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Cleaning Dirty Water Competition Winners Announced

1490293756The winners of the Cleaning Dirty Water Competition shouldn’t come as a surprise. The winners are three members of the Michigan Tech chapter of the Society of Environmental Engineering — seniors no less — Joseph Doyle, Kyle Mischler and Jeremy Luebke.

The winning trio had stiff competition from the runner up team, “The Insolubles,” three students from a Hancock High School chemistry class — Mike McParlan, Murphy Mallow and Shannon Nulf. The class is taught by a Michigan Tech grad.

Other teams that competed included Quantum Huskies, a group of international students from Tech’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Whiz Kids, a group of three eighth-grade students 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, Wednesday (March 22). This year’s theme was wastewater, hence the cleaning water competition.

Event coordinator Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and a member of the World Water Day planning committee, made the wastewater right before participants’ eyes. The wastewater was made up of 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 came in. Martin Auer (CEE), a local wastewater treatment expert served as judge. All members of the winning team received $25 Michigan Tech gift certificates, which they generously handed off to the second 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, two billion people are without clean drinking water and three 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 were 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.

ABC News 10, WLUC TV6 and WJMN TV3 all covered World Water Day celebrations this week at Michigan Tech.



Natural Resource Careers Summer 2017

Research Vessel Agassiz
Research Vessel Agassiz

Michigan Tech will host a 6-day trip to explore environmental science and engineering majors. It is open to all high school students in Detroit and Wayne Counties who want to explore Environmental Science Careers: forestry, natural resources, wildlife, engineering, water quality, more!

Mon. – Sat, June 26 – July 1st, 2017

What YOU will do …

  • In the forest, ID and measure trees, and collect frog data;
  • On the water, aquatic sampling aboard a research vessel ;
  • In the lab, examine plankton, drive a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), and design a process to clean water;
  • Tour a college campus, stay in a dorm, eat in the dining hall;
  • Visit Michigan DNR Training Center on Houghton Lake.
  • Experience national & state parks, wildlife refuges, nature
  • sanctuaries with experts in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!

TRIP LEADERS:

  • Mike Reed, Curator of Education, Detroit Zoo
  • Lisa Perez, U.S. Forest Service ~ Detroit Urban Connections
  • Bruce Ross, MI Dept of Natural Resources

Students will have applied by March 20, 2017. This is the 3rd annual trip.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Bruce Ross | Detroit Zoo | mreed@dzs.org | Cell: (313) 595-9729

Joan Chadde | Michigan Technological University |jchadde@mtu.edu | Office: (906) 487-3341

Coordinated by Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

With funding from:

Michigan Tech School of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, College of Engineering, Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute, Admissions, and Housing & Residential Life, Great Lakes Research Center, Center for Diversity & Inclusion and U.S. Forest Service.


GLRC Celebrates World Water Day 2017

World Water Day Display
World Water Day Display

The Great Lakes Research Center at Michigan Technological University has several events planned to commemorate World Water Day. While officially celebrated on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, there will be events throughout the week of March 20th to focus on the issue of clean water.

The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Wastewater.” Globally, 80 percent of all wastewater flows back to nature without being treated or reused. Not only does this pollute the environment, but valuable nutrients and potentially recoverable materials are lost. Daisuke Minakata from Civil and Environmental Engineering says “Wastewater is no longer a collection of liquid and solid wastes but our valuable resource so that we can create potable water from wastewater with advanced treatment technologies and recover valuable materials and even energy from waste. In this sense we no longer call it a wastewater treatment plant but water resource recovery facility.”

Michigan Tech’s World Water Day events are sponsored by the following Michigan Tech departments and 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.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Mark Wilcox.

World Water Day Display In Memorial Union

Today, (March 22) is World Water Day, with this year’s theme being “Wastewater.” Since Monday, visitors to Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building, have gotten an up close and personal look at their daily usage of water, illustrated by a display featuring 90 one-gallon water jugs.

The display is the work of Caryn Murray, an environmental engineering major from Dearborn Heights, Michigan. Murray’s display has dozens of gallon jugs with colored caps corresponding with everyday water-related activities such as flushing a toilet, brushing teeth, washing dishes, etc.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Mark Wilcox.

In the News

Latika Gupta (SBE), Joan Chadde (CEE/GLRC) and Daisuke Minakata (CEE) appeared on Copper Country Today to discuss the celebration of World Water Day at Michigan Tech this week. The interview aired on Sunday, March 19 on WOLV FM, WHKB FM and WCCY AM/FM.The entire interview can be found on the Copper Country Today website.

Cleaning Dirty Water Competition Winners Announced

Winning SEEn Team and Dr. Marty Auer
Winning SEEn Team and Dr. Marty Auer

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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.


Family Engineering Events for Spring Break 2017

Family EngineeringAlternative spring breaks combine the suspension of studies with something extraordinary. There have been some pretty exciting excursions in the past and this year is no exception. Among them is:

National Society of Black Engineers

Again this year, members of the Tech chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools, are spreading the excitement of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. A total of 11 Tech students, all but one from the state of Michigan, will visit Detroit-area middle schools March 6 – 8, 2017, while hosting Family Engineering Nights in the evenings.

Joan Chadde, director of the Center for Science and Environmental Outreach at Michigan Tech, says the Family Engineering program was developed at Tech with several partner organizations.

