Research and Teaching Labs

Environmental Process Simulation Center

The Environmental Process Simulation Center is a teaching facility that affords students hands-on opportunities to explore bench and pilot-scale processes for water treatment, wastewater treatment, and air-pollution control. Students also gain exposure to computer-control and data-acquisition techniques through their experimentation. Industry and consulting partners provide the unit processes that are studied.

Contact: David Hand
Location: Dow 106

Benedict Lab—Concrete Initiative Research Laboratory

Benedict Lab offers 15,000 square feet of space dedicated to cement and concrete research. The facility is organized across three floors. The lower floor provides an area for mixing fresh concrete samples, including a room specifically calibrated for ultrahigh-performance concrete; the main floor, serviced by a five-ton overhead crane, is designed for large-scale testing; and the upper floor is equipped for the preparation of concrete samples, and also houses the split Hopkins bar for dynamic material characterization. The lab is staffed by technicians certified in concrete and aggregate, by the American Concrete Institute and the Michigan Concrete Paving Association, respectively, and has received a Pursuing Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory certification. Testing services include slump of hydraulic-cement concrete (ASTM C143-00); and density (unit weight), yield, and air content (gravimetric) of concrete.

Contacts: Theresa Ahlborn, Lawrence Sutter
Locations: Minerals and Materials U112, U001 (Ahlborn), U002, &003 (Sutter)

R/V Agassiz Research Vessel

The R/V Agassiz Research Vessel is a veritable floating laboratory, allowing students, faculty, and staff to explore the Lake Superior ecosystem up close. Custom built for Michigan Tech in 2002, the 36-foot, aluminum-hulled Agassiz has a top speed of 30 miles per hour and a cruising distance of over 250 miles. The Agassiz is operated by a licensed captain and can carry 18 passengers. The vessel features a heated pilothouse with the latest in electronic navigation equipment, a cuddy cabin with marine head, and two oceanographic winch-davit systems. The vessel is inspected and certified by the US Coast Guard and carries a full complement of safety gear. Charters are available for educational and research purposes.

Contact: Martin Auer
Location: Portage Lake Boating Dock

Environmental Engineering Sciences Teaching LaboratoryDow 110David Perram
Controlled Environment ChambersDow 810, 817Martin Auer, Noel Urban
Surface Water Quality Field Preparation LaboratoryDow 816Martin Auer, Noel Urban
Materials Research LaboratoryDow 822Quingli Dai
Inorganic Analytical LaboratoryDow 826Noel Urban
Human-Centered Design LaboratoryDow 827Kurt Paterson
Wastewater Research FacilityDow 833David Hand
Environmental Chemistry Research LaboratoryDow 835Judith Perlinger
Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes LaboratoryDow 838David Hand
Biogeoenvironmental Engineering LabDow 839Eric Seagren
Organic Xenobiotic LaboratoryDow 845Judith Perlinger
Environmental Biotechnology LaboratoryDow 850Jennifer Becker
Surface Water Quality Sediment LaboratoryDow 858Noel Urban
Surface Water Quality Kinetics LaboratoryDow 860Martin Auer
Laboratory for the Study of Atmospheric BiogeochemistryDow 901, 902Paul Doskey
Louis Verrette Construction Materials LaboratoryDillman B005Stan Vitton
Ronald Krump Geotechnical Dynamics LaboratoryDillman B010BStan Vitton
Bechthold/Thompson Asphaltic Pavement LaboratoryDillman B004Zhanping You
Lee and Arleta Bernson Student Success CenterDillman 102Julie Ross
Peter Grant Timber Engineering LaboratoryDillman 108Theresa Ahlborn
Transportation Enterprise Design StudioDillman 109George Dewey
Hydromechanics LaboratoryDillman 110Brian Barkdoll
Asphaltic Materials Research LaboratoryDillman 314Zhanping You