Month: April 2021

Scholarship: ASCE – Mackinac & Zuidema Scholarship

The Michigan Section of the ASCE encourages the advancement of the Civil Engineering profession by qualified and interested students. To that end, the ASCE Michigan Section offers financial support through two scholarships. These scholarships have been endowed through the efforts and generosity of individual Civil Engineers and leading Civil Engineering companies throughout Michigan. Applications are due by Memorial Day. 

Mackinac Scholarship – Named in honor of Michigan’s #1 Civil Engineering Project of the 20th Century by the ASCE Michigan Section membership in December 1999, the Mackinac Scholarship is intended to recognize a premier Civil Engineering student from Michigan. The award will be presented annually, and will consist of a two-year grant of $5,000 each year (totaling $10,000 over a two-year period) to a student entering his or her junior year at an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program. The award considers merit, personal initiative, and financial need and encourages both participation in a student chapter of ASCE and contributions to the advancement of student engineering.

Zuidema Scholarship – Named in honor of an outstanding Past-President of the Michigan Section and the Western Michigan Branch of ASCE, the Marvin L. Zuidema Scholarship Award is presented annually to a student member of ASCE who has made a contribution to the advancement of student engineering activities. This award will consist of a one-time grant of $1,500, and considers academic performance as an indication of preparation for a future career in Civil Engineering. The Zuidema scholarship is available to either a junior or senior in an ABET-accredited Civil Engineering program.

Click the link below to access more detailed information and the application itself. 

ASCE Michigan Section Scholarship application 


CEE Senior Design Colloquium – April 30

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend Spring 2021 virtual senior design team presentations on April 30 from 8 am – 11 am. This semester students have undertaken a wide range of projects to fulfill the Department’s senior design requirement. 

Spring 2021 Senior Design Colloquium

GROUP 1: MTU Public Transportation System Evaluation and Recommendations

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/88905239430 (beginning @ 8 am)

GROUP 2: Dam Projects in the Copper Country

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/83466511049 (beginning @ 9 am)

GROUP 3: Lake State Railways Alpena Improvements

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/145639414 (beginning @ 8 am)

GROUP 4: Northeast Boundary Tunnel, Washington D.C., Brierley Associates & Baraga County Road Commission Projects

Zoom: https://michigantech.zoom.us/j/85081616652 (beginning @ 8 am)


Leaders in Continuous Improvement (LCI) – looking for new e-board members

Leaders in Continuous Improvement (LCI) https://www.involvement.mtu.edu/organization/lci is looking for new e-board members for the student organization.

Leaders in Continuous Improvement is a student organization that helps build Lean skills through a variety of methods including hands on activities coupled with Lean training, industry tours and presentations, on-campus improvement opportunities such as 5S and other kaizens, and networking opportunities. I’m the advisor for LCI; if you would like to be a co-advisor, let me know!

This year the entire e-board has chosen not to continue for next year, though they would be willing to consult with new board members. It’s been an exhausting year for all, and the current eboard has run out of energy. A budget has been submitted for next year, so everything is ready to go. We just need a new leadership team! 


I appreciate your help with keeping this student organization active.
Sincerely, Ruth Archer ( raarcher@mtu.edu )


A Request from the Sustainability Orgs

Climate Reality Campus Corps has organized a team of students with representatives from each sustainability student organization on campus, and we are developing A Student Vision for Environmental Stewardship and Climate Action: a student-generated vision of what a greener, cleaner future for our campus could look like. Our goal is to demonstrate to the MTU administration that students care about sustainability and highlight the steps we believe are vital to achieving an environmentally sustainable campus. As part of this process, we want to gain input from as much of the student body as possible. We’ve listed some categories of campus operations in the form with space for you to lend your thoughts in as many areas as you’re able. Thank you for your insight!

We want your feedback! We are welcoming you to fill out the short form HERE or the long form HERE depending on how much information you want to share with us! Also, share this form with anyone and everyone who would want to see Michigan Tech get more sustainable!

We appreciate your feedback!

