Understanding and Modeling Occupancy Energy Use in Commercial Buildings

Assistant Professor Carol Menassa, in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin‐Madison, will present “Understanding and Modeling Occupancy Energy Use in Commercial Buildings,” from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 14, in Dow 642.
Menassa’s visit is cosponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sustainable Futures Institute and the Visiting Women and Minorities Lecture Series program which is funded by the President’s Office and a grant to the Office for Institutional Diversity for the State of Michigan’s King‐Chavez‐Parks Initiative. The public is welcome.

Industry Perspectives on Sustainability

CE will feature two guest speakers for a graduate seminar from 4 to 5 p.m., Thursday, April 7, in Dow 642. The public is welcome. Director Mike Witt, of Global Regulatory Services and EH&S Auditing in the Dow Chemical Company, will present “Science for a Sustainable World.” Line Manager Jane Waldron, of the Reuse and Recycle Product Line in Dow Corning, will present “Industry Perspectives on Sustainability.”

Ultra High Performance Concrete

Three CEE graduate students will present their research from 4 to 5 p.m., in Dow 642. The public is welcome. Rita Lederle will present “A Brief Overview of Equivalent Temperature Difference in Concrete Pavements.” Jun Zhou will present “Application of Acoustic Emission for Material Damage Detection.” Jason Flietstra will present “Ultra High Performance Concrete.” Thursdays in Dow 642. 4-5 pm

Low Temperature Fracture Evaluation of Asphalt mixtures using Mechanical Testing and Acoustic Emissions Techniques

March 24, 2011
642 Dow Building
4-5 pm
Public welcome

Presenter: Dr. Eshan V. Dave, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Abstract: The seminar will focus on low temperature fracture evaluation of nine mixtures studied through an ongoing USDOT pooled find study. A variety of variables, including: type of binder modification, presence of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP), and low temperature binder grade are studied to assess their fracture behavior in light of two new fracture testing techniques. Laboratory evaluation was done using the disk-shaped compact tension (ASTM D7313) test and by acoustic emissions (AE) technique to characterize low temperature cracking behavior of the asphalt mixtures.

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.

Cladding of Structures: Seismic Behavior and Current Design Standards for Seismic Events

Darrin Evans (CEE) will present “Determining Bridge Deck Deterioration Through The Use Of 3D Photogrammetry.” Mark Herder (CEE) will present “Cladding of Structures: Seismic Behavior and Current Design Standards for Seismic Events.” Kevin Mears (CEE) will present “Structural Capacity of Cast-in-place Steel Tubular Piling.” Thursdays, 642 Dow Building, 4-5 pm

MTU Senior Brian Bellmore Receives $7,500 Scholarship and Trip to National Dam Engineering Conference

Brian Bellmore, a senior undergraduate in Civil Engineering and Surveying Engineering at Michigan Technological University, has received a $7,500 scholarship from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO), a national non-profit organization of more than 3,000 members.  ASDSO honored Mr. Bellmore at its annual Awards Banquet, part of  the “Dam Safety 2010” conference held in late September in Seattle.

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Somewhere in Time–A History of Automated People Movers

March 3, 2011
642 Dow Building
4-5 pm
Public welcome

Presenter: Dr. William Sproule, Professor of Civil Engineering

The history of automated people movers is a fascinating story of innovation by governments, companies, entrepreneurs, transportation interest groups, researchers, and individuals. Some believe that the initial work began when the auto manufacturers were conducting in-house research on automated highways and other companies were developing systems using driverless vehicles on separate guideways. However the impetus for the development of these systems in the United States was provided by amendd t t th U b M T t ti A t f 6 Th d t  ments to the Urban Mass Transportation Act of 1964. The amendmentsrequired that a project be undertaken to study and prepare a program of research, development, and demonstration of new systems of transportation. Extensive research studies were undertaken in the late 1960s and 1970s. Several manufacturers developed prototypes and early applications included installations at Tampa and Dallas-Fort Worth International Airports and in Morgantown, West Virginia. The Downtown People Mover studies generated conside People Mover studies generated considerable  rable interest in the late 1970s interest in the late 1970s Research and  . Research and development work was also underway in Canada, Europe, and Japan. Today there are over 130 installations of various types and configurations throughout the world and many more are under construction or are being considered. This presentation travels somewhere in time to review the major events in the development of this new transit technology.