Steven Tomaszewski Appointed to Board of Trustees

Steven M. Tomaszewski
Steven M. Tomaszewski

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford Township and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell to the Michigan Technological University Board of Control.

The eight-member board is the governing body of the university.

“I thank Derhun and Steven for their commitment to serving on this board. I am confident they will help the university continue its success,” Snyder said.

Read more at WLUC TV6, by Alyssa Barker.

Steven Tomaszewski is a ’91 Tech graduate in Environmental Engineering.

Snyder makes appointments to university boards

Six Michigan universities will be getting new members of their governing boards after Gov. Rick Snyder announced appointments this afternoon.

Tomaszewski is the director of global facilities for General Motors. He is a board member of the Hartland Area Youth Athletic Association (HAYAA) and the MTU advisory boards for the College of Engineering and Environmental Engineering. He worked with MTU to establish the GM Rides the Waves program. Tomaszewski holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and a master’s degree in hazardous waste management from Wayne State University. He will replace Paul Ollila.

Read more at the Detroit Free Press, by David Jesse.

Governor Appoints Two Tech Alumni to Board of Trustees

Governor Rick Snyder has announced the appointments of Derhun Sanders of Redford, Michigan and Steven Tomaszewski of Howell, Michigan to serve on the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees. The eight-person board is the governing body of the University. Both men are alumni of Michigan Tech.
Read more at Tech Today, by Mark Wilcox.

Alex Mayer Receives Funding for Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research

Alex Mayer
Alex Mayer

Alex Mayer (CEE/GLRC), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $52,771 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled “EAGER: Collaborative Research: The Role of Citizen Science in Watershed Hydrology Research: Relationships Between Volunteer Motivations, Data Quantity and Quality, and Decision-Making.”

This is a one-year project.

There is growing interest in using citizen science projects, public participation in scientific research, to measure hydrologic parameters. Hydrologic variability requires repeated measurements over long periods of time and over a wide range of locations.

Wet Freeze Climate Study Funded by MDOT

Zhanping You
Zhanping You

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $183,489 research and development contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Chris Gilbertson (CEE) is Co-PI on the project, “Identify Best Practices in Pavement Design, Materials, Construction and Maintenance in Wet Freeze Climates Similar to Michigan.”

This is a 13-month project.

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Roadsoft is a Regional Model

RoadSoft GIS

The Associated Press (AP) published a news story about Governor Rick Snyder’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission, which met Monday to present a report and recommendations for maintenance and improvement of Michigan’s infrastructure. Michigan Tech’s Roadsoft program was mentioned in the report as a model for a regional infrastructure pilot. News outlets all over Michigan published or broadcast the AP story.

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.

Great Lakes Climate Modeling in the News

Pengfei Xue
Pengfei Xue

Pengfei Xue (CEE) and his modeling work through the Great Lakes Research Center, which led to a more comprehensive climate and hydrodynamics model for the whole Great Lakes region, has been featured in several science media outlets including Science Daily, Phys.org, Terra Daily and Supercomputing Online News. The story was shared numerous times by collaborators and the science community on Twitter.

Weather the Storm: Improving Great Lakes Modeling

The collaborative work brought together researchers from Michigan Technological University, Loyola Marymount University, LimnoTech and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. Pengfei Xue, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Tech, led the study through his work at the Great Lakes Research Center on campus.

One of the important concepts in climate change, in addition to knowing the warming trend, is understanding that extreme events become more severe. That is both a challenge and an important focus in regional climate modeling. —Pengfei Xue

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Allison Mills.

In the News

TechCentury, an engineering and technology publication of the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on research led by Pengfei Xue(CEE), using computer modeling to better predict weather and its impacts on the Great Lakes. Read the article here.

C2E2 Awards for Becker and Minakata

Vice President for Research, David Reed, has announced the Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Fund (C2E2) awards at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee. Civil and Environmental Engineering faculty receiving awards are Associate Professor Jennifer Becker:

Outfitting a Biosafety Level 2 Laboratory for Waterborne Pathogen Research

and Assistant Professor Daisuke Minakata:

Biogas (Anaerobic Digestion) Project

The vice president for research would like to thank the review committee members for their participation in this internal award process.

For additional information on the C2E2 opportunity, visit C2E2.

By VPR.

Jennifer Becker
Jennifer Becker
Daisuke Minakata
Daisuke Minakata