Civil Engineering


Each Civil and Environmental Engineering team is responsible for developing a design that addresses environmental, geotechnical, hydrological, pavement, transportation, and structural issues for the project. A student project manager coordinates each team. Design reports are judged by the faculty; progress reports and the oral presentations are judged by a board of practicing professionals.

The Fall 2017 project and teams were:


Michigan State University to Lake Lansing Trail Connector

Meridian Township has proposed a pathway linking Michigan State University to Lake Lansing. Ultimately this project would require about 5 miles of new pathways along a corridor that connects the MSU campus to commercial and employment destinations such as the Meridian Mall, Meijer, as well as other township and county park facilities. The first phase of this project consists of approximately 1.1 miles of pathway running mostly north along the Red Cedar River between Hagadorn Road and Park Lake Road. This phase of the project will include a new pedestrian bridge crossing the Red Cedar River, as well as two separate boardwalk locations.

The preliminary engineering design must identify infrastructure improvements necessary to procure this project for construction. At the west end of the project, the trail will connect to Hagadorn Road at Shaw Lane at an existing pedestrian crossing to the MSU Campus. The trail crosses the Red Cedar River just east of Hagadorn Road from the MSU Community Music School. From that point, the trail will be positioned north of the river banks along various residential (apartments), commercial, and industrial parcels. Initial plans call for approximately 1,200 feet of boardwalk at specified locations due to the topography and access constraints. The project is coupled with potential expansion of the operations at a local brewery near the midpoint of the trail. Ellison Brewery was evaluated for expansion of their production capacity with regards to their water use and wastewater production. These two projects were considered as occurring simultaneously with coordination mutual to the benefit of the public.

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Key: E = Environmental, G = Geotechnical, H = Hydrology, P = Pavements, PM = Project Manager S = Structures, T = Transportation and WR = Water Resources


Team 1: Vindicator Consulting

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Left to Right: Quan Yuan (T), Kyle Seewald (S), Gabriel Talon (P), Michael Walukas (PM), Dean Apostoleris (H), Danyelle Hotchkiss (E)


Team 2: MacDonald Engineering

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Left to Right: Yukang Tang (P), Jacob Belfer (S), William Beattie (H), Ryan Daniels (T), Marc Rasmussen (E), Anna MacDonald (PM)


Team 3: Great Lakes State Engineering

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 Left to Right: Daqiu Chen (S), Soly Fakhoury (T), David Jackson (E), Jordan Neeland (P), Hans Mendiola (PM), Brandon Williams (H)


Team 4: Global Core Engineering

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Left to Right: Deqing Wang (H), Saeed Alkhunaizi (P), Jack Flory (T), Max Drenth (S), Trevor Muska (PM)


Team 5: Pelfrey Pathway Consultants

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Left to Right: Evan Pelfrey (PM), Stryder Croswhite (E), Michael Gold (S), Logan Bowling (P), George Anganis (T), Mary Leverentz (H)


Team 6: Almost Done Engineers

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Left to Right: Kevin Puninske (T), Kyle Lash (P), Blessing Tayisepi (H), Patrick Schwyn (PM), Zhouhang Deng (S)