“The goal is to engage, inspire and encourage elementary students to learn about and consider careers in engineering and science through hands-on activities with their parents at Family Engineering events,” Chadde explains. She says the program is designed to address the country’s need for an increased number and greater diversity of students skilled in math, science, technology and engineering. “The Family Engineering program targets six to 12-year olds and their parents.”

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Mark Wilcox.


Middle and High School Girls Explore Engineering

Engineering Exploration Day
Engineering Exploration Day

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (WLUC) — Michigan Technological University wants more girls to become engineers. So they held a Girls Engineering and Exploration Day Feb. 25. Girls and their parents were invited to learn about careers in engineering and try real engineering challenges.

Read more and watch the video at WLUC TV6, by Harri Leigh.

Amy Monte, Engineering Fundamentals
Amy Monte, Engineering Fundamentals

This event was sponsored by the Michigan Tech College of Engineering, Engineering Fundamentals, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Society of Women Engineers student chapter, Tau Beta Pi student chapter, Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education, and the Great Lakes Research Center.

Engineering Exploration Day ended the National Engineers Week as celebrated at Michigan Tech.


Middle School Girls Get WISE about Science and Engineering

Get WISEMiddle school girls from across the western Upper Peninsula will get a taste of the excitement of science and engineering during Michigan Tech’s annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) workshop on Tuesday (Feb. 21, 2017). This year’s event will be held in the Wood Gym in Tech’s Student Development Complex.

The students will participate in hands-on activities, solve problems and meet with college-age role models. This year’s projects include a wood anatomy activity, designing and creating a pinball machine and participating in an epidemic simulation.

These girls are incredibly smart, and we want to give them the opportunity to explore their options. —Lauren Kirwin

Get WISE is hosted by the CPCO office in partnership with the College of Engineering, the College of Sciences and Arts, and the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Sciences, Mathematics and Environmental Education.

Read more at Michigan Tech News, by Jenn Donovan.

Get WISEMiddle School girls ‘Get WISE’

Middle school girls were shown how they can pursue an education in the STEM fields on the campus of Michigan Tech. 260 7th and 8th graders from 14 schools came out for Get WISE-Women in Science and Engineering.

The students learned about pathogens, wood anatomy and mechanical engineering. The activities, like building a pinball machine from common materials, show these girls how rewarding science and engineering can be.

Read more and watch the video at ABC10, by Rick Allen.

Lisa Fujita
Lisa Fujita

Michigan Tech encourages women in engineering

Liz Fujita, event coordinator, said, “We think it’s really important that the girls get exposed to working in teams, solving problems together, and learning that you can do science and engineering.”

Read more and watch the video at UPMatters.com, by Kylie Khan.

Middle-school girls get WISE at Tech

The 260 girls from 14 schools started by making a model of a wood cell and looking at types of wood. They also made pinball machines with materials such as Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. After lunch they simulated an epidemic, learning about pathogens and laboratory science.

“Coming in as an engineer, math and science is just something that I knew that I loved,” said Madison Olmstead, a fourth-year civil engineering major.

Read more at the Daily Mining Gazette, by Garrett Neese.


Engineering Exploration Day: Register by February 22, 2017

Discover Engineers Week 2017

Engineering Exploration Day for Middle & High School Girls!
FREE! Open to girls in grades 7 – 12 and their parents

Saturday, February 25 from 10:00 am – 1:30 pm

at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center

Celebrate Engineers Week! Come find out what engineering is all about! Try some fun hands on activities led by women engineering students at Michigan Tech and discover why the LOVE engineering! Learn how engineers make a difference and why engineering is a great career choice. Hear about the many career paths open to engineers. Includes sessions on the variety of engineering fields and typical college curriculum presented by 1st Year Engineering Fundamentals instructor, Amy Monte. Dr. Adrienne Minerick, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation and Chemical Engineering, will present “The Personal (and Other) Rewards of an Engineering Career.”

Registration Deadline: Wed., February 22

Limited to first 40 girls and their parent(s) or chaperones!

Includes lunch and all activities.

To register: Registration: Engineering for Girls

For more Information: Michigan Tech Center for Science & Environmental Outreach

(906) 487-3341 jchadde@mtu.edu

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Engineering for Girls is co-sponsored by:

Society of Women EngineersGreat Lakes Research CenterCollege of EngineeringCivil and Environmental EngineeringEngineering Fundamentals

Coordinated by:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental EducationCenter for Science and Environmental Outreach


Transportation and Engineering After School Classes Underway

Five Transportation and Engineering after school classes are underway at the Great Lakes Research Center and four area schools.

The instructors are all young women engineering students in mechanical, civil, and biomedical engineering. The After School STEM Club activities take place over eight weeks from January 23 to March 3, 2017.

Students are designing boats, making traffic signs, building bridges, flying planes, and riding tracks. They are using LEGOs, airplane spinners, Magna-Tiles®, paper, and other materials

Transportation and Engineering Activity Overview

Activity Schedule

Participating schools are in South Range, L’anse, Hancock, and Dollar Bay.

Coordinated by:

Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental EducationCenter for Science and Environmental Outreach

Clay Boats Table Group
Clay Boats Table Group
Designing Boats
Designing Boats
Crafting Clay Boats
Crafting Clay Boats
Testing Boats
Testing Boats
Engineering Design
Engineering Design
Joan Chadde and Young Engineers
Joan Chadde and Young Engineers
Engineering Construction
Engineering Construction
Testing Truck Stoppers
Testing Truck Stoppers