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Marine Engineering and Technology

Come onboard one of the region’s premier experimental aquatic technology centers with the Marine Engineering and Technology research team.

Researchers at the Great Lakes Research Center use their superior location to their advantage. Standing on the shore of the Keweenaw Waterway—just a short sail from the waters of Lake Superior—the Center provides the perfect hub for full-scale field research in experimental coastal hydrodynamics. Our activities encompass a wide variety of research programs, ranging from long-term coastal erosion monitoring to assessment of offshore wind energy potential.

Our host of analytical tools, sub-surface vehicles, and fleet of surface research and survey vessels also play an important role in our research.

  • Shoreline evolution prediction
  • Algae plume transport and circulation
  • Forensic analysis of aquatic accident sites
  • Development of predictive models for the Great Lakes
  • Turbulent marine boundary layer measurements and analysis
  • Fate and transport prediction of biological and passive constituents
  • Underwater vehicles and autonomous control

  • Impact of wind, waves, and ice on offshore structures and coastal instrumentation
  • Development of deep lake cabled observatories
  • Navigation of under-ice vehicles

Martin T. Auer

  • Professor Emeritus, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-2799
mtauer@mtu.edu
318 GLRC

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Surface water quality engineering

Research Interests

  • Limnology
  • Engineering approaches to lake and river management
  • Mathematical modeling of surface water quality

Yushin Ahn

  • Assistant Professor, School of Technology
  • Advisor, Douglass Houghton Student Chapter of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS)
906-487-2445
yahn@mtu.edu
EERC 221

Research Interests

  • Digital photogrammetry and mapping
  • Sensor modeling and calibration
  • Sensory data fusion
  • 3D reconstruction from remote sensing data
  • Glacier dynamics/polar region monitoring
  • Feature tracking (image matching)

Teaching Interests

  • Surveying/field practice/computation
  • Remote sensing data fusion
  • Digital image acquisition and processing
  • Adjustment computation
  • Digital mapping

Brian D. Barkdoll

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-1981
barkdoll@mtu.edu
Dow 807

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stream Rehabilitation
  • Sustainability

Leonard J. Bohmann

  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Areas of Interest

  • Electric power systems analysis
  • Utility applications of power electronics (HVDC, SVC, FACTS)
  • Power system dynamics
  • Power quality
  • Power system transients
  • Computer analysis and simulation of power systems

Charles Kerfoot

  • Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Director, Lake Superior Ecosystem Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
906-487-2769
wkerfoot@mtu.edu
GLRC 305, office

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Paleoecology

Eugene Levin, CP

  • Associate Professor, School of Technology; Program Chair, Surveying Engineering
  • Director, Integrated Geospatial Technology Graduate Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Digital Mapping Enterprise
906-487-2446
elevin@mtu.edu
EERC 220

Research Interests

  • Integrated geospatial technologies for sustainable development
  • Mobile mapping platforms for geographical and environmental studies
  • SAR- and LIDAR-based remote sensing and GIS
  • Geosensorics, real-time networks of geosensors
  • Human-computer symbiosis for knowledge extraction and expertise transfer
  • Visual perception in remote sensing and GIS
  • 3-D geospatial visualization and augmented reality
  • Visual and automated feature extraction in multispectral and hyperspectral image interpretation
  • Geospatial-sensor modeling and calibration
  • Image processing and automated feature extraction from aerial and satellite imagery
  • Automated systems for vision-based autonomous navigation and control of manned/unmanned robotic platforms
  • Image fusion and analysis
  • Photogrammetry of aerial and high-resolution satellite imagery

Teaching Interests

  • Earth observation systems
  • Geodesy
  • Photogrammetry
  • Geospatial technologies, data, and systems
  • Global positioning systems
  • Remote sensing
  • LIDAR-, SAR-/InSAR-based remote sensing
  • Geospatial 3-D visualization
  • Geospatial imaging: perception and interpretation
  • Introductory and advanced GIS
  • Spatial analysis and modeling
  • Spatial decision support
  • Cartography and cybercartography

