Tag: Industrial Archaeology

First In Series of Federal Funding Workshops – Sept 15th and 16th.

A federal fellowship/scholarship writing workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 15th  and Thursday, September 16th at 4:00 in Fisher 135.

You will only need to attend one of the workshops, as they are the same workshop, different days and time.

During the workshop we will review 3 samples of NSF GRFP personal statement essays. Tips will be given on how to organize your essay, utilize wording, and meet the merit criteria expected by reviewers

Prepare for the workshop by:

1. Understanding how NSF defines “broader impacts”

2. Brainstorming answers to NSF “personal statement” questions

    If you (or someone you know) plan on attending, please RSVP to Jodi Lehman (jglehman@mtu.edu).

    Grad Student Writes about Finns, Labor Unrest and a Radical Heritage; Book Signing Scheduled

    by John Gagnon, promotional writer

    There is an old story about soft-spoken, reticent Finns.

    A Swede and a Finn stand at the bar, drinks in hand.

    “Cheers,” says the Swede.

    “Did we come to talk or drink?” says the Finn.

    Gary Kaunonen, a graduate student in the rhetoric and technical communication program, is of Finnish heritage but definitely doesn’t fit that proverbial mold. Indeed, he is effusive–in speech and writing–about a subject that is dear to his heart and mind: Finnish immigrant labor and political activity in the Keweenaw.

    A native of Minnesota, Kaunonen has written a book, “Challenge Accepted: A Finnish Immigrant Response to Industrial America in Michigan’s Copper Country,” which was just published by Michigan State University Press. The book is his master’s thesis in Tech’s industrial archaeology program.

    The Michigan Tech Archives will host a presentation and book signing by Kaunonen at 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 17, in the East Reading Room of the Van Pelt and Opie Library.

    Kaunonen calls the book “a honed-in look” at Finnish immigrants and their living and working conditions–and often radical union activities–in the years 1904-14. The backdrop of this history, Kaunonen says, was a “lopsided distribution of prosperity” that led to “proletarian consciousness” and a “struggle for the betterment of lives.” All of it was “a powder keg” that exploded into violence on the copper range in the 1913-14 Copper Strike and the infamous Italian Hall disaster, in both of which Finns had “a huge and significant role.”

    “The upstart Finnish immigrants,” he writes, “often stumbled and stammered in awkward directions, but for a time that took a back seat to working class solidarity. They seldom wavered in their bold attempt to shape their lives into what they perceived to be a more just and equal existence.”

    These immigrants had marked reputations. “Finns were respected workers,” he says, “but they were also suspected agitators. They had a big impact on labor relations in this area. They resisted company dictates and mandates. They challenged the inequalities of the traditional mining and industrial society.”

    His research led him to the archives at both Michigan Tech and Finlandia University, where he sought material culture–what he calls the “hard evidence” of historic circumstances. He notes, for instance, that Hancock’s leftist newspaper, Tyomies (The Worker), moved to bigger and bigger buildings and bought bigger printing presses to accommodate a burgeoning readership and a growing business. Tyomies would become a communist organ.

    Kaunonen can tell the story of immigrant Finns without championing any specific cause. “I’m not casting aspersions on the mining,” he says. “But you had these huge mining companies and the vast amount of wealth and inequality they created—and then you had this little ethnic group trying to make a place for themselves. I have a soft spot in my heart for the underdog. Not that I wholly agree with everything they did, but they should certainly have a place at the table, so to speak, in telling their story.”

    He went to college just to play baseball. He quit because of injuries, poked around, and worked in factories. Then the drifter became a father. “I decided I was wasting my life. I thought, well, my daughter is here, and how can I lecture her on working hard and using your gifts if I don’t do that myself. So I decided to go back to school.”

    That proved to be a purposeful enterprise. He earned three bachelor’s degrees from Minnesota State University-Mankato, his IA master’s at Michigan Tech, and is now a PhD student here. Previously, he was an archivist at Finlandia. It’s been “a winding road” that has become a quest. He has now written two books on Finnish immigrants. An earlier one, “Finns in Michigan,” also was published by Michigan State University Press.

