Tag: Industrial Archaeology

Grad student selected for Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship

Steven Sarich, MS student in social sciences, was selected as a recipient of the Robert and Mary Buttle Scholarship which will provide $4,000 toward tuition and other expenses. This is one among several funding opportunities provided by the Southwest Section of the American Ceramic Society which focuses on material science research of historic and modern ceramics.

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Alumnus makes Surprising Finds on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

He’s digging up the past–somewhere between 200 BC and 400 AD–in an unexpected archaeological excavation in downtown Charlotte Amalie on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.

David Hayes, who got his MS in Industrial Archaeology from Michigan Tech in 2000, is principal investigator for a year-old dig that began when he noticed pottery popping out of a highway improvement site. The highway work was stopped, and the pieces have since been dated to early ceramic makers and farmers of the Saladoid era, 2000 to 1,400 years ago.

“This is a major discovery,” Hayes said. “Very rich.” In addition to the shards, he’s found animal bones, shell beads, shell bows “and a lot more, like faces in clay.”

These types of finds are rare in the Caribbean, he said.

Hayes and his helpers, some 25 strong, are working against the clock because on Feb. 7, water lines are scheduled to go into the ground and destroy the site.

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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 Ecology
  • Applied Natural Resource Economics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Forest Ecology and Management
  • Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
  • Forestry
  • Geology
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mechanical Engineering


Sara Alian
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Ann L Maclean
Thesis title: Assessment of Aspen and Northern Hardwoods Extent in Thirty Three Counties of Upper/Lower Michigan

Jeff Benjamin
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Sound as Artifact

Emily Bouckaert
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Verifying Success of Artificial Reefs in the Huron-Erie Corridor for Lake Sturgeon

Wilbel Brewer
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Ching-An Peng
Thesis title: Induction of Microalgal Lipids for Biodiesel Production in Tandem with Sequestration of High Carbon Dioxide Concentration

Miles Corcoran
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Nancy Ann Auer
Thesis title: Factors Affecting Diporeia Growth Rates in Lake Superior

Carley Feese
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Yue Li
Thesis title: Assessment of Seismic Damage of Buildings and Related Environmental Impacts

Rachel Griesmer
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Advisor: Andrew John Storer
Thesis title: Beech Bark Disease Distribution and Resistance in Michigan and Fungal Endophyte Ecology of Resistant and Susceptible Beech (Fagus grandifolia Ehrh.)

Yi Jiang
Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences
Advisor: Zhengfu Xu
Thesis title: Maximum Principle Preserving High Order Schemes for Convection-Dominated Diffusion Equations

Kokkada Pruthul Ravindranath
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Molecular Modeling of PMR-15 Polyimide

Laura Matkala
Master of Science in Applied Ecology
Co-Advisors: Rodney A Chimner and Harri Tapani Vasander
Thesis title: Influence of Vegetation Removal and Altering Water Levels on CO2 Flux Rates of a Northern Bog

Sarah Menassian
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Validation of a ‘Displacement Tomography’ Inversion Method for Modeling Sheet Intrusions

Xue Mi
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Caryn L Heldt
Thesis title: Electrospun Quaternized Chitosan Fibers for Virus Removal from Drinking Water

Alexander Michels
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Aleksey Victorovich Smirnov
Thesis title: Paleomagnetic Study of the Portage Lake Volcanics Exposed in the Quincy Mine

Sharil Patrale
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Multiscale Modeling of Liquid Crystalline/Nanotube Composites

Parawee Pumwongpitak
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen A Hackney
Thesis title: Dysprosium Transport in Nd-Fe-B Pellets

Haley Rupp
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Chandrashekhar Pralhad Joshi and Bjorn Sundberg
Thesis title: Effects of Ethylene on Secondary Xylem Formation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Alistair Smith
Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
Co-Advisors: Erik Lilleskov and Helja-Sisko Helmisaari
Thesis title: The Role of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi on Fertilized and Unfertilized Nursery Grown White Spruce

Alexis Sullivan
Master of Science in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology
Co-Advisors: Oliver Gailing and Maria R Garcia-Gil
Thesis title: Speciation with Gene-Flow in Eastern North American Red Oaks (Quercus section Lobatae)

Kouame Isaac Yao
Master of Science in Applied Natural Resource Economics
Advisor: Mark C Roberts
Thesis title: Is the U.S. Shale Gas Boom Having an Effect on the European Gas Market?

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U.S. EPA Research Funding Opportunity – Student Competition in Sustainability

Applications are open for the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Program for the 2014-2015 school year.

