Category: Students

Senior Design Petroleum Group Invited to Present

In May 2014 this year’s senior design capstone group focusing on petroleum engineering was invited to the Northern Michigan Society of Petroleum Engineering (SPE) and the Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) meetings. Their talk, “A Technical Evaluation of the Sycamore Limestone Formation in the Anadarko Basin of Oklahoma” was presented at the SPE meeting where they were commended for the amount of work they were able to accomplish over two semesters. Data for the project was provided by Vitruvian Exploration LLC, and student travel was funded by Apache Corporation.  

These meetings allowed the group consisting Garvie Crane, Audrey Hutton, & Charles Breithaupt an opportunity to network with alumni and employees in the oil and gas industry.

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Rachael Pressley wins 1st place

Congratulations to Rachael Pressley, Senior Geology student on winning 1st place in the Undergraduate Student Poster competition last Friday. Her project

“Questioning Uplift Rates for Suwannee River Basin, Florida”
was under the direction of Dr. Jason Gulley.

She will present this again for World Water Day on Wednesday, March 26, from 4-5pm in the Dow Lobby (campus side).

Very proud of her accomplishment!!

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Michigan Tech Students Head to Detroit for Alternative Spring Break

Students from the Michigan Tech National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited seven middle and high schools in Detroit over their Spring Break, March 11-14, 2014, to promote college and engineering to K-12 students. Two GMES students were in the group, Simisola Arogundade and Samantha Fentress. In the evenings, they conducted Family Engineering Night events at three K-8 schools. NSBE’s Alternative Spring Break is conducted in collaboration with the Detroit Public Schools Office of Science and the Detroit Math & Science Center, and funded in part, with a grant from John Deere.  

WXYZ Channel 7 news in Detroit aired a feature story about an interview with Michigan Tech NSBE student chapter members in Detroit, working to motivate middle and high school students in Detroit schools to see college in their futures and to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

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Michigan Tech NSBE students Family Engineering session at classroom in Detroit shown here in a photo from 2014

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Michigan Tech Students Win First Place in National Mining Competition

The National Mining Competition announced the three winners from the 2013 event. First place Michigan Tech, second place University of British Columbia, and third place Edwards School of Business.

The winning Michigan Tech Mining team, “the fabulous four,” was Cora Hemmila, Matthew Younger, Matthew Schuman and Matthew Schwalen. The team advisor is James Murray Gillis, Instructor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program.

The 2nd Annual National Mining Competition Awards Gala was hosted at TCU Place. TCU Place is Saskatoon’s Arts & Convention Centre. The banquet keynote speaker was N. Murray Edwards, President and Owner of Edco Financial Holdings, Ltd, investor in Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Ensign Energy Services, Inc., Imperial Metals Corp., and Calgary Flames National Hockey League team.

The contest was held at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada at the Univesity of Saskatchewan. Founded in 2012, the National Mining Competition is Saskatchewan and Canada’s first undergraduate mining case competition. Teams are challenged to solve an innovative mining strategy case relevant to business issues facing firms within the global mining sector. This year’s competition is recruiting undergraduate students from the faculties of business, geology, engineering, and others, to team up and compete at this this unparalleled mining-industry event. The National Mining Competition is a student run, academic case competition focused on the mining industry. Undergraduate teams compete from universities & colleges across North America where they are challenged to develop an innovative solution to complex issues facing the mining industry. The National Mining Competition is a student run, academic case competition focused on the mining industry. Undergraduate teams compete from universities & colleges across North America where they are challenged to develop an innovative solution to complex issues facing the mining industry.

More details about Michigan Tech team coming soon.

