Invasive Species”. Fahnenstiel discusses how ocean-going ships have been importing invasive exotic species into the Great Lakes and the importance of treating ships’ ballast water to prevent further invasions.
A NASA article about the Landsat 8 satellite and how it is being used for various coastal research features a section about Michigan Tech scientists who are using the satellite data to track the spread of Chladophora, a hair-fine algae that attaches to shallow-water rocks or the shells of dead invasive zebra and quagga mussels. Sometimes storms in the Great Lakes cause the algae to wash off the rocks or shells and cover the beach in green decaying material. Bob Shuchman, co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI); Colin Brooks, senior research scientist at MTRI and Professor Marty Auer (BioSci) are working together on the research. See Taking NASA-USGS’s Landsat 8 to the Beach.
Dave Nelson (CEE) and Bill Sproule (CEE) were guest presenters at the three-day “Railway Engineering Education Symposium” (REES2014) at the BNSF Technical Training Center in Overland Park, Kansas last week. The symposium is a bi-annual event that is organized by the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA).
Nelson presented a session on “Railway Engineering Design Case Studies” and Sproule did a module on “Intercity Passenger and Urban Rail Transportation” and was a participant on two panels–one on “Rail Program Development” and one on “Student Chapters.” Michigan Tech’ s Rail Transportation Program is recognized as one the leading programs in the country and the Railroad Engineering Activities Club (REAC) was AREMA’s first student chapter. Nelson, Sproule and Pasi Lautala were also members of the Symposium’s planning committee. Also Nelson coordinated the content committee for the event.
PI Pasi Lautala (CEE) and Co-PIs Paul Sanders (MSE), Tim Havens (ECE), Thomas Oommen (GMES) and Myoundhoon Jeon (CLS) have been awarded $113,411 from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, for “NURail – Tier 1.”
Proceedings from the 2013 Community and Partner Workshop Proceedings: Managing Impacts of Global Transport of Atmosphere-Surface Exchangeable Pollutants (ASEPs) in the Context of Global Change are now available online on the project’s webpage.
This project is part of an ongoing NSF-funded project with PI Judith Perlinger (CEE).
Pasi Lautala, director of the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation Program, and 11 students from across the campus attended the 2014 Joint Rail Conference in Colorado Springs recently. The conference was jointly sponsored by ASME, ASCE and IEEE. Lautala presented “High Speed Rail Learning System (HSRLS)–Taking Advantage of Online Technologies in Railway Education,” and the students presented their senior design, enterprise and research project findings from the past year.
Jianqiu Zheng, a PhD candidate in the atmospheric sciences, who is under the advisement of Paul Doskey (CEE), recently traveled to the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany to attend the first PhD Conference on Earth System Science. Zheng presented her research on soil emissions of nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas many times more potent than carbon dioxide. She was the only attendee from a US University.
The April/May/June 2014 issue of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) magazine, Coastal Services, includes an article featuring the Great Lakes Research Center’s studies of dangerous coastal currents. The data collected by GLRC scientists will help improve beach safety on the Great Lakes.
Ralph Hodek (CEE), associate professor and director of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), was sought by Upper Michigan’s Source TV 6 News for his expertise in soil mechanics and foundational engineering in regards this year’s record winter weather. Hodek provided an explanation of the mechanics of pavement heave and ground thaw and the potential damage to area roads which may occur due to the record number of freezing days encountered. A transcript of Hodek’s interview and video clip of the news item can be found at www.uppermichiganssource.com.
John Kiefer, Chris Codere, Christopher Gilbertson and Belle Wirtanen, staff at the Center for Technology and Training (CEE),coordinated and managed the on-site operations of the 2014 Michigan Bridge Conference and Bridge Workshop: Introduction to Element-Level Bridge Inspection, held March 18-19 in Bay City. The event attracted over 200 engineers, inspectors and other bridge construction and maintenance professionals, making it the most attended in its 18-year history. The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering hosted an alumni reception following the Bridge Workshop that was attended by approximately 70 graduates from recent years back to the class of 1952.
Tribal technical assistant program (TTAP) director John Velat (CEE) participated in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Strategic Planning Committee meeting for the Local and Tribal Technical Assistance Programs (LTAP/TTAP) recently in Atlanta. The FHWA Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), a representative group of Center staff from across the LTAP/TTAP community, serves to analyze current and future trends in the program and advises FHWA on responsive program management. This work was conducted as part of TTAP’s contract with the Federal Highway Administration to advance tribal transportation issues, transportation safety, cultural awareness and tribal self-determination. TTAP serves 64 tribes in 31 Midwestern and Eastern states and cooperates with tribal transportation initiatives nationwide.
The February 2014 issue of the Urban Transportation Monitor, a monthly publication featuring transportation policy and research, published a feature article about Michigan Tech’s research into using drones to monitor roads infrastructure.
Two CEE graduate students traveled with Joan Chadde, education/outreach program coordinator, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, and presented an activity called “Packaging Bananas” that they helped to develop. The students were Irfan Rasul, graduate research assistant (advisor Pasi Lautala) and Adriano Rothschild, graduate teaching assistant (advisor Jeff Lidicker).
Pasi Lautala (CEE) traveled to Lansing on Feb. 11 to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Commission for Logistics and Supply Chain Collaboration in Lansing. Lautala is the only member from the Upper Peninsula in the seven-member commission appointed by the Governor. The commission is housed within the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and will advise state agencies on freight transportation and supply chain management issues.
Alex Mayer (CEE) has received $151,846 of $295,893 for a four-year research project “Experimental Frameworks for Evaluating the Net Effects of Hydrological Service Payments on Coupled Social-Ecological Systems in Mexico,” from the University of New Hampshire.
PI David Hand, Co-PI Zeyad Ahmed, Co-PI David Perram (CEE) have received a $49,275 grant from the Water Research Foundation for the one-year project, “Removal of Volatile Organic Contaminants (VOCS) from Drinking Water Via Multi-Stage Low Profile Aeration Technology.” Continue reading