The SVESCA Committee

Kendra Lachcik, Lexi Steve, Elizabeth Schumann, Lauren Auge, Joe Dlugos, Shaelyn Koleber, Abbey Herndon, Anastasia Motta, Elise Rosky, Leena Rawashdeh, Anna Browne
Sincerely, Anastasia Quinn MottaCampus Corps Event Chair 2020-21


Job Posting: OHM (Hancock, MI)

OHM in Hancock is hiring for this summer. We have a busy summer on the books and are looking for some great talent.

The below postings are for Full Time Engineering Tech and Civil Tech. We’re hoping for a few years of experience, but a few solid internships could help too.

Engineering Technician – Hancock | OHM Advisors Opportunities (ultipro.com)

Construction Technician – Hancock | OHM Advisors Opportunities (ultipro.com)

ERICKA MALONE, PE
ENGINEER
OHM Advisors®
(906) 696-7113 | (906) 281-4767 | (906) 482-0535
Advancing Communities®


Summer Research @ GLRC – MTU

Graduate or undergraduate summer hourly position – Great Lakes Research Center – Energy, water, and climate change dataset

Seeking a currently enrolled Michigan Tech graduate or upper-level undergraduate student for a summer hourly position to compile Great Lakes datasets on water use and energy (i.e., solar, wind, heating / cooling, and wave energy). The student will work with an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and students that is collecting energy, water, and climate change related datasets during the summer of 2021. The team will discuss and prioritize future research directions in energy-water-climate
nexus issues. Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students will have primary responsibility for identifying, documenting, and compiling relevant datasets which will be used in future research. Applicants should have good attention to detail, some experience in coding, and willingness to learn good data management practices.

Dr. Lenters is an Associate Research Scientist with the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) at Michigan Technological University, and he has affiliated positions with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Atmospheric Sciences Program. The project team collaborates with numerous other groups on campus, including the Keweenaw Energy Transitions Laboratory, Advanced Power Systems Laboratory, and departments such as Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Social Sciences. Applicants should therefore bring a strong technical background along with interest in energy systems and/or interdisciplinary work in environmental science.

Required Background:

  • Currently enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student at Michigan Tech

Desired background:

  • At least two years of undergraduate education or (preferably) already holding a B.S. in mathematics, physics, engineering, or related field in environmental or data science
  • Good programming and analytical skills (e.g., Matlab, R)
  • Experience with data management and quality control
  • Experience with accessing and using atmospheric and hydrologic datasets, including climate data and model output (e.g., general circulation models).
  • Research or educational experience in climate science, hydrology, and/or energy systems (power plants, commercial buildings, residential buildings, or renewable energy)

We seek students that want to join, support, and promote an inclusive workplace. For more information on related research activities in Dr. Lenters’ lab, please see the MTU faculty/staff directory at the GLRC.

To Apply: Submit a resume or C.V. to Dr. Lenters at jdlenter at mtu.edu. The email should discuss the student’s interest and relevant experience for this position. Hourly salary is negotiable and typically varies from $10-16/hour, depending on the student’s level of education and experience. The anticipated summer work period is May 3 – August 20, with up to 25 hours of work available per week, on average.


Job Posting: Barr Engineering

Barr Engineering Co. is hiring like crazy right now! Barr is an employee-owned company with tons a flexibility, and they are currently booming even under the circumstances of the pandemic. Check out www.barr.com/Careers for all of their open positions. (The links below given are for Minneapolis, but a lot of these positions are available in multiple offices from Ann Arbor to Salt Lake City!)

Entry Level Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeler
https://lnkd.in/gkab8EZ

Water/Wastewater Engineer – Project Manager
https://lnkd.in/gzDzgrm

Mid-Level Communication Specialist
https://lnkd.in/g8eFc4S

Content Strategist and Writer
https://lnkd.in/ghsCv3C

For a complete listing of their job opportunities, see: check out https://www.barr.com/Careers/Open-positions


Job Posting: Via Rail Engineering

Via Rail Engineering, a consultant that focuses on design and construction management for the rail industry, is looking for some fresh blood.  You can see information about the company at https://www.viarailengineering.com/ 

If you are interested, please get Dave Nelson ( dannelso@mtu.edu ) a resume as soon as possible. 


David Nelson, PE
Senior Research Engineer
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Michigan Tech Transportation Institute
301 Grover C Dillman Hall
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, MI  49931-1295
906-487-1734