Archives—January 2011

Dr. Robert Baillod, Water Authority Chair, Resigning

View the news story from Daily Mining Gazette

Dr. Robert Baillod of CEE department served on the Portage Lake Water & Sewage Authority board for 35 years, the last 20 of them as chair. An environmental engineer with a specialty in wastewater, Baillod became a Michigan Technological University faculty member in 1968. He took an interest in the wastewater treatment plant, then located at the current site of the Ramada Inn in Hancock, taking classes there for activities.

Performance-based engineering framework for multi-hazard

Thursday January 20, 2011
462 Dow building
4 – 5pm

Presenter: Dr. Yue Li, Donald and Rose Ann Tomasini Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Abstract: Although in many parts of the country one natural hazard
dominates, in certain areas multiple hazards may pose a significant
threat to buildings and infrastructure. Building design and construction
practices should address the overall risk to construction from multiple
hazards to achieve design strategies and risk levels that are consistent
with occupant expectations and social objectives. This presentation
presents a performance-based engineering framework for multi-hazard risk
assessment and mitigation.

Research Ethics

Associate Professor Brian Barkdoll will present “Research Ethics” from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, in Dow 642. Issues such as plagiarism, data fabrication and copyright, both for students and faculty, are explored here to help give credit where credit is due and to make sure no disciplinary action is needed. Research ethics is an area of growing concern with the advent of the Internet and the ease of information access, especially in this “download” culture we live in.