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Renewable Energy Teaching

Course: 25.108 - Introduction to Engineering II (Mechanical Engineering) - Handout
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner: Greater Lowell Technical High School (GLTHS)

UMass Lowell graduate student Chris Lin developed teaching modules for secondary school children on principles of renewable energy – modules that were then taught by Introduction to Mechanical Engineering II students. The renewable energy project focused on designing and testing solar ovens. This program helped the students to function effectively in groups, present technical information to diverse groups and practice MatLab code input.

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Campus Recycling Improvements

Course:
25.108 - Introduction to Engineering II (Chemical Engineering),
10.308 - Intro to Materials Science and Engineering - Syllabus Handout
10.508 - Material Science and Engineering
Instructor: Krishna Vedula
Partner: UMass Lowell's Office of Environmental Health & Safety (EHS)

After researching the chemical structure of materials and their relevance to recycling, the Introduction to Chemical Engineering II class made a minor contribution to raising awareness about improvements to the campus recycling programs.

Another project involved the Materials Engineering students that had to research the “life to death” cycle of an assigned material in order to design a recycling/disposal program for waste materials in the engineering department.

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Measurement of Road Salts in Water

Course: 14.332 - Environmental Engineering Lab - Handout
Semester: Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008
Instructor: Clifford Bruell
Partner: Town of Dunstable and Board of Health

The Town of Dunstable Board of Health partnered with the Environmental Engineering Lab course students through Dr. William Moeller’s long time participation on the town board and board of health. The Environmental Engineering Lab students conducted a Measurement of Road Salts in Water, Laboratory Exercise as a service-learning research and education activity.

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Preliminary Design of a Light Rail/Pedestrian Bridge Connecting East and North Campuses of UMass Lowell

Course: 14.485 Capstone Design
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Oguz Gunes
Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell

As the title describes, the project investigated the feasibility of building a light rail/pedestrian bridge over the Merrimack River to connect East and North Campuses with a futuristic vision of connecting the light rail to the MBTA station in Lowell. In addition, the project also investigated building a Student Center building on North Campus to improve student life.

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FIRST Robotic Competition

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner: Lowell High School (LHS), and FIRST Competition at Whitinsville Christian High School

This S-L partnership represents a collaboration between UMass Lowell, the FIRST Competition and Whitinsville Christian High School since 2001. The FIRST Robot program with high schoolers linked with UMass Lowell S-L students in which students acted as ambassadors to the local high school to work with high schoolers around robotics designs. This program has been in been in place and under continued improvement over the last four years. Students performed independent design work and participated in team efforts to develop conceptual designs from functional requirements. Students performed design analysis and synthesis, modeling, fabrication, testing, cost estimating, and documented the essential elements of the system design.

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PV display at the Russian Icon Museum, Clinton, MA

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Museum of Rusian Icons. Clinton, MA

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA, has a relatively large PV array of roughly 10 kW (http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/). It was installed by Solar Design Assoc. Students designed an educational display for the museum explaining how the PV works, how much energy it is producing over time, how much energy and pollution it is avoiding, etc.

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