    In his endeavors, Kaunonen is grateful for what he calls “a slew of good professors” in social sciences and now humanities. “They inspired me by what they did and currently do.”

    As did his family.

    “I write because I have an admiration for my parents and grandparents. All of them were members of the working class”—both grandfathers worked on the Minnesota iron range–“and I’m kind of honoring them and their contributions to American labor.”

    Published in Tech Today.

    New Theses and Dissertations Available in the Library

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce new theses and dissertations from the following programs:

    • Civil Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Environmental Engineering
    • Environmental Policy
    • Forest Ecology and Management
    • Forest Science
    • Industrial Archaeology
    • Mathematical Sciences
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

    are now available in the J.R. van Pelt and Opie Library.

    Gregory Austin
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisors: Jeffrey Donald Naber and John H Johnson
    Thesis title: Effects of Biodiesel Blends on Particulate Matter Oxidation in a Catalyzed Particulate Filter during Active Regeneration

    Phillip DePetro
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Martin T Auer
    Thesis title: Characterization of Legacy Organic Carbon in a Culturally Eutrophic Lake: The Role of the Historic Carbon Deposition in the Time Course and Extent of Lake Recovery

    Brandon Ellefson
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Martin T Auer
    Thesis title: Characterizing the Effects of Turbulence on Sediment Oxygen and Sediment Nitrate Demand Using Flow-Through Reactors

    Margot Hutchins
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    Advisors: John W Sutherland and John S Gierke
    Dissertation title: Framework, Indicators, and Techniques to Support Decision Making Related to Societal Sustainability

    Curtis Kvamme
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
    Advisor: Martin F Jurgensen
    Thesis title: A Comparison of Ground Cover and Frequency Estimation Methods for Post-Harvest Soil Monitoring

    Jason Makela
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    Advisor: Lyon Bradley King
    Dissertation title: Re-generable Field Emission Cathodes for Electric Propulsion

    Jessica Montcalm
    Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
    Advisor: Timothy James Scarlett
    Thesis title: A Burning Question: Archaeology at the Davenport Pottery and Technological Adaptation in the Mormon Domain

    Michael Oisten
    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Advisor: Paul L Bergstrom
    Thesis title: The Use of Porous Silicon Technology Towards the Development of a MEMS Based Chemical Vapor Sensor

    Laura Pavlot
    Master of Science in Environmental Policy
    Advisor: Hugh S Gorman
    Thesis title: Silver Spring as a Case Example of Implementing Smart Growth Policies

    Jayeeta Sarkar
    Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    Advisor: Devin K Harris
    Thesis title: Characterization of the Bond Strength between Ultra High Performance Concrete Bridge Deck Overlays and Concrete Substrates

    Harsha Surenahalli
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisors: John H Johnson and Gordon G Parker
    Thesis title: A Modeling Study of a Diesel Oxidation Catalyst and Catalyzed Particulate Filter During Loading and Active Regeneration

    Erik Westlund
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematical Sciences
    Advisor: Donald L Kreher
    Dissertation title: Hamilton Decompositions of 6-Regular Abelian Cayley Graphs

    Jill Witt
    Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
    Advisor: Christopher Raymond Webster
    Dissertation title: Patch Selection by Wintering White-Tailed Deer: Consequences for Eastern Hemlock Regeneration at Local and Landscape Scales

    New theses and dissertations in Library

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

    Haiying He
    Doctor of Philosophy in Physics
    Advisor: Ravindra Pandey
    Dissertation title: Electron Transport in Molecular Systems

    Fei Lin
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    Advisor: Mohan D Rao
    Dissertation title: Vibro-Acoustical Analysis and Design of a Multiple-Layer Constrained Viscoelastic Damping Structure

    Christopher Nelson
    Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
    Advisor: Larry D Lankton
    Thesis title: The C.R. Patterson and Sons Company of Greenfield, Ohio: Survival and Adaptation of a Back-Owned Company in the Vehicle Building Industry, 1865-1939

    Brandon Rouse
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: Jeffrey Donald Naber
    Thesis title: Part Load Combustion Characterization of Ethanol-Gasoline Fuel Blends in a Single Cylinder Spark Ignition Direct Injection Variable Cam Timing Variable Compression Ratio Engine

    Karl Walczak
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    Advisor: Craig R Friedrich
    Dissertation title: Immobilizing Bacteriorhodopsin on a Single Electron Transistor

    The Past and its Remains Engage Researchers

    Midway up the Keweenaw, just south of Phoenix, the cliffs rise precipitously above the tableland. Years ago, a company town, a mining operation, and two cemeteries were tucked in, on, and around the bluff–all of it providing the needs of a lifetime: a place to live, work and die.

