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Cleaning Dirty Water Competition Winners Announced

Winning SEEN team & Dr. MartyAuer-1
The winning team of Joseph Doyle, Kyle Mischler, and Jeremy Luebke pictured with judge Dr. Marty Auer

 

The winners of the Cleaning Dirty Water Competition are no surprise! They are three members of the Society of Environmental Engineering student chapter at Michigan Tech–seniors no less— Joseph Doyle, Kyle Mischler, and Jeremy Luebke.

They had stiff competition from the runner up team “The Insolubles”— three students from a high school chemistry class at Hancock High School (Mike McParlan, Murphy Mallow, Shannon Nulf) taught by a Michigan Tech grad.

Other teams that competed included Quantum Huskies, a group of international students from MTU Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Whiz Kids– a group of three 8th graders from Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School, and three members of the Copper Country Recycling Initiative task force.

The competition was held in recognition of World Water Day, March 22, 2017. This year’s theme is wastewater, hence the competition!

Event coordinator, Joan Chadde, made the wastewater right before participants’ eyes, as they listed all of the household items that go down the drain. Each team was given a cup of wastewater and directed to clean it as best they could using only the materials provided– screen, sand, gravel, activated charcoal and alum. After 20 minutes, the results were in!

Chadde is the director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and a member of the World Water Day planning committee.

Dr. Marty Auer, a local wastewater treatment expert from Michigan Tech, served as judge.

All members of the winning team received $25 MTU gift certificates, which they generously handed off to the 2nd place Hancock High School students, explaining ‘they didn’t have time to spend it, since they’d be leaving Houghton soon with graduation just a few weeks away!’

Globally, 2 billion people are without clean drinking water and 3 billion are without wastewater treatment.

After treatment, wastewater is a valuable resource that can be returned to cities for drinking water!

Michigan Tech’s World Water Day events are sponsored by the following Michigan Tech departments and research centers: The Great Lakes Research Center, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, the Ecosystem Science Center, the Sustainable Futures Institute, Visual and Performing Arts, and The Center for Science and Environmental Outreach.

CEE international students
CEE International Graduate Students
CopperCountryRecycling
Copper Country Recycling Initiative task force
Hancock HS team
Hancock HS team – 2nd place
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Lake Linden – Hubbell 8th grade team

Winter Accepted to the ASI Program

BenWinter

Benjamin Winter, a PhD candidate in Civil Engineering, has recently been selected to participate in this year’s Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) at the Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The ASI is a 3-week program where multi-disciplinary teams of three doctoral and/or postdoctoral students work on challenging problems related to national security. Under the guidance of LANL mentors, teams develop research proposals to sell their solutions to these problems. The program culminates with team presentations on their solution concepts to a committee of LANL staff and program managers for critical review. During the program, students attend a daily technical and professional development lecture series and work on their team research topics.

Railroad Careers Night February 22, 2017

REAC logoThe Michigan Tech Railroad Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) is hosting Railroad Careers Night at 7 p.m. tonight (Feb. 22) in the DHH Ballroom.

Students from any discipline and any year are encouraged to stop in for free pizza and stimulating conversation with representatives from the rail industry. We are expecting about 10 companies, including Class 1 railroads, consultants and suppliers to be available for casual conversation in a relaxed atmosphere — a perfect follow-up to the mad pace of Career Fair.

By David Nelson.

Taylor Wiegand is an ACEC Scholarship Recipient

Taylor Weigand
Taylor Wiegand

A Michigan Tech student has been selected by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Michigan as a 2016-2017 scholarship recipient. The scholarship program aims to promote the profession by providing financial support to those pursuing careers in engineering and surveying. The applicants are evaluated on: work experience, extra-curricular & community activities, references, GPA and a written essay.

Congratulations to Taylor Wiegand, a senior in Civil Engineering, for being selected!

Institute of Transportation Engineers Awards Scholarships to Kloc and Roberts

Two senior civil engineering students, Rachel Kloc and Drew Roberts, were recently awarded Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Michigan Section Scholarships.

Valued at $3000 each, the scholarships are in recognition of those who are amongst the best transportation engineering students in the state.

