Student Directory

Robert Anthony

MS graduate student in IA

rdanthon@mtu.edu
Annex Building 1st Floor

Education

  • Bachelor's of Science, History, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Throughout my undergraduate work, I focused my research on a broad spectrum of historical topics. These ranged from from King Charles II and the Declaration of Breda, to the employee / management relations of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company during the Great Depression. 
  • Currently, I am interested in the development of technology (particularly photographic technology) and how it has re-shaped the way we humans think about ourselves and our world.

John Arnold

Ph.D. graduate student in IAH

906-487-1465
jdarnold@mtu.edu
Annex 204

Education

  • MS, Historic Preservation, University of Oregon
  • MArch, Architecture, University of Oregon
  • BS, Biology, University of Oregon

Research Interests

  • I was drawn to the formal study of biology through my interest in natural history and design, and while I didn’t go on to become a practicing biologist, my undergraduate education positioned me well for the study architectural design at the graduate level; I went on to achieve licensure and to work as a residential architect for nearly a decade before returning to the university to contextualize my design understanding with the study of historic preservation: the thoughtful stewardship of structures and landscapes we collectively value.  
  • I enjoy the thick blend of fieldwork, research, design, and teaching that I have been able to engage with increasing saturation over the past several years, and it is my aim to continue to do so indefinitely. The interdisciplinary nature of the Ph.D. in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology readily incorporates my previous work, and gathers together my interests in the study, keeping, and interpretation of functional invention and its intersection with our natural world.
  • My research interests are still larval at the moment: I anticipate firming them up in the coming term. I can say that I am (broadly speaking) interested in studying further the economics of design decisions in remotely located company towns, such as shore-based whaling stations and wilderness mining camps.

John Baeten

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
jpbaeten@mtu.edu
Annex 203

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Communications—Mass Media, University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

Research Interests

  • My MS thesis at Michigan Tech was on historic placer mining technologies and landscapes in Fairbanks, AK.
  • Prior to coming to Tech, I worked as a federal archaeologist with the U.S. Forest Service for nearly a decade.
  • My interests revolve around cultural resource management, the history of technology, mining communities and landscapes, and the concept of disassembly placed within the context of social change and environmental history.

Aparajita Banerjee

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-1465
abanerj1@mtu.edu
Annex 202

Education

  • MA, Economics, Jadavpur University

Research Interests

  • I have two interrelated research foci for my doctoral dissertation. The first one relates to understanding the socio-ecological impacts of biofuels, primarily on local communities where biofuel production systems are embedded.
  • The other research focus is to understand how local, regional, and national level biofuel policies are in sync with community values and perceptions of the members, and figuring out who the main actors and institutions behind these policies are.
  • I spend most of my spare time in reading newspapers, travelling, and watching classic, experimental, and rare movies around the world.

Brad Barnett

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA in Political Science, University of Kentucky
  • MA in Public Administration, University of Eastern Kentucky

Research Interests

  • As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research focuses on various aspects of sustainable bioenergy development including, but not limited to: consumer willingness to pay for renewable energy; impacts of local, national, and international feedstock certification programs; and third generation technology diffusion barriers.
  • Prior to beginning my doctoral program at Michigan Tech, I spent several years overseeing business operations and coordinating an interdisciplinary biofuels research program at Eastern Kentucky University's Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technology (CRAFT).
Adrian Blake

Adrian Blake

MS student, Industrial Archaeology

Educaton

Research Interests

  • Built and standing heritage
  • Heritage planning and recording
  • Adaptive reuse and cultural resource management
  • Metallurgy and blacksmithing
  • Development of building and construction materials (i.e. lime mortar and concrete)

Jayesh Borde

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-3155
jdborde@mtu.edu
Annex 105

Education

  • BS, Statistics, Mumbai University
  • Diploma, Business Administration, Chetana's Institute of Management and Research

Research Interests

  • I have an interest and desire to use my education to bring about a positive change to the society and environment.
  • My area of interest is promotion of clean renewable energy and climate change, understanding the social and economic impacts related to use of fossil fuels, and learning the use of techniques like Geographic Information Systems and Cost Benefit Analysis.
  • The highlight of my experience so far at Michigan Tech is making friends from different countries and diverse backgrounds.

