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Wind Power Duo Wins Bhakta Rath Research Award

image121726-horizWind turbines appear simple, but it’s the complex engineering behind the technology that makes harnessing the wind seem like a breeze. Bridging the gap between mechanical details and large-scale infrastructure needs of wind turbine technology is also no easy feat.

But that’s the research focus of Antonio Velazquez, who earned his PhD from Michigan Technological University last fall, and Assistant Professor Andrew Swartz, Velazquez’s advisor in civil and environmental engineering. Their forward-thinking research on better monitoring systems for wind turbines earned the duo this year’s Bhakta Rath Research Award.

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Alex Mayer Receives 2015 Research Award

image121729-horizWater is perhaps the most controversial natural resource in the US. Alex Mayer recognizes that, for all its controversy, water is essential to life and society. Mayer holds the Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor in civil and environmental engineering at Michigan Technological University and studies water resources. For his dedication to studying water quality and scarcity — and his unique approach to these complex problems — Mayer won Michigan Tech’s 2015 Research Award.
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STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

STEMHigh School students came to learn about STEM Careers at Michigan Tech. Nearly 200 high school students from nine schools in the western UP spent a day at Michigan Tech, exploring science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. They visited labs and learn about green building and low-impact design, human monitoring devices, forest insects, steam mechanics, remotely-operated vehicles, computer science, materials science and engineering, civil engineering/concrete testing, Great Lakes fish, transportation engineering and geology and mining engineering.

On Tuesday May 12, students from Jeffers High School in Adams Township spent the day at Tech learning about STEM careers. Students from Nah Tah Wahsh Public Academy in Wilson were on campus on May 13th, and on Friday the 15th the University will host students from Watersmeet High School.

Students visited a variety of science, engineering, and computer labs at Michigan Tech and participate in presentations and hands-on activities led by Michigan Tech students, engineers, and scientists to kick start students’ planning for careers in STEM. Tours were approximately from 9 am to 2:30 pm.

View some photos of the STEM Careers Tours Program at Michigan Tech

View a short video clip of a lab example learning about STEM careers

Download the PDF Flyer: STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech

Selected Topics and Labs to Visited:

Green Building & Low Impact Design
Stream Mechanics Lab
Remotely Operated Vehicles
Computer Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Civil Engineering Concrete TestingLab
Fishy Great Lakes
Transportation Engineering
Geology & Mining Engineering
Human Monitoring Devices / Driving Simulator
Forest Insects

For more information about STEM Career Tours at Michigan Tech, contact:

Joan Chadde, Director
MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach
jchadde@mtu.edu or 906-487-3341

Made possible with funding from the Michigan STEM Partnership and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education with assistance from the Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering.

STEM Tours School FLYER

Schools Sheduled (Update to May 6)

April 28 – Keweenaw Bay Alternative School and Copper Country Christian
May 4 – Lake Linden-Hubbell High School
May 5 – L’Anse High School
May 8: Dollar Bay
May 11: Bessemer
May 12: Jeffers High School
May 13: Nah Tah Wahsh
May 15: Watersmeet

STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour
STEM Career Tour

First MS-accelerated graduates

This year marked the first grdautes for the Civil and Environmental Engineering Accelerated MS program. All five of the grads were very successful with job offers and all are employed.

The accelerated master’s programs in civil engineering and environmental engineering allow students to count up to 6 senior-level credits toward both a Bachelor of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil or Environmental Engineering.

Picture of the first graduating class of the MSCE Accelerated program. Left to right: Kelcey Traynoff, Kathleen Bussell, Ben Bryant, Natalie Lambert and Sarah Reed.
Picture of the first graduating class of the MSCE Accelerated program. Left to right: Kelcey Traynoff, Kathleen Bussell, Ben Bryant, Natalie Lambert and Sarah Reed.

CEE Awards Banquet 2015

Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Annual Awards Banquet was held in the Rosza Atrium on April 16th.

2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell
2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence
Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell

The 2015 Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence
Zoe Miller and Jennie Tyrell
The Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence is made annually to a graduate level civil or environmental engineering student in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics, research, and service, in memory of our friend and colleague, Danielle F. Ladwig.

The Graduate Research Excellence Award Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai
The Graduate Research Excellence Award
Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai

The Graduate Research Excellence Award
Xiao Sun – nominated by Barbara Dai

2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability  Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.
2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability
Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.

The 2015 Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability
Brent Cousino nominated by Bill Leder.
The Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability is made annually to an undergraduate civil or environmental engineering student who has demonstrated leadership, passion, and activism for effecting environmental sustainability at the local, national, or global level.

2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn
2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar
Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn

The 2015 Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Scholar
Jason Cattelino nominated by Tess Ahlborn

2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year David Porter
2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
David Porter

The 2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year
David Porter

2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award Kris Mattila
2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award
Kris Mattila

The 2015 Howard Hill Faculty of the Year Award
Kris Mattila

More photos on the CEE Photo Gallery


CEE Senior Design Colloquium May 1st

cee1Senior Design Colloquium
Civil and Environmental Engineering Department
May 1, 2015
Presentations will be in Dow 641 & Dow 642
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the spring 2015 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.

