Category: Awards and Accolades

Janet Callahan Named ASEE Fellow

Originally posted by the College of Engineering in Tech Today on July 14.

Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering at Michigan Tech, was initiated on June 24, as a Fellow of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE).

A global society founded in 1893, ASEE is the preeminent authority on the education of engineering professionals, advancing innovation, excellence and access at all levels of education for the engineering profession. Callahan was cited for contributions to ASEE and the engineering education community via outstanding leadership, educational scholarship, teaching effectiveness and championing diversity and inclusion within the community.

Callahan has (co)authored more than 50 ASEE and education publications. She has served in numerous positions in the society, contributes to multiple divisions, and currently serves as Chair of the Women in Engineering Division.

“I am pleased and honored to join a distinguished community of ASEE Fellows who support engineering education and who have dedicated their careers in support of that purpose,” said Callahan.

She is among nine fellows selected this year. The grade of fellow in ASEE is reserved for members with extraordinary qualifications and experience in engineering or engineering technology education or an allied field who have made important individual contributions. No more than one-tenth of one percent of individual ASEE membership may be elected a fellow in any given year.

Bo Chen Named ASME Fellow

Originally Posted by Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics in Tech Today on May 28, 2020

Bo Chen (ME-EM) has received the designation of Fellow from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

The ASME Committee of Past Presidents confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.

Nominated by ASME Members and Fellows, an ASME Member has to have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.

William Predebon, chair of the the Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics said, “Dr. Chen has made major contributions in her field of embedded systems with application to hybrid-electric and electric autonomous systems. Her course in Model-based Embedded Control System Design is regularly in high demand by not only ME students but also EE students. This is a testament to the importance of the topic and her teaching ability.

Chen conducts interdisciplinary research in the areas of mechatronics and embedded systems, agent technology, modeling and control of hybrid electric vehicles, cyber-physical systems and automation.

Baird Elected To International Journal’s Editorial Board

The short article below originally appeared in Tech Today on May 14. ADVANCE at Michigan Tech would like to extend our congratulations to Melissa Baird, a member of our Internal Evaluation and Advisory Board, for this accomplishment.

Melissa Baird (SS) was elected to the editorial board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies (IJHS). Board members include a team of international heritage scholars and experts who review manuscripts and advise on journal policy and scope.

Erika Hersch-Green Wins CAREER Award for Biodiversity Research

by Kelley Christensen, University Marketing and Communications

Erika Hersch-Green (BioSci) has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award to investigate how increased nitrogen and phosphorus availability across different temperature and water regimes alters the primary productivity of some plants, while reducing the growth of others.

Hersch-Green will examine how nutrient availability selects for plants with specific genome attributes. She will investigate these changes to specific plant transcriptomes and functional traits, but also how these changes affect the species that interact with those plants, such as other plants, herbivores and pollinators, and lead to changing patterns of community biodiversity.

Every CAREER award features an education component. Hersch-Green’s approach features multiple methods to enhance scientific literacy for middle schoolers, high schoolers and undergraduates. At Hersch-Green’s Ford Center site, she is working with a STEM educator to formulate different science communication and botany modules based on photosynthesis research conducted by Hersch-Green and graduate students in her lab. She is also collaborating with Erin Smith (HU), director of the Humanities Digital Media Zone and faculty advisor to Cin/Optic Communication and Media Enterprise students, to create a series of educational modules.

Read more at about Hersch-Green’s CAREER Award.

Fournier Wins BioOne Ambassador Award

Tech Today, April 29, 2020

Michigan Tech alumna Auriel (Van Der Laar) Fournier (Wildlife Ecology and Management ’11) is one of the winners of the 2020 BioOne Ambassador Award.

The award honors early career authors who best communicate the importance and impact of their specialized research to the public. Six individuals from five publications were selected from a large pool of nominees put forth by BioOne’s publishing community.

Fournier was nominated by the Waterbirds Society based on her paper about the impacts of wetland management on two groups of migratory wetland birds, published in Waterbirds.

BioOne invited nominees to submit a 250-word, plain-language summary answering the question: What are the broader implications of your work, and how does your work impact the public at large?

Fournier’s winning entry is featured on the BioOne Ambassador Award web page.

New Funding for Michigan Tech Researchers!

Congratulations to Momoko Taijiri, Valoree Gagnon, and Gord Patterson on new funding! The story below was originally published in Tech Today on April 29, 2020.

Momoko Tajiri (Chemistry/MuSTI) is the prinicpal investigator on a project that has received a $33,597 research and development grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development-Michigan Craft Beer Council.

The project is entitled, “Berries & Brews: Understanding the Market and Technological Processing Opportunities of Michigan Grown Fruit in the Craft Beverage Industry”. Jenny Apriesnig (College of Business/MuSTI), Ezequiel Medici (MEEM/MuSTI), Kazuya Tajiri (MEEM/MuSTI), Lynn Mazzoleni (Chemistry/MuSTI), and Martin Thompson (Chemistry/MuSTI) are co-PIs on this 16-month project.

Valoree Gagnon (GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $75,000 research and development cooperative agreement from the University of Michigan.

The project is entitled, “Anishinaabe-Gikendaasowin Integrated Assessment Research in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for Stewardship and Governance Partnerships”. This is a potential two-year project.

Gordon Paterson (Biological Sciences/GLRC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $68,519 research and development contract from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

The project is entitled, “An Epigenetic Assessment of Stamp Sand Toxicity to Salmonid Eggs from Buffalo Reef, Lake Superior”. Kristin Brzeski (CFRES/GLRC) is the co-PI on this potential two-year project.

Chadde Receives Award from Michigan Science Teachers Association

Joan Chadde, director of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, has received a prestigious award from the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA).

Chadde accepted the 2020 Informal Science Teacher of the Year Award at the MSTA’s annual conference held March 6-7 in Lansing.

The Board of the Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA) announced in December that Chadde was chosen for her unique and extraordinary accomplishments, active leadership, scholarly contributions, and direct and substantial contributions to the improvement of non-school based science education over a significant period of time.

Interdisciplinary Team Receives New Funding

An interdisciplinary team of researchers from Michigan Tech including Melissa Baird (Social Sciences), Trista Vick-Majors (Biological Sciences), and Guy Meadows (Director, Marine Engineering Laboratory) have recently received funding from The Cooperative Institute of Great Lakes Research (CIGLR) to study oil spills in icy conditions. The team will be working with researchers from Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Lake Superior State University on the project.

Learn more in the Tech Today article below.

Jennifer Becker in Dean’s Teaching Showcase

Originally posted in Tech Today.

In the midst of all of the challenges we’re facing, it’s important to continue to recognize the dedication of so many excellent instructors on Tech’s campus. That’s why Janet Callahan, dean of the College of Engineering, has selected our ninth Deans’ Teaching Showcase member: Jennifer Becker, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department.

Read the Full Story Here.