Be a recognized leader in the research, development and use of Information Technology to support solution of critical problems in national security, infrastructure, bioinformatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.
Be acknowledged nationally and internationally as an innovator for the marriage of phenomenological understanding and implementation of the mathematically rigorous algorithms to build information from data in support of sponsor needs.
Provide visibility and outreach for Michigan Tech in Southeastern Michigan.
Establish collaborations with Michigan Tech academic departments, institutes, and centers to increase funded contract revenues for all organizations involved.
Maintain a creative environment that rewards and encourages innovation.
Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) Dave House Center is located in Ann Arbor, MI. The research institute was purchased by Michigan Tech University in 2006 with a gift from the House Family Foundation, established by former Intel executive Dave House, a Michigan Tech alumnus.
MTRI’s outreach activities are designed to provide educational programs, technical expertise, tools/data and information and make them available to the public and stakeholders to promote awareness and improve environmental management. >>>
October 2012 - Superior Ideas >>>
We are a vibrant community that partners innovative researchers with those interested in supporting cutting-edge university research.
April 2012 - Follow the new GLOS AOC Tributary Monitoing Twitter Feed or visit the GLOS AOC Tributary Monitoring website.
March 2012 - Rail Night 2012
MTRI Researchers attended the 7th annual Railroad Night, hosted in Houghton, MI. Research Scientists, Colin Brooks and Michael Billmire presented MTRI's Mineral Occurrence Revenue Estimation & Visualization (MOREV) Tool, which is a system for evaluating potential revenue and carbon emissions from mineral resourcers for existing and expanded rail networks in the Alaska-northwest Canada region.
February 2012 - Cropland Burning in the Russian Federation website now available. Begun in the winter of 2009-2010, this project aims to quantify crop residue burning and related emissions - with a focus on black carbon - in the Russian Federation using satellite data and available agricultural statistics. This project is a collaboration of researchers at MTRI, the University of Maryland, the All-Russian Institute for Agrochemistry (Moscow), and the Dokuchaev Soil Institute (Moscow). Much of this work was funded by the Clean Air Task Force, with support from Bellona Foundation in Russia.
MTRI is seeking employees committed to cutting edge research, development and practical application of sensor and information technology to solve critical problems in national security, protecting and evaluating critical infrastructure, bio informatics, earth sciences and environmental processes.
Current opportunities may be found on the MTRI employment page, however all exceptionally qualified applicants will be considered.
Internships at MTRI are available to undergraduate and graduate students. Desirable experience includes GIS, radar, signal processing, remote sensing, statistics, environmental science, MATLAB, computer science, and programming.>>>
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MTRI works through the Sponsored Programs Office (SPO) of Michigan Tech. Their website is: www.mtu.edu/research
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Romanenkov, V., Rukhovich, D., Koroleva, P.,. McCarty, J. (2014). Estimating Black Carbon Emissions from Agricultural Burning. Novel Measurement and Assessment Tools for Monitoring and Management of Land and Water Resources in Agricultural Landscapes of Central Asia Environmental Science and Engineering 2014, pp 347-364.
Shuchman, R.A., Sayers, M., Fahnenstiel, G., and Leshkevich, G. (2013) A model for determining satellite-derived primary productivity estimates for Lake Michigan. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39(Supplement 1):46-54 ISSN 0380-1330.
Shuchman, R.A., Sayers, M.J., Brooks, C.N. (2013). Mapping and monitoring the extent of submerged aquatic vegetation in the Laurentian Great Lakes with multi-scale satellite remote sensing. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39(Supplement 1):78-89 ISSN 0380-1330.
Shuchman, R.A., Leshkevich, G., Sayers, M.J., Johengen, T. Brooks, C.N., Pozdnyakov, D. (2013). An algorithm to retrieve chlorophyll, dissolved organic carbon, and suspended minerals from great lakes satellite data. Journal of Great Lakes Research 39(Supplement 1):78-89 ISSN 0380-1330.