    This is the location of what’s left of Upper Michigan’s storied Cliff Mine, and Tech faculty and students are taking the measure of this legacy, pinpointing the remains, unearthing the past.

    The Cliff opened in 1844. At its peak, it employed 850 workers. Over 25 years, the miners wrested 34 million pounds of copper from its 1,500-foot-deep shafts, drifts and stopes.

    Michigan Tech Professor Tim Scarlett and Assistant Professor Sam Sweitz are overseeing a field school at the mine. Students, with pencil, paper, tape measure, and GPS, attempt to locate features of a mining operation that Scarlett describes as “fascinating”–“one of the most important mines in nineteenth-century America, historically, socially, technologically, and economically.” He says it was the first successful mine–that is, the first to pay a return on investment. Production stopped in 1878. Exploratory shafts were dug later, but unsuccessfully, for the lode was exhausted.

    Scarlett is in his element with this kind of work. Ghost towns and mining ruins have substance, he says. “What they represent has fallen from the public consciousness. People are almost entirely divorced from the work needed to produce the materials we consume.” Turn the lights on? You need copper wire. “It’s not magic,” he says. “It’s based on an extraction and production process that meets a demand. It teaches us. It reminds us. We look to the past to think about the future.”

    Amid their duties, faculty and students have been giving tours of the mining site. The word has spread, and people from as far as Indiana and Illinois have shown up this summer. Upwards of 50 people enjoy tours on Saturdays. “There’s a sense of excitement in the community broadly,” Scarlett says.

    As well as in the person of Sean Gohman, who is 34. He is working on his master’s in industrial archeology and is the project manager for this enterprise. A native of Minnesota, he says the past is an irresistible tug. “I like anybody’s local history. I like spending time in the woods. I like historic preservation. So this is the perfect place to be. It’s not what I thought I’d be doing, but I’m glad I’m here. I lucked out.”

    The footprints of the past that he searches for are scattered on and around the bluff. Pictures of the historic area show the base of the bluff bare of vegetation. Now the resilience of nature obscures the resourcefulness of man, for evergreens and white birch have reclaimed the landscape. Tucked into their embrace are the remnants of adits (there were seven), shaft houses, chimneys, walls, and buildings. “Stuff–material culture–is our bread and butter,” Gohman says.

    Wednesday sees 15 faculty, students, volunteers, and tourists gather at the Cliff. The day is cool, the sky is grey, the breeze knocks the bugs down, and a half-hearted rain isn’t a bother.

    The group ventures up a poor rock pile and into the woods, where the path is marked with orange ribbons. They discover one wall, twenty feet high and fifteen feet long, that is made of mine rock, with not a drop of mortar. It has stood the test of time—about one hundred and fifty years in this case. “Amazing,” says one person. He likens it to Inca ruins rising above the jungle. “An exaggeration,” he says, “but not by much.”

    The watchword is safety. The students and faculty have identified some filled shafts. “We don’t walk on them,” Scarlett says. But the group can only guess where adits and underground workings were. The students point out dangerous depressions and questionable areas as visitors move around. Everybody treads carefully.

    The students have been working at the site for six weeks. Some of what they’ve found is a riddle.

    “The more we do, the more we don’t get answers,” Gohman says.

    Tech has a world-renowned program in industrial heritage and archaeology, and Gohman likes to be a part of it. He plans to pursue a PhD here.

    He is especially interested in how landscape fashions technology, and he likes to piece together what this mining operation was like. “That big cliff decided what they could or could not do,” he says. Huge pieces of ore, weighing tons, were unique to the Cliff Mine, so the whims to raise them were first were cranked by men, then pulled by horses, then powered by steam.

    The leftovers at the site impresses one observer, who says, “It takes your breath away.”

