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CEE Senior Design Colloquium – May 4th

Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Design Colloquium

May 4, 2018

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the spring 2018 senior design team presentations.  This semester students have undertaken a wide range of interesting projects to fulfill the Department’s design project requirement.  Refreshments will be served.  (Senior Design Colloquium Poster)

Dow 641

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM:   Proposed Utility Tunnel Beneath the Straits of Mackinac, MI

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Lake State Railroad Gaylord Development Plan

Dow 642

8:00 AM – 10:00 AM:  Challenge Manufacturing Environmental Audit, Walker, MI

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM:  Design of the Copperwood Mine Surface Processing Facilities


Green Campus Enterprise – Final Project Presentations

Join Green Campus Enterprise for our end of the semester final presentations to see what we’ve all been working on! This is a great opportunity to learn more about Enterprise!

THURSDAY APRIL 12th, DOW 875, 5-6pm

GLRC Retrofit– exploring the feasibility of using the water of Portage Lake as a heat sink for the GLRC year round with the greatest application in the warmer months

Solar Thermal– evaluating the feasibility of installing a solar thermal collector at Michigan Tech. The solar collector would be used to preheat water for hot water usage on campus.

Building Efficiency– investigating how energy is used throughout the DOW and M & M buildings


THURSDAY APRIL 19th, DOW 875, 5-6pm

Tiny House Community– assessing the feasibility of a tiny house community on Michigan Tech property

Campus Culture-overall goal of the Campus Culture Team is to move the culture of Michigan Tech’s campus in the direction of increased sustainability

Wind Power– research the feasibility of wind power at Michigan Tech. The current proposal is to install a wind turbine on top of Mont Ripley to reduce or eliminate electricity costs of the ski hill

Clean Air-Cool Planet- gathers and analyzes data in order to calculate the greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory of Michigan Technological University

Green Campus Enterprise is an organization of students working to make the Michigan Tech campus more sustainable through both low and high profile projects. We are collaborating with University personnel on many of our projects and gaining professional experience and leadership skills.

ORNL Virtual Career Fair (TODAY) @ noon

Are you looking for a research opportunity? Are you interested in expanding your skill set and becoming competitive in your field?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education are recruiting students in STEM! ORNL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and energy lab, dedicated to accelerating the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security.

ORNL and ORISE are co-hosting a virtual career fair February 22nd from noon to 3 p.m. EST at a computer or mobile device near you!

Pre-register for the Laboratory Internship Virtual Event today!

This virtual career fair will feature various internship opportunities and research participation programs at ORNL.

Chat with ORNL scientists and ORISE recruiters and get tips on applying! (Check out the attached agenda to learn more about the researchers scheduled to chat.)

This is an excellent opportunity to network and see what a unique internship experience at a national lab would be like! Follow us to stay posted for future opportunities exploring even more programs available at locations around the United States through DOE and ORISE!

Winter WonderHack 2018

Winter WonderHack is Back!

36 hours | prizes | food | tools and gadgets | industry talks and workshops | 300 students | multiple schools | Feb 23-25 at the library

Join us for Winter WonderHack, a 36-hour make-something marathon hosted at MTU in the Van Pelt and Opie library over the weekend following career fair!

WWH is a hackathon in the old MIT sense of the word – create something new from something old (or from scratch). It is open to current and recent students from any school in teams of 1-4. This is an industry sponsored event; we’ll have workshops/talks/demos on Friday night and on Saturday on topics that participants could use in their projects or may just find interesting by mentors, sponsors and faculty and community guests. It’s a good opportunity to learn about new things (like metal casting, how to design pcbs, run a start-up, or graphic design), try out tech you might not otherwise have access to (from microcontrollers to 3d printers), and have some fun (drone racing, lN2 ice cream…). It can be treated as an alternate, focused career fair as well. This event is FREE and open to all current students. Whether you’re an experienced maker or this is your first time, you have a place at Winter WonderHack. So get out there!

If you haven’t already, register and find more info at

If you have any questions, email

It’s going to be epic!

Transportation Night: Feb 21, 6-9 pm

The Railroad Engineering & Activities Club (REAC), along with the Michigan Tech chapters of ASCE and ASME, are proud to bring you the first Transportation Careers Night at Michigan Tech! See the flyer.
This event, held in conjunction with the Spring Career Fair, will bring in reps from companies that play major roles in the transportation sector. If you didn’t get a chance to talk to these companies amidst the chaos of Career Fair, this is your opportunity.
Leave your tie and your elevator pitch behind, and join us for a causal evening to get to know these companies and ask about opportunities they might have for you! Show up for the whole thing or stop by for a few minutes; all majors are welcome!
Sub sandwiches and refreshments will be served!
Thank you,
The Michigan Tech Chapters of:
Any questions about this event can be directed to:

Career Fair Resources

Career Fair Resources (put forward by Mike Meyer; paraphrased by Jean Kampe):

Faith Morrison (Chemical Engineering) wrote a a nice piece on her advising blog that may serve students well as they prepare for Career Fair:

