David Lutz, P.E., NTH Vice-President and Brad Venman, NTH Toxicologist, Sr. Vice President & Quality Officer have been selected to speak at the Energy, Utility & Environment Conference in San Diego, California on February 4, 2016. They will present "Ash Containment Structures: Engineered to Comply with U.S. EPA’s New CCR Rule."
In their presentation, NTH will explain how ash containment strategies have reached a cross-roads with the publishing of the new EPA CCR rule and that an important step in managing risk and determining the compliance pathway is performing a site evaluation for probable failure mechanisms for surface impoundments and/or landfills which may cause an environmental release.
This presentation will provide a high-level policy overview of the new CCR Rule, Michigan's developing regulatory strategy and elements of a failure mode analysis. It will discuss important engineering requirements contained in the rule and provide guidance about achieving compliant ash disposal, moving forward. The presentation will also review practical implementation examples regarding solutions being implemented to bring containment structures into conformance with the new rule.
Those attending the EUEC conference can find NTH's presentation in Track H, on February 4 at 10:00 am. Those wishing to register for the conference can find the registration information by clicking here.
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In the past month we’ve seen a growing interest and excitement surrounding the engineering field. Not just in our own country, but across the globe initiatives, news, contests and more are showcasing the opportunities engineering can provide.
Last week for example was “Tomorrow's Engineers Week 2015” in the UK which is a week dedicated to inspiring the next generation of engineers. The goal for Tomorrow’s Engineers Week was to “shine a spotlight on engineering careers in a way that young people may have never before considered.” During this week, the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE) joined with a female civil engineer, Joanna Anderson, (a.k.a. “the singing engineer”) to create a song which she hopes will inspire the next generation of engineers and change perceptions about engineering. Watch for more about Joanna in a future blog post.
We are seeing some great initiatives in the U.S. as well, including the announcement from American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and MacGillivray Freeman Films about their upcoming film, “Dream Big: Engineering Wonders of the World.” They tout this as the first film to focus specifically on STEM and to celebrate “the engineers who are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, amazing and forward-thinking way.” Along with the film, ASCE has launched a contest, Civil Engineers Dream Big, which aims to encourage engineers to share how civil engineering helped them achieve their dreams.
NTH is also contributing to the recent engineering fervor by hosting a free webinar, ‘Real Life Engineering.’ As with many professional occupations, our continued development as engineers results from years of experience and practical application. Therefore, in this upcoming webinar, attendees will learn from five engineers with various backgrounds and perspectives on topics that only real life can teach us. You can register for this webinar to hear true stories and valuable lessons learned from engineering experts from prominent companies such as DTE Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, NRCS West National Technology Support Center and more.
Also, don't forget to submit a nomination for yourself, a co-worker or a student in the ASCE’s New Faces of Civil Engineering recognition program that highlights the next generation of civil engineering leaders. Ten honorees are selected by ASCE in each of two divisions: Collegiate and Professional. One honoree per division will be selected as the "New Face of Civil Engineering" by DiscoverE.
Q & A with Mary Siegan, P.E., Assistant Project Engineer
In recent months, the news and social media have focused a great deal on women in STEM related fields. One such movement is the #ILookLikeAnEngineer hashtag on Twitter and Facebook, celebrating women who are sharing their accomplishments in the field of science and technology. NTH employs many female engineers so in the spirit of sharing, we have created this “Women in Engineering” series to highlight some of the talented women who work at NTH.
Our fourth Q & A in the series is with one of our project engineers, Mary Siegan. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Michigan.
What was your favorite subject(s) high school?
Math and science
When did you know you were interested in engineering?
When I was young my favorite toys were legos, Lincoln logs, and tinker toys. I was lucky enough to have an older brother who had outgrown these toys. I was also known to dig large excavations in my mom’s flower gardens with my brothers old toy tractors!
What was it that peaked your interest?
I always enjoyed learning how things work.
Did you have any mentors?
While I didn’t know any Civil Engineers, I had an uncle who was an electrical engineer and my brother was studying to be a mechanical engineer.
Who was your biggest influencer in your career choice?
I think that having my brother obtain an engineering degree before I ever started college allowed me to realize that engineering was an obtainable degree.
Did you face any resistance from family or friends about your career choice?
No, I come from a very supporting family.
Did you entertain any other career possibilities? If so, what and why didn’t you go that route?
Until I was a senior in high school I wanted to be a teacher. I think I ultimately chose not to go into teaching because the job market in Michigan was bleak.
Where did you go to college? Why?
The University of Michigan. I went to high school in Haslett and wanted to get out of the East Lansing area. I also based my decision on the fact that the Fab 5 won the National Championship my senior year of high school.
What is it about civil engineering that caught your interest out of the other engineering fields?
I enjoyed the civil engineering classes better than the other general engineering classes at school.
How/why did you choose NTH?
NTH has a reputation of being a great engineering company and I wanted to be a part of company where I would be involved in challenging projects where I could grow and learn as an engineer.
What do you do at NTH and what do you like most about your job?
My main focus at NTH is landfills but I also work on several energy projects and industrial sites doing various types of projects. I enjoy finding solutions for clients and learning new things.
What is your favorite project you’ve worked on as an engineer?
My favorite project was a comprehensive stormwater project that we worked on at Cranbrook Educational Community. We performed streambank stabilization, developed a best management practices guide for stormwater controls, and designed concepts that the campus could use to reduce flooding.
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