The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Technical Council on Forensic Engineering has selected the paper “Review of Methods to Assess, Design for, and Mitigate Multiple Hazards,” by Yue Li, Aakash Ahuja and Jamie E. Padgett (CEE) as the Outstanding Paper for 2012 in ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities. Each year, the ASCE Technical Council on Forensic Engineering selects one paper published in this Journal during the previous calendar year for the Outstanding Paper Award. The paper was cited for the following:
* The greatest number of reader downloads (by far).
* Reviewer comments and ratings.
* Thorough and positive professional response to reviewers following the first round of reviews.
* Discussion received and Author’s Closure.
* Potential influence on codes and practice.
The Detroit Free press covered Judith Perlinger’s (CEE) work with airborne toxins, part of a $1.45 million NSF grant with researchers from MIT, the Desert Research Institute and Boston University.
Zhanping You, Jake Hiller, Dave Watkins (CEE) and Jianping Dong (Math) have received $177,159 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a 19-month-long research project “Improvement of Michigan Climatic Files in Pavement ME Design.”
An article in Scientific American, “8 Apps That Turn Citizens into Scientists,” discusses the development of Citizen Science mobile apps by faculty members Alex Meyer (CEE) and Robert Pastel (CS). Supported by a grant from National Science Foundation, this interdisciplinary project includes students from Computer Science, Environmental Engineering, Scientific and Technical Communication, and Social Sciences. The article can be found online.
PI Tim Colling, Co-PI Christopher Gilbertson and Co-PI Gary Schlaff (CEE) have received $551,176 for the two-year project, “Bridge Design System Analysis and Modernization.”
Tim Colling, director, and Shaughn Kern, technical writer for the Center for Technology and Training (CTT/CEE), participated in the semi-annual Michigan Transportation Asset Management Conference held on Oct. 24 in Escanaba. The conference is sponsored by the Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council, and brings together more than 60 state, federal and local transportation professionals from around Michigan to learn about the current state of practices for managing pavements and other roadside assets.
As members of the conference planning committee, Colling and Chris Codere, Sr. project manager for CTT, assisted in coordinating the conference. During the event, Colling acted as moderator for the panel discussion Managing Performance–The Leadership Perspective and Kern supervised the audiovisual component.
PI Larry Sutter (MSE), Zhanping You (CEE), and Stan Vitton (CEE) recieved $9,999 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a one-year project, “2014 Transportation Materials Research Center.”
PI Timothy Colling and Co-Pi’s John Kiefer and Melanie Watkins (CEE) have been awarded $95,139 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for “2014 Transportation Asset Management Council Technical Assistance Activities.”
Tim Colling, John Kiefer and Chris Codere (CEE) have received $150,000 of a $447,130 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a one-year project, “2014 Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program.”
PI David Watkins (CEE) and Co-PI’s Laura Bourgeau-Chavez and Colin Brooks (MTRI) have been awarded $92,298 as part of a potential two-year $181,171 research project from the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “Integrated Seasonal Drought Forecast-Adaptive Management System for the Lower Colorado River Basin in Texas.”
PI Zhanping You (CEE) and Co-PI Patricia Heiden (Chem) have been awarded a $200,000 three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation for “SusChEM/Collaborative Research: Fundamental Understanding of Foaming Process Towards a New Warm Mix Asphalt Technology.”
PI Judith Perlinger (CEE/CWS) and Co-PIs Shiliang Wu (GMES/CWS) and Emma Norman (SS/CWS) have been awarded a $1,450,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for “CNH: Managing Impacts of Global Transport of Atmosphere-Surface Exchangeable Pollutants in the Context of Global Change.”
Daniel Cerminaro (CEE) and Thomas Oommen (GMES) have received $22,000 from the National Science Foundation for a potential three-year research project “Graduate Research Fellowship.”
PI Colin Brooks (MTRI) and Co-Pi’s Thomas Oommen (GMES), Timothy Havens (ECE), and Tess Ahlborn (CEE), have been awarded $240,899 for Evaluating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles for transportation purposes, by MDOT.
Marty Auer (CEE) has received $47,068 from Upstate Freshwater Institute for a twenty-month long research project “Cayuga Lake Bioassays.”
Amlan Mukherjee (CEE) has received $50,000 from the National Science Foundation for a six-month research project “I-Corps: Decision Support Systems for Managers of Civil Infrastructure Systems.”
David Watkins (CEE) has been awarded a $430,497 five-year research grant, “WSC-Category 2 Collaborative: Robust Decision-Making for South Florida Water Resources by Ecosystem Service Valuation, Hydro-Economic Optimization, and Conflict Resolution Modeling” from NSF.
PI Qingli Dai (CEE) and Co-PI Fernando Ponta (MEEM) have been awarded a three-year, $269,012 research grant for “Collaborative Research: Nexus of Simulation, Sensing and Actuation for Aerodynamic Vibration Reduction of Wind Turbine Blades” from NSF.
Jennifer Fuller (CEE) and David Hand (CEE) have been awarded a student fellowship for $42,000 for “Graduate Research Fellowship Program” from NSF.
Timothy Colling (MTTI) and Co-PIs Gary Schlaff (MTTI), Luke Peterson (MTTI) and Nick Koszykowski (MTTI), have been awarded $699,619 for “RoadSoft 2013,” from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Colling and Co-PIs John Kiefer (MTTI) and Melanie Watkins (MTTI), have received $134,588 for “TAMC Training 2013,” from the Michigan Department of Transportation.
Tim Colling (MTTI) received $14,343 from the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University for a one-year project titled “Louisiana Local Agency Asset Management Pilot Support.”
Two Michigan Tech undergraduates, Morgan Owen-Cruise and Megan Dalbec, have been named winners of US Environmental Protection Agency Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowships valued at $48,500 each. Nationwide, 39 of the competitive GRO fellowships were awarded.
Owen-Cruise is a chemistry major. Dalbec is an environmental engineering major with a minor in materials science and engineering.
Associate Professor Tess Ahlborn (CEE) and Co-PI Colin Brooks (Bio Sci/MTRI) have received $243,251 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for a two-year project, “Evaluation of Bridge Decks Using Non-Destructive Evaluation (NDE) at Near Highway Speeds for Effective Asset Management.”
Pasi Lautala (CEE), Stanley Vitton (CEE) and Gregory Graman (School of Business and Economics) have received $99,470 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for their research, “NURail Center.”
Assistant Professor R. Andrew Swartz (CEE), Brian Barkdoll (CEE) and Colin Brooks (MTRI) have received $798,548, from the US Department of Transportation for research on a 2-year project, “Automated Scour Detection Arrays Using Bio-Inspired Magnetostrictive Flow Sensors.”
Director Timothy Colling (MTTI) Senior Project Manager Gary Sclaff (MTTI) and Principal Programmer Nick Koszykowski (MTTI) have received $89,934 from the Michigan Department of Transportation for “MERL 2013.”
Joan Chadde (CEE) has received a $70,000 research grant from the University of Wisconsin-Madison for “Meeting Transportation Workforce and Education Needs of the 21st Century.”