Tag: Environmental Policy

Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Spring 2020 Recipient – Hongmei Lu

Hongmei Lu
Environmental Policy

I am a Ph.D. candidate studying Environmental and Energy Policy in the Department of Social Sciences. I received my M.Sc. degree from Wageningen University, The Netherlands in Landscape Architecture & Planning. I started my Ph.D. program in Fall 2016 at MTU under the supervision of Dr. Audrey L. Mayer. My research interests include policy making and policy implementation pertaining to the urban environment, including green infrastructure, green stormwater management, municipal waste management, etc. My dissertation topic is “From Garden City to Sponge City: Urban green infrastructure policy development in China.”

I am very grateful to the Graduate School for the Finishing Fellowship support, which allows me to completely focus on my research at this final stage of my graduate studies. Thanks also to all the supports for my study from the Department of Social Sciences in the past four years.

Nominee for 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award: Erin Pischke

Erin Pischke
Environmental and Energy Policy

Erin Pischke 2018My dissertation research examines the public perceptions of socioecological impacts of oil palm production and the political ecology of environmental change in Tabasco, Mexico. I collaborate with natural, social and engineering scientists to study the impacts of bioenergy development projects to assess the sustainability of them. My work shows that past political and economic actions impact current environmental conditions and creates institutional and structural constraints in the region to which people are adapting. A multi-pronged, interdisciplinary approach tackles problems from various angles to, in a sense, make the problem smaller. My research also studies the challenges that international, interdisciplinary teams face when studying such impacts in international settings so that future research can be more successful.

Nominees for 2018 CGS/ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award

The Graduate School would like to congratulate and recognize Lauren Schaefer and Erin Pischke for being nominated for the Council of Graduate Schools / ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards, the nation’s most prestigious honors for doctoral dissertations.

Two awards are given annually in two different broad areas (mathematics, physical sciences and engineering; and social sciences; and the biological sciences; and humanities and fine arts). The winners of the awards will be announced during the Fall 2018 Semester.

The 2018 fields of competition are:

Mathematics, Physical Sciences, and Engineering

Mathematics and Social Sciences

Graduate School Announces Award Recipients

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that the following students have earned:

Doctoral Finishing Fellowships:

Jun Ma, PhD candidate in Computer Science
Evgeniy Kulakov, PhD candidate in Geology
Colin Gurganus, PhD candidate in Atmospheric Sciences
Suntara Fueangfung, PhD candidate in Chemistry
Fang Chen, PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering
Xiaohui Wang, PhD candidate in Electrical Engineering
Jennifer Riehl, PhD candidate in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Stephanie Ogren, PhD candidate in Biological Sciences
Tayloria Adams, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering

Dean’s Fellowships:

Bonnie Zwissler, PhD candidate in Civil Engineering
Matthew Brege, PhD candidate in Chemistry
Bryan Steinhoff, PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

DeVlieg Foundation Fellowships:

Howard Haselhuhn, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering
John Henderson, PhD candidate in Forest Science

King-Ch`avez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowships:

Zoe Miller, MS candidate in Environmental Engineering
Darnishia Slade, PhD candidate in Applied Cognitive Science and Human Factors
Ronesha Strozier, MS candidate in Environmental Policy

Photographs and details of awards and fellowships coordinated by the Graduate School can be found online:


Global City Presents “A Village in Bangladesh”

“A Village in Bangladesh” will be presented by S. M. Mizanur Rahman, Tuesday, April 22, at 5 p.m., in EERC 103.

Mizanur will present the development disaster caused by shrimp farming in his village and how small producers are left out of the economic development of this product. He will also talk about his work in the community and “The Motorcycle Project,” an idea he developed to provide capital support and planning skills to the local people, which he plans on implementing this summer. He is now pursuing his PhD in Environmental and Energy Policy at Michigan Tech.

Published in Tech Today.

2014 Lee Schipper Scholarship Call for Applications Announced

Applications are now open for the 2014 Lee Schipper Memorial Scholarship for Sustainable Transport and Energy Efficiency.  Provided jointly by the Schipper Family and EMBARQ, the sustainable transport and urban planning program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Scholarship will award two extraordinary candidates up to $10,000 each to advance transformative research in efficient and sustainable transport.

Dr. Leon J. Schipper (“Lee” or “Mr. Meter”) was a co-founder of EMBARQ who dedicated his professional life to the efficient use of energy in mobility. An international physicist, researcher, and studied musician, Lee was a giant in the energy efficiency field. This scholarship celebrates his vision and the bold challenges to conventional wisdom he gave to the field. 2013 scholarships were awarded to Ms. Fei Li (China) and Mr. Sudhir Gota (India).*

*Mr. Sudhir Gota is Technical Manager for Transport of Clean Air Asia (www.cleanairasia.org).  Clean Air Asia promotes better air quality and livable cities by translating knowledge to policies and actions that reduce air pollution and greenhouse emissions from transport, energy, and other sectors.  It was established as the leading air quality management network for Asia by the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and USAID in 2001, and operates since 2007 as an independent non-profit organization.