    After two hours of negotiating rock and ruin, beneath a lowering sky, the group breaks up–tourists to continue their travels, students to do their work.

    The long-range goal at the Cliff is historic preservation: “Before you do that,” Gohman says, “you have to know what’s there.”

    Perhaps the prospects of showing it all off some day will assuage the concerns of one person in the group. “It’s sad,” he says at the conclusion of the tour, “that people drive by and don’t see it.”

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    The mapping project at the Cliff Mine is being funded by the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Council and the LSGI Technology Venture Fund LP.

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    Published in Tech Today.

    Tech Researchers to Give Tours of Keweenaw’s Cliff Mine

    Industrial archaeologists from the Department of Social Sciences will conduct three tours of the Cliff Mine site on the next three Saturdays, June 12, June 19 and June 26.

    The storied mine is just west of Phoenix, on Cliff Drive, a half mile from the intersection of Cliff Drive and US 41.  The Cliff Mine operated between 1845 and 1870 and is often referred to as the nation’s first great copper mine.

    Michigan Tech students and faculty have been mapping the site since early May. They have removed some brush to facilitate measuring, mapping, photographing, documenting, and otherwise assessing the condition of the ruins of the mine’s industrial core–including the stamp mill and washing house; engine, hoist, and rock houses; blacksmith shop; and other buildings.

    The Tech team is giving the tours while working the three remaining Saturdays in June. Tours will start on the hour, with the first at 10 a.m. and the last at 4 p.m.

    Sean Gohman, a graduate student and the project assistant, is putting all the maps and documents of the site into a digital Geographic Information Systems format, which will allow the research team to understand the changes to the Cliff Mine’s landscape through time. Gohman has been blogging about his work at: http://cliffmine.wordpress.com .

    The site is unimproved, and visitors should expect a moderately difficult hike to see the mill and principle ruins. The site has no drinking water or toilet facilities. Extended hikes to the Cliff’s No. 3 and No. 4 shafts atop the bluff–or to the cemeteries and town sites–are generally self-guided, although members of the research team may be available, depending on each day’s work schedule.

    Visitors who choose to climb to the top of the bluff should expect a short, but strenuous climb up and down a poor trail.  For more information, contact Timothy Scarlett, associate professor of archaeology and director of graduate programs in industrial heritage and archaeology, at 414-418-9681 or at scarlett@mtu.edu .

    Published in Tech Today.

    Jennifer Heglund represents Michigan Tech for MAGS Distinguished Thesis Award

    Jennifer Heglund
    Jennifer Heglund
    The Graduate School is pleased to announce that Jennifer Heglund was Michigan Tech’s nominee for the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Distinguished Thesis Award.  Ms. Heglund was nominated by her advisor, Dr. B. Barkdoll of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Her thesis, “Effects of Climate Change Induced Heavy Precipitation Events on Sediment Transport in Lower Michigan Rivers” modeled the potential effects of climate change, particularly heavy rainfall, on sediment transport in rivers.  Increased sediment transport could have an effect on erosion along rivers, and the models Ms. Heglund developed could be used for planning and land management. Ms. Heglund is currently employed by Northeast Technical Services in Virginia, Minnesota.

    Fifty-one theses in the midwest were nominated for the award, and although her work was not recognized as the award recipient, it was well received by the reviewers.  One reviewer commented, “I enjoyed reading this thesis – it’s a pleasure to see such a complete approach to a problem.”

    Seth DePasqual was also nominated by his advisor, Dr. T. Scarlett, on behalf of the Social Sciences Department.  His advisor described his thesis as, “…a study of the evolution of an early 20th century mining system in Spitsbergen as applied by Boston-based Arctic Coal Company.”

    The committee to evaluate the nominees consisted of graduate faculty representing a broad range of graduate programs:  M. Neuman (Biomedical Engineering), S. Martin (Social Sciences), R. Froese (School of Forestry Resources & Environmental Science), B. Davis (School of Technology) and G. Campbell (School of Business and Economics).  Next year’s competition will consider applicants who have completed their degrees between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2010.  An application consists of a recommendation letter from the advisor and an electronic copy of the thesis.  Please consider nominating your MS students next year.

