Sustainable Waste Project Recognition for PhD Student and Alumni

SWANA Second Prize

The prestigious SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) professional society has awarded second prize in the student design competition to a team from Michigan Tech. Advised by Ezra Bar-Ziv, the team members are:
SWANA-SWDC logo graphic

  • Stas Zinchik (ME-EM PhD ’19)
  • Shreyas Kolapkar (MSME ’18)
  • Zhuo Xu (current ME-EM PhD student)

The competition took place in the 2019 WasteCon conference in Phoenix, AZ, on October 21.

SWANA’s International Solid Waste Design Competition (SWDC) is a student team competition to solve “real world” problems faced by solid waste professionals.

The competition aims at providing design experience to the students interested in pursuing an education and/or career in solid waste management. The 2019 project challenged students on “Evaluating Recycling Rate Metrics and Achieving Recycling Goals.”

SCPPE Best Oral Presentation

In addition, graduate student Zhuo Xu was recently awarded Best Oral Presentation at the 5th International Conference on Sustainable Chemical Product and Process Engineering (SCPPE) on June 30-July 3, 2019, in Tianjin, China. Zhuo Xu’s presentation “Sustainable waste to clean energy solutions” was presented in the ‘Alternative and renewable energy systems and supply chain’ session of the Conference.

2019 Frontiers Spotlight Finalist

Ezra Bar-Ziv’s research group co-authored “Properties of Torrefied U.S. Waste Blends” in Frontiers in Energy Research: Bioenergy and Biofuels. The article is part of a special topic collection.
https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2018.00065

The article collection, “Advancements in Biomass Feedstock Preprocessing: Conversion Ready Feedstocks,” is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Frontiers Spotlight Award, which supports important fields of research published as special issues in Frontiers journals. The topic was selected via peer review, based on scientific and societal importance, from approximately 1,000 Frontiers topics in 2019. The topic’s readership is among the most globally diverse of the finalists.

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NASA Lunabotics Competition

Lunabotics logo with robot cartoonPaulus van Susante (MEEM/MARC) is the principal investigator on a project that has received a $5000 other sponsored activities grant from the University of Michigan. The project is entitled, “MTU Team for NASA Lunabotics Competition.” This is a 5 1/2 month project.

This competition is a full-on engineering exercise where students receive practical experience in the full engineering lifecycle process from concept development to system closeout.

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Jacob Franz Collaborates on 3D Printing Guide

Jacob Franz
Jacob Franz

The open-source book “Printing 3D Models for Chemistry – A Step-by-Step Open-Source Guide for Hobbyists, Corporate Professionals, and Educators and Students in K-12 and Higher Education“, by undergraduate students Elisabeth Grace Billman-Benveniste (Chemistry), Jacob Franz (Mechanical Engineering), and Associate Professor Loredana Valenzano-Slough (Chem) was recently featured in the news section of “3dprint.com – Voice of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing.”

Jacob is a mechanical engineering student at Michigan Technological University.

After completing his BS degree in mechanical engineering (graduating in spring 2020), Jacob is planning to continue his education in the accelerated Master of Business Administration program at Michigan Tech (graduating in fall 2020) in hopes of taking on leadership and upper management roles in industry.

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Nancy Barr Named an IEEE Senior Member

Nancy Barr
Nancy Barr

Nancy Barr (ME-EM) has been elevated to IEEE Senior Member status. To qualify for the honor, a candidate must be an engineer, scientist, educator, technical executive,or originator in IEEE-designated fields, have been in professional practice for at least ten years and shown significant performance for at least five of those years.

In addition to developing an extensive communication and teaming undergraduate curriculum in the ME-EM, Barr teaches two graduate communication courses. She is secretary to the IEEE Professional Communication Society Board of Governors and the ASEE North Midwest Section Campus Representative.

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Engineering Ambassadors Fall 2019 Information Session

Engineering AmbassadorsDo you want to be a part of an effort to middle and high schoolers to reach out about engineering?

Do you want to grow in your professional communication skills?

You should check out Michigan Tech’s Engineering Ambassadors Program. Join a group of students who present an engineering topic and conduct a hands-on activity at local schools to excite students about engineering.

We will have an info session at 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 5, 2019) in Fisher 130. Our first general meeting will at 6 p.m.Thursday, Sept. 12 also in Fisher 130. Join us, and bring a friend to learn more about the program and help excite young students about STEM.

Contact advisors Jaclyn Johnson or Nancy Barr to be added to the email list, and with any questions. Also check us out on Facebook or our website to learn more. We look forward to seeing you.

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Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Emerging Disaster Engineering

NSFJeff Naber (MEEM/ASPRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $99,752 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation. Greg Odegard (MEEM), Sheryl Sorby (MEEM), Kellie Raffaelli (CDI), and Michael Bowler (Humanities), are Co-PI’s on this one-year project entitled, “Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Emerging Disaster Engineering Encompassing Human Directed Expert Systems (ERC-DEES).”

By Sponsored Programs.

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Disasters cause immense economic and human losses. Those persons in the communities most significantly impacted are the elderly, disabled, and those economically disadvantaged with limited resources and limited mobility.

Concurrently, man-made infrastructure is becoming more vulnerable due to aging and degradation, while weather extremes and terrorism threats are increasing the occurrence and impact of disasters.

Thus, there is a critical need to have rapid intelligence and an ability to deploy limited resources with maximum impact at the earliest stage of the disasters.

The proposed vision is to develop expert systems with autonomous agents directed by humans with rapid response capabilities in partnership with, and in support of, first responders, communities and their citizens, and local and federal agencies.

Read more at the National Science Foundation.

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Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, Supports Engine Research and Development

Mechanical Engineering BuildingJeff Naber (MEEM/ASPRC) is Principal Investigator on a project that has received a $481,013 research and development contract with the Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC. Youngchul Ra (MEEM), Mahdi Shahbakhti (MEEM), Jeremy Worm (MEEM), Henry Schmidt (MEEM), Paul Dice (MEEM), and Joel Duncan (MEEM) are Co-PI’s on this project entitled, “A Compression-Ignition Mono-Fueled NG High-Efficiency, High-Output Engine for Medium and Heavy-Duty Applications.” This is the first year of a potential three-year project totaling $1,156,042.

By Sponsored Programs.

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Jeff Naber Joins U.S. DRIVE Committee as an Associate Member

US Drive logoJeff Naber has been nominated as an associate member of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) United States Driving Research and Innovation for Vehicle efficiency and Energy sustainability (U.S. DRIVE) Committee.

It is a three year term starting September 2019. It involves direct meetings between the OEM’s and DOE’S Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO) at a high level.

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) tech team is part of the U.S. DRIVE partnership. This partnership is between the U.S. Council for Automotive Research LLS (USCAR) and the DOE.

Gurpreet Singh, Advanced Combustion Engines and Fuels R&D Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies Office, DOE, is the other co-chair. Other members of the team include combustion and emission control experts from FCA, GM and Ford as well as a broad spectrum of representatives from the DOE and U.S. national labs (Argonne, Oak Ridge, Sandia, NREL, Lawrence Livermore, Pacific Northwest).

The committee meets six times a year at the USCAR office in Southfield, MI, to discuss pre-competitive technology and research to improve engine efficiency while meeting emission standards.

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