NMC Website

Associate Dean of Engineering Carl Anderson, J. Murray Gilles, Director, Mine Safety and Health Training Program, Matthew Schwalen, Matthew Schuman, Cora Hemmila, and Matthew Younger

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Neala Creasy Earns 2014 Women of Promise Award

Neala Creasy, a Senior in Applied Geophysics in the Geological and Mining Engineering & Sciences Department at Michigan Tech 2014 – Women of Promise award.
The Women of Promise program was initiated in 1999 as a result of a recommendation from the Presidential Council of Alumnae (PCA). The program recognizes current female Michigan Tech students from each academic department who go above and beyond what is expected of them in terms of being a well-rounded student, by demonstrating, for example, academic achievement, campus and community leadership, good citizenship, creativity, and other characteristics of high achieving individuals. In short, women who exemplify, early on, the criteria one would consider in selecting future inductees to the Presidential Council of Alumnae. This program is also an excellent opportunity for current female students to interact with and often to be mentored by successful Michigan Tech Alumnae.
The 2013 GMES winner was Audrey L. Hutton.

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Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists Scholarships Announced

Three Michigan Tech students won scholarships at the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologist (AEG) 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Lauren Schaefer, a geology PhD student, won the Tilford and Lemke scholarships. The Tilford scholarship is provided to a graduate student for field studies. The Lemke scholarship is provided for outstanding student abstract for the work, “Geotechnical characterization of materials for stability analysis of large volcanic slopes: Are studies for specific volcanoes justifiable?” Lauren is advised by Thomas Oommen (GMES).

Bonnie Zwissler, a civil engineering PhD student, won the Lemke scholarship for the outstanding student abstract for “A study of the impacts of freeze-thaw on cliff recession at the Calvert Cliffs in Calvert County, Maryland.” This research was done as part of her MS and is advised by Oommen. Zwissler is pursuing her PhD and is co-advised by Eric Seagren (CEE) and Oommen.

Lindsay Davis, a Peace Corp Masters International (GMES) student won first place in the graduate division for the Martin L. Stout scholarship. The Stout scholarship supports environmental and engineering geologic studies by students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Lindsay is advised by Louisa Kramer (GMES). Michigan Tech would like to congratulate these three students for their phenomenal success.

The applications for the 2014 AEG student scholarships are due on February 1. Details of student membership to AEG and the scholarships can be obtained from the Michigan Tech AEG student chapter website or for more information contact Oommen, toommen@mtu.edu.

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Energy Education for Michigan Scholarship Announcement

Applicant criteria: must be a Michigan resident; must demonstrate financial need; must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (calculated on a 4.00 scale); must be a full-time student in good standing at a postsecondary, accredited Michigan “Educational Institution” at the time the award is paid (an “Educational Institution” is an organization that normally maintains regular faculty and curriculum and has a regularly enrolled student body in attendance); must be enrolled in a course of study which will allow for full time employment in the crude oil and natural gas industry. Renewable for up to 3 years or until a Bachelor’s Degree is earned, whichever occurs first) DEADLINE IS JULY 15th see attached application form.

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GMES Awards for Spring 2013

The Department of Geological & Mining Engineering & Sciences
13th Annual Awards Ceremony was held Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Downtowner Restaurant Hall in Houghton. In addition to graduating seniors and graduate students getting recognition, numerous scholarship awards and special presentations were made by Department Chair Dr. Wayne Pennington.

A selection of photos can be found on the College of Engineering Flickr Resources.

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Michigan Space Grants Announced

Congratulations to our faculty receiving $5,000 Michigan Space Grants:

*Louisa Kramer (GMES): “Remote sensing of gases in smoke stack plumes”

Graduate students receiving $5,000 fellowship Michigan Space Grants:

*Kathleen McKee (GMES): “Analysis of Temporal Velocity Changes from Seismic Ambient Noise in Volcanic Environments: Source Modeling and Evaluation for Monitoring”

*Lauren Schaefer (GMES): “Application of remote sensing and numerical modeling to volcanic hazard monitoring”

*Emily Gochis (GMES): “Increasing Native American involvement in geosciences through interdisciplinary community-based student investigations”

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