    Patrick Martin Leads International Preservation Effort

    by John Gagnon, promotional writer

    Michigan Tech’s industrial archaeology program, which enjoys worldwide stature, now has even more distinction.

    Patrick Martin, chair of Social Sciences, has been named the president of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage (TICCIH), which has a hand in helping identify sites around the world to be added to the United Nations’ World Heritage List–a compilation of natural and cultural places around the world that have “outstanding, universal human value.”

    Specifically, TICCIH calls attention to industrial heritage sites, for its charge is to conserve, investigate, document, research, and interpret industry and its material remains.

    Martin has been involved with TICCIH for about six years and was the only board member from the US. Members number about 400; they range from Barcelona to Sydney, Cape Town to Taipei, Helsinki to Houghton.

    Martin says that Tech will benefit from this association. “This raises our profile,” he says. “More people”–he means students and scholars–“will know about us as we engage on a world stage.” His appointment is for three years. TICCIH holds a world congress every three years. The last one, when Martin was made president, was in September in Freiberg, Germany.

    The World Heritage List, which is maintained by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), includes 890 properties in 148 nations. At present, there are no industrial sites in the US on the list, only natural entities like Yellowstone and Grand Canyon National Parks and cultural sites like Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

    Industrial heritage is the stuff of railroads, textile mills, and mining. Martin calls the industrial revolution of the eighteenth century “one of the most profound social revolutions in human history.”

    “Industry has created the modern world,” Martin says. “The shape of our country, including places like the Copper Country, and many of the relationships between global powers have been heavily influenced by industrialization. It makes us who we are. Why are you and I here? Why is Michigan Tech here? It’s not like we fell out of the sky. All this action going on around us today is because of copper mining in the nineteenth century.”

    Industrial heritage sites, then, can be an inspiration and a lesson, he says. “If we don’t understand how we got the way we are, it’s very difficult to map a good path into the future.”

    TICCIH was formed about 30 years ago. Most of its activity has been in Europe, which, Martin says, leads the US in industrial preservation efforts. Martin hopes to expand TICCIH’s influence and membership to the US, Africa, and Asia. “We need to be global,” he says. “This will require financial efficiency.”

    Accordingly, he has already instituted cost-cutting moves by publishing the quarterly newsletter online and conducting some meetings online.

    For years, Michigan Tech, with Martin’s lead, has been the headquarters for the Society for Industrial Archeology. He says of his new duties: “It’ll be interesting and challenging, and it’s a great opportunity.”

    As well, he says, the work dovetails with the University’s strategic goal of achieving international engagement.

    Published in Tech Today

    New theses and dissertations in the Library

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce the arrival of new theses and dissertations from our recent graduates in the J. R. Van Pelt Library and John and Ruanne Opie Library.  The names of our graduates, their degrees, advisors, and titles of their research are listed below.

    Carrie Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
    Advisor: Erik Lilleskov
    Dissertation title: Response of Ectomycorrhizal Fungi to Elevated Atmospheric CO2 and O3 within Northern Deciduous Forests

    Yolanda Beltran Vargas
    Master of Science in Industrial Archaeology
    Advisor: Patrick E Martin
    Thesis title: Industrial Archaeology of the Hacienda Santa Brigida, Mineral de Pozos, Guanajuato, Mexico

    Abigail Clarke-Sather
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
    Co-advisors: John W Sutherland, and Qiong Zhang
    Dissertation title: Decentralized or Centralized Production: Impacts to the Environment, Industry, and the Economy

    Gregory Albert Galicinao
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Martin T Auer
    Thesis title: Determination of Methyl mercury Flux from Onondaga Lake Sediments using Flow-Through Reactors

    Russell Johnson
    Master of Science in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    Advisor: Erin Marie Smith
    Thesis title: “Father I had a Feeling Today”: Postmortem Educational Media Fandom

    Ming Ning
    Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry
    Co-advisors: Richard E Brown, and Bahne C Cornilsen
    Dissertation title: Molecular Interaction between Perthiolated Beta-cyclodextrin(CD) and the Guests Molecules Adamantaneacetic Acid (AD) and Ferroceneacetic Acid (FC); and the Effect of the Interaction on the Electron Transition of CD Anchored Particles

