Archives—March 2016

Delta Phi Epsilon Awards “Most Engaging Professor”

Civil and Environmental Engineering’s newest instructor, Michelle Jarvie-Eggart was awarded “Most Engaging Professor” by Delta Phi Epsilon this semester. She is teaching ENVE 4506, Sustainable Engineering Design.  Michelle earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2007. Since then she has worked on sustainability and compliance issues for mining and other heavy industries in Marquette, MI. She and her family moved back to Houghton in November.

Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Student Article Accepted as an “Editor’s Choice” Paper

Anika Kuczynski, a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering

An article titled “The Cladophora Resurgence in Lake Ontario: Characterization and Implications for Management” by Anika Kuczynski, Martin T. Auer, Colin N. Brooks, and Amanda G. Grimm was recently accepted as one of the “Editor’s choice” papers for 2016 by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS). The NRC Research Press uses this as a means of highlighting articles of “particularly high caliber and topical importance.” The article will be published as an Open Article (no CJFAS subscription required) for increased visibility. Please visit


Environmental Engineering Alumnus selected as Bay Delta Office Manager for Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region

Michelle Banonis, an Environmental Engineering alumnus and PCA member
Michelle Banonis, an Environmental Engineering alumnus and PCA member

Michigan Technological University alumnus, Michelle Banonis, has been selected as the Bay Delta Office Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region effective March 21, 2016.  Banonis has most recently been serving as the Mid-Pacific Region’s Special Assistant to the Regional Director as well as leading efforts on California Water Fix.

Banonis obtained her Bachelor of Science in environmental engineering from Michigan Tech where she is also a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA).  She also holds a Juris Doctor from Humphreys College Laurence Drivon School of Law and is a licensed attorney in California.