Category: Alumni

Railroad Night 2012

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP) and the Rail Engineering and Activities Club (REAC) held the 7th Annual Railroad Night, February 21, 2012 at the Shelden Grill in the Magnuson Hotel, Houghton. This year’s keynote speaker was Kevin Kesler, Chief of the Engineer and Operating Practice Division for the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). This was a great opportunirty to meet rail industry people, see photos at the Rail Transportation Program link: Railroad Night 2012 for more information.

CEE Alumni Talk About Engineering Careers

Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Talk About Engineering Careers, presented by two Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA) members and they will talk about one of their projects:
Kim Nowack, Chief Engineer of the Mackinac Bridge Authority,  will give a presentation on an on going project involving in-depth cable inspection of the main cables holding up the bridge.

Michelle Jarvie, Senior Environmental Engineer – Environmental Sustainability & renewaFUEL Operations, Ishpeming, MI,  will present an overview of sustainability efforts and programs at Cliffs (and the extractive industry in general).
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History and Future of Passenger Rail

The program History and Future of Passenger Rail was sponsored by Railroad Engineering Club (REAC) and the Michigan Tech Rail Transportation program. Dr. Bill Sproule, Michigan Tech CEE Department professor “History of Passenger Rail in the Copper Country”; Mr. James McCommons, NMU professor, Marquette, MI, (Author of “Waiting on a Train” ) “Passenger Rail in the US…past, present, and future”, and Mr. Tim Hoeffner, (Administrator: Office of High Speed Rail MDOT), “Future of Passenger Rail in Michigan” He is a 1980 Michigan Tech Civil Engineering graduate.

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.