There are some other resources (the list is still growing) on the event page at Career Services website:

Mind Trekkers Spring Break/Volunteer Opportunity

Mind Trekkers will be taking 50 volunteers to Charlotte, NC for Spring Break. Not only is this an chance to travel and explore, it is also a volunteer opportunity for students to share their passion of STEM with others!
Mind Trekkers is a student organization that travels both locally and nationally to help promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning with our nearly 200 different interactive science demonstrations! Whether it is a science and engineering festival for thousands of students or a small local event, we aim to show students both the fun and importance of STEM fields. We have already reached 1.9 million students in 15 different states since forming in 2010.
March 10-18
Already sick of the winter, but can’t afford the cost to travel somewhere warm? Have a passion for STEM education? Come travel with Mind Trekkers to Charlotte, NC for Spring Break! For only $100 (+ $50 deposit), you will have your rooming, several meals, and transportation covered! Planned activities include: SkyWildGreensboro Science Center, and the US National Whitewater Center. We will be hosting the Passport to STEM festival on the Thursday and Friday of the trip, where you will have the opportunity to excite over four thousand students about science & engineering with fun and hands-on demonstrations!
If you (and your friends) would like to apply, please fill out this form: MIND TREKKERS SPRING BREAK APPLICATION.  No previous experience with Mind Trekkers is required. Open to all majors.
Please contact the Mind Trekkers President ( if you have any questions about this trip.

Opportunity for Students to Join SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) for Free

As a new semester begins, I want to remind you that the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is offering FREE Student Membership. By becoming a member of SWANA, students can…

· Meet with current leaders and decision makers working in solid waste, environmental science, composting, and recycling who can lead to potential internships and become future employers

· Interact with peers from across the country and the globe who have similar study and career interests via online forums and local/national events
· Access #MentorMatch – the SWANA online mentoring site
· Learn more about industry trends and new technologies that can guide their course of study and lead to career opportunities
For full-time students (undergraduate, graduate, or PhD candidate) with an interest in environmental sciences, solid waste management or recycling-related professions, FREE SWANA Student Membership is a perfect fit.
SWANA is hosting SWANApalooza in Denver, March 5-7, 2018. We encourage students to attend this event, they can register here at a discounted price.

Call for Posters – Michigan Tech World Water Day 2018 – March 27-28, 2018

To Graduate and Undergraduate students:

Michigan Tech is celebrating World Water Day 2018 during the week of March 26.  The Great Lakes Research Center is sponsoring the World Water Day Poster Competition, using the United Nations World Water Day theme, “Nature-based Solutions for Water.”

Graduate and undergraduate students are invited to participate in the World Water Day Poster Competition, which includes 2 categories of cash awards:

Original Research posters typically represent thesis and research work related to any aspect of water.
Coursework/Informational posters present coursework or literature based research.  They can be assigned in a course to individuals or groups of students, or can be entered independently.

Posters in the Original Research category may or may not be relevant to the “Nature-based Solutions for Water” theme of World Water Day, but additional points are awarded to the Coursework/Informational posters if they incorporate the “Nature-based Solutions for Water” theme.

See the World Water Day Flyer and download the registration form.

Registration Deadline: Sunday, March 18 by midnight to Carol Asiala (

Digital Posters Deadline: Sunday, March 25 by midnight to Carol Asiala (
Printed Posters: Tuesday, March 27 between 8:00-9:00am in Dow Lobby Area – Campus side

Judging Sessions with oral presentations: Tuesday, March 27, 12:00 to 2:30 pm in Dow Conference Rooms

Informal discussions with students at poster session: Tuesday, March 27, 2:30-4:00 pm in Dow Lobby Area – Campus side

Note: we are planning to display the posters digitally on TV monitors in the Dow conference rooms for the judging process this year.  The printed versions will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27-28 in the Dow Lobby, campus-side, but Powerpoint Slides will need to be submitted to Carol Asiala ( by March 25, so they can be prepared for display on the computers in the conference rooms.

More information about all of the World Water Day activities can be found at:

This year’s World Water Day guest speaker is Dr. Greg Kleinheinz from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Other related notes:
The Library is hosting several poster workshop sessions before World Water Day.  Register for one of the following sessions if you would like to learn more about presenting  your research and information in a poster format, and also learn about he the resources available for printing posters at the library.

1/26/2018, 12:00 -1:00 in Library 242

2/26/2018, 5:00 -6:00 in Library 242

3/6/2018, 12:00 -1:00 in Library 242

The Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Friday, March 23. Please be aware that this is a time when many posters will be printed, so plan ahead to avoid any scheduling conflicts with the printing.

Nature-based Solutions for Water resources:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Naturally Resilient Communities

Thank you, and please contact me with any questions about the Posters.

Carol J. Asiala, Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer
Dept. of Geological & Mining Engineering & Science, 626 Dow
Great Lakes Research Center
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI  49931
906/487-2033 (direct line), 906/487-2531 (main office), 906/487-3371 (fax)