Day: September 5, 2021

Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors

The Michigan Tech Engineering Ambassadors is currently looking for new members!

Our mission is that through communication and leadership, we strive to become well-rounded engineers by motivating the next generation to improve our world. As part of our program, you will get to:

·       Create and present your own STEM topic to a real audience!

·       Conduct hands-on activities to reinforce your topic principles!

·       Excite and inspire middle and high school students to pursue STEM careers!

·       Improve your resume with this outreach experience!

Find out more about us at our INFORMATION SESSION on THURSDAY September 9th at 6:00 PM in FISHER 129. First general meeting is on Thursday September 16th at 6:00 PM in Fisher 129.

Contact group leader Brittney Duford ( advisor Jaclyn Johnson at or Nancy Barr at to be added to the email list or with any questions. We hope you’ll join us!

Lecture: Is sustainable mining achievable? Can environmental engineering help get us there?

Plan to Attend: The GMES and CEE departments, along with the Sustainable Futures Institute at MTU, have collaborated this year to host the 2021 Kappe Lecturer –  David Dzombak – in a virtual event. 

Is sustainable mining achievable? Can environmental engineering help get us there?

This event is made possible through support from the Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors.

When: 3:00 PM Tuesday, September 21st.

How to Attend: In person for live streaming in MEEM 112 or Virtually

Description: Extraction and processing of fuel and non-fuel minerals from the Earth has a plethora of impacts on land, water, air and ecosystems.  Reduction and remediation of these impacts have long engaged environmental engineers in research and practice.  Application of sustainability principles to mining is inherently challenging, considering the impacts involved and that mining involves removal of finite resources.  However, as demand continues for fuel minerals such as coal and non-fuel minerals such as metals, consideration of environmental sustainability is increasingly being incorporated into development and operation of mines.

This talk will examine the environmental sustainability profiles of fuel and non-fuel mineral mining, and efforts that have been undertaken over the past 30 years to improve these profiles.  The talk will focus on coal and copper mining in the U.S. as important examples of fuel- and non-fuel mineral mining.  Current and evolving mining industry practices and related environmental engineering activities will be reviewed.  Approaches for assessing the environmental sustainability of mining operations will be presented and applied to the two cases, with consideration of scale from operations at individual sites to system level.  

The meaning of sustainable mining will be explored, as will the potential to achieve sustainable mining for fuel and non-fuel minerals.  A framework for assessment of sustainability in mining that includes life-cycle metrics will be put forward.  Application of the framework to copper will be presented as an example.  The role of environmental engineers in advancing the environmental sustainability of mining will be examined with the audience.

About the Speaker: David Dzombak is the Hamerschlag University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon.  The emphasis of his research and teaching is on water quality engineering, water resource sustainability, and energy-environment issues.  At Carnegie Mellon he also has served as Associate Dean for Graduate and Faculty Affairs for the College of Engineering (2006-2010), as Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research (2007-2013), and as Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs (November 2012-August 2013).

Dzombak received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986.  He also holds an M.S. in Civil Engineering (1981) and a B.S. in Civil Engineering (1980) from Carnegie Mellon, and a B.A. in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (1980).  He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, a Diplomate Water Resources Engineer, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Scholarship: Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association

The Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association is pleased to announce that it will award at least two students scholarships again in 2021. We are currently accepting applications. Deadline to apply is Thursday, November 4th.

One Engineering Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.- The award is open to undergraduate students studying civil engineering or construction engineering enrolled at an accredited Wisconsin university or Michigan Technological University as of fall 2021.- Preference will be given to those applicants who intend to pursue a career in the transportation construction industry (with an interest in asphalt pavements).- Special consideration will be given to Wisconsin residents with sophomore or junior status as of the 2021-2022 academic year.

One Engineering Technical Scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000.- The award is open to engineering technology students enrolled at a Wisconsin technical college as of fall 2021.- Preference will be given to those applications who intend to pursue a career in the transportation construction industry (with an interest in asphalt pavements).

The criteria for application is similar to previous years and we offer an easy-to-use online application form. Please share with anyone interested in applying. For more information please visit:


Thank you for your consideration and, as always, please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or if there’s any way we may be of service.

Brandon Strand

Wisconsin Asphalt Pavement Association

(608) 609-8024

On Campus – Hourly Research Assistants for Traffic Video Annotation

The high-performance computing laboratory for Sustainable Intelligent Transportation Systems (SITS-Lab) in the Department Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering is looking for hourly research assistants to help a research project on using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to monitor traffic flow dynamics. The hourly research assistants will work with a Ph.D. student on using a semi-automatic traffic annotation tool, iATTS (Interactive Annotation Tool for Transportation Surveillance), developed at SITS-Lab to identify and annotate individual vehicle trajectories in UAV videos. The work will be conducted in our research laboratory, Dow 842. The hourly pay rate will be $12/hour and it is expected that you would be able to work 10-20 hours per week.   

To qualify for this position, you should be familiar with the following computer operations:

1.     Google Earth (Google Maps) software

2.     Windows Paint

3.     Familiar with video play software such as windows media player

4.     Quick learning ability to operate a Windows GUI – iATTS

The successful candidates must be able to show excellent communication skills, demonstrated attention to detail, and a good work ethic. You need to pass a training test in order to do this work.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Dr. Kuilin Zhang ( and his Ph.D. student, Violet Hung (

NGA Internship

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 9th  from 10:00 to 11:30 am CDT (link below).  Employees from the NGA Office of Geomatics will speak generally 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 9th NGA/Office of Geomatics Virtual Recruitment Event:

Thursday, Sep 9, 2021 10:00 am | 2 hours | (UTC-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

Meeting number: 199 525 7599

Password: sfna (7362 from phones and video systems)

Join by phone

+1-415-527-5035 US Toll

Access code: 199 525 7599

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