Scholarship Details

The Scholarship is aimed at expanding the contributions to research and policy dialogue in the field of sustainable transport and energy efficiency, with a special emphasis on “iconoclastic” contributions that have clear, transformative outputs and contribute to measurable changes.  Proposals are welcome from across the different stages that nurture policy dialogue, including: data collection and data quality, diagnosis through data analysis (qualitative and quantitative), policy analysis and evaluation, and interdisciplinary and international comparative analysis.


There are no geographical restrictions on applications for the Scholarship, so researchers and students of all national origins and fields are eligible to apply.  However, applications should be submitted in English – work may be done in other languages as needed to enhance its impact.  Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Consistency with Lee Schipper’s contributions
  • Alignment with the idea of sustainable transport and energy efficiency
  • Creation of innovative, transformational outcomes (“real impact”)
  • Feasibility (timely, realistic)
  • Applicant (affiliation, background, previous contributions, references)

Apply now!

The first selection phase requires an expression of interested, to be completed by Friday, December 13, 2013. Interested applicants can learn more about this process and start their applications here.  From this first phase, up to ten candidates will advance to the next selection round and will be notified in early January when a more detailed research proposal will be required.  Final awardees will be notified in early 2014.

For more information: http://thecityfix.com/blog/call-applications-lee-schipper-memorial-scholarship-kyle-

WWF funding and fellowship opportunities

The Luc Hoffmann Institute pursues synthesis ideas that will deliver cutting edge results with a clear pathway to application for decision makers and civil society practitioners in WWF’s key focus areas.  WWF focus areas can be broken into goals focused onpriority places and priority species, and goals focused on reducing human impact, or the human footprint.  Many of these goals receive additional focus through WWF’s Global Initiatives.

Our next call for full proposals is JANUARY 5th, 2014.  For this call, we are accepting proposal ideas across the full suite of WWF focus areas, with a particular focus on synthesis proposals relevant to the goals of WWF Global Initiatives, as well as proposals that explore trade-offs and consequences of alternative social, economic, and ecological futures in the greater Yangtze River area.

To allow enough time to make the next proposal deadline, we recommend that you send us your proposal ideas no later than December 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions related to our process, or in submitting your idea, please contact Emilie Cavallo at ecavallo@wwfint.org.

Proposal submission is a two-step process.

Step 1: Submit an idea

We want to hear from research professionals from any organization and geographic location.  If you have a synthesis idea that fits into our areas of focus and that you think the Luc Hoffmann Institute should explore further, please submit your idea to us, in a 1-2 paragraph format at: submissions@wwfint.org.

In presenting your idea, please indicate how the work benefits both people and nature, and explain the relationship of the work to WWF conservation efforts.  Research ideas that do not clearly state potential or actual WWF collaborators will not be considered.

Step 2

All synthesis ideas will be reviewed by the Luc Hoffmann Institute as they come in.  When an idea appears to have strong alignment with WWF conservation goals and strategic potential for the Luc Hoffmann Institute, as well as a champion within WWF, we will ask the researcher who submitted the research idea to submit a full proposal, collaboratively, with at least one WWF staff member.

In producing the full proposal, the Research and WWF Lead will be expected to engage the WWF global network at the strategic and senior level, to identify the key questions at the heart of your research idea, and to identify the experts who should be part of your Collaborative Research Team.

New theses available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Geology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

John Baeten
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Patrick E Martin
Thesis title: The Technology, Mining Methods and Landscapes of a Placer Mining District in Fairbanks, Alaska, 1900-1930

Bingyu Bai
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Caryn L Heldt
Thesis title: Electrospun Chitosan Nanofibers for Virus Removal

Andrew Chapp
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lanrong Bi
Thesis title: Indole Based Antioxidants for the Treatment of Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

Jean DeClerck
Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Co-Advisors: M Ann Brady and Wendy K Z Anderson
Thesis title: Exigencies for Engaging Undergraduates in Rhetorical Problem Solving: Insights from Engineering Managers and A3Report Analyses

Elise Desplas
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Aleksey Victorovich Smirnov
Thesis title: Comparison of Magnetic Properties and Petrography between Dykes and Lava Flows from La Cienega, New Mexico and Thunder Bay Area, Canada

Nathan Fettinger
Master of Science in Computer Engineering
Co-Advisors: Chee-Wooi Ten and Chunxiao Chigan
Thesis title: Minimizing Residential Distribution System Operating Costs through Intelligently Scheduled Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle Charging

Sarah Gray
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Seth W Donahue
Thesis title: Treatment of Osteoporosis in a Mouse Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy using Black Bear Parathyroid Hormone

Kristine Guzak
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Kurtis G Paterson
Thesis title: Engineering Design Motivations: A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of University Students

Eric Kreiger
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: A Model to Describe the Mode I Fracture of Steel Fiber Reinforced Ultra-High Performance Concrete

Huihui Lin
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: David W Watkins
Thesis title: Analysis of Spring Break-up and Its Effects on a Biomass Feedstock Supply Chain in Northern Michigan

Patrick Manzoni
Master of Science in Geology
Co-Advisors: Thomas Oommen and Alessandro Tibaldi
Thesis title: Slope Stability Analysis of the Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala, Using Limit Equilibrium and Finite Element Method