    Lucas Spaete
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
    Advisor: Ann L Maclean
    Thesis title: Utilizing FIA Data for Mapping Standing Biomass in the Upper Great Lakes Region: An Evaluation

    Andres Tarte
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Co-advisors: Kurtis G Paterson, and Qiong Zhang
    Thesis title: Identifying Indicators of Sustainable Development Using the Global Sustainability Quadrant Approach

    Laura Walz
    Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
    Advisor: Michael Robert Neuman
    Dissertation title: Microfabricated Thermal Sensors for Skin Perfusion Measurements

    Jing Zhong
    Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
    Advisor: Chunxiao Chigan
    Thesis title: Development of NS-2 Based Cognitive Radio Cognitive Network Simulator

    Peng Zhou
    Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science
    Advisor: Soner Onder
    Dissertation title: Fine-grain State Processors

    New theses and dissertations in the Library

    The Graduate School is pleased to announce the arrival of new theses and dissertations from our recent graduates in the J. R. Van Pelt Library and John and Ruanne Opie Library.  The names of our graduates, their degrees, advisors, and titles of their research are listed below.

    Manoranjan Acharya
    Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
    Advisor: Paul L Bergstrom
    Dissertation title: Development of Room Temperature Operating Single Electron Transistor using FIB Etching and Deposition Technology

    Susan H Balint
    Master of Science in Environmental Policy
    Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
    Thesis title: Federal and State Policy Influence on Woody Biomass Utilization

    Genevieve M Borg
    Master of Science in Environmental Policy
    Advisor: Carol A MacLennan
    Thesis title: EPA’s Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling: A Case Study of Science Policy Implementation

    Carmelo Davila
    Master of Science in Industrial Archeology
    Advisor: Samuel R Sweitz
    Thesis title: A Space for Production and a Space for Communality: Socio-Historical Study of Central Aguirre and its Industrial Community, Salinas, Puerto Rico: 1949-1970

    Seth C DePasqual
    Master of Science in Industrial Archeology
    Advisor: Patrick E Martin
    Thesis title: Winning Coal at 78 Degrees North: Mining, Contingency and the Chaine Operatoire in Old Longyear City

    Robert S Donofrio
    Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences
    Advisor: Susan T Bagley
    Dissertation title: Development and Validation of Selective and Differential Enumeration Methods for Brevundimonas diminuta

    Jason T Dreyer
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
    Co-advisors: Sudhakar M Pandit and Mohan D Rao
    Dissertation title: Binaural Index for Speech Intelligibility via Bivariate Autoregressive Models

    Ingrid D Fedde
    Master of Science in Geology
    Co-advisors: Jose Luis Palma Lizana and William I Rose
    Thesis title: Application of Probabilistic Tools and Expert Elicitation for Hazard Assessment at Volcan de Colima, Mexico

    Travis J Hansen
    Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
    Advisor: Daniel A Crowl
    Thesis title: Estimation of the Flammability Zone Boundaries with Thermodynamic and Empirical Equations

    Daniel E Haskell
    Master of Science in Applied Ecology
    Advisor: David J Flaspohler
    Thesis title: `Restoration in Northern Wisconsin

    Stacie A Holmes
    Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Science
    Advisor: Christopher R Webster
    Dissertation title: The Influence of Concurrent Disturbances on Plant Community Dynamics in Northern Hemlock-Hardwood Forests

    Ashwini S Kashelikar
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Veronica W Griffis
    Thesis title: Identification of Teleconnections and Improved Flood Risk Forecasts using Bulletin 17B

    Justin D Keske
    Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering – Engineering Mechanics
    Advisor: Jason R Blough
    Dissertation title: Investigation of a Semi-Active Muffler System with Implementation on a Snowmobile

    Paul J Koll
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
    Advisor: Martin F Jurgensen
    Thesis title: Effects of Conifer Sawdust, Hardwood Sawdust, and Peat on Soil Properties and Bareroot Conifer Seedling Development

    Andrew T Kozich
    Master of Science in Environmental Policy
    Advisor: Kathleen E Halvorsen
    Thesis title: Wetland Mitigation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula: Compliance with Site Monitoring and Invasive Plant Species Standards