Brent Burns

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Technological University
  • Masters of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

  • My research interest is in the development renewable energy policies with specific interest in offshore wind power policy analysis in the great lakes and ocean coastal waters of the United States.
  • I also serve as the Director of Corporate Partnerships for Michigan Technological University. As the primary point of contact for any general or strategic industry inquiries, I am responsible for leading the connection of the interests from companies with appropriate campus initiatives/constituents.
Mark Dice

Mark Dice

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-487-1465
mwdice@mtu.edu
Annex 204

Education

  • BA, Music Education, Kansas State Teachers College

Research Interests

  • Its never too late to start learning. From 1970-1978 I used my Music Education degree to pay off student loans by inflicting pain and unusual punishment on public school musicians.
  • In 1978, I launched a video production company and designed and built the first portable multi-camera system for projecting live concerts.
  • Currently in my second year of the IA program, I've learned to choose and define specific areas of concentration. My interests have become focused on laser scanning, 3D modeling, and researching ways LiDAR can be adapted to assist Industrial Heritage Preservation and Interpretation.

Valoree Gagnon

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-1465
vsgagnon@mtu.edu
Annex 207

Education

  • MS, Environmental Policy, Michigan Tech
  • BS, Social Sciences, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • Funded by the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 Global Watershed Fellowship, I am partnered with a local secondary school teacher and create lessons based on my research for eighth-grade Earth Science students. These programs have been ideal for my interests in environmental outreach, educational initiatives, and environmental justice.
  • I’m currently researching Native American perspectives of environment within hunting, fishing, and gathering lifeways in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. I believe that understanding environment through diverse, place-based perspectives is essential to good policy and the everyday decisions by which we live.
Tim Goddard

Tim Goddard

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MAA, Historical Archaeology, University of Maryland-College Park
  • BS, Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Certificate, Historic Preservation, University of Maryland-College Park

Research Interests

  • As a PhD candidate, I am specializing in spatial science and associated tools as they apply to anthropology and heritage. My dissertation focuses around a regional WebGIS for industrial heritage around the Keweenaw Peninsula.
  • I chose Michigan Tech for its archaeology and history of technology combination, which provided a unique perspective to look at spatial tools like GIS, geophysical techniques, and remote sensing.

Sean Gohman

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
smgohman@mtu.edu
Annex 203

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Anthropology, St. Cloud State University

Research Interests

  • A native of Minnesota, my academic journey began in 1993. It lasted only four years because I preferred attending rock shows over studying; eight years later, I did return to get my BA. I found out about Michigan Tech’s Industrial Archaeology program while selling TVs in Marquette, Mich., and since I was already interested in that area’s iron mining heritage, I figured I’d make a go of it in Houghton.
  • My academic interests include the local copper mining industry, cultural landscapes, 19th century technology, and historic preservation. My MS thesis work focused on the historic copper Cliff mining site in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a scant 30 miles from Houghton, while my dissertation work will most likely focus more on mining landscapes and heritage management.
  • I spent three years as a member of Michigan Tech's Graduate Student Council (as both Secretary an Vice President), and I see my graduate experience at Tech having a profound impact on my professional future.

Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2113
mosanche@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • BA in Social Anthropology
  • MA in Anthropological Science

Research Interests

  • Children's Rights
  • Gender Models
  • Community Development in the Mexican Caribbean
  • Sustainable Tourism

Carol Griskavich

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-487-1465
cdgriska@mtu.edu
Annex 205

Education

  • BS, Geography, Carthage College

Research Interests

  • Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, I came into the Industrial Archaeology Master's program after three years working for a Class I railroad in Chicago. This practical experience served to kindle my interest in the hidden and public infrastructure of Midwestern heavy industry. My research interest lies in the social and mechanical elements of “Big Steel,” which I will investigate while interning with the Field Museum Contemporary Urban Collections - Calumet Region project during Summer 2013.
  • I am an active member of the Calumet Heritage Partnership, Vernacular Architecture Forum, Society for Industrial Archaeology, American Anthropological Association, American Ethnological Society, and the Society for the Anthropology of Work.
  • Currently, I live in Hancock with my dog and harshest critic, Laika.

