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

 
Labs Location Contact
Environmental Engineering Sciences Teaching Laboratory Dow 110 David Perram
Controlled Environment Chambers Dow 810, 817 Martin Auer, Noel Urban
Surface Water Quality Field Preparation Laboratory Dow 816 Martin Auer, Noel Urban
Materials Research Laboratory Dow 822 Quingli Dai
Inorganic Analytical Laboratory Dow 826 Noel Urban
Human-Centered Design Laboratory Dow 827 Kurt Paterson
Wastewater Research Facility Dow 833 David Hand
Environmental Chemistry Research Laboratory Dow 835 Judith Perlinger
Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes Laboratory Dow 838 David Hand
Biogeoenvironmental Engineering Lab Dow 839 Eric Seagren
Organic Xenobiotic Laboratory Dow 845 Judith Perlinger
Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory Dow 850 Jennifer Becker
Surface Water Quality Sediment Laboratory Dow 858 Noel Urban
Surface Water Quality Kinetics Laboratory Dow 860 Martin Auer
Laboratory for the Study of Atmospheric Biogeochemistry Dow 901, 902 Paul Doskey
Louis Verrette Construction Materials Laboratory Dillman B005 Stan Vitton
Ronald Krump Geotechnical Dynamics Laboratory Dillman B010B Stan Vitton
Bechthold/Thompson Asphaltic Pavement Laboratory Dillman B004 Zhanping You
Lee and Arleta Bernson Student Success Center Dillman 102 Julie Ross
Peter Grant Timber Engineering Laboratory Dillman 108 Theresa Ahlborn
Transportation Enterprise Design Studio Dillman 109 George Dewey
Hydromechanics Laboratory Dillman 110 Brian Barkdoll
Asphaltic Materials Research Laboratory Dillman 314 Zhanping You