Category: Events

ITE Michigan – Young Professional Committee (YPC) “Virtual Lunch and Learn”

ITE Michigan – Young Professional Committee (YPC) “Virtual Lunch and Learn” Webinar Series

The YPC is proud to announce we will be hosting our first Virtual Lunch and Learn of our Webinar Series. This is a great opportunity for students and young professionals to connect with experience professionals and learn a little more about how our profession works.  If you have any questions or if you would like to present a topic in the future, please contact the YPC Committee Chair Cole Villalobos at Hope to see you all there.

YPC Lunch and Learn Presentation – September 22

How MDOT Operations Projects are Selected – presented by John Engle, P.E.

Have you ever wondered about the process of how MDOT operational improvement projects are selected?  Have you ever wondered what a funding template is, or what process MDOT follows in selecting operational improvements on its highway network?  This Virtual Lunch and Learn discussion, geared toward young professionals, will be led by John Engle, P.E. of the Michigan DOT, and he will help answer these questions as well as provide some practical commentary on how MDOT’s Operations Template selects and funds projects.  The one-hour session is free to attend, and will take place September 22, 2021, from 11am-Noon.

To register for the YPC September 22 presentation, please use the link below.

Evening with Industry

The Society of Women Engineers would like to invite you, any student, to Evening with Industry, our annual industry networking dinner with the largest number of company representatives present together outside of a Career Fair. We have multiple employers who are hiring civil and environmental engineers.

The Evening with Industry event will be held virtually at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, September 21st. The link to student registration, which closes on September 14th, can be found here: Again, the event is free to all students regardless of gender. We even have a referral contest going for students who encourage their friends to sign up, so be sure to tell your colleagues- you might even win something! With questions, please email

Evening with Industry Info

Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors

The Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors is currently looking for new members!

Our mission is that through communication and leadership, we strive to become well-rounded engineers by motivating the next generation to improve our world. As part of our program, you will get to:

·       Create and present your own STEM topic to a real audience!

·       Conduct hands-on activities to reinforce your topic principles!

·       Excite and inspire middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers!

·       Improve your resume with this outreach experience!

Find out more about us at our INFORMATION SESSION on THURSDAY September 9th at 6:00 PM in FISHER 129. First general meeting is on Thursday September 16th at 6:00 PM in Fisher 129.

Contact group leader Brittney Duford ( advisor Jaclyn Johnson at or Nancy Barr at to be added to the email list or with any questions. We hope you’ll join us!

Lecture: Is sustainable mining achievable? Can environmental engineering help get us there?

Plan to Attend: The GMES and CEE departments, along with the Sustainable Futures Institute at MTU, have collaborated this year to host the 2021 Kappe Lecturer –  David Dzombak – in a virtual event. 

Is sustainable mining achievable? Can environmental engineering help get us there?

This event is made possible through support from the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors.

When: 3:00 PM Tuesday, September 21st.

How to Attend: In person for live streaming in MEEM 112 or Virtually

Description: Extraction and processing of fuel and non-fuel minerals from the Earth has a plethora of impacts on land, water, air and ecosystems.  Reduction and remediation of these impacts have long engaged environmental engineers in research and practice.  Application of sustainability principles to mining is inherently challenging, considering the impacts involved and that mining involves removal of finite resources.  However, as demand continues for fuel minerals such as coal and non-fuel minerals such as metals, consideration of environmental sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into development and operation of mines.

This talk will examine the environmental sustainability profiles of fuel and non-fuel mineral mining, and efforts that have been undertaken over the past 30 years to improve these profiles.  The talk will focus on coal and copper mining in the U.S. as important examples of fuel- and non-fuel mineral mining.  Current and evolving mining industry practices and related environmental engineering activities will be reviewed.  Approaches for assessing the environmental sustainability of mining operations will be presented and applied to the two cases, with consideration of scale from operations at individual sites to system level.  

The meaning of sustainable mining will be explored, as will the potential to achieve sustainable mining for fuel and non-fuel minerals.  A framework for assessment of sustainability in mining that includes life-cycle metrics will be put forward.  Application of the framework to copper will be presented as an example.  The role of environmental engineers in advancing the environmental sustainability of mining will be examined with the audience.

About the Speaker: David Dzombak is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.  The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering, water resource sustainability, and energy-environment issues.  At Carnegie Mellon he also has served as Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering (2006-2010), as Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (2007-2013), and as Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs (November 2012-August 2013).

Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.  He also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1981) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980) from Carnegie Mellon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a Diplomate Water Resources Engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Volunteers for the Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium Needed

The Build and Broaden Food Sovereignty Symposium will take place September 19-21, 2021 at the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and Northern Michigan University.  They are looking for volunteers to help coordinate the KBIC Day on September 19.  If interested, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form.

Funded by the National Science Foundation, the Symposium seeks to provide opportunities for Indigenous knowledge holders, researchers, practitioners, producers, and community members to share common interests, insights, and dialogue from across the fields of Indigenous agriculture and foods. Content of the symposium aims to center on four interrelated themes – Indigenous food ecology, economy, diversity, and sovereignty (FEEDS) to build and broaden education and collaboration, specifically in ways that FEEDS the body, mind, spirit, and community.

The Indigenous Agriculture and Food Sovereignty Symposium will explore histories, contemporary movements, and future transformations of Indigenous agriculture and food sovereignty in North America. On the first day of the Symposium within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the theme is SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL: PRACTICING FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. For days 2-3, we invite proposals within the following overarching Symposium themes on day 2, TWO SIDES OF A CIRCLE: ECOLOGY & ECONOMY and day 3, THE EARTH WILL SHOW US THE WAY: EDUCATION & DIVERSITY.

This Symposium brings together academia, Traditional Knowledge Holders, and the local Great Lakes community for discussion of key issues and means of collaboration through organizations such as the Intertribal Agriculture Council, National Science Foundation, Northern Michigan University, Michigan Technological University, Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College, and more! 

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: (beginning @ 8 am)

GROUP 2: Dam Projects in the Copper Country

Zoom: (beginning @ 9 am)

GROUP 3: Lake State Railways Alpena Improvements

Zoom: (beginning @ 8 am)

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

Zoom: (beginning @ 8 am)