CEE Seminar Series and Thesis Presentations
The CEE graduate student seminar series is (usually) held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month from 4:00-4:50 pm in CB204W. The SDSM&T and engineering community are welcome to attend. Professional development hour (PDH) certificates mailed to attendees upon request for some seminars (noted below). For more information, contact Dr. Sangchul Bang (Sangchul.Bang@sdsmt.edu), the 2013-2014 CEE seminar coordinator.
See below for Thesis Presentations
Seminar Series - Fall 2013 Schedule
August 28, 2013:
CEE Graduate Students only
September 4, 2013:
Note Location Change to CB106
Topic: "The Biorefining Story: Progress in the Evolution of the Forest Products Industry to a Forest-Based Biorefining Sector." PDH certificate upon request.
PRESENTER: Dr. Jack Saddler, Professor, Dean Emeritus, Forestry University of British Columbia
global insecurity around oil supplies has helped keep oil prices
volatile and relatively high, influencing the ongoings and significant
investment in both conventional (sugar, starch, plant, and
animal-oil-derived ethanol and diesel) and advanced (biomass-derived or
'drop-in' like) biofuels and chemicals. It is likely that 'pioneer'
advanced biofuel plants will first use biomass residues, such as wood
pellets, as their initial feedstock as it is currently difficult to
justify the investment in energy crops when there is not clear market
for their use. The biorefinery concept has been proposed as a means to
extract maximum value from lignocellulosic materials, with the higher
value physical/chemical components used for biomaterials and chemicals
and whatever is left used for bioenergy/biofuel production. The
continued development of new conversion technologies has encouraged
these nascent, newer biorefineries to assess a range of lignocellulosic
feedstocks with the hope of producing additional value-added bioproducts
and more efficient recovery of bioenergy.
September 11, 2013:
Topic: "Cryogenics and Energy at the Extremes." PDH certificate upon request.
PRESENTER: James E. Fesmire, NASA
ABSTRACT: Broad notions on energy, temperature, and power (heat flow) are presented. Examples of the control of thermal energy and its measurement under extreme environmental conditions are given. Practical approaches for the simulation of the lunar environment are discussed. Several high performance applications are highlighted: aerogel blanket thermal insulation systems, refrigeration power for physics research, and superconducting power cables. The "cold" is shown to be extremely valuable. The shadowy craters of the Moon are suggested to be the original cryogenics research laboratory that can help to understand the mysteries of life in the solar system.
October 9, 2013:
Topic: "The Tech Tower Story and New Environmental Friendly Technology"
PRESENTER: Tom Kelley (CE '80), PE, President of Gage Brothers Concrete Products Inc., Sioux Falls, SD -- View Tom Kelley's bio
ABSTRACT: Story of all the systems that were looked at and how precast became the obvious choice when analyzing cost, schedule and sustainability will be presented and discussed.
October 23, 2013:
Topic: "Fundamentals of Sound Investing"
PRESENTER: Buddy Belzer (CE '74)
ABSTRACT: Presentation includes:
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SEMINAR IS OPEN ONLY TO CEE GRADUATE STUDENTS AND FACULTY
- Determine your financial goals
- Invest regularly
- Keep a portion of your investment in a stock fund for growth
- Diversify your investments, and
- Adjust your investments as your time horizon changes.
November 6, 2013:
Topic: "Flow Field Forecasting"
PRESENTER: Dr. Kyle Caudle, Assistant Professor, SDSM&T Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
ABSTRACT: This talk will present a new autonomous statistical learning methodology, called flow field forecasting. Flow field forecasting methodology was originally developed to predict network performance characteristics for the Dept. of Energy’s energy science network, but many other potential engineering applications exist. The talk will give the basics of flow field forecasting and several possible engineering applications will be presented. In addition, a basic overview of the process of designing an experiment will be outlined and how this was used to perform Dr. Caudle's computer simulations within the context of flow field forecasting.