The students are to be congratulated, as only four scholarships are awarded within the Michigan section.

Rachel Kloc
Rachel Kloc
Drew Roberts
Drew Roberts

Unscripted: Daisy and the Engineers

DaisyDaisy Isaksson is a fifth-grade student at Dollar Bay Elementary. A couple weeks ago, she surprised one of Michigan Tech’s engineers from the Center for Technology & Training by beating the results of several PhDs, professional engineers and engineering students in a classroom activity called “Stop That Truck!”

The activity was designed by Drew Roberts, a civil engineering senior, under a Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Program module updated by civil engineer Chris Gilbertson from the Center for Technology & Training under a Michigan Department of Transportation grant. TRAC is a national outreach program that encourages the teaching of STEM (with a civil engineering flavor) to students at a young age by providing well-designed learning modules to high school and middle school teachers.

Read more at Unscripted, by Allison Mills.

CEE Team Captures 3rd Place at ASC Competition

ASC Team
Pictured from L to R: Mike Drewyor, Andrew Moser, Charlie Hubbard, Wyatt Smith, Jenna Tillman, Jordan Negro, Emily Kocher (Wash). Missing from photo: Samantha Anderson
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Pictured from L to R: Andrew Moser, Charles Hubbard, Wyatt Smith, Jenna Tillman, Jordan Negro, Samantha Anderson

 

Michigan Tech’s Civil Engineering Team took 3rd place in the Heavy Construction Estimating Competition at the Associated Schools of Construction Region 3 Competition held in Downer’s Grove IL. October 12 – 15th, 2016.    The team was recruited by Kris Mattila and coached by Mike Drewyor.  Kiewitt Construction sponsored the team. They picked up a $500 check for third place.  Congratulations!

Pasi Lautala on Rail Transportation Education

RT&SRailway Track & Structures, a magazine for the railroad industry, published a feature article in its November 2016 issue on railroad education, focusing on Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program.

Rail Engineering’s Educated Effort

Existing programs evolve to include the right mix of academics and research and new outreach efforts are exposing a younger audience to the possibilities of rail.

Michigan Tech

Michigan Tech’s Rail Transportation Program (RTP) is designed to align with the needs of the industry from Class 1 railroads to manufacturers and other industry stakeholders. Dr. Pasi Lautala, assistant professor, civil and environmental engineering and director of the RTP says the program concentrates on developing well-balanced candidates with core skills for railway careers.

Read more at Railway Track & Structures, by Mischa Wanek-Libman.

Pair of CEE students chosen as winners at The 3MT Competition

Divya Kamath is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering
Divya Kamath is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Engineering
Leigh Miller
Leigh Miller is a returning PCMI Civil Engineering student

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, held on Oct. 12, featured 10 speakers from departments across the University. The 3MT celebrates the research of graduate students across the world. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

Six of the students who participated advanced from the preliminary heats to compete in the finals. The winner of the competition, who will advance to the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s 3MT Competition in April, was Divya Kamath’s (Environmental engineering PhD candidate) presentation on improving water quality with aquesous phase advanced oxidation processes. Muraleekrishnan Menon’s presentation on improving wind turbine rotors using active flow-control devices took second. The audience selected Leigh Miller’s (Civil Engineering PCMI student) presentation on the protection of clean water in Panama as their favorite for the People’s Choice Award.

The event was sponsored by the Graduate Student Government and the Graduate School. Thank you to all of the judges, volunteers and competitors who helped make the event a success.

CEE Student Awarded Mackinac Scholarship

Brock Hoffman
Brock Hoffman is a Junior in Civil Engineering at Michigan Tech.
Mackinac Scholarship:
Named in honor of Michigan’s #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan membership in December 1999, this scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan.

This year’s Mackinac Scholarship ($5,000 – 2 year award) was awarded to Nicholas DeSimpelare and Brock Hoffman. Nicholas is a Civil Engineering student at Michigan State University, where he is active in the ASCE Michigan State University Student Chapter. Brock is a Civil Engineering student at Michigan Technological University. He is an ASCE student chapter member and participates heavily in Concrete Canoe.