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Professor Gronewold’s video on Great Lakes ice

In a new video from MConneX, Adjunct Professor Andrew Gronewold discusses the implications of ice cover and frigid water on the lakes' future water levels and the shipping and tourism industries that depend on them.| Short Read

Gronewold explains why the record levels of ice on the Great Lakes may not have as big an impact as we might think, and how better tools will help engineers measure levels in the future.

In addition to his role with CEE, Gronewold is a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. His research interests include hydrological and water quality modeling with a focus on propagating uncertainty and variability into model-based management decisions. Specific research areas include predicting runoff in engaged basins and recreational water quality dynamics in Great Lakes Beaches.

Please click on the video below to begin watching.

Jay Guo holds a sheet of flexible transparent conductor on the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering North Campus. The material sandwiches a thin layer of silver between two “dielectric” materials, aluminum oxide and zinc oxide, producing a conductive anti-reflection coating on the sheet of plastic.

Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity

Michigan Engineers change the game by making a conductive coating that’s also anti-reflective. | Medium Read