Hilary Morgan
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Lava Discharge Rate Estimates from Thermal Infrared Satellite Data at Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Andrew Orthober
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Carol A MacLennan
Thesis title: Public Participation in Michigan Mining Policy: The Kennecott Eagle Project Case

Bhairavi Pandya
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Chee-Wooi Ten
Thesis title: Online Distribution Management Framework by Incorporating Wind Generation

Parichehr Saranjampour
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lynn Rebecca Mazzoleni
Thesis title: Characterization of Water-Soluble Organic Compounds in Ambient Aerosol Using Ultrahigh-Resolution Electrospray Ionization Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry

Sarah Stream
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Jason Robert Carter
Thesis title: Acute Alcohol Ingestion and Sympathetic Neural Responses During Orthostatic Stress in Humans

Zhitong Zhao
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Iosif Pinelis
Thesis title: Modeling Spontaneous Three-Dimensional Polymerization

New Graduate Fellowships Lure Returning Peace Corps Volunteers

A new partnership between Michigan Tech and the US Peace Corps will enable returning Peace Corps volunteers to attend graduate school at Michigan Tech while putting their Peace Corps skills to work. Michigan Tech is one of the universities recently selected by the Peace Corps to offer new or expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program graduate degrees, which include scholarships and degree-related internships in underserved American communities.

The new fellowships will support graduate degrees in biological sciences, forestry, applied ecology, forest ecology and management, forest molecular genetics and biotechnology, environmental policy and industrial archaeology. All returned Peace Corps volunteers will be eligible to apply for the Coverdell program. Currently, 12 alumni who received bachelor’s degrees at Michigan Tech are serving in the Peace Corps. They also will be eligible for the new program when they finish their service.

“Michigan Tech is extremely pleased to be selected to participate in the Coverdell Fellows Program,” said Graduate School Dean Jacqueline Huntoon. “With this program, we will continue to strengthen our collaboration with the Peace Corps, building on our existing programs for returned Peace Corps volunteers and students in our Peace Corps Master’s International programs.

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Published in Tech Today by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

New theses available in the Library

The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library from the following programs:

  • Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Policy
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forestry
  • Mechanical Engineering

Evan Anderson
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: The Impact of Balsamo (Myroxylon balsamum L. Harms) on Coffee Yield and Household Income in El Balsamar, El Salvador

Gerald Anzalone
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Lawrence L Sutter
Thesis title: Expansion of Mortar Bars in the Presence of Potassium Acetate Deicer

Ellen Brenna
Master of Science in Environmental Policy
Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
Thesis title: Perceptions of Water Conditions and Management in the Sonora River Basin, Sonora, Mexico

Claire Doskey
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Co-Advisors: Rupali Datta and Ramakrishna Wusirika
Thesis title: Uptake and Fate of Hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine by Chrysopogonzizanioides

Ryan Duman
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Economic Viability of Shale Gas Production in the Marcellus Shale; Indicated by Production Rates, Costs and Current Natural Gas Prices

Casey Fritsch
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Veronica Webster Griffis
Thesis title: Evaluation of Flood Risk in Response to Climate Variability

Ryan Hoensheid
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Theresa Marie Ahlborn
Thesis title: An Evaluation of Surface Defect Detection in Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks Using Terrestrial LiDAR

Renn Lambert
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Great Lakes Tributary Phosphorus Bioavailability

Zhihao Li
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Tomas B Co
Thesis title: The Control of Recycle Processes using Neural Networks Combined with PID Controller

Edwin Maleche
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: David R Shonnard
Thesis title: Carbon Foot Print Life Cycle Assessment Analysis of the New IH2 Biofuel Production Process for Diverse Feedstocks

John Moyer
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: Tammy Lynn Haut Donahue and Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Regional Comparisons of Nano-Mechanical Properties of the Human Meniscus; Structure and Function

Sarah Shann
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Devin K Harris
Thesis title: Application of Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) as a Thin-Bonded Overlay for Concrete Bridge Decks

Kenneth Shiel
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Co-Advisors: John H Johnson and Jeffrey Donald Naber
Thesis title: A Study of the Effect of Biodiesel Fuel on Passive Oxidation in a Catalyzed Particulate Filter

Elizabeth Tahtinen
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Catherine Sophia Tarasoff
Thesis title: Influence of White-Tailed Deer on Nitrogen Cycling and Vegetative Community Change in Canopy Gaps in a Hemlock-Northern Hardwood Forest

Kara Vogel
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Kenneth Michael Gibson
Thesis title: Inhibition of L-Type Amino Acid Transport with Non-Physiological Amino Acids in the Pahenu2 Mouse Model of Phenylketonuria

Jinjin Wang
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Bahne C Cornilsen
Thesis title: Performance Evaluation and Characterization of Symmetric Capacitors with Carbon Black, and Asymmetric Capacitors Using a Carbon Foam Supported Nickel Electrode

James Weber
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Thesis title: Impact of E22 on Two-Stroke and Four-Stroke Snowmobiles