Category Archives: Research




Joan Chadde Earns Making a Difference Staff Award

Joan Chadde, education programs coordinator for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has earned the Making a Difference Staff Award for Creating Connections award, which recognizes staff who serve the community by initiating partnerships within Michigan Tech or with community organizations, incorporate the ideals and interests of Michigan Tech into their daily work and serve as a mentor or model citizen to Michigan Tech community members outside of the university. Chadde has helped forge a strong partnership between Michigan Tech and 19 school districts. She has also secured funding to expand the programs that Tech offers to the school districts.





Kris G. Mattila Elected Chair of the Construction Safety Standards Commission, Department of Labor and Economic Growth

Associate Professor Kris G. Mattila was elected chair of the Construction Safety Standards Commission, Department of Labor and Economic Growth, in November. Mattila represents the general public. Then-governor John Engler appointed him in July 1999 and again in March 2001. The Construction Safety Standards Commission has the authority, along with the director of the department, to promulgate construction safety standards in Michigan. It is the vision of the commission that Michigan become a national leader in safety for industry by incorporating the changing needs of new technologies and methods into standards.


James R. Mihelcic Elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP)

James R. Mihelcic, civil and environmental engineering professor and co-director of the Sustainable Futures Institute, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP). Mihelcic begins his three-year term in October.

The mission of AEESP is to assist its members in the development and dissemination of knowledge in environmental engineering and science. AEESP also seeks to strengthen and advance the environmental engineering field through cooperation among academic and other communities. In 2002 Mihelcic was awarded AEESP’s Wiley Interscience Award for Outstanding Contributions to Environmental Engineering & Science Education.