School of Technology Hosts Alfred Stubbings, Maltese Restoration Contractor

The School of Technology is hosting Alfred Stubbings, a restoration contractor from Malta, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Dow 642. Stubbings, with 20 years of experience, will discuss his past restoration projects, the oldest dating back to Neolithic times (3,500 BC).

Stubbings will illustrate process, bidding procedures, funding, management, and relationships among clients and expert collaborators who represent various disciplines. In this context, he will talk specifically about four projects:

  • Fort Angelo: a huge fortification of medieval origins at the mouth of Malta’s Grand Harbor.
  • Palazzo La Salle: an original palazzo that dates to the origins of Valletta, built by the Knights of St. John in the sixteenth century. It is now used as a school of arts.
  • St. Peter’s Monastery in the old city of Mdina: a pre-medieval building that was first used as a hospital and in 1418 became a nun’s cloister.
  • Restoration of a 300-year-old house of character transformed to a modern private residence.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

School of Technology Offers First Graduate Program

The School of Technology is undergoing a transformation. Established in 1972, at the outset it offered training certificates; then two-year associate’s degrees; then bachelor’s degrees; and now comes its first graduate program–a master’s in integrated geospatial technology.

Dean Jim Frendewey says of the program, which was approved by the State Thursday, “It fits in with what we are about and what we do.” He adds that this blend of theory, technology, and application is “a natural evolution.”

Simply put, geospatial means information linked to location. Global sustainable development depends on the availability and reliability of data about natural and built features and locations–rivers and towns, mountains and pipelines. This information can be used to plan the built environment or to respond to natural disasters; for instance, locating a cell phone tower, or, after an earthquake, comparing damage information and population information to help deliver emergency services and pinpoint zones of refuge. Continue reading

New BSE Emphasis: Geospatial Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (BSE)—Geospatial Engineering

The Geospatial Engineering pathway was defined to study geospatial concepts that include measurements, modeling, data collection and acquisition techniques, maps and mapping technologies, data and metadata formats, and visualization. The approved plan reflects state-of-the-art geospatial research and technologies, and it includes courses from Surveying Engineering (School of Technology), Computer Science, Physics, and Business.

As a geospatial engineer, you will combine the use of spatial information software and analytical methods with terrestrial or geographic data to create 3D maps, employing Earth observation systems, global navigation satellite systems, laser and radar imaging sensors, wireless technologies, and more.

Contact Jim Loman (jcloman@mtu.edu or 487-2259, School of Technology advisor, for more information.