Archives—April 2012

2012 CEE Awards Banqet

The 2012 CEE Awards Banquet was held in the Rozsa Center April 19.

Howard Hill CEE Outstanding Faculty Award 2012 To Dr William Sproule, Ryan Hoensheid CEE Graduate Teaching Award 2012, Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability, Ludwig Award for Graduate Excellence, CEE Award for Graduate Research Excellence. Continue reading

Family Engineering Featured

Michigan Tech’s Family Engineering program is mentioned in the April newsletter of the Society of Women Engineers.

Developed by Michigan Tech’s Neil Hutzler and Joan Chadde, the Foundation for Family Science & Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education with a $1.6 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Family Engineering is growing into a nationwide initiative. Family Engineering: An Activity & Event Planning Guide, published in June 2011, is prompting Family Engineering events across the country.

To read the story, see SWE:Engaging Families in Engineering.

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar April 19th

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar April 19th:
Time: 4-5pm, Thursday (April 19)
location: Dow 642
Public welcome

Seminar title: Material Matters
by Jerry Anzalone, Lab Supervisor/Research Scientist I, PhD candidate
Dr. Larry Sutter, advisor

Abstract provided by speaker:

Jerry manages the Nonvolotile, nonconductive phase characterization
facility on M&M’s seventh floor. The position allows him to engage
in a number of research activities from several disciplines.

Jerry will be discussing a few of the projects he has taken part in as
well as investigations of the effect potassium acetate deicer has on
alkali-silica reactivity, the subject of his doctoral research. Other
discussion topics include ASR mitigation; new and old methods for
determining air void parameters in hardened concrete; recent aggregate
polishing research; development of open source technologies; relevant
extracurricular activity, all the while giving an overview of the ample
capabilities of the materials characterization facility.

Four Michigan Tech students have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation

Four Michigan Tech students have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Six other Tech students received honorable mentions in the competition. Nationwide, the NSF awarded 2,000 fellowships and 1,835 honorable mentions.

Mark Hopkins, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics; Brennan Tymrak, mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics and Peace Corps Master’s International; Jennifer Fuller, civil and environmental engineering; and Liz Cloos, electrical and computer engineering, received NSF fellowships for graduate study. Bryan Plunger, Alan Olds, Evan Lucas, Hilary Morgan, Byrel Mitchell and Patrick Bowen earned honorable mentions. Continue reading

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar April 12:

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar:
Time: 4-5pm, Thursday (April. 12th), Location: Dow 642
Public welcome

Presenter: Chris Carroll, Ph.D., E.I. Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Louisiana at Lafayette (hosted by Dr. Devin Harris) 

TOPIC: Sustainability from the Perspective of an Ancient Engineer

BIO: Dr. Carroll received his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in August of 2009 and has been an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette since.  Dr. Carroll’s research focus is primarily in the areas of prestressed and reinforced concrete with a concentration on the bond between concrete and reinforcing steel.  He is an active member of the American Concrete Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers.  In addition to his experimental interests, he also has an interest in engineering education, specifically those related to active and visual teaching techniques and project and problem based learning used in structural engineering courses.  Furthermore, Dr. Carroll has also hosted three television shows in conjunction with the History Channel and Discovery Channel as a technical expert.  Most recently, he served as co-host on a pilot series entitled Engineering the Impossible for the Discovery Channel.  The pilot series included two shows focused on the engineering techniques used by the Ancient Engineers of Rome and Egypt.  Dr. Carroll along with a group of his students recreated various structures from the ancient Roman and Egyptian Empires showcasing some of the techniques believed to be used by each to construct some of the most famous structures in the world.

ABSTRACT: For centuries, the Coliseum, Pantheon, and aqueducts have been admired time and time again.  Their sheer size alone is awe inspiring and constantly raises the question, “How were they built?”  While hypotheses exist for their construction, maybe the more important question is “How have they withstood the test of time?”  In a day and age where sustainability is a key concern in new designs, looking at the work of ancient engineers could reiterate what sustainability is and to what areas structural engineers should devote their attention.  This presentation highlights the methods used by the Romans in the construction of the Coliseum, Pantheon, and Pont du Gard Aqueduct and touches on some key principles related to their continued survival.

Students Earn Awards for Research

From the Center for Water & Society World Water Day, First Place Award Original Research $250: Marcel Dijkstra, Advisor: Marty Auer, Topic of research: “Predicting Ecosystem Changes in Lake Superior Insights Regarding Thermal Structure and the Spring Algal Bloom”

Center for Water & Society World Water Day Third Place Award $100 Coursework/Informational, to Stephanie Tulk for her project: “Management of Hydrological Systems near Alpine Glaciers”

Pictures and links to the posters and the other students who participated can be found at Center for Water & Society World Water Day Results