Internships at MTRI

Our mission is to provide a real world experience for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a research institute that addresses advanced technology to sense and understand natural and man-made environments.

Preparing Today’s Students for the Future

The Sensor/Signal Processing Lab is seeking qualified candidates with the following background/coursework:

The Environmental, Transportation, and Decision Support Lab is is seeking qualified candidates with the following background/coursework:

To be Eligible for an Internship, you must:

In the Field

Interns

Phragmites

Field teams assisted the Radar Detection and Monitoring of Invasive Phragmites in the Coastal Great Lakes project. The team collected data on vegetation type, density, and height, as well as water condition measurements at 286 locations throughout the basin. These field measurements help to provide accurate identification of ecosystem types when classifying the PALSAR imagery.

Great Lakes Water Monitoring

Interns assist MTRI staff by research the Great Lakes in many ways, such as, 1.) Mapping Cladophora extent and estimate biomass for the entire U.S. and Canadian nearshore region in the four lower Great Lakes, 2.) Developing a satellite algorithm for the retrieval of chlorophyll, Dissolved Organic Carbon, and Suspended Minerals for the Great Lakes, and 3.) Support ecosystem restoration and protection efforts in five pilot? tributaries in the Great Lakes.

Bridge Condition Using Remote Sensors

Student interns assisted Michigan Tech and MTRI researchers in using remote sensing technologies to monitor the condition of bridges to monitor the condition of bridges to help improve efficiency of inspection and repair. They are using thermal infrared and 3-D optics systems to scan bridges to help determine the condition based on possible delaminations, spalling, and other distresses, both visible and not visible at the surface.

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Mapping of Unpaved Roads Locations and Condition

The Michigan Tech team (MTRI and MTTI) are working with US DOT/RITA to design and develop a Remote Sensing system which promises to extend the available Commercial Remote Sensing & Spatial Information tools to enhance an unpaved road assessment system. Both manned and unmanned aerial systems are under evaluation.

USFWS Midwest Wetlands Assessment


Interns helped MTRI researchers perform an accuracy assessment on a classification of wetlands in Iowa. The classification is an update to the National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) performed by St Mary's University of Minnesota. MTRI was also tasked with developing improved accuracy assessment methods and classification methodology.

To apply:

Please send a resume/CV and a letter of recommendation (usually from a recent professor) to:
mtri-internships-l@mtu.edu
3600 Green Ct., Ste. 100
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

For Additional Information on Sensor/Signal Processing Lab Internships contact:

Joseph Burns, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
734.913.6857
jwburns@mtu.edu

For Additional Information on Environmental, Transportation, and Decision Support Lab Internships contact:

Colin Brooks
Senior Research Scientist
734.913.6858
cnbrooks@mtu.edu

Nancy French, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist
734.913.6844
nhfrench@mtu.edu

Factsheets on internships:

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2016 Participants

Raymer

Impacts and Implications of Increased Fire inTundra Regions of North America

Using remote sensing and GIS to monitor changes in climate change and increrased impacts to tundra.

Vulnerability of North American Boreal Peatlands to Interactions between Climate, Hydrology, and Wildland Fires

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Intern Anne Santa Maria and Erik Boren spent the summer in Alberta, Canada, as a field based intern, assisting the Vulnerability of North American Boreal Peatlands to Interactions between Climate, Hydrology, and Wildland Fires project. The project goal is to understand how interactions between climate, hydrology and the fire regime impact ecosystem processes and carbon cycling in boreal peatlands.