Download Program PDF: Senior Design Colloquium Spring 2015

Dow 641:
8:00 AM

Design of Highland Copper Company’s Slurry and Water Pipeline & Expansion of the Existing Mine Tail-ings Impoundment to Accommodate Future Mining
Instructor: Stan Vitton

Slurry and Water Pipeline Design:
Cassandra Kussow, Tyler Scarlett, Patricia Tompson, Shi Yan

Slurry and Water Pipeline Construction:
Nicholas Coon, Trace Hubbard, Margaret Kloote, Ellen Nightingale, Dustin St. Arnaud, Madison Ziems

Expansion of Existing Mine Tailings Impoundment:
Alex Anderson, Ronald Coffey, Kyle Pfeifer, Christian Valesano, Derek Waldorf

Dow 642:
8:00 AM

Wayne Industries Development Plan
Instructors: David Nelson and Bill Leder

ENVISION Consulting Group — Site Plan
Dan Livernois, Project Manager; Jim Herman, Adam Schalk, Kevin Smith

JART — Rail Access
Joe Giancarlo, Project Manager; Robert Daavettila, Tyler Pullen, Alyssa Strebel

Keweenaw Building Solutions — Building/Structural
Mark Heinrich, Project Manager; Kyle Gillean, Kyle Hamilton, Tanja Mattonen

Dow 641 9:30 AM
Remedial Investigation and Feasibility Study for a Trichloroethylene Groundwater Contaminant Plume in Mancelona, Michigan
Instructors: Alex Mayer and Eric Seagren

1 Earth Engineering
Kelsey Lank, Project Manager; David Ekkens, Ellen Englund, Qiuyuan Nan

Northern Way Environmental
Jonathan Rickli and John Weston, Project Managers; Josh Siler, Brady Zueg

Superior Consultants
Hannah Slabaugh, Project Manager; Alex Ferguson, Laura Harris, Sarah Peterson


Dow 642 9:30 AM

Hebron Gravity Based Structure (GBS) near St John’s, Newfoundland
Instructors: Mike Drewyor and Tim Wellert (ILF)

BBG Engineering, Tower Cranes 3 & 5: Foundations, Erection and Removal
Marshall Bailey, Project Manager; Andy Groneveld, Emily Blaney

CKE Engineering, Tower Crane 4: Pile Foundation, Erection and Removal
Charlie Briner, Project Manager; Ethan Bell, Kevin Courtney

International Bridge Design Group, Pedestrian Access Bridge: Foundation, Bridge, Erection and Removal
Erica Morley, Project Manager, Tom Kendrick, Nick Krommendyk, Micah Trierweller

Silver Lining Construction, Bund and Slurry Wall Design, Construction and Removal
Ashley Guenther, Project Manager; Richard Taglione, Ross Kittel, John Qualey


Talk: Oil and Gas Pipeline Design, Construction and Operation

IMG_9826 (450x319)James Rockwell ’79, gave a presentation "Oil and Gas Pipeline Design, Construction and Operation," on Thursday April 16th at Michigan Tech.
The presentation was based on Rockwell’s 33-plus years in the oil and gas industry. It focuses on long-distance pipelines.
An overview of the engineering principles, issues, practical aspects and regulations applicable to the design, construction and operation of oil and gas pipeline systems was presented. The focus was on DOT specifications, standards and procedures for steel pipelines. Hydraulics, diameter and wall thickness sizing construction aspects were discussed.


Tess Ahlborn presented with an Outstanding Faculty Award

Tess_AhlbornTess Ahlborn was presented with an Outstanding Faculty Award on Sunday, about 250 students gathered for the 9th Annual Greek Life Awards Ceremony in the MUB Ballroom. In addition to the many student awards presented, Order of Omega, the Greek Life Honor Society that coordinates the awards, also took the time to recognize some exceptional faculty and staff.
There are more than 500 students in fraternities and sororities at Michigan Tech, and Order of Omega really wanted to emphasize that these awards (Outstanding Faculty Award and Outstanding Staff Award) would be coming directly from the students.
Link to Tech Today article


Steel Bridge & Concrete Canoe Winners

Congratulations to the ASCE Steel Bridge Team and Concrete Canoe teams for their outstanding performance at the regional competition in Toledo this past weekend.

The Steel Bridge Team placed second in the region, securing a spot to attend the National competition this summer.

The Concrete Canoe Team placed first in the regional canoe competition, securing a spot to attend their National competition this
summer.

Please be sure to congratulate these students for their countless hours of dedication and hard work.

To learn more about the Canoe Team, check out their website. To learn more about the Steel Bridge Team, check out their website

News article Engineering Society of Detroit Technology Century

Michigan Tech's Steel Bridge Team
Michigan Tech’s Steel Bridge Team
Michigan Tech's Concrete Canoe Team
Michigan Tech’s Concrete Canoe Team

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Creating Educational Materials for Python and GIS

CE Graduate Seminar for a special presentation by Shelley Jeltema.
Title: Creating Educational Materials for Python and GIS
Author: Shelley Jeltema, PhD student in Civil/Environmental Engineering
Room 642 Dow, 4:05 – 4:55 pm, Thursday, April 2.

Abstract:
This project created a 15-week course to teach graduate students and GIS analysts/technicians how to use Python to extend the functionality of Geographical Information System (GIS) software. Using a combination of traditional college course and corporate training methods results in a modular course that can be taught in a traditional college setting, online, or as a custom course for specific business purposes. The class is comprised of lectures and labs where students will learn scripting, data processing with Python. Students will also learn how to create ArcGIS models with Python Script. The course contains base set of labs will focus on natural resource management and hydrology. Additional labs will cover different business scenarios to expand the audience to business, surveying, social science, and Peace Corps students. At the end of the course, students will have gained experience in scripting, data pre-processing, and modeling with Python and AcrGIS. They will also have frameworks for real world business scenarios. The requirements for this class are prior experience with ArcGIS and familiarity with modeling. Computer coding experience is suggested but not recommended. Future work includes continued refinement of this course to include more of the skills businesses. An advanced course teaching concepts and techniques that create more complex models using computer programs, creating ArcGIS tools, and working with GIS in a distributed computing environment where workload balancing is available.