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Class on the Merrimack

AET Students Get Wet
for Service Learning Project

Two weeks ago a group of fifteen NHTI Architectural Engineering Technology students met for class as usual in Little Hall.  What they did after that was more out of the ordinary: several students hopped into a rowboat and a kayak as the remaining students worked from the shore of the Merrimack River.  The conditions couldn’t have been better, as the students were able to navigate the river measuring depth and basic water quality parameters from the rowboat as students on the shore tracked their location using a total station.  Professor Veronica Thibodeau Carter, PE and her class of Surveying students at NHTI is working with Plymouth State University and the NH Lotic Volunteer Network (NH LoVoTECS) to install two sensors that measure basic water quality in the Merrimack River.

Veronica Carter et al on the shoreline
Facing forward: NHTI Prof. Veronica Carter.
Facing away, left to right: Errin Volitis and Ashley Hyde of PSU, and NHTI student Adam Wilkie.

The objective of NH LoVoTECS is to build a state-of-the-art, broad scale and high-frequency hydrologic sensing network using simple sensors that record temperature, electrical conductivity and stage (TECS).  The sensors are operated by a diverse group of collaborators, including educators, researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and citizen scientists throughout New Hampshire. The data collected will be used by hydrologists in NH to get a statewide picture of NH hydrology by assessing groundwater contributions to storms, the impact of human land uses, and gain a better understanding of the timing and spatial patterns of road salt pollution.

There are a few ways that NHTI has become involved in the project, including the planning stage of identifying two suitable locations for the sensor placements within the Merrimack River in Concord, assisting in obtaining permission from the City of Concord for sensor placement, and assisting with installation and maintenance of sensors.

NHTI’s involvement in the project began in order to bring a service leaning element into the Surveying course with a focus on hydrology or climate change.  Professor Carter is part of a group of four professors at NHTI who have received an EPA sub-grant from the Northern New England Campus Compact to embed a service learning project into a course that will develop environmental stewardship among students. 

The NH LoVoTECS project is part of a larger NH EPSCoR Ecosystems & Society Project which is supported by the National Science Foundation.  Ecosystems & Society, a partnership led by NH EPSCoR based out of UNH, conducts research to support management of the state’s natural resources so that population growth and development proceed in a sustainable fashion without threatening the quality of life that makes New Hampshire a desirable place to live and visit.


NHTI at TechFest!

On Saturday October 12 at Windham High School, NHTI's various engineering technology programs were well-represented at the 5th Annual New Hampshire TechFest!

TechFest is an outreach program designed to help create excitement about the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) among high school age students.  Held at a different high school each year, it is attended by students, colleges, and high-tech business from around the state, and features lots of hands-on demonstrations and competitions.

NHTI's booth highlighted our new Robotics & Automation Engineering Technology (RAET) degree program, and was manned by both faculty and students, including Mechanical Engineering Technology major MacKensie Burton-Williams (Penacook) and RAET major Zhangxi Feng (Pelham), pictured below.

MacKensie Burton-Williams and Zhangxi Feng at NH TechFest

Travel/Study Abroad

NHTI’s Travel/Study Abroad program is now accepting reservations for three exciting trips! 

These trips are open to NHTI students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the general public.

Eastern Europe Info Night

On Monday October 21, from 7-8:30 pm in the Library Instructional Lab, there will be an Information Night for those interested in NHTI's Spring Break trip to Eastern Europe.  This trip will visit the cities of Budapest, Krakow, Prague and Dresden, and includes an evening cruise on the Daube River!  Come find out more!

Eastern Europe

For further information about any of these trips visit

LoVoTec students in boats
LoVoTEC students at work.  Foreground: NHTI's Adam Wilkie in the kayak, with PSU's Errin Volitis and Ashley Hyde in the water.  Background: NHTI's Michael Coleman, Alex Brenneman, and Renee Layton in the rowboat.