    Kateryna Lapina
    Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
    Co-advisors: Richard E Honrath and Judith A Perlinger
    Dissertation title: Boreal Forest Fire Impacts on Lower Troposphere CO and Ozone Levels at the Regional to Hemispheric Scales

    Joseph W Lechnyr
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: Jeffrey Allen
    Thesis title: Imaging of Fuel Cell Diffusion Media Under Compressive Strain

    Angela K Lucas
    Master of Science in Biological Sciences
    Advisor: Jason R Carter
    Thesis title: Effects of Pediatric Adiposity on Heart Rate Variability

    Lawrence J Mailloux
    Master of Science in Chemistry
    Advisor: Dallas K Bates
    Thesis title: A 1,2,4-Triazole to Thiazole Transformation

    Meghan E McGee-Lawrence
    Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering
    Advisor: Seth W Donahue
    Dissertation title: Skeletal Preservation by Hibernating Bears

    Diane M Miller
    Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    Advisor: Patricia J Sotirin
    Dissertation title: Speaking (of) Community: An Ethnographic Study of the Relationships Among Communication, Community, and Everyday Experience at an Organic Foods Cooperative

    Min Nie
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: Desheng Meng
    Thesis title: Fabrication of Nanoparticles by Short-Distance Sputter Deposition

    Brian A Ott
    Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering
    Advisor: Gerard T Caneba
    Dissertation title: Fluid Phase Equilibrium as Modeled by the Statistical Associated Fluid Theory (SAFT) Equation of State

    Robert C Owen
    Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Richard E Honrath
    Dissertation title: Long-range Pollution Transport: Trans-Atlantic Mechanisms and Lagrangian Modeling Methods

    Jeannie A Patrick
    Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    Advisor: Diane L Shoos
    Dissertation title: Not Your Mother’s Latinas: Film Representations for a New Millennium

    David M Pauken
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: John W Sutherland
    Thesis title: Statistical Modeling of the Ford Superduty Brake Pedal Feel Attribute

    Melissa J Porter
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
    Advisor: Andrew J Storer
    Thesis title: Detection and Landing Behavior of Emerald Ash Borer, Agrilus planipennis, at Low Population Density

    Mark D Rowe
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: Judith A Perlinger
    Thesis title: Modeling Contaminant Behavior in Lake Superior: A Comparison of PCBs, PBDEs, and Mercury

    Ryan W Schweitzer
    Master of Science in Environmental Engineering
    Advisor: James R Mihelcic
    Thesis title: Community Managed Rural Water Supply Systems in the Dominican Republic: Assessment of Sustainability of Systems Built by the National Institute of Potable Water and Peace

    Xiaoning Shan
    Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering
    Advisor: Jeffrey B Burl
    Dissertation title: Time-Varying System Identification in the Transform Domain

    Sarah E Stehn
    Master of Science in Forest Ecology and Management
    Advisor: Christopher R Webster
    Thesis title: Influence of Exogenous Disturbance on Bryophyte Community Assemblage and Tree Regeneration Dynamics in Southern Appalachian Spruce-Fir Forests

    Xiang Sun
    Doctor of Philosophy in Materials Science and Engineering
    Advisor: Jiann-Yang Hwang
    Dissertation title: Charge Induced Enhancement of Adsorption for Hydrogen Storage Materials

    Iltesham Z Syed
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: Abhijit Mukherjee
    Thesis title: Experimental Study of Forced Convection Heat Transfer to Water Flowing through a Short Micro Duct at the Tip of a Cutting Tool at Turbulent Reynolds Number

    Jacob T Vermillion
    Master of Science in Civil Engineering
    Advisor: Lawrence L Sutter
    Thesis title: Absorption Correction for the Determination of the Water Content of Fresh Concrete Using the Microwave-Oven Drying Method

    Dennis K Walikainen
    Doctor of Philosophy in Rhetoric and Technical Communication
    Advisor: Robert R Johnson
    Dissertation title: What’s It Like There? Toward a Rhetoric of University Maps and Tours

    Cheryl L Williams
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
    Advisor: John W Sutherland
    Thesis title: Optimization of Conversion of North American Left Hand Drive Vehicles for Importation into Right Hand Markets