Timothy Colling (CEE/CTT) is the principal investigator on a project that has received an $861,459 contract from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Gary Schlaff (CEE), Nick Koszykowski (CEE) and Luke Peterson (CEE) are Co-PIs on the project “2019 Roadsoft Asset Management Development & Support.”
This is a one-year project.
Timothy Colling (CEE/Center for Technology and Training), is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $18,160 grant from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John Velat (CEE/Center for Rural and Tribal Community Resilience) is Co-PI on the project “Smart Management for Small Water Systems FY18.”
This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $39,977.
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Marjan Monfarednsab to Attend weSTEM Conference
The weSTEM conference provides a forum through which current and future STEM leaders can motivate and inspire each other to excel at the frontier of scientific advancement and develop solutions for the next generation of technical challenges.
Monfarednsab is the first SWE graduate student member at Michigan Tech to be accepted to the conference. Her travel and conference costs will be funded by the SWE section and the College of Engineering, along with the conference sponsors.
Emily Gamm Attends American Segmental Bridge Institute Convention
Emily Gamm, a structures grad student, was awarded a scholarship to attend the American Segmental Bridge Institute (ASBI) Convention in Chicago, Nov. 5-7, 2018. She participated in technical sessions, committee meetings, networking opportunities (including meeting Michigan Tech alumnus Tim Barry) and a tour of a segmental bridge construction project. The tour also included an opportunity to sign the inside face of one of the match cast segments.
Hayden Henderson Travels to North American Lake Management Society Conference
Environmental Engineering MS student Hayden Henderson traveled to the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) annual conference in Cincinnati to present his work titled: The Role of Anoxia, Entrainment, and Intrusions in Mediating Phosphorus Trophic State Dynamics to the general audience. In addition, he was asked to speak to the attendees of a workshop on internal phosphorus loading regarding a specific research site and subsequent findings. The 38th International Symposium of NALMS took place October 30 to November 2, 2018.
After returning from the conference, Hayden was informed that the research poster he presented at the conference titled: “Neither Wolf nor Dog: P-Management in a Quasi Polymictic Lake” was awarded 1st place in the Jody Connor Student Award poster competition.
Amlan Mukherjee (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $162,256 contract with the ESC. Inc on a project funded by Federal Highway Administration. The project is titled “Mapping of Unit/Product System Processes for Pavement Life Cycle Assessment.”
This is the first phase of a three-year project potentially totaling $206,029.
Reducing Waste, Improving Roads
Michigan installs first recycled tire chip seal application in the United States
“The work in Kalamazoo demonstrated new applications,” Michigan Technological University professor of civil and environmental engineering Zhanping You says. “Ground tire rubber (GTR) has generally not been used much in chip seals and the products that are being used for this project are being used for the first time used in the U.S.”
“The project included reacted rubber for both the hot rubber chip seal (HRCS) and the hot rubber thin overlay (HRTO) based on the research development,” You says. “Michigan Tech researchers have used GTR in asphalt emulsion so that the GTR modified asphalt emulsion is used for a different rubber chip seal, which is very different than the HRCS.
Daisuke Minakata (CEE) and Mark Rouleau (SS) completed the NSF project: “Coupling Experimental and Theoretical Molecular-Level Investigations to Visualize the Fate of Degradation of Organic Compounds in Aqueous Phase Advanced Oxidation Systems“. The final report has been accepted by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The four-year project, that began in 2014, investigated the fate of trace organic compounds degradation in the aqueous phase advanced oxidation process using experimental measurements and theoretical modeling. The project generated 6 paper publications in peer-reviewed journals, 9 invited talks at the international symposiums, workshops and seminars, 13 conference talks at the international conferences, and 6 poster presentations. In addition, it provided a total of 10 sessions through K12 outreach activities to high school students and teachers. Three graduate students were trained under this project.
Daisuke Minakata (CEE), is one of the authors of the paper “Boron Can Be Used to Predict Trace Organic Rejection through Reverse Osmosis Membranes for Potable Reuse,” published in Environmental Science and Technology.
Environ. Sci. Technol., Article ASAP
Publication Date (Web): November 16, 2018
Copyright © 2018 American Chemical Society
Potable water reuse is a viable option for communities with extreme water scarcity. Improvements in measurement capabilities and greater occurrence of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) have made the investigation of the removal of CECs through advanced treatment facilities essential for further reuse considerations.
The experimental results were used to develop a correlation between the removal of organics and boron.
Melanie Kueber Watkins (CEE/MTTI) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $45,000 research and development contract from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The title of the project is “Letter of Intent for NCHRP Synthesis 20-05/Topic 50-02: Highway Hydraulic Engineering State of Practice.”
This is an 18-month project.
The Vice President for Research Office has awarded Century II Campaign Endowed Equipment Funds (C2E2) at the recommendation of the C2E2 Committee. Noel Urban (GLRC/CEE) received funding for his project GLRC Submission: Water Purification System in Support of GLRC Research and Education.
C2E2 is a program aimed at providing equipment money to improve the lives of faculty, students, and staff campus-wide.