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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

Mark Reese, Mechanical Engineering 2005
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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

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Team VIPERS

Vermilion Innovation Providers of Energy Research Solutions

Members:

  • Brad Ekin
  • Eric Hoxie
  • Jameson Mattice
  • John Preczewski
  • Ben Martin

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Andrew Jones

Company:

  • Little Traverse Conservancy (LTC)

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Charles Dawley

Project Description: Vermilion Point Project

Team VIPERS undertook the first phase of a 10-year project for Vermilion Point, located west of Whitefish Bay in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula for the non-profit land trust company, Little Traverse Conservancy. The main goals were establishing a communication infrastructure and an energy assessment. The team installed a weather station, constructed a communication network, and proposed an alternative energy solution to LTC for future phases of the project.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

A Spatial Analysis of Greenhouse Gasses and Household Income

Scott Sowers

Emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by industries have been increasing at an exponential rate in the past century. As these emissions increase in number of sources, as well as amount of output, the impact on the environment becomes more significant. However, the United States relies heavily on industry for creation of new products, materials, and economic factors such as employment. Industries attract employment opportunities, which in return attract living accommodations. The basis of this project was to see if there is any spatial correlation between GHG emissions and income of households (within a county) of a GHG emitter. Using Geographical Information Science (GIS), we are able to search for a correlation between lower class households and amounts of GHG emissions. After processing the data, we are able to show that there is no trend in GHG emissions and the proximity to lower class households. Towards the end of the project, we were able to see an extremely slight trend of lower amounts of GHG emissions near upper class households. The project also provides the statistics, or any autocorrelation, of the data for significance testing to determine whether or not there is a probability of the relationship. The statistics provided will be the R2 value, regression, and correlation.

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