The deadline for application is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 11:59pm EASTERN TIME.

Official Request for Applications and instructions on how to apply here:  11th Annual P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability

For general program information, visit: www.epa.gov/p3

EPA offers annual research grants to U.S. colleges and universities to engage students in projects to solve our world’s most serious environmental challenges.  Through EPA’s P3 Program, students work in teams to design sustainability solutions and compete for more funding to take their ideas from the lab to the real world.

In its 10th year, EPA’s P3 program fosters team-based learning, interdisciplinary effort and class-to-real-world experience.  Take this opportunity for the 2014-15 school year to excite your students about making a difference in the world today.  Hear from past students about their experience with the program:  Students Talk about EPA’s P3 Program

The P3 Team at
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
P3@epa.gov

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Archaeology for Everybody: Summer School at the Cliff Mine

Ever had an Indiana Jones fantasy? Now is your chance to indulge it.  During the first summer session, Tech students and those from other colleges and universities, high school students and community seniors are all being invited to apply for the Cliff Mine Project’s fourth field research season.  Participants will help the University’s industrial archaeologists document the historic copper mine found along the 200-foot greenstone bluff that runs up the spine of the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The “Cliff Vein” produced more than 38 million pounds of refined copper over a 40 year period, paying dividends to its investors totaling $2.5 million.  People working in the mine and living in the town of Clifton transformed the social and technological practices of mining, starting America’s first successful industrial mining boom.

The field research project runs from May 13 through June 28, led by Associate Professors Timothy Scarlett and Samuel Sweitz (Social Sciences), working closely with project archaeologists Sean Gohman and Lee Presley.

“Learning archaeological fieldwork is an immersive experience where teamwork is essential,” Scarlett said.  “It takes weeks of work before a person can begin assembling the clues from each discovery into meaningful pictures of the past. Students should expect the work to be exacting, often slow and physically challenging.”  Those accepted into the course will be expected to work 8-hour days, 5 days a week throughout the 6-week course.

The course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit, at the regular undergraduate or graduate cost per credit hour.  It can be audited as a lifelong learning experience at no fee for seniors.

Information about class registration and costs can be found at registration/costs.

Explore the Cliff Mine research blog, which archives information from several years of fieldwork and research, at blog.

Published in Tech Today by Jenn Donovan, public relations director

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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

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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
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Forestry
  • Geological Engineering
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics

Carla Alonso Contes
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: John S Gierke
Thesis title: Lineament Mapping for Groundwater Exploration Using Remotely Sensed Imagery in a Karst Terrain: Rio Tanami and Rio de Arecibo Basins in the Northern Karst of Puerto Rico

Ryan Banas
Master of Science in Geophysics
Advisor: Wayne D Pennington
Thesis title: A Geophysical and Geological Analysis of the Collingwood Member of the Trenton Formation

Miguel Angel Carbonell Munoz
Master of Science in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Devin K Harris
Thesis title: Compatibility of Ultra High Performance Concrete as Repair Material: Bond Characterization with Concrete Under Different Loading Scenarios

Aaron Dayton
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Cladophora, Mass Transport, and the Nearshore Phosphorus Shunt

Zekeriya Dereli
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Wayne W Weaver
Thesis title: Optimal Current Control for Sub-Unity Power Factor Correction

Jonathan Ebel
Master of Science in Biological Sciences
Advisor: Amy Marie Marcarelli
Thesis title: Biofilm Responses to Salmon Carcass Analog Addition in Central Idaho Streams

Paul Francis
Master of Science in Forestry
Advisor: Blair D Orr
Thesis title: Small-Scale Timber Stand Management Techniques: A Case Study of Woodlots in Isangati, Tanzania

Meghan Haycock
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Paul George Sanders
Thesis title: Effects of Silicon Content and Cooling Rate on Mechanical Properties of Heavy Section Ductile Cast Iron

Nathan Kelley-Hoskins
Master of Science in Physics
Advisor: Petra Heike Huentemeyer
Thesis title: Calibration of the HAWC Gamma-Ray Observatory

Susan Larson
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Martin T Auer
Thesis title: Development of a Conceptual Model and Parameterization of a Mathematical Model for Sediment Phosphorus Diagenesis, Sorption and Release from Onondaga Lake Syracuse, New York

Jeffrey LeClair
Master of Science in Chemistry
Advisor: Lynn Rebecca Mazzoleni
Thesis title: Structural Characterization of Water-Soluble Atmospheric Organic Matter by Ultrahigh-Resolution Mass Spectrometry

