People

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  • Adjunct Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Teaching Interests

  • Computer Methods in Geomechanics
  • Computational Geoscience
  • Remote Sensing for Geotechniques
  • Geostatistics and Data Analysis
  • Engineering Geology and Geoinformatics

Research Interests

  • Liquefaction susceptibility evaluation at local and regional scales using in-situ measurements and remote sensing observations
  • Estimating liquefaction induced damage such as lateral spread displacement
  • Transportation Geotechniques
  • Documenting earthquake induced damages, especially liquefaction using aerial/satellite images that are sensitive to surficial moisture
  • Geotechnical asset monitoring
  • Machine Learning
  • Interim Chair, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Dam Decommissioning
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Hydraulic Structures
  • River Mechanics
  • Sediment Transport
  • Stream Rehabilitation
  • Sustainability
  • Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Biological Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • Transportation Applications Including Road and Bridge Condition Assessment
  • Mapping of Changing Ecosystems
  • Agricultural Remote Sensing
  • Geohazard Evaluation
  • Invasive Species Mapping With a Focus on Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
  • Developing Unmanned Aerial System Capabilities
  • 3D Optical, Multispectral, Thermal, and LiDAR Sensing
  • Decision Support System and App Development
  • Integration of Remote Sensing Technologies Into Sponsor Workflows
  • Research Project Management

Research Interests

  • Aquatic and Landscape Ecology
  • Invasive Species Mapping
  • Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Monitoring
  • Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Assessment of Transportation Infrastructure Condition Using Remote Sensing
  • Automated Road and Bridge Condition Analysis
  • Multispectral Sensing
  • Development and Deployment of Decision Support Systems
  • Land Cover Change Mapping and Monitoring
  • Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

Areas of Expertise

  • Signal and Image Processing
  • Radar Systems
  • Experimental Design
  • Statistical Analysis

Research Interests

  • Signal Exploitation
  • Sensor Characterization and Performance Prediction
  • Machine Inference and Learning
  • Intelligent Transportation and Mobility
  • Associate Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences
  • Witte Family Endowed Faculty Fellow in Mining Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design under Uncertainties
  • Production monitoring and automated control using image sensors
  • Multi-point and multi-scale geostatistics
  • Mine safety, reliability, and occupational risk modeling
  • Statistical and artificial intelligence modeling

Teaching Interests

  • Mine Planning and Design
  • Geostatistics and Mineral Resource Estimation
  • Systems Engineering
  • Reliability and Safety Engineering
  • Blasting and Fragmentation
Amanda Codere

Amanda Codere

  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Center for Technology & Training
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Associate Chair for Research, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Matrix structural analysis
  • Finite element analysis
  • Concrete Materials
  • Pavement design
  • Timber design

Research Interests

  • Computational analysis for material research: multiscale modeling, finite element analysis, discrete element analysis, multiphysical modeling, fracture simulation and molecular dynamics
  • Acoustic and ultrasonic measurement, NDE technique; advanced X-ray and neutron scattering characterization
  • Low-carbon cementitious materials; supplementary cementitious materials with waste ingredients; sustainable development; durability performance
  • CLT panels and timber structures; structural resilience; climate change
  • Resilience of electrical power distribution and transmission systems, pavement resilience subjected to extreme weather conditions
  • Active-material actuator design, wind-structure interaction, vibration reduction
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Reliability

Research Interests

  • Risk and Reliability of Infrastructure Systems
  • Life Cycle Resilience Enhancement
  • Community Resilience Assessment
  • Machine Learning
  • Network Analysis
  • Wind Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Data-driven Infrastructure Management
  • Project Delivery and Procurement
  • Smart Construction
  • Risk Management
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Text Analytics and Natural Language Processing
  • Artificial Intelligence Modeling
  • Senior Research Engineer, Chemical Engineering
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Faculty Advisor, Green Campus Enterprise

Research Interests

  • Sustainable water and energy systems
  • Life-cycle assessment
  • Bioproducts and bioenergy
  • Sustainable materials and manufacturing
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics
  • Ecosystem services
Pam Hannon

Pam Hannon

  • Coordinator, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Photogrammetry
  • Remote Sensing
  • GIS
  • Geospatial Cyberinfrastructure
  • Application of geospatial technology to agriculture and environmental science
  • Associate Dean for Research
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Director, Rail Transportation Program, Michigan Tech Transportation Institute

Research Interests

  • Rail and highway transportation / engineering
  • Highway-rail grade crossing and trespasser safety
  • Multimodal transportation; planning, policy, supply chain logistics and economics
  • Sustainability of transportation and life cycle/life cycle cost analysis
  • Railway capacity analysis and modeling
  • Curriculum and engineering education development
  • Industry/university collaboration
  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Department of Physics

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
  • Associate Teaching Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
  • Affiliated Associate Teaching Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Window Glass Strength Design
  • Wind loads on Structures
  • Finite Element Modeling of Brittle Materials
  • Large Scale Data Processing and Data Mining
  • Dean, College of Engineering
  • Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • Water reclamation systems and Fate of personal products in treatment systems
  • Professor of Psychology, Cognitive and Learning Sciences

Research Interests

  • Computational Modeling
  • Recognitional Decision Making
  • Perceptual and Memory Processes
  • Representations of Cultural Knowledge
  • Senior Research Engineer, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Research Interests

  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Industry 4.0
  • Human-robot-machine interaction
  • Physics-based/data-driven modeling
  • Manufacturing process monitoring
  • Industrial automation
  • Director, Center for Science and Environmental Outreach
  • Director, Family Engineering Program
  • Staff, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering

Links of Interest

Research Interests

  • Surface chemistry and interfacial science
  • Bridging reactions at the gas/solid and liquid/solid interfaces under model (ultra-high vacuum) and real (near ambient pressure) conditions
  • Designing metal-oxide architectures and nanostructures on various substrates; Atomic Layer Deposition and tailored growth approaches
  • Growth, properties, and reactions on heterogeneous structures for energy and environmental applications
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Assistant Professor, Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences

Courses Taught

  • Soil mechanics and foundation design
  • Advanced soil mechanics
  • Applied Machine Learning
  • Mechanics of materials

Research Interests

  • Soil and rock mechanics
  • Ground improvement and foundation design
  • Bio inspired Geotechnics/Foundations
  • Geomaterial behavior and testing
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning in geotechnical engineering
  • Measurement While Drilling (MWD) in geotechnical engineering
  • Slope stability and debris flow hazards
  • Stability of underground structures
  • Mine tailings and abandoned mines geohazards and remediation
  • Intellectual, numerical and analytical modeling
Paul Sanders
"The more you do, the more you do."
—George Sanders (my Dad)
  • Patrick S. Horvath Endowed Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Foundry Educational Foundation (FEF) Key Professor
  • Association for Iron & Steel Technology (AIST) Foundation Steel Professor

Teaching Interests

  • Lead MSE undergraduate senior design program: integrate mechanistic models, ICME tools, experiments, and statistics
  • Apply design knowledge via real-world, industry-sponsored projects

Research Interests

  • Alloy design in Al, Cu, Fe, Ni, and MPEAs 
  • Apply ICME and statistical tools with machine learning and DOEs in alloy optimization
  • Verify via production through casting, wrought processing (extrusion, rolling, drawing, swaging), and/or (wire) additive manufacturing
  • Applications in sustainability (recycling), transportation (lightweighting), and efficiency (thermal stability)
  • Professor Emeritus, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Airport planning and design
  • Transportation planning
  • Traffic engineering,
  • Public transit
  • Automated people movers
  • Hockey history
  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Associate Chair for Curriculum, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

  • Application computationally efficient and robust embedded algorithms for monitoring and protection of civil infrastructure assets such as buildings, bridges, pipelines, wind turbines, roadways, and railroads.
  • Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Affiliated Professor, Applied Computing
  • PSERC Site Director and ICC CPS Center Director

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Circuit/graph theory
  • Steady-state and dynamics of bulk power systems
  • Cyber-informed security engineering

Areas of Research Interest

Discipline: Power systems engineering

  • Power grid cybersecurity
  • Smart home and robotic technologies
  • Attack/defense combinatorics
  • Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Research Interests

  • Pressure sensing
  • Non-destructive testing
  • Noninvasive characterization of construction materials and biological tissues
  • Visual sensing and Deep learning algorithms
  • Ultrasound and microbubble cavitation
  • Research Engineer/Scientist, Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI)

Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamical Systems
  • Machine Learning
  • Radar Signal Processing

Research Interests

  • High Dimensional Statistics
  • Statistical Signal Theory
  • Compressed Sensing
  • Associate Professor, Cognitive and Learning Sciences
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science
  • Director, Center for Human-Centered Computing

Research Interests

  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Learning and Video Games for STEM
  • CSCW
  • Structured Analytic Techniques
  • Distinguished Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering

Links of Interest

Google Scholar Profile

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
  • Hydrologic modeling and forecasting
  • Flood risk management
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation planning
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus
  • Systems optimization under uncertainty
  • Sustainable development engineering
  • Assistant Professor, Construction Management
  • Faculty, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty, College of Business

Teaching Experience

  • Advanced technologies in construction (e.g., BIM)
  • Project management
  • Construction methods
  • Structural analysis

Research Interests

  • Construction informatics
  • Computer vision-based site monitoring
  • Construction robotics
  • Natural language processing in construction
  • Blockchain-enabled contract management
  • Cybersecurity in construction management
  • Distinguished Professor, Transportation Engineering

Teaching Interests

  • Road design and analysis
  • Civil engineering materials
  • Sustainable pavement engineering
  • Advanced asphalt materials
  • Pavement mechanics

Research Interests

  • Design, construction, and maintenance of pavements

  • Micromechanics for road materials

  • Discrete element modeling and finite element modeling techniques
  • Construction materials: asphalt, aggregate, asphalt concrete

  • Alternative materials for civil engineering

  • Recycled materials for civil engineering
  • Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering
  • Affiliated Associate Professor, Computer Science

Links of Interest

Teaching Interests

  • Transportation Network Analysis
  • Traffic Flow Theory
  • Travel Demand Analysis
  • Transportation Systems Operations and Control
  • Transportation Planning
  • Traffic Engineering
  • Optimization Methods
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning and Model Predictive Control for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Research Interests

  • Data-driven distributionally robust optimization (DRO) based control models for connected and automated vehicles (CAVs)
  • Big traffic data analytics using machine learning
  • Deep Reinforcement Learning (DRL) and Graph Neural Networks (GNN) for transportation applications
  • Mobile and crowd sensing of dynamic traffic systems (e.g., Drone traffic monitoring, social media data for travel pattern analysis using Twitter and Foursquare smartphone apps)
  • Dynamic network equilibrium and optimization
  • Modeling and simulation of large-scale complex systems (e.g. Traffic Simulation)
  • Freight logistics and supply chain systems (e.g., Intermodal Freight Modeling)
  • Impact of plug-in electric vehicles to smart grid and transportation network systems
  • Interdependency and resiliency of large-scale networked infrastructure systems
  • Vehicular Ad-hoc Networks (VANETs)
  • Smart Cities
  • Cyber-Physical Systems