Graduate Student Directory

John Arnold

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

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

Thesis

Education

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

Research Interests

  • As an architect, I am interested in sustainable design solutions and a meaningful built environment.
  • The meaning of industrial heritage is particularly dependent upon the historical (but now often invisible and disjunct) networks of material, human, and energy connections that built and flowed through them.
  • The postindustrial landscape demonstrates the profound impacts of industrialization, a landscape that today presents a complex mosaic of uses and re-uses--many of which are informal, vernacular, and vital components of the living, descendant, landscape.
  • My work in industrial heritage and archaeology is focused on discovering the interconnection of historical and contemporary meaning as a means to advise the considered and continuing use and preservation of the postindustrial landscape.

John Baeten

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

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

Education

  • MS, Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Tech
  • BA, Mass Media (Journalism), UWSP

Research Interests

  • My research focus is at the intersection of industrial heritage and environmental history.
  • Industrial landscapes and envirotechnical systems.
  • Industrial disasters as meaningful heritage sites.
  • GIS
  • Eco-socialism

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).

Ryan Brown

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

rywbrown@mtu.edu
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Emily Burkett

Emily Burkett

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BS, Zoology, Michigan State University
  • MS, Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

Reearch Interests

  • Human dimensions of fisheries and wildlife
  • Great Lakes ecology and fisheries
  • K-12 science education

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.
Kelley Christensen

Kelley J.H. Christensen

PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2250
kelleyc@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • Ms, Technical Communication, Montana Tech
  • BJ, News-editorial Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • BA, American Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Marely Chynoweth

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

mmchynow@mtu.edu
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Education

  • BS, History, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

  • History of the Upper Peninsula
  • Company Towns and Corporate Paternalism in the United States
  • Mining History
  • Immigration History
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.

Jennifer Dunn

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA; International Relations with a Specialization in Science, Technology Environment, and Public Policy; Michigan State University
  • MA; Environmental Studies; The Evergreen State College

Research Interests

  • My master’s thesis examined the biodiesel renewable fuel standard for Washington State. Specifically, my thesis focused on the policy’s shortcomings and the next steps in promoting biodiesel use in the state through alterations of the RFS or creation of new policy and goals.
  • As a doctoral student at Michigan Tech, my research will focus on bioenergy and biofuel policy at the state, national, and international levels.
  • Prior to starting Evergreen’s graduate program, I worked for the Nevada Conservation Corps. During this time, I was an Americorps volunteer on the Trail Restoration Crew, building and restoring trails throughout Nevada, such as the Rim to Reno trail which connects Lake Tahoe to Reno.
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Matthew Durocher

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

906-370-6494
mjduroch@mtu.edu
Annex 102

Education

  • BA, English, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Music Technology
  • Social History
  • Archaeology
  • Folklore
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Oral History
  • Documentary Film Production
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 Candidate, 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
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.

Jeffrey Kelley

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MCP, Community Planning, University of Cincinnati
  • BS, Resource Development, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Development
  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Planning

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.
Hongmei Lu

Hongmei Lu

PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2250
hongeil@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • MSc, Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University
  • MSc, Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University
  • BSc, Ornamental Horticulture, Nanjing Agricultural University

Research Interests

  • Landscape Management
  • Policy and Management of Vertical Greening
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.

Leonor Medeiros

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

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

Advisor

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.

Andy Mueller

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Erik Nordberg

Erik Nordberg

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Director of the Walter P. Reuther Library and Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University

313-577-4024
enordber@mtu.edu
Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State

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 was formerly department head for the Michigan Tech Archives until 2012 and had 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.
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Brendan Pelto

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

(906) 231-9757

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Thesis Title

  • "African Americans on the Keweenaw"

Education

  • B.A., History, Michigan Technological Univ. (2014)
  • B.S., Anthropology, Michigan Technological Univ. (2014)

Research Interests

  • Public Archaeology
  • Public History
  • Critical Heritage
  • African Diaspora Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Childhood

Erin Pischke

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • MA, Social and Public Policy, Duquesne University, May 2013
  • BA, Carnegie Mellon University, May 2005

Research Interests

  • My research interests include grassroots activism in shale gas regions of the northeast United States; socioeconomic and policy issues surrounding bioenergy production in the Americas; and environmental and energy policy in Latin America. My interest in Latin American policy issues grew out of my service as an environmental educator in the Peace Corps in Guatemala.
Emily Woods Prehoda

Emily Woods Prehoda

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

906-487-2113
Cell: 512-585-6091
ewprehod@mtu.edu
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Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy Policy
  • Solar PV Technology
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James Benton Radson

MS Candidate, Archaelogy

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!
Marie R Richards

Marie R Richards

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Education

  • BA, Anthroplogy, University of Iowa
  • MS, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
  • MA, Heritage Resources, Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Research Interests

  • Cultural landscapes
  • Natural resources and ethnicity
James Schwaderer

James Schwaderer

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
jbschwad@mtu.edu
Annex 208

Education

  • BA, History, Michigan State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaelogy
  • Foodways
  • Virtual Archaelogy
  • 3D Photogrammetry
  • Faunal Analysis
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 Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

906-487-1465
djtrepal@mtu.edu

Advisor

Education

  • B.S., Anthropology and History, Cleveland State Univ. (2004)
  • M.S., Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological Univ. (2008)

Research Interests

  • A native of Cleveland, Ohio, I have grown up surrounded by industry and the processes of deindustrialization and recovery. I have broadly channeled my interest in the material remains of the past towards the study of the ways in which industrialization has shaped our world, and how our industrial pasts shape our present and potential futures. My current research focuses on exploring the archaeology of urban brownfields at the landscape scale though the use of historical GIS. By harnessing the predictive and analytical potential of Big Data approaches to GIS, I model the physical consequences of industrial activities in a postindustrial urban center from 1888 to the present. Having worked professionally as both archaeologist and historian, I am at home in the interdisciplinary environment provided by the Industrial Heritage and Archaeology program.
  • Urban archaeology
  • Deindustrialization
  • Industrial landscapes
  • The archaeology of brownfields
  • Spatial analysis of historical industrial pollutants
  • Big Data approaches to Archaeology
Robert Zupko

Robert Zupko

PhD Student, Computational Science and Engineering

Advisor

Education

  • BS, Computer Science, Rivier College
  • ALM, concentration Software Engineering, Harvard University

Research Interests

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Sustainability
  • Machine learning
  • History