Michalak, A.M., E. Anderson, D. Beletsky, S. Boland, N.S. Bosch, T.B. Bridgeman, J.D. Chaffin, K.H. Cho, R. Confesor, I. Daloğlu, J. DePinto, M. Evans, G.L. Fahnenstiel, L. He, J.C. Ho, L. Jenkins, T. Johengen, K.C. Kuo, E. Laporte, X. Liu, M. McWilliams, Mi. R. Moore, D. J. Posselt, P.R. Richards, D. Scavia, A.L. Steiner, E. Verhamme, D.M. Wright, M.A. Zagorski (2013). Record-setting algal bloom in Lake Erie caused by agricultural and meteorological trends consistent with expected future conditions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,110(16), 6448-6452.
French, N.H.F., L.L. Bourgeau-Chavez, M. J. Falkowski, S. Goetz, L. K. Jenkins, P. Camill, C. S. Roesler, and D. G. Brown (2012). Remote sensing for mapping and modeling carbon flux and storage. In D. G. Brown, D. T. Robinson, N. H.F. French, and B. C. Reed (eds): Land use and the carbon cycle. Cambridge University Press.
Read All MTRI Patents, Publications, and Presentations >>>
View all of the posters presented on the Husky’s campus on October 7, 2011. >>>
||MichiganView is a state member of the AmericaView (AV) program, a nationwide program that focuses on satellite remote sensing data and technologies
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In the News >>>
Wixom Elementary Students Participate In Wetlands Mapping Project
August 2013 - The 5th grade students at Wixom Elementary worked in conjunction with the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) in Ann Arbor to collect authentic wetland data in our local wetlands. >>>
U-M Water Center Grants Program - “Application of geospatially enabled geographic response plans for oil spill response in the western basin of Lake Erie,” David Dean, Michigan Technological University. Fact sheet (PDF) posted on
May 21, 2013 >>>
CBS DETROIT: Following Phragmites Home: MTU Uses Satellite Data to Map Invasive Species in Great Lakes
December 17, 2012 >>>
Michigan Tech News: Following Phragmites Home: Scientists Use Satellite Data to map Invasive Species in Great Lakes Wetlands
December 17, 2012 - Phragmites australis, an invasive species of plant called common reed, grows rapidly into dense stands of tall plants that pose an extreme threat to Great Lakes coastal wetlands. Early treatment is the key to controlling Phragmites.>>>
Tech Tour Day Two: Solar Power, Star Trek Replicators, New Drugs At Michigan Tech
October 15, 2012
- CBS Detroit
Solar power, Star Trek replicators, new antiviral drugs, more green energy, and a research showplace for the Great Lakes. >>>
MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) Research Projects Posters Presented at Michigan Tech’s Campus October 2012
October 12, 2012 - MTRI Poster Session
MTRI: Michigan Tech Research Institute (Ann Arbor) poster presentations were on display in the Atrium of the Dow Environmental Sciences and Engineering Building where numerous faculty and students had the chance to study them. >>>
MTRI Senior Research Scientist, Nancy H.F. French, was recently published in American Geophysical Union's (AGU) Earth and Space Sciences (Eos) international newspaper
McKenzie, D., French, N.H.F. and Ottmar, R.D. (2012), "National database for calculating fuel available to wildfires," EOS, 93, 57-58. >>>
MTRI Research Scientist, Jessica McCarty, participated in the International Meeting on Open Burning and the Arctic: Causes, Impacts, and Mitigation Approaches
St. Petersburg, Russia, 8-9 November 2010 (Released, January 2012)
In early November 2010, over seventy policymakers, scientists, activists, and academics from Russia, Europe, and North America met in St. Petersburg, Russia for a two-day conference to discuss the causes and impacts of set fires in forests, peatlands, croplands, and steppe in Northern Eurasia and North America. >>>
STATE: Conservationists from EMU, state officials discuss invasive plant species Phragmites
November 5, 2011 - The Ypsilanti Courier
Laura L. Bourgeau-Chavez of Michigan Tech Research Institute in Ann Arbor spoke about mapping the plants in the coastal Great Lakes by using satellite imaging radar. >>>
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