Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar: Sep 6

Civil Engineering Graduate Seminar, Dow ESE 641, 4 pm September 6, 2012
Dr. Dale Tahtinen will speak on the interactions possible between civil and environmental engineers and both state and federal legislators. He will also discuss how we (engineers) can be most effective in influencing legislation. I’m sure that some of his commentary will raise questions, and he has requested that questions from the audience can be raised at any time. Dr. Tahtinen has a great deal of experience interacting with elected and appointed officials ranging from the President of the United States to state staff members.

National Transportation Council Meeting at Tech

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) is holding their summer meeting at Michigan Tech. The CUTC’s membership represents over 70 of the nation’s leading university-based transportation research and education programs. The purpose for the program is to advance the state-of-the-art in all modes and disciplines of transportation and improve the nation’s mobility, economy, and defense. The CUTC provides a forum for improving and enhancing research and education in transportation and related areas.

The Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) was established in 1979 by the major transportation research centers and institutes in the United States.

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Great Lakes Research Center Dedication

The Great Lakes Research Center dedication ceremony for Michigan Technological University’s newest building was on Thursday, Aug. 2. The speakers were Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz; Stephen Hicks, chair of the Board of Control; and Guy Meadows, director of Great Lakes initiatives at the GLRC.

The three-story, 50,000-square-foot center has three distinct areas: a boathouse for the University’s three research vessels and environmental monitoring buoy network, a complex of research laboratories, and a public area that includes conference facilities and space for K-12 education.

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Industry Supports Rail Program

The Rail Transportation Program (RTP), a part of the Michigan Tech Transportation Institute (MTTI), recently received program funding from two industry partners.
The National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC), a national trade organization representing railroad construction and maintenance contractors and suppliers, gave $5,000 to the RTP.
Norfolk Southern (NS) Railroad has provided $20,000 to the RTP.
Both awards will support student activities, said Director Pasi Lautala.

Pasi Lautala, research assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering and director of the Rail Transportation Program, was quoted in Progressive Railroading magazine as part of its coverage of the 2012 Railroad Engineering Education Symposium. See Lautala.