Category: Students

Environmental Engineering Students are Seeking Solutions to Lake Ontario’s Cladophora Problem

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Anika Kuczynski, a PhD candidate in environmental engineering, shows Cladophora growing in Lake Ontario
Hayden Henderson, an environmental engineering undergrad, shows some of the green alga collected from Lake Ontario
Hayden Henderson, an environmental engineering undergrad, shows some of the Cladophora collected from Lake Ontario

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Michelle Nitz, an environmental engineering undergrad, is studying samples taken from Lake Ontario

Cladophora is a filamentous, green alga that grows to nuisance levels in areas of the Great Lakes receiving phosphorus enrichment.  Anika Kuczynski, a Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering working under Dr. Marty Auer, recently received an Editor’s Choice Award for her paper entitled, “The Cladophora resurgence in Lake Ontario: Characterization and implications for management” published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  Anika is back on Lake Ontario this summer seeking engineering solutions to this problem plaguing the Great Toronto waterfront.  Anika was accompanied by environmental engineering undergrads Hayden Henderson and Michelle Nitz on her most recent trip to Lake Ontario in July.  Results from the field and laboratory studies performed there will be input to a 3D model developed by Anika, Chenfu Huang (also a  Ph.D. student in environmental engineering) and CEE’s Dr. Pengfei Xue to test management strategies to reduce nuisance growth of the alga.

STEM Career Tour at Michigan Tech

STEM Tour

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

jchadde@mtu.edu 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.

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

 

 

 

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

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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 http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/journal/cjfas.

 

Michigan Tech/TUFTS Team Wins Prestigious ASCE Award

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has announced that Steven C. Chapra, Rasika K. Gawde, Martin T. Auer, Rakesh K. Gelda and Noel R. Urban will receive the Society’s 2016 Horner Award for their paper entitled, Sed2K: Modeling lake sediment diagenesis in a management context, published in the
Journal of Environmental Engineering in 2015. The Horner Award is made annually, recognizing the paper, published in an ASCE journal making the most valuable contribution to the environmental engineering profession. The award-winning paper is based on a mathematical model (Sed2K) developed by Dr. Chapra, the Louis Berger Chair in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Tufts University. Application and testing of the model was led by Rasika K. Gawde who recently received the Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech and is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. Rakesh Gelda, also received the doctorate in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Tech and is presently a Research Scientist with the Bureau of Water Supply, Water Quality Science & Research at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Drs. Auer and Urban are faculty in the Michigan Tech Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

PCMI Student is Fulfilling a Childhood Dream of Service

Siblings Helen (left) and her brother Joseph (right) are both fulfilling a shard childhood dream of serving in the Peace Corps.
Siblings Helen (left) and her brother Joseph (right) are both fulfilling a shard childhood dream of serving in the Peace Corps.

Helen Amiri, a Peace Corps Master’s International student in Environmental Engineering at Michigan Tech, is pursuing her childhood dream by serving in Vanuatu as a hygiene education and water sanitation volunteer. Helen is one of many students at Michigan Tech pursuing a PCMI degree, which allows students to earn a master’s degree while also serving in the Peace Corps. Michigan Tech’s program is the largest in the nation and our students have served in 52 countries around the world.

Environmental Engineering Seminar: Toward New Age Modeling and Management of Nuisance Cladophora in the Great Lakes

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Toward New Age Modeling and Management of Nuisance Cladophora in the Great Lakes
Monday, November 2, 2015
3 PM
202 Great Lakes Research Cener

Anika Kuczynski, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Michigan Tech

Abstract:

A native to the Great Lakes, Cladophora glomerata is a filamentous, green alga that has proliferated and caused nuisance conditions especially in the lower Great Lakes, both historically and in the 21st century. Depending on currents affected by wind speed and direction, algal mats may clog cooling and drinking water intakes or wash up on beaches. The decaying plant material produces offensive odors and provides favorable environmental conditions for hosting pathogens. While Cladophora was not the target for P abatement, which began in the late 1970s, its biomass levels appeared to decrease by the early to mid-1980s in Lake Ontario. With the return of nuisance conditions since the zebra and quagga mussel invasion and an altered system at hand, current field monitoring and modeling efforts are necessary to establish a new baseline understanding and appropriate management approaches in this new age. The objectives of this dissertation will be 1) to establish that there has, in fact, been a Cladophora resurgence in the Great Lakes and to quantitatively characterize that resurgence and management implications, 2) to define a phosphorus standard or substance objective for Cladophora management in the Great Lakes; and to demonstrate the application of linked hydrodynamic-phosphorus-Cladophora modeling to define management strategies in two case studies, 3) the Ajax, ON nearshore of Lake Ontario and 4) the eastern basin of Lake Erie.

 

CEE 2014 Awards

Adriano Rothschild received the The Danielle Ladwig Award for Graduate Excellence is made annually to a graduate level civil or environmental engineering student in recognition of outstanding achievement in academics, research, and service, in memory of our friend and colleague, Danielle F. Ladwig.

Adriano Rothschild received the The Danielle Ladwig Award

Tia Scarpelli received the The Nicole Bloom Award for Environmental Sustainability is made annually to an undergraduate civil or environmental engineering student who has demonstrated leadership, passion, and activism for effecting environmental sustainability at the local, national, or global level.

Tia Scarpelli received the The Nicole Bloom Award

Xu Yang received the Graduate Research Excellence Award

Xu Yang received the Graduate Research Excellence Award

Tess Ahlborn was voted the Howard Hill Faculty of the Year of Chi Epsilon students presenting her with the award.

Tess Ahlborn was voted the Howard Hill Faculty of the Year

Graduate Teaching Assistants Recognized
Concrete Canoe team
F. William Baxandall Adjunct Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering