Save the date: D80 Conference


This is the theme for this year’s D80 Conference – a dialog and celebration of our efforts to solve issues that confront the 80% of the world’s population that is under-served.

This year’s event will feature keynote speaker, Grace Hsia, Co-founder and CEO of Warmilu.

Please hold Saturday, October 22nd and watch for registration information to come out soon.

D80 Conference Report

The 9th Annual D80 Conference was held on October 24th on the Michigan Tech campus. Over 30 student presenters and 10 faculty participated in the dialogue on design and cross-cultural collaboration. Thanks to everyone who joined us! For a full report, including videos of the presentations, see the College of Engineering blog.

Clean Cooking = Clean Cookstoves + Clean Fuel

Consumer Product Manufacturing (CPM) Enterprise is partnering with Agri & Forestry Investment to help balance the clean cooking equation in Benin, West Africa. CPM is providing engineering support for charcoal production from palm kernel shells (an agricultural by-product), resulting in a cleaner fuel and more sustainable production process than is currently used. More details here:

Design Global, Engineer Local

Join Engineers Without Borders USA, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the University of Colorado Boulder for their Global Leadership Program: Design Global, Engineer Local, a one-week course held Oct. 5-11, 2014.  The course is limited to 300 attendees, so register now! Discounted tuition of$1,250* is available through March 15, 2014.

*Course tuition includes registration to ASCE/EWB-USA’s Global Engineering Conference 2014 and daily meals. Course tuition does not include hotel or airfare. Travel arrangement information will be available soon at

Sustainability The Game at Michigan Tech

Andres Tarte, M.S. Environmental Engineering graduate, will be presenting Sustainability, a strategy board game that aims to promote ecological thinking for sustainable development. Described as “Monopoly meets Risk, but instead of conquering the world you have to save it,” the game dynamics are based on real-world statistics and allow players to better visualize connections between socioeconomic development, public policy, and resource consumption. Two events are scheduled:
Monday, Nov. 11, 3-4 pm – Environmental Engineering Graduate Seminar, GLRC 201
Monday, Nov. 11, 7-9 pm – Game session, Fisher 138 (pizza and snacks will be served)

7th Annual D80 Conference a Success!

Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s D80 Conference!   The conference featured 12 presentations and 2 workshops by Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate students, along with one workshop by a faculty member on behalf of a student overseas.  The keynote presentation by Professor James Boyce, University of Massachusetts, illustrated some social and economic “pitfalls” that can affect engineering project outcomes, and encouraged students to think holistically about benefits and costs, as well as who gains and loses from a project.

All presentations are available for viewing on-line:

Michigan Tech student runs across Kalahari for water

Environmental engineering major, Breanna Cornell, is part of impossible2Possible, a venture to bring attention to water. She is a part of an eight person team running daily ultra marathons to highlight water challenges in Africa. Read more:

Follow along at the website below as Breanna and her team cross Botswana, October 29 to November 12:

Swimming in It or Drinking It, Water Beckons Graduate Student

Graduate student Ben Savonen knows a thing or two about the importance of water. As a competitive swimmer and former captain of the varsity swim team at Ohio State University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, he spent a lot of time in and around it.  As a Peace Corps Master’s International student at Michigan Technological University pursuing a master’s degree in environmental engineering, he’s studying water resources and purification techniques. Read the full story.