Celine Mandon
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Comparing Satellite and Ground-Based Observations of Paroxysmal Degassing Events at Etna Volcano, Italy

Natiffany Mathews
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: Public Values and Perceptions of Industrial Heritage in the Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan

Anieri Morales Rivera
Master of Science in Geology
Advisor: Simon Anthony Carn
Thesis title: Comparisons Between OMI SO2 Data and Ground-BasedSO2 Measurements at Turrialba Volcano

Poowanart Poramapojana
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Bo Chen
Thesis title: Predictive Control of Hybrid Vehicle Powertrain for Intelligent Energy Management

James Rudkin
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Susan R Martin
Thesis title: ‘A Cold Blizzard was Raging, but the Light Shone Brightly’: Social Networks Presented in Stained Glassan Industrial Community

Puneet Soman
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Mechanical Modeling of Intraneural Ganglion Cyst

Brett Spigarelli
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Surendra K Kawatra
Thesis title: An Approach to Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage at Ambient Conditions

Jordan Stank
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Scott Andrew Miers
Thesis title: Analysis of In-Cylinder Pressure Transducer Data Quality Utilizing a SIDI Turbocharged Engine

Katelyn Watson
Master of Science in Geological Engineering
Advisor: Alex S Mayer
Thesis title: A Regional Assessment of Groundwater Availability as Constrained by Local Hydrogeology and Environmental Limits to Streamflow Depletion

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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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US Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowships

U.S. Department of Energy Computational Sciences Graduate Fellowships

The U.S. Department of Energy provides funding for students in their first or second year of graduate study in the fields of physical, engineering, computers, mathematics and life sciences. The fellowships are renewable up to four years. Students receive about $31,000 a year, as well as a $1,000 annual academic allowance for travel, research activities and attending conferences. Some students may also get matched funds for computer support up to $2,475.

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New theses and dissertations available in the Library

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

  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering Science
  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Rhetoric and Technical Communication

Andrew Baker
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering
Advisor: Stephen L Kampe
Thesis title: A Technique to Measure Heats of Reaction of Ti-B, Al-Ti-B, and Al-Ti-B4C Powder Blends

Mehmet Bicak
Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Advisor: Mohan D Rao
Dissertation title: Analytical Investigation of Squeeze Film Dampers

Lijun Chen
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
Advisor: Brian D Barkdoll
Thesis title: Sediment Yield Reduction in an Agricultural Watershed

Pankaj Jagadale
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Fernando Luis Ponta
Thesis title: Effect of High Order Interpolation in the Stability and Efficiency of the Time-Integration Process in Vorticity-Velocity CFD Algorithms

Heather Jordan
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Robert R Johnson
Dissertation title: Portfolios and Pedagogy: An Examination of Ideology and Use

Ethan Jordan
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Advisor: Nancy M Grimm
Dissertation title: A Place for Video Games: A Theoretical and Pedagogical Framework for Multiliteracies Learning in English Studies

Laurence Jose
Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
Co-Advisors: Nancy M Grimm and Robert R Johnson
Dissertation title: Technical Communication in the Global Context: A Heuristic Approach to Disciplinary Identity and Pedagogical Practices

Yu Liu
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Zhanping You
Dissertation title: Discrete Element Methods for Asphalt Concrete: Development and Application of User-defined Microstructural Models and a Viscoelastic Micromechanical Model

Michael Norconk
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Seong-Young Lee
Thesis title: A Comprehensive Review and Application of Particle Image Velocimetry

Yinghong Qin
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil Engineering
Advisor: Jacob Eskel Hiller
Dissertation title: Numerical Study on the Curling and Warping of Hardened Rigid Pavement Slabs

Brandon Sexton
Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
Advisor: Larry D Lankton
Thesis title: “Brethren Upon The Same Level”: Membership and Class in Calumet’s Masonic Lodge

Yohannes Tafesse
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
Advisor: Zhi Tian
Thesis title: Compressed Sensing Based Cyclic Feature Spectrum Sensing for Cognitive Radios

Claudia Toro Vergara
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Science
Advisor: Paul Vincent Doskey
Thesis title: Nitrogen Oxides in the Firn Air at Summit, Greenland

Eddy Trinklein
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gordon G Parker
Thesis title: Post Processing of Multiple GPS Receivers to Enhance Baseline Accuracy

Joseph Wlodyka
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Advisor: Gregory M Odegard
Thesis title: Finite Element Analysis on Titan STL3 OTR Tires

Weiming Zhao
Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
Advisor: Zhenlin Wang
Dissertation title: Memory Resource Balancing for Virtualized Computing

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