Marc Henshaw

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MS, Anthropology, Western Michigan University
  • BA, Anthropology, California University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

  • I own Nemacolin Archaeological Services, a cultural resource management firm that specializes in projects under the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • The focus of my PhD research is the steamboat era in the Monongahela Valley of Pennsylvania during the 19th and 20th centuries. I have combined archaeological investigations with oral history interviews to answer questions of class consciousness and class status during the age of steamboats. My interests also include class formation, gender divisions in the workplace, local history, and technology as a conveyor of culture.
  • In summer 2012, I conducted field investigations at the John Snowdon Vulcan Iron and Machine Works, an early 20th-century iron foundry in Brownsville, Pa. I collaborated with a research team from California University of PA to locate the forgotten foundry site, where the first cast iron bridge in the United States was patterned and casted, along with numerous steamboat engines, boilers, and other iron implements.
Talva Jacobsen

Talva Jacobson

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

403-529-1070
ttjacobs@mtu.edu
Medalta Potteries Provincial Historic Site

Education

  • BFA, Visual Art, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • MA, Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada

Research Interests

  • I was drawn to archaeology in 2001 while pursuing a visual arts degree in sculpture and ceramics at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Over the last 12 years, I have been fortunate to work on a variety of projects in Missouri, Newfoundland, North Carolina, Nova Scotia and Western Canada. I came to Michigan Tech after finishing up an excavation, recovery, and research project at Medalta Potteries Provincial Historic Site in Medicine Hat, Alberta where I was Primary Investigator. My background is in art, but I am drawn to the process -whether it is artistic, natural, social, or scientific. 
  • After the Province of Alberta was hit by flooding in June 2013, I have been asked to return to Medalta Potteries and The Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Company, in the Historic Clay District, to lead a Flood Recovery Program aimed at documenting the impact that flooding has had on the sites' archaeological remains, conserve and re-stabilize the artefacts, and establish a conservation and disaster strategy for the long-term preservation of the remains at these sites. 
  • My interests are industrial heritage, landscapes, archaeological practices, how industrial heritage is interpreted by the living community, rehabilitation, conservation, and identity. My future research will focus on disaster planning for the protection of archaeological resources, risk preparedness, the impact disasters have on industrial heritage, and the real cost of redevelopment to both the community and archaeological site.

Naima Khan

MS, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-3155
nkkhan@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Amanda Kreuze

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS in Environmental Studies
  • BS in Geography

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the privatization of water and how that relates to water rights. I am especially interested in these issues in developing countries.

Robert LaFave

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • B.A. in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University Spring 2003.
  • M.P.A. with a focus in Public Management from the School of Public, Non-Profit and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University Fall 2007.

Research Interests

  • I spent the past 6 years working in local government and running a municipal electric utility.
  • Land Use Policy - How it relates to environmental and economic outcomes for communities and regions. I'm interested in how good policy can help create better places to live, work, and play.
  • Energy Policy - Renewable Portfolio Standards, transmission and reliability, and how these topics relate to municipal and regional electric utilities.
Jennifer Lind

Jennifer Lind

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy–part time

jflind@mtu.edu
Forestry

Education

  • MS, Molecular Biology, SUNY–Albany
  • BS, Biology, Texas Lutheran University

Research Interests

  • I am a PhD student (forest genetics and biotechnology) in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Sciences as well as an MS student (environmental and energy policy) in the Department of Social Sciences. My background is in the natural sciences, but I have always been interested in environmental issues and how the natural and social sciences interact.
  • My PhD work involves population genetics studies on northern hardwood forests, while my MS work is looking at how hybridization is handled in the context of the Endangered Species Act.

Edward Louie

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Bucknell University

Research Interests

  • During my undergraduate work in environmental engineering, I realized that the bottleneck to climate change mitigation, renewable energy, and other pressing environmental issues lie not in the science and engineering of solutions but rather social, economic, and political roadblocks. This motivated me to expand my understanding of these other areas.
  • My goal is to bridge the understanding between environmental engineering and environmental policy and economics. I hope this holistic understanding will enable me to help stakeholders make decisions that are economic, environmental, and socially responsible.
  • My research interests are broad at the moment; they entail how ecological economics can aid policy advancements in the areas of: renewable energy, climate change, electronic waste, water policy, and environmental justice.
Mariah Maggio

