Author: Angela Keranen

Michigan Tech’s Science and Environmental Outreach Program Hosts Summer Science Camps



Students from grades first through sixth are taking part in two summer science camps being offered this week at Michigan Tech.  The camps are being put on by the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education.  To see the TV6 News story on the camp, visit:

Environmental Engineering Alumna and the Tacoma Storm Water Treatment Facilty

Jessica Knickerbocker

Tacoma city engineer and ’02 Environmental Engineer alumna, Jessica Knickerbocker,  was the project manager on the $2.4 million Point Defiance Regional Storm Water Treatment Facility.  The facility was designed to improve the quality of storm water flowing into Commencement Bay by funneling storm water and filtering it before it enters the Puget Sound.  To watch Knickerbocker discuss the project, visit:

For more information on the Green Infrastructure Bill that Washington Congressmen Danny Heck and Derek Kilmer are proposing, visit:

Environmental Engineering Alumna Named ACEC New York New Principal of the Year

Josephine Zurica


Josephine Zurica has been named the 2016 American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) New Principal of the Year.  She is only the second woman to receive this award given to an ACEC New York member who has been a principal for less than five years.

Zurica received a Peace Corps International MS from Michigan Tech in Environmental Engineering in 2006 and joined Dagher Engineering in 2007 after serving in the Peace Corps in Panama.  She became principal for Dagher in 2013 at the age of 34.

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STEM Career Tour at Michigan Tech


Assistant professor Daisuke Minakata and a research engineer/laboratory director David Perram outreached high school students from Lake Linden-Hubble High School on June 1st, 2016. They provided an overview of “Cleaning Water” project, giving high school students hands-on experience in ‘ppm’ and ‘ppb’ concentrations level of chemical contaminants in water and an introduction to advanced water treatment technologies in the CEE department process lab. The outreach activity was a part of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) CAREER Tour with funding support from the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P, Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education. Joan Chadde in CEE coordinated the overall activity.


See schedule:

LLH EnvCareer Tour Schedule 06.01.16 FINAL

For more information, contact:

MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach or 906-487-3341


Made possible with funding from the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative and coordinated by the MTU Center for Science & Environmental Outreach and Western U.P. Center for Science, Math and Environmental Education.

Professor David Watkins Appointed Editor-in-Chief


Professor David Watkins has been appointed as Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, effective March 2016. The Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management is a leading journal in the field of water resources and has the highest impact factor of all ASCE journals. As the EIC, Dr. Watkins works with 20 associate editors to process 400 to 500 manuscripts submitted annually to the journal. Approximately 120 papers are published each year, examining social, economic, environmental, and administrative concerns relating to the conservation and use of water. Dr. Watkins previously served as an associate editor for the journal.

Senior Design Colloquium

Senior Design Colloquium

The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department is pleased to invite the University community to attend the spring 2016 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.

April 29, 2016

8:30 am12:00 pm

Presentations will be in Chem Sci 101 & 102

Senior Design Colloquium Spring 2016




Civil Engineering Alumnus Elected President of the County Road Association of MI

James M. Iwanicki, 1989 graduate of Civil Engineering
James M. Iwanicki, 1989 graduate of Civil Engineering

James Iwanicki ‘1989 – BS, Civil Engineering has been elected President of the County Road Association (CRA) of MI.  James has been with Marquette County Road Commission for 17 years and recognized in 2014 as CRA Rural Engineer of the Year.

Delta Phi Epsilon Awards “Most Engaging Professor”

Civil and Environmental Engineering’s newest instructor, Michelle Jarvie-Eggart was awarded “Most Engaging Professor” by Delta Phi Epsilon this semester. She is teaching ENVE 4506, Sustainable Engineering Design.  Michelle earned her PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2007. Since then she has worked on sustainability and compliance issues for mining and other heavy industries in Marquette, MI. She and her family moved back to Houghton in November.

Environmental Engineering Ph.D. Student Article Accepted as an “Editor’s Choice” Paper

Anika Kuczynski, a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering

An article titled “The Cladophora Resurgence in Lake Ontario: Characterization and Implications for Management” by Anika Kuczynski, Martin T. Auer, Colin N. Brooks, and Amanda G. Grimm was recently accepted as one of the “Editor’s choice” papers for 2016 by the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS). The NRC Research Press uses this as a means of highlighting articles of “particularly high caliber and topical importance.” The article will be published as an Open Article (no CJFAS subscription required) for increased visibility. Please visit