Great Lakes Protection Fund project will revolutionize storm water management and pollution control
ANN ARBOR, MI, October 24, 2014 — Michigan Aerospace Corporation (MAC), an advanced engineering and products company, today announced that it is participating in a University of Michigan-led grant to radically improve storm water management and pollution control. Dr. Matthew Lewis, Vice President, will lead the Michigan Aerospace effort. Michigan Aerospace will apply the company’s scalable computing framework to optimizing the use of a region’s storm water handling system by gathering and interpreting the data from a distributed network of sensors and weather forecasts. Operational decision-making will be facilitated by this system in real time. The project will be led by University of Michigan Assistant Professor Branko Kerkez of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The grant itself is from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, a multi-state initiative to develop new tools and technologies to benefit the environment and economy of the Great Lakes region. Plans are already being made to expand the capabilities of the network into a more general framework for water management and weather monitoring/forecasting, including specific sensors and analytics to enable more effective management of wetlands, water quality, agriculture, and drought stricken regions.