Environmental Finance Center Network Small Water Systems Project


PI:  Tim Colling

The Great Lakes Environmental Infrastructure Center (GLEIC) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 at Michigan Tech, is collaborating with the Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) for the support of the Small Water Systems Project.

Michigan Tech will support the tasks of:

  1.  Training Logistics and Support – onsite and web-based workshops
  2. Professional Development Hour Certification – investigate and accredit professional development certification
  3. Onsite Logistics at Asset Management Training Events – onsite technical assistance
  4. Asset Management Research – summarize the state of practice or provide applied research output for topics in asset management.
Tim Colling
Tim Colling
John Velat
John Velat


Implementation of Online Training Modules to Rail Learning System


PI:  Pasi Lautala

The proposed activities will enable the FRA’s Office of Safety and Office of R&D to utilize the RLS as a platform for internal FRA training offered to both new and current employees. Offering training online will increase flexibility in obtaining the necessary skills required to effectively perform essential job functions, and save on travel expenses currently incurred for this type of training.  In addition, the proposal increases the amount of openly available education modules by incorporating the Railroading 101 modules developed by the FRA, as well as newly recorded versions of the 2016 Railway Engineering Education Symposium (REES) modules. The proposal will also provide technical support in using the modules and continuing monitoring and support of the system throughout the project duration. Continue reading “Implementation of Online Training Modules to Rail Learning System”

2015 Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Safety Summit


PI:  John Velat

By leveraging existing expertise and relationships, Michigan Tech TTAP staff will conduct outreach and marketing via email, telephone, fax, and Web-based systems to consult with WISDOT & the Wisconsin Tribal Task Force and recruit participants in a Planning Team made up of stakeholders from tribal, state, local, and federal agencies. In consultation with the Planning Team, TTAP will conduct the following activities to prepare for the 2015 WITTSS:

  1. Determine tribal, local, state, and federal goals of the Summit
  2. Align goals and activities with federal safety initiatives
  3. Work with all stakeholders to develop an agenda and invite speakers who will contribute to the overall Summit goals
  4. Identify the desired date and location of the summit
  5. Research existing and potential safety resources, programs, and initiatives; previously held tribal, local, federal, and state safety events; and safety research relevant to the Summit
  6. Identify participants and groups who can provide relevant safety program information and experience
  7. Arrange for all logistical aspects of the summit as guided by the event planning committee
  8. Encourage stakeholders to actively participate in the Summit
  9. Contact and encourage participation by at least one representative from every Tribe within the State to participate in the event
  10. Adapt the planning process as necessary to reflect changing needs
John Velat
John Velat

Eastern Regional Tribal Technical Assistance Program


PI:  John Velat

The Eastern Region Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) at Michigan Tech collaborates with the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) to conduct transportation technology transfer, training, technical assistance, and distribution of technical and program information originating primarily from the FHWA, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), state departments of transportation (DOTs) tribal DOTs, tribal governments and intertribal organizations. The objectives of this program are to provide training, technical assistance, technology transfer, and information exchange in the following areas for American Indian Tribal Governments in the Midwestern and Eastern BIA regions in a culturally appropriate manner: 1) Intergovernmental transportation planning, project selection, tourism and recreational travel, and safety; 2) Infrastructure management (e.g. low volume roads, safety/drainage/pavements, gravel road maintenance, work zone safety); 3) Transportation management systems for enhanced performance (e.g. safety, bridge, pavement and congestion); 4) Transportation program or project management under self-determination contracts, self-governance compacts, and FHWA or BIA programmatic agreements; 5) Development of the capacity of tribal transportation departments to establish and deliver transportation programs (e.g. administrative, management skills, reporting, procurement, and financial systems); and 6) Development and maintenance of a communication network on technical transportation issues and current FHWA and BIA initiatives (e.g. Every Day Counts, Strategic Highway Research Program) among tribal governments, Federal and State and local transportation agencies, and others as appropriate.


John Velat
John Velat