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Research News from CEE

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.

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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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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Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Awarded the Fulbright-VTT Grant

Associate Professor Yue Li (CEE) has been awarded the Fulbright-VTT Grant in Science, Technology and Innovation to conduct research in Finland for the duration of six months during 2013–14. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is the largest multidisciplinary research organization in Northern Europe. Li will conduct research on structural design for improving earthquake performance of nuclear power plants at the VTT in Espoo, Finland. Continue reading

Brian Barkdoll New Co-Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering PCMI

Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll (CEE) is joining Professor David Watkins (CEE) as co-coordinator of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Peace Corps Master’s International Program (PCMI). Barkdoll will replace Associate Professor Kurt Paterson (CEE), who is leaving Michigan Tech to head the Engineering Department at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Paterson founded and built the Civil and Environmental Engineering PCMI program, the largest of Tech’s eight PCMI programs and the first PCMI Civil and Environmental Engineering program in the nation. Barkdoll has been advising students in this program for some time, adding his unique perspective as a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Nepal.

“We are grateful to Kurt for his numerous contributions to our PCMI program over the years and look forward to working closely with Brian as the new department co-coordinator,” said PCMI Campus Director Kari Henquinet (SS).

Rail Collaboration: “CN Engineering Challenges”

David Ferryman, Vice President System Engineering for Canadian National Railway visited Michigan Tech on Tuesday, April 2nd, and led a discussion concentrating on “CN Engineering Challenges”. CN is one of the greatest supporters of Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program and Mr. Ferryman visited Michigan Tech to review the facilities and to discuss future collaboration and activities with students and faculty. Continue reading