Category Archives: Research

New Study Evaluates Ecological, Economic Impacts of Water Use in Great Lakes Region

Michigan Technological University and Arizona State University are leading a new, three-year research study to develop a way to track water flows and water use through a watershed.

The Virtual Water Accounting project is led by Michigan Tech with guidance from an advisory board of business leaders, policymakers and watershed advocates. Principal partners include Arizona State University and the Great Lakes Commission. The Great Lakes Protection Fund is funding the study.


Researchers Attend American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

Professor Ann Maclean (SFRES) attended the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in Sacramento, Calif. Maclean, along with Professor John Gierke (GMES) and MS student Jill Bruning (GMES), received the third-place John J. Davidson Presidents Award for Practical Papers.
The purpose of the award is to encourage and commend those who publish papers of practical or applied value in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, the official journal of ASPRS. Their paper, “An Approach to Lineament Analysis for Groundwater Exploration in Nicaragua,” was published in May, 2011, and detailed research conducted by Bruning while working on her MS.

Reading Magnetic Fingerprints From Deep Time

Assistant Professor Aleksey Smirnov (GMES/EPSSI) has received $186,272 from the National Science Foundation for the first two years of a potential five-year project, “CAREER: Reading Magnetic Fingerprints From Deep Time: An Insight into the Geodynamo and Early Earth System Evolution.”

GMES students win awards from Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)

GMES students Guoqun Zhang and Lauren Schaefer won paper awards in a student competition at a meeting of the Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG)–North Central Section.
Zhang won the first prize in the undergraduate category for her paper, “Analyzing the Slope Stability of the Transitional Slope Beside a Loess Platform, in Northwest China.”
Schaefer was runner-up in the graduate category for her paper, “Numerical Modeling of Volcanic Slope Instability and Related Hazards at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala.”
As winners, both students were speakers at the Paper Competition Night in Chicago on April 17.

Michigan Tech Remains the Nation’s Top Peace Corps Master’s International Graduate School

Michigan Technological University ranks as the No. 1 Peace Corps Master’s International (PCMI) university nationwide for the seventh consecutive year. With 31 PCMI graduate students currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, Michigan Tech has earned top spot in the 2012 rankings of Peace Corps’ Master’s International and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate schools.


Patrick Manzoni Receives Platinum Corporate Sponsor Award

Graduate student Patrick Manzoni (GMES) received the platinum corporate sponsor award for his outstanding student abstract at the 54th annual meeting of the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists, held in Anchorage, Alaska. Manzoni was selected as one of the three awardees based on his abstract, “Slope Stability Analysis of the Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Using Limit Equilibrium and Finite Element Method.” A review committee of three AEG members selected Manzoni’s abstract from more than 30 student abstracts. The fieldwork forming the basis of the research was conducted as part of the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project.