Mariah Maggio

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-1465
mlmaggio@mtu.edu
Annex 205

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Geography, University of Denver

Research Interests

  • I came to Michigan Tech after three years working overseas, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and then as a program manager and technical trainer for an international NGO.
  • I had discovered a passion for wanting to understand the complexity of international development issues, particularly related to environment and water resources, and to become an influential and interdisciplinary contributor.
  • My thesis and dissertation work reflect that continued pursuit to develop my skills in order to participate effectively in policy making for international development efforts in Latin America.
Meghan Marsicek

Meghan Marsicek

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-487-3155
mmarsice@mtu.edu
Annex 103

Education

  • BA, History, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Research Interests

  • The Industrial Archaeology program at Michigan Tech instructs students not only in the discipline of industrial archaeology, but also incorporates disciplines like historic preservation, the history of technology, material culture, the history of architecture, and anthropology to create a well-rounded individual by completion of the program. This is what attracted me to Michigan Tech. I was excited to see that a program exists that incorporates all of my interests.

Leonor Medeiros

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
lmedeiro@mtu.edu
Annex 206

Education

  • MA, Heritage Management, Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, UK
  • BS, History—Archaeology strand, FCSH, New University of Lisbon

Research Inerests

  • After studying archaeology in my home country of Portugal, I have focused on heritage management—on how to better preserve and communicate archaeological sites. That led to writing for newspapers and organizing events and workshops (even stand-up comedy acts!) in archaeological science communication, while continuing to do field work.
  • Because I have always had a preference for industrial archaeology, my academic research has centered around mining landscapes, especially relating to the issues of landscape management and community involvement.

Sarkar Mokabbir

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2113
msarkar@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Research Interests

  • I am an international graduate student pursuing an MS in Environmental and Energy Policy. My areas of interests are renewable energy and energy transition.

Margaret Morrison

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Environmental Science, Siena Heights University

Research Interests

  • My main research interest involves looking at how management practices affect environmental issues, and what is being done about these issues on a local and international level.
  • During my undergraduate degree I did research involving timber management practices in the Two Hearted River Watershed in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This research looked at how large stakeholders managed their forested properties, and how these management practices could be altered in order to achieve sustainable harvesting for the future.
  • I am also working on a research project which looks at how private forest owners care for their forested property, and what is influencing them in making management decisions.
  • For my master’s thesis I will be researching pollutants in the great lakes (mercury, PCBs, and PAHs) and how they are being managed through adaptive governance.

Andy Mueller

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Erik Nordberg

Erik Nordberg

University Archivist

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-2505
enordber@mtu.edu
Library G11

Education

  • MS Library Science and Graduate Certificate, Archival Administration, Wayne State University
  • MPhil, Literature, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
  • BA, Humanities, University of Ulster, UK

Research Interests

  • I arrived at Michigan Tech in November 1994 to work a grant-funded project to organize historical records of local copper mining companies.
  • I’ve become department head for the Michigan Tech Archives and have responsibility for its collections, course work support, public services, and a variety of outreach and public history programming.
  • My dissertation research examines the appraisal, selection, and formation processes of archival collections that focus on American industry and business.

Tyler Patterson

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Natural Resource Management, Grand Valley State University

Research Interests

  • My hometown is Saline, Michigan. I was a student-athlete as an undergraduate at Grand Valley, competing for four years in cross-country and track and field.
  • My current research interests include international water policy, reclamation policy, and policy capacity within the Alberta oil sands.
  • While pursuing my master's, I’m also acting as the graduate assistant coach for Michigan Tech cross-country and track and field.
Brendan Pelto photograph

Brendan Pelto

MS graduate student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

Research Interests

  • I am interested in the marginalization of communities through industrial capitalism. I consider myself to be an anthropologically trained historical archaeologist with a strong interest in the protohistoric period of North and South America. I am hoping to use archaeological as well as ethnographic methods in my thesis research, whatever that may be.
  • I am currently working on an iron conservation project in the Archaeology Lab that entails using electrolysis as well as placing artifacts under super critical pressure to impregnate with the polymer B72. Additionally, I am conducting archival research on the Calumet and Hecla Mining Company's operations along Torch Lake, as well as their sale to Universal Oil Products in 1968, which quickly led to the closure of the mines on the Keweenaw Peninsula.
  • Prior to my education at Michigan Tech, I owned and operated a two screen Art House movie theater in Muskegon, Michigan, and have a passion for independent and foreign language films.
  • Interests: Ceramics, Iron Conservation, Archaeometry, African Diaspora, Impact of Industry on First Nations, Experimental Archaeology, Contemporary Archaeology, Garbology.
Eric Pomber

