Category: Awards and Accolades

Baird Elected President of ACHS

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Melissa Baird (SS) for being elected president of the Associate of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS). See the story which was published by Social Sciences in the October 29 edition of Tech Today below.
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Baird Elected President of ACHS

by Social Sciences


Melissa Baird (SS), associate professor of anthropology, has been elected president of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) at its biennial conference (virtual) in London in August.

ACHS is an international association for the study of heritage and serves more than 1,600 members in more than 100 countries. The Association includes chapters across the globe, as well as professional and early-career networks. ACHS publishes a quarterly newsletter, provides awards and hosts a biennial conference to bring together people in the interdisciplinary field of heritage studies.

Baird will serve as the ACHS President until the end of its 2022 conference in Santiago, Chile.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) and Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) for their new funding. See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 16 edition of Tech Today below.

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Gordon Parker (ME-EM/AIM) is the principal investigator on a project that received a $49,999 research and development Co-op/Joint Agreement-Cost from the US Dept of Defense, Army Research Lab.

The project is entitled, “Optimal and Machine Learning Management of Energy Networks.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project.

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Chunxiu Yu (BioSci/HRI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $463,747 research and development grant from the National Institutes of Health.

The project is entitled, “Functional Dissection of Neural Circuitry in Temporally Patterned Deep Brain Stimulation.” This is a three–year project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 10 edition of Tech Today below.

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Qingli Dai (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that received an $85,000 research and development grant from the Midland County Road Commission.

The project is entitled, “New Techniques for Producing Durable Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Used in Structure Applications.”

Zhanping You (CEE/MTTI) is the Co-PI on this 27-month project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty!

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Petra Hyentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) for their new funding See the story which was published by Sponsored Programs in the September 9 edition of Tech Today below.

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Petra Huentemeyer (Physics/EPSSI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $860,003 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The project is entitled, “WoU-MMA: The Southern Wide-Field Gamma-Ray Ovservatory (SWGO): R&D for a Next-Generation Ground-Based Survey Instrument for VHE Gamma-Ray Astronomy.”

This is a three-year project.


New Funding for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Timothy Havens (CS) and Xin Xi (GMES) for their new funding See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs in the September 3 edition of Tech Today below.

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Timothy Havens (CS) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $243,169 research and development grant from the US Dept of Defense – Navy – Office of Naval Research.

The project is entitled, “DURIP: Acoustic-Sensing System and High-Throughput Computing for Environment and Threat Monitoring in Naval Environments Using Machine Learning.”

Andrew Barnard (ME-EM/GLRC), Shankara Gowtham (ECE) and Guy Meadows (GLRC) are Co-PI’s on this one-year project.

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Xin Xi (GMES) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $149,998 research and development grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The project is entitled, “Mapping and Modeling Desertification and its Impact on Anthropogenic Dust and Health-Related External Costs in Central Asia. Shan Zhou (SS) is a Co-PI on this potential three-year project.


New Funding and Accolades for Michigan Tech Faculty

ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend their congratulations to Paul Sanders (MSE) for their new funding and Michael Drewyor (CEE) for their commission as Central Zone Vice President of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). See the stories which were published by Sponsored Programs and Civil and Environmental Engineering in the September 1 edition of Tech Today below.

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Paul Sanders (MSE) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $500,000 research and development co-op/joint agreement from the US Department of Energy.

This 15 month project is entitled, “Rapid Bayesian High Entropy Alloy Designs Fabricated via Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing.”

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Michael Drewyor (CEE) recently received his commission as Central Zone vice president of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) at the organization’s 99th annual business meeting. Delegates from the Central Zone elected Drewyor to this position when they cast their ballots in July 2020. The election results were announced at the virtual business meeting on Thursday (Aug. 27).

As vice president, Drewyor will serve on the NCEES board of directors and as the zone’s administrative officer through 2022. A resident of Houghton, Drewyor serves as an emeritus member on the Michigan State Board of Professional Engineers and the Michigan State Board of Professional Surveyors.

He served as a member of the NCEES Committee on Examinations for Professional Engineers from 2013–17 and as a member of the Committee on Examination Policy and Procedures from 2017–20.

Drewyor recently retired as the Roland A. Mariucci Professor of Practice in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, where he taught for the last 13 years.

His teaching assignments included courses in construction management, civil and environmental engineering, and surveying engineering as well as senior capstone courses.

Drewyor was also an advisor for the Associated Schools of Construction Estimating team. A graduate of Michigan Tech, Drewyor continues to provide structural engineering services.