Michael graduated from Escanaba Area High School in Escanaba. He also graduated from Bay de Noc Community college in 2007 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Water Resource Management. Michael’s senior research project was studying the effects of cement powder on soil and water quality. This study helped a cement company based in Marquette, Michigan get a better idea of the quality of their waste product. Michael is an active member of the American Water Works Association – Michigan Section. He plans to find a job in the water treatment field, he currently resides in Escanaba, Michigan.
Faculty and Staff
Class Size IS Important!
Alexei Iretski, Ph.D
BS 1981, Ph.D. 1984, St. Petersburg Institute of Technology, Russia
Barbara Keller, Ph.D.
BS 1977, BS 1978, BS 1986, Idaho State University
Ph.D. 1995, Montana State University
Dave Myton, Ph.D
BS 1980, George Fox College
MST, Ph.D. 1991, Portland State University
Dave Szlag, Ph.D
BS 1985, Wayne State University; MS 1987, PhD 1997, University of Colorado
Pariwate Varnakovida, Ph.D
B.S. 1999, Chiang Mai University
M.S. 2003, Mahidol University
Ph.D. 2009, Michigan State University
Marshall Werner, Ph.D
BS 1993, Cornell University
Ph.D. 1998, University of Maryland, College Park
Judy Westrick, Ph.D
BS 1985, Wayne State University
Ph.D. 1989, University of Colorado
Department Secretary (II)
Derek Wright, Ph.D
BS 2001, Lake Superior State University
Ph.D 2008, Rutgers University
You will be pleased to know that our class sizes are small, which means it is likely that the professor will know who you are and will work with you one-on-one if you are having difficulty understanding course concepts.
"Our Chemistry & Environmental programs at Lake Superior State University are unique in that undergraduates have access to very sophisticated equipment and instrumentation that is normally reserved for graduate students at larger institutions. Here, students are able to use this equipment to conduct research with faculty mentors. Much of the research in our area is applied 'real world' research which gives students experience solving problems similar to those they may face once they have graduated and are out working. Many of our student alumni have reported back to us that this research experience helped them get into graduate programs at larger universities and helped them to get jobs."
--Barbara Keller, Ph.D
Environmental Chemistry Chair
Water Guardian Award
The Chemistry & Environmental Science Department and the Biology Department of Lake Superior State University are the first recipients of Chippewa East Mackinac Conservation District's newest award. The Water Guardian award will be presented each year to staunch supporters of protecting water quality. The District recognizes the importance of protecting this precious resource and proactive management to maintain the good water quality found in this area.
Four professors from LSSU fullfill these qualities. Greg Zimmerman, Barb Keller, Ashley Moerke and Dave Szlag have been instrumental in helping the District develop a water quality protection program. They have dedicated their time to pursuits that promote environmental education and have provided valuable technical assistance and student technicians to gather important data.
Impact in the real world...
What made Rachel's Lake Superior State experience so unique was the practical research she did with top-notch faculty.
"I really enjoyed working with environmental chemistry professor Judy Westrick and biologist Deb Stai," Rachel says. "For my senior project, we evaluated a lab method for cultivating a fungus that causes infections in humans." [ more ]