November 20, 2013:
Topic: "Geomechanical Evaluation of a Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Cavern in Salt"
PRESENTER: Dr. Lance Roberts, P.E. (CE ‘98, MSCE '99), Vice President, Mining & Energy Division, RESPEC
The growth of wind energy in the United States has been significant
over the past decade. The tremendous benefit with wind energy is that it
is a renewable energy resource; however, numerous challenges are
associated with wind energy as well. Among the greatest challenges is
the ability to store power produced during off-peak times that can be
used to meet peak demands. To address this challenge, large underground
caverns mined in salt or other low-permeability rocks can be used to
store air that is compressed into the caverns using excess electricity
generated by the wind turbines during off-peak periods. The compressed
air from the caverns is then used during peak demand periods to replace
the first-stage compressors in gas-fired electric generators. These
compressors normally consume about two-thirds of the power produced by
gas-fired turbines. Using "pre-compressed" air from the caverns, the
electricity generated for each pound of gas consumed increases by nearly
a factor of three. This methodology is termed compressed air energy
storage (CAES). Recently, RESPEC Consulting & Services, Rapid City,
was involved in a project with the New York State Electric & Gas
Corporation (NYSEG) and Parsons Brinckerhoff Energy Storage Solutions
(PB ESS) to perform a geomechanical analysis of a large underground salt
cavern for use as a CAES facility. The geomechanical analyses included
analyzing the response of the rock salt of the cavern to daily cycling
of air which created significant temperature and pressure fluctuations
within the cavern. Maximum and minimum allowable pressures within the
cavern were determined to ensure cavern stability during CAES
January 22, 2014:
PRESENTER: Mark Hollenbeck, PE (ChE '82), Project Manager for Powertech (USA) on the Dewey-Burdock Uranium Recovery Project
February 5, 2014:
PRESENTER: Andy Baker (CE '03 and MSCE '04), Daktronics
February 19, 2014:
PRESENTER: Steve Palmer (CE '97), SD DOT
March 5, 2014:
PRESENTER: Dr. Scott Kenner, PE (CE '77 and MSCE '79)
April 9, 2014:
In lieu of the CEE graduate student seminar this week, students are encouraged to go to the 2014 Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, and will include technical sessions, a keynote speaker (TBA), and a combined poster session and evening social. The 2014 conference will be sponsored by the National Weather Service, South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, U.S. Geological Survey, and the West Dakota Water Development District. Registration information will be available February 15, 2014, at the conference Web side http://sd.water.usgs.gov/WSDconf/. Professional development hours (or continuing education credits) will be available to interested participants. Planned registration fees for professionals are $70 for early-bird (between February 15 and March 17, 2014) and $100 after March 17, 2014. Registration will be free for students and general public with the option to purchase lunch for $20.
Potential speakers and poster presenters: Abstracts for the 2014 Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference for oral and poster presentations will be accepted through January 21, 2014. Abstracts concerning any earth science topic are welcomed, as are student presentations and posters. Abstracts concerning integrated water-resources management are especially welcomed as that is the theme for 2014. The 2014 conference will include a poster session for both professionals and students. The poster session will include a student poster contest with prizes awarded for 1st ($300), 2nd ($200), and 3rd ($100) places. Please note that oral presentation slots are limited. Abstracts received after the January 21 deadline will only be considered for oral presentation if slots are available. If all oral presentation slots are filled, your abstract will only be accepted for the poster session. All speakers and poster presenters will be required to pay conference registration fees unless they have student status. For more information and instructions for abstract submittal for both oral and poster presentations, go to http://sd.water.usgs.gov/WSDconf/callforspeakers.pdf. When submitting an abstract to the 2014 conference, please indicate whether oral presentation or poster is preferred.
November 21, 2013 - 11:00 am
LOCATION: CM 310
MSCE Thesis Proposal Presentation: "Evaluating Temporal and Spatial Scale Issues with Hydrologic Models"
PRESENTER: Dol Raj Chalise
Abstract: The relative accuracy of rainfall runoff models is an important issue. Some models may perform better than others in specific scenarios (e.g. wet vs. dry climates; forested vs. agricultural land use; long vs. short time steps for simulation). Two widely used models were selected for comparison to simulate runoff for watersheds in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The two models, the Precipitation Runoff Modeling System (PRMS) and Hydrological Simulation Program Fortran (HSPF), are both semi distributed, deterministic hydrological tools that simulate the impacts of precipitation, land use and climate on basin hydrology and streamflow. PRMS is primarily used by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to simulate basin hydrology across the United States. HSPF is used by a larger base of public and government modelers to simulate basin hydrology, sediment processes, and water quality worldwide. One of the primary applications of this research is to help potential users to select the more appropriate hydrologic model, HSPF or PRMS, when working with a specific size of watershed. Results indicate that the HSPF better estimated annual, monthly, and daily water budget than the PRMS for a small watershed. The HSPF better estimated annual water budget than the PRMS for a large watershed. The PRMS betters estimated monthly and daily water budget than the HSPF for a large watershed when wet and dry periods were calibrated individually. The results indicate that the temporal and spatial scale variability influences the accuracy of HSPF and PRMS model simulations. The study suggests that an appropriate selection of a model for specific size of a watershed should be based on a specific hydrologic question that a user is seeking to answer.
December 12, 2013 - 11:00 am
LOCATION: McKeel Room, Surbeck Center
MSCE Thesis Proposal Presentation: “The Effects of Clay
Mineralogy on Soil Stabilization”
PRESENTER: Karen Schaefers