Eric Pomber

MS graduate student, Industrial Archaeology

Education

Thesis Topic

  • Comparative Study of Artifact Assemblages From Fort Wilkins

Research Interests

  • My main area of interest is the conservation of ferrous artifacts through both traditional and experimental methods.
  • I am also interested in wooden boat building and the conservation of historic wooden boats.

Anna Lee Presley

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
lsweitz@mtu.edu
Annex 205

Education

  • MA, Anthropology, Texas A&M
  • BA, Anthropology & Geography (double major), University of North Texas, 1994

Research Interests

  • Joining the PhD program in Industrial Heritage and Archaeology at Michigan Tech has afforded me an opportunity to apply my experience in archaeological faunal analysis and biogeography to 19th century industrial contexts.
  • My dissertation research focuses on the development of the historical food system in the Copper Country, utilizing a landscape archaeology approach to explore how residents of its newly industrialized communities adapted to challenging local conditions and integrated themselves into larger markets.
  • My work integrates nature and culture to apply contemporary issues of food security to the practice of industrial heritage. My areas of interest include: food systems, zooarchaeology, historical archaeology, industrial communities, commodity chains/commerce, industrial food production, and gender.
Hamza Raheel

Hamza Raheel

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2113
hfraheel@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • MS, Engineering Management, University of Kansas
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, High Institute of Petroleum
  • AAS, Process Plant Technology, Montana State University

Research Interests

  • I am a PhD student in the Environmental and Energy Policy program. I focus primarily on fossil-fuel subsidies, their social, economic and environmental impact (more broadly sustainable development), and the challenges to their reform.
  • Before joining Michigan Tech, I worked in oil and gas industries for almost nine years. I have two undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering and an AAS in Process Plant Technology from the High Institute of Petroleum, in Tripoli, and MSU-Billings, MT, respectively. Also, I have a Master of Science in engineering management from University of Kansas. My master's field research was on the use of ISO 14001 in Oil & Gas industries.
  • When I am not at school, you can find me swimming in the pool, playing soccer, or just going for a hike in the nearby woods, depending on the weather and time of year. I love horse riding, traveling and best of all mechanical projects like working on cars!

Mizanur Rahman

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-1465
ssmmizan@mtu.edu
Annex 202

Education

  • MS, Development Studies, University of Dhaka
  • MS, Chemical Technology, University of Dhaka
  • BS, Applied Chemistry, University of Dhaka

Research Interests

  • I started my career with a financial institution in Bangladesh and also worked with a nonprofit organization as a project coordinator for an education project.
  • Currently, I am pursuing my PhD with a primary interest in investigating the potentials of renewable energy for alleviating poverty.

Steven Sarich

MS graduate student in IA

(414) 303-9908
sjsarich@mtu.edu
Graduate Offices Annex Building

Education

  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Nebraska

Research Interests

  • Archaeological and Anthropological Theory and Method
  • Ethnoarchaeological Research Design and Experimental Archaeology
  • Ethics in Archaeology

Daniel Schneider

MS graduate student in IA

danielsc@mtu.edu
Annex 103

Education

  • BA, Journalism, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • For the past three years, I have been a letterpress printer at the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock. I am interested in studying ways in which the material culture of the printing industry reflects the history of the people who used it and the places where it was used.
Emma Schwaiger

Emma Schwaiger

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-487-3155
emschwai@mtu.edu
Annex 103

Education

  • BA, History, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • I was introduced to the Industrial Archaeology program as an undergraduate student and knew this is what I wanted to do. My interest areas include mine wastes, the impact of industry on the landscape, and how landscapes transformed with technological change.
  • My current research is focused on Torch Lake, specifically, mapping out changes in the industrial shoreline to pin-point possible PCB pollution sites.

