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Environmental Engineering Students are Seeking Solutions to Lake Ontario’s Cladophora Problem

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Anika Kuczynski, a PhD candidate in environmental engineering, shows Cladophora growing in Lake Ontario
Hayden Henderson, an environmental engineering undergrad, shows some of the green alga collected from Lake Ontario
Hayden Henderson, an environmental engineering undergrad, shows some of the Cladophora collected from Lake Ontario

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Michelle Nitz, an environmental engineering undergrad, is studying samples taken from Lake Ontario

Cladophora is a filamentous, green alga that grows to nuisance levels in areas of the Great Lakes receiving phosphorus enrichment.  Anika Kuczynski, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering working under Dr. Marty Auer, recently received an Editor’s Choice Award for her paper entitled, “The Cladophora resurgence in Lake Ontario: Characterization and implications for management” published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Anika is back on Lake Ontario this summer seeking engineering solutions to this problem plaguing the Great Toronto waterfront.  Anika was accompanied by environmental engineering undergrads Hayden Henderson and Michelle Nitz on her most recent trip to Lake Ontario in July.  Results from the field and laboratory studies performed there will be input to a 3D model developed by Anika, Chenfu Huang (also a  Ph.D. student in environmental engineering) and CEE’s Dr. Pengfei Xue to test management strategies to reduce nuisance growth of the alga.


Environmental Engineering Alumnus selected as Bay Delta Office Manager for Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region

Michelle Banonis, an Environmental Engineering alumnus and PCA member
Michelle Banonis, an Environmental Engineering alumnus and PCA member

Michigan Technological University alumnus, Michelle Banonis, has been selected as the Bay Delta Office Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region effective March 21, 2016.  Banonis has most recently been serving as the Mid-Pacific Region’s Special Assistant to the Regional Director as well as leading efforts on California Water Fix.

Banonis obtained her Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Michigan Tech where she is also a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA).  She also holds a Juris Doctor from Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law and is a licensed attorney in California.


Michigan Tech Tapped for National Rail Research, Education Center

Michigan Technological University’s Rail Transportation Program–part of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute–is one of seven members of a research university consortium that has received the US Department of Transportation’s (USDoT) first multi-million grant to a University Transportation Center focused solely on rail transportation. The University of lllinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will lead the consortium.

The $3.5 million grant is part of a $77 million USDoT initiative to advance research and education programs that address critical transportation challenges facing the nation. In addition to UIUC and Michigan Tech, the members of the National University Rail Center (NURail) are MIT, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of Kentucky and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

NURail is one of 10 University Transportation Centers nationwide to receive the federal funding.

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