Month: September 2021

Scholarship: 2021 Michigan ITE

ITE Michigan Section Scholarship Applications – 2021

Things to do

•        Complete the attached one-page application form (Page 2)

•        Prepare a one-page double spaced on My Future in Transportation

•        A short biography (150 words or less) and photo

•        One-page resume

•        Submit the form, paper, a short bio with a photo, and a resume to Dr. Kuilin Zhang ( by November 5, 2021 – he will review the application, complete a Professor/Advisor form, and send your package to ITE Michigan by November 12, 2021.

Note: Applicant must be a student member in ITE International and the Michigan Section.

To become an ITE International Student Member, complete an application on-line (ITE Web site: as soon as possible.

To become an ITE Michigan Section student member, complete an application on-line ( as soon as possible.

Past Michigan Tech Awardees:

Corrina Kostrzewa, 2020

Zoe Wahr, 2019 

Kuilin Zhang, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science Michigan Technological University
Dillman Hall 301i

1400 Townsend Drive

Houghton, MI 49931

phone: 906-487-1828

Upcoming Husky Innovate events

Protect your Innovation | 10/6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Library 244
Pre-registration requiredHusky Innovate and the Van Pelt and Opie Library invite students and community members to participate in the Protect Your Innovation workshop. Michigan Tech IP expert, Licensed Patent Agent, Associate Vice President for Research Administration Jim Baker will lead us through compelling IP scenarios. Librarian and Patent and Trademark Research Center (PTRC) Representative Annelise Doll will explain patents, trademarks and resources available through Michigan Tech’s PTRC which is part of the Patent and Trademark Office’s nationwide program of PTRCs. See attached flyer for more information. Contact:

We will cover key questions and topics around IP:

  • How can you protect the intellectual property incorporated within your innovation?  
  • What options do you have and what strategies can you apply?  
  • When should you consider IP protections?

We will discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property including:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Licensing
  • Trade Secrets/Knowhow
  • How to initiate a prior art discovery with free library resources

Husky Innovate Talk with Innovator Jacob Soter | 10/8, 12:00 – 1:00 pm, Zoom

Pre-registration required

Michigan Tech graduate Jake Soter EE/CPE ’19, MBA ’20 observed that flag warning systems at beaches weren’t updated right away and knew that swimmers weren’t getting important information on days with strong rip-currents and high waves. He identified a value proposition and together with his advisor, Dr. Andrew Barnard, created a technological solution to address this problem. From there, he launched a new business. Join us to hear about Jake’s innovation pathway, how he validated his value proposition, what he’s learned along the way and what’s next for his business. See attached flyer for more information. Contact:

Undergrad Research – University of WI

Summer 2022 – Summer Research Opportunities

Great Lakes Plastic Debris and Microplastics Research (2-3 positions)These positions will support new US EPA, Wisconsin Coastal Management, and NOAA funded projects related to plastic trash removal and research in the Great Lakes. One position will be the boat Captain for the Great Lakes first regional trash boat (i.e., pontoon-type boat that picks-up trash). This position requires boating experience but pay will be significantly increased. The other positions will be deck hands and research assistants that will help with plastic trash removal, characterization, and microplastics research.

Door or Manitowoc County Field Research Assistant (4-5 positions)

These positions support US EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects associated with Great Lakes beaches and Door or Manitowoc Counties, WI. The beaches have undergone, reengineering to mitigate microbial and chemical pollution and protect public health. You will conduct field research, operate a local lab facility, and be involved with many aspects of the research projects. Additional compensation may be available for this position.

Salary and Benefits:

For all positions a salary of $4,500-5,000 for the summer (boat Captain will be paid higher rate), paid travel, and paid housing is provided to all interns. You will have the opportunity to learn field and lab techniques, operate a state-certified laboratory, network with professionals in the field, co-author posters and publications, and live in a great part of Wisconsin for the summer.

Call or e-mail Dr. Greg Kleinheinz at or 920-424-1100 if would like additional information on any of these summer experiences. If you are interested in applying for a position, please send a resume and indicate which position you would be interested in to:

Gregory T. Kleinheinz, R.S., Ph.D.

Personal pronouns – he/him/his

Viessmann Chair of Sustainable Technology

Chair, Department of Engineering & Engineering Technology

University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI  54901
Phone – (920) 424-1100
Fax – (920) 424-0832
E-mail –

Scholarships: WTS Michigan

WTS is an international organization dedicated to the advancement of women in the transportation industry.  The WTS Foundation (WTSF) was formed in 2009 to provide scholarships to support the next generation of transportation professionals in our mission.

The local WTS Michigan Chapter is supporting four scholarships for deserving women in Michigan!  Two undergraduate scholarships at $1,500 each and two graduate scholarships at $2,500 each.  The women that win at the local level are automatically entered at the International level for their chance at scholarships with even higher values!  Details of each scholarship are on the first page of the application.

The applications are due on Friday, November 19th, 2021.  The applications are attached. 

Internship: NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an environmentally and economically sustainable energy future. With locations in Golden and Boulder, Colorado, and a satellite office in Washington, D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States.

Open transportation internship:

Job Posting: Federal Highway Administration (Pathways Student Intern)

A vacancy announcement for a Pathways Internship position with the Pavement Design and Performance Team is currently open.  The ideal candidate is an advanced undergraduate or graduate student with specialized experience in incorporating future climate change inputs into pavement or material designs procedures.

The announcement can be found at:  The vacancy closes on Wednesday, September 29th.

Any questions, please contact Dr. Amlan Mukherjee (

Job Posting: NGA internship virtual recruiting event on September 22nd

Dear students of Michigan Technology University, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering,

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is offering a virtual presentation that will focus on geoscience-related employment and internship opportunities at NGA.  The event is scheduled for September 22nd  from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm Central Time (link below).  Employees from the NGA Office of Geomatics will speak about what they do, to help students better gauge their interest in our agency.

About NGA:

About Office of Geomatics:

About student programs at NGA:

September 30th is the final deadline to apply for the Summer 2022 internship program.  Apply here:

We employ students from many disciplines, including but not limited to: geophysics, earth sciences, geology, math, astronomy, physics, and applied sciences more generally.  Note that a high percentage of our interns go on to work full time at NGA.

If you are interested in current employment opportunities at NGA beyond the internship program:

To join the September 22nd NGA/Office of Geomatics Virtual Recruitment Event:

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 5:00 pm | 2 hours | (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 2762 244 6328

Password: sfna (7362 from phones and video systems)

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only):

+1-415-527-5035,,27622446328#7362# US Toll

Some mobile devices may ask attendees to enter a numeric password:

To join by phone:

+1-415-527-5035 US Toll

Access code: 2762 244 6328

Note that participation in the meeting is open to all.  However, only US citizens 18 years of age or older are eligible to apply.

To learn more about careers at NGA, both in general and in Applied Science in particular:

To reach the recruitment team from the Office of Geomatics:

Best regards,

Vincent Huening, Geodetic Earth Scientist

Erin Knese, Geodetic Earth Scientist

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Office of Geomatics

St. Louis, MO