Graduate Student Directory

Tyler Allen

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

tdallen@mtu.edu
AOB Annex 202

Thesis Topic

Education

  • BA, History, West Virginia State University

Research Interests

  • Industrial Archaeology
  • Rural Communities
  • Planned Communities
  • Coal Heritage
  • Historic Archaeology
  • Labor movements

John Arnold

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

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

Thesis Topic

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Historical GIS
  • Post-Industrial Landscapes
  • 3D Digital Modeling
  • Architecture & Design of the Human Environment
John Baeten

John Baeten

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

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

Thesis Topic

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
  • Ore Dressing
  • Community Responses to Extractive Industries

Brad Barnett

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA, Political Science, University of Kentucky
  • MA, 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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Erin Burkett

Erin Burkett

PhD student, Environmental and Energy Policy

emburket@mtu.edu
AOB Annex 203

Education

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

Research 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

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics, Michigan Tech
  • MEng, Mechanical 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 student, 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

Research Interests

  • Community engagement with environmental remediation (specifically Superfund)
  • Trust and distrust in government agencies
  • Environmental policy
  • Use of technology in engaging citizens in environmental remediation

Marley Chynoweth

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

mmchynow@mtu.edu
AOB Annex

Thesis Topic

Education

  • BS, History, Northern Michigan University

Research Interests

  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Industrial and Cultural Landscapes
  • Historic Preservation
  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Public History and Archaeology
  • Mining Heritage
  • Industrial Communities and the Role of Corporate Paternalism
  • Heritage Interpretation in National Forests and Parks
  • History of Elite Sportsmen's Clubs of the U.P.
Mark Dice

Mark Dice

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

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

Thesis Topic

  • ”3D Documentation Technologies and the Preservation and Marketing of Industrial Heritage Sites”
  • Advisor: Timothy Scarlett

Education

  • BA, Music Education, Kansas State Teachers College (Emporia State University)

Research Interests

  • Laser Scanning of Industrial Structures
  • Photogrammetry
  • Digitalization and Heritage Management
  • Professional Applications of Consumer Technologies in Archaeology

Jennifer Dunn

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Education

  • BA, International Relations (Science, Technology Environment), and Public Policy, Michigan State University
  • MA, Environmental Studies, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

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 Tech

Research Interests

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

Himamshu Ghimire

MS Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Thesis Topic

Education

  • MS, Environmental Science, Miami University of Ohio, Oxford, Ohio
  • MS Thesis: "An Assessment of the Environmental Problems in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal"
  • Graduate coursework, Environmental Law and Environmental Health and Epidemiology, University of Findlay, Ohio
  • BEng., Civil Engineering, Bangalore University, India
  • Assoc. Arts, Economics, Austin Community College and University of Texas, Austin
  • Assoc. Science, Geography, Austin Community College, Austin, TX

Research Interests

  • Policy for ecologically and economically sustainable energy production and use
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
AOB 207

Education

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

Research Interests

  • Landscape perspectives on the role of energy transformation in the creation of industrial systems
  • Copper Country history and heritage
  • The heritage of sport

Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez

PhD Candidate, Environmental and Energy Policy

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

Education

  • BA, Social Anthropology, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico
  • MA, Anthropological Science, Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), Yucatan, Mexico

Research Interests

  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Ecotourism
  • Conservation and Community Development
  • Gender Relationships
  • Women's Rights
  • Children's Rights
Talva Jacobsen

Talva Jacobson

PhD Student, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

Medalta Potteries Provincial Historic Site

487-2250
ttjacobs@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • BFA, Visual Art, University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • MA, Historic Archaeology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland, Canada
  • MA Thesis: "A view of folk pottery's muddy past as seen through clay: an analysis on a sample of ceramics found at the historic Caldwell Pottery factory site in Arrow Rock, Missouri"

Research Interests

  • Industrial Heritage and Landscapes
  • The Selling of Heritage and how it is used by the living community
  • Communication, Re-use, and Adaptation
  • Rehabilitation, Conservation, and Identity
  • Hazard Management, Sustainable Planning, Community Development, and Public Archaeology
  • Risk Perception, Preparedness, and Resilience

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 A. La Fave

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

Thesis Topic

  • "Urban Sprawl and Community Sustainability in the Global Marketplace of the 21st Century"
  • Advisor: Adam Wellstead

Education

  • M.P.A., Public Management, School of Public, Non-Profit and Health Administration, Grand Valley State University (2007).
  • B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy, James Madison College at Michigan State University (2003).

Research Interests

  • Current focus: Community Development and Public Policy
  • Energy Policy
  • Land Use
  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Public Policy
Hongmei Lu

Hongmei Lu

PhD student, 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

  • Public private partnership (PPP) in urban green infrastructure development and management
  • Policy and management of vertical gardens and green wall/roof in Shanghai metropolitan area
  • Advocacy of home gardening as green infrastructure in densely populated metropolis

William Lytle

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

wjlytle@mtu.edu
AOB 202

Education

  • MS, Forestry, Michigan Tech
  • BS, Wildlife Ecology and Management, Michigan Tech

Research Interests

  • Social license
  • Sustainable development
  • Environmental justice
  • Critical analysis of conservation
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 A.P. de Medeiros

PhD Candidate, Industrial Heritage and Archaeology

lmedeiro@mtu.edu
FCSH/New University of Lisbon

Thesis Topic

Education

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

Research Inerests

  • Industrial Archaeology and Heritage
  • Industrial Landscapes
  • Mining Communities
  • Landscape Archaeology
  • Sustainable Development
  • Science Communication
  • Current focus: Studying the ways in which industrial heritage and archaeological practice can support sustainable development in postindustrial rural areas.

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

Thesis Topic

  • History, Founding, and Early Development of 4 Significant Amer. Industrial Manuscripts Repositories
  • Advisor:

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

  • Deindustrialization, re-industrialization, and the impact on cultural resources in urban settings.
  • Archival traces of industrial history.
  • Mining history (president of the Mining History Association, 2016-2017).

Roland Ofori

PhD Student, Environmental and Energy Policy

roofori@mtu.edu
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Education

  • MS, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University
  • BA, Economics and Philosophy (minor), University of Ghana

Research Interests

  • Agent-based modeling
  • Non-market valuation
  • Community sustainability
  • Environmental economics and policy
  • Energy economics and policy
  • International development
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Brendan Pelto

MS Student, Industrial Archaeology

(906) 231-9757

AOB Annex, 1st floor

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

  • Grassroots activism in shale gas regions of the northeast United States
  • Socioeconomic and policy issues surrounding bioenergy production in the Americas
  • 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
Library

Education

  • MS, Environmental and Energy Policy, Michigan Technological University

Research Interests

  • Energy Policy
  • Solar PV Technology

James Benton Radson

MS student, Industrial 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 student, 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

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

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
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Education

  • B.S., Anthropology and History, Cleveland State Univ. (2004)
  • M.S., Industrial Archaeology, Michigan Technological Univ. (2008)
  • M.S. Thesis: "Evolution in Iron: The West Point Foundry Casting House 1817-1912"

Research Interests

  • Industrial and urban archaeology
  • Historical GIS
  • 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

Thesis Topic

Education

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

Research Interests

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