Nina Mahmoudian

  • Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics
  • Faculty Advisor, SENSE Enterprise
906-487-3084
ninam@mtu.edu
MEEM 1009

Areas of Expertise

  • Unmanned Systems
  • Dynamics and Controls
  • System Design

Research Interests

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) with Special Interest in Underwater Gliders
  • Coordination and Control of Networked Multi-Agent Systems
  • Motion Planning in Complex Environments
  • Cyber-physical Systems

Alex S. Mayer

  • Charles and Patricia Nelson Presidential Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3372
asmayer@mtu.edu
Dow 809

Teaching Interests

  • Groundwater flow and transport and subsurface remediation

Research Interests

  • Numerical and Experimental Investigations of Contaminant Transport in Groundwater Vadose Zones
  • Mathematical Optimization of Groundwater Remediation Systems: Multi-Objective and Uncertainty Problems
  • Surfactant-Enhanced Dissolution of Nonaqueous Phase Liquids in Subsurface Systems
  • Groundwater Flow in a Fault Zone in the Vicinity of Desert Hot Springs, California
  • Simulation of Saltwater Intrusion in the Guaymas Valley, Sonora, Mexico California

Guy Meadows

  • Director, Great Lakes Research Center
  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
906-487-1106
gmeadows@mtu.edu
GLRC 307

Research Interests

  • Large scale field experimentation in the Inland Seas of the Great Lakes and coastal oceans
  • Nearshore hydrodynamics and prediction
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous environmental monitoring platforms (surface and sub-surface)
  • Underwater acoustic remote sensing
  • Marine engineering

Daisuke Minakata

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
906-487-1830
dminakat@mtu.edu
Dow 801

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Physical-Chemical Treatment Processes
  • Environmental Process and Design
  • Computational Environmental Engineering and Chemistry

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and wastewater treatment and management
  • Development of assessing and predicting tools for water treatment technologies
  • Innovative water and wastewater treatment technologies for energy saving and harvesting
  • Systematic and integrated understanding of water and wastewater reuse
  • Application of computational chemistry and molecular modeling

Judith A. Perlinger

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3641
jperl@mtu.edu
Dow 863

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Transport & Transformation of Organic Chemicals
  • Boundary Layer Meteorology
  • Sustainability

Research Interests

  • Air and Water Quality
  • Atmosphere-biosphere Exchange of Chemicals
  • Micrometeorology
  • Environmental Analytical Chemistry
  • Sustainability

Robert A. Shuchman

  • Adjunct Professor, Biological Sciences
  • Co-director of the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
734-913-6860
shuchman@mtu.edu
MTRI

Research Interests

  • Oceanic Sciences/Natural Resources
  • AR, MS, and Photo-imaging Applied to Oceanography
  • Earth Resources
  • Military Coastal Environmental Assessment

Noel R. Urban

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-3640
nurban@mtu.edu
306 GLRC

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Environmental cycles of major and trace elements
  • Sediment diagenesis and stratigraphy
  • Chemistry of natural organic matter
  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Environmental impact and fate of pollutants
  • Influence of organisms on the chemical environment
  • Role of chemical environment in controlling populations

David Watkins

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
906-487-1640
dwatkins@mtu.edu
Dow 806

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Water resources planning and management
  • Environmental systems analysis
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic engineering
  • Optimization methods
  • Learning through service

Research Interests

  • Integrated water resources planning
  • Use of seasonal hydroclimatic forecasts
  • Climate change risk assessment
  • Robust decision-making
  • System dynamics modeling

Pengfei Xue

  • Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
906-487-1837
pexue@mtu.edu
GLRC 317

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Introductory Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Hydrodynamic Modeling
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Ecosystem Dynamics Modeling

Research Interests

  • Hydrodynamic modeling
  • Coupled physical-biological modeling
  • Dynamics of coupled ocean-atmosphere models
  • Ocean data assimilation
  • Estuary and coastal ocean circulation
  • Bio-physical processes in the Great Lakes
Lucille Zelazny

Lucille Zelazny

  • Research Assistant, Biological Sciences
906-487-2791
lzelazny@mtu.edu
GLRC