Ronesha Strozier

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • I obtained my bachelor of science degree from Clemson University in environmental & natural resources with a concentration in natural resource & economic policy and a minor in environmental science & policy. At Clemson I learned about the basic princ

Research Interests

  • I am interested in how people interact with their environments. Specifically I want to study human behavior as it relates to their environmental choices. Currently I am studying regulatory teeth as it relates to environmental federalism. I find this topic very interesting because so far it has allowed me to study environmental law from a different perspective that will provide information on how to improve environmental policy in the future.

Fred Sutherland

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • MA, Anthropology (concentration in historical archaeology), University of Massachusetts–Boston
  • BA, Archaeology, Boston University

Research Interests

  • I have been an archaeologist since 2002, studying industrial sites and communities since 2006. I came to Michigan Tech for my doctorate in 2009. Understanding how people negotiated the changes brought by industrialization is what inspires me.
  • Currently, I am researching the development of the Cuyuna Iron Mining Range in Central Minnesota for my dissertation and am focusing on how the region’s innovations and unusual features made significant national and global contributions in the 20th century.
  • Previous projects include the Quincy Smelter in Ripley, Mich. and the Copake Iron Works in Copake, N.Y.
Alfonso Tinoco

Alfonso Tinoco

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-487-3155
atinoco@mtu.edu
Annex 103

Education

  • BA, Anthropology, San Jose State University

Research Interests

  • I am a native of Northern California, where I studied anthropology at San Jose State University. My time there showed me that I had great interest in Historical Archaeology, contributing to field schools on sugar plantations (Nevis, West Indies), and limekiln industries (Santa Cruz, California).
  • My entry into Michigan Technological University (MTU), allowed me the opportunity to contribute to an Alaskan gold mining project, focused on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Since arriving to MTU, my perception and understanding of the Industrial Archaeology discipline has been expanded, lending to my fascination and appreciation for the study.
  • Currently, I am in the early stages of research for my thesis on the Brewing Industry of the Copper Country.
Daniel Trepal

Daniel Trepal

PhD graduate student, Industrial Archaeology and Heritage

906-487-1465
djtrepal@mtu.edu

Education

Research Interests

  • A native of Cleveland, Ohio, I have grown up surrounded by industry and the processes of deindustrialization and recovery. Always fascinated by past, I have broadly channeled that interest towards the study of the ways in which the industrial revolution has shaped our world and, crucially, how to best use that knowledge to sustainably protect our heritage. Having worked professionally as both archaeologist and historian, I am at home in the interdisciplinary environment provided by the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.
  • Deindustrialization and recovery
  • Industrial landscapes
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Heritage management
  • Urban archaeology
  • Archaeology of mining
  • Cast iron technology

Ashma Vaidya

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2113
avaidya@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • MSc, Earth and Environmental Science
  • BSc, Environmental Science

Research Interests

  • I am interested in learning ways to develop policy designs for promoting and developing sustainable and renewable energy options.
  • I believe in sustainable development, and believe that unless we opt for sustainable development, development without extreme environmental degradation and natural resource depletion are not possible.

Rhianna Williams

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-3155
rlwillia@mtu.edu
Annex 103

Education

  • MLS, Indiana University
  • BAS, Psychology, University of Minnesota

Research Interests

  • My work experience includes social services, academic librarianship, and environmental nonprofits. In all of these areas I successfully connected individuals to the information and resources needed.
  • Currently, I am pursuing a master’s degree in environmental and energy policy and am focusing my research on watershed group typology and success.
  • Next year I will be working with a watershed group in Appalachia or the Rocky Mountains through Michigan Tech’s OSM/VISTA program.

Xuna (Melanie) Yang

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-1465
xunayang@mtu.edu
Annex 207

Research Interests

  • I used to work for the Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) at Michigan Tech, which frequently collaborates with the Environmental and Energy Policy program. Therefore, it was natural for me to become interested in the policy side of sustainability and decide to pursue a degree in this field.
  • My research interest is in China’s biofuel development and policy and its water-related socio-economic impacts. Specifically, I am looking at China’s learning process in the evolution of their biofuel policy and how the policy has affected the cultural sustainability of China. I also study Life Cycle Analysis of several biofuel feedstocks.