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Solar Energy Experiments for Girls (project 1 of 2 for all students.)

Course: 25.107 Introduction to Engineering I
Semester: Spring 2009 – trailer section
Instructor: David Willis
Partner: Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) and Girls Incorporated

The students developed solar energy laboratory experiments for Girls Inc. to be executed by the TIHC staff.

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Solar bathroom module for the Tohono O’odham Reservation

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Tohono O’odham Reservation, AZ

Students developed a study of the energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies that are suitable for implementation on the modular bathrooms and reservation houses in order to achieve sustainability and energy independence. These green building techniques include the optimization of passive solar measures, the design of an energy efficient evaporative cooler, the implementation of a solar hot water system and a photovoltaic electrical system. The systems are designed to be suitable for manufacture by a microenterprise at TOCC.

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Tohono O’odham Reservation: Solar Hot Water Collector Improvements

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Tohono O’ Odham Community College

The stagnation temperature of a solar hot water collector designed the previous fall and spring by students in 22.521 and 22.423 was estimated by the students for the Tohono O’odham Nation, located in the southwest region of Arizona. Cooling strategies were also developed. The course covers solar hot water collector and system design principles and techniques. The project was a direct application of the subject matter (as were all the other projects). The collector was built by the TO tribal college students in the spring 2009.

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Optimal location of solar systems for new planned buildings on campus

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: UMass Lowell.

In keeping up with their “Green Initiatives”, UMass Lowell is planning on using solar energy to help power the new and existing facilities. Students designed the optimal position of solar systems for proposed sites where new buildings will be built.

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Solar hot water system design for modular bathrooms for Tohono O’odham

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Tohono O’odham reservation and the TOCC

Students from the Solar Fundamentals course were assigned to design a solar hot water heating system for modular bathrooms. They were able to determine the number of solar hot water collectors needed, the size of the storage tank, the tilt that the collectors should have for an optimal hot water delivery year-round and they also decided upon the best freeze protection system that could be implemented for the location in Arizona. The systems were sized based on the assumption of a 5-8 person family and had the goal to minimize the monthly utility payments of the family.

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Analysis and Testing of Solar Panels

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II (Mechanical Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner: Greater Lowell Technical High School (GLTHS)

First year engineering students developed presentations for GLTHS students to demonstrate benefits of solar energy, and to introduce the highs school students to the engineering discipline and use of engineering analysis and calculations to predict outcomes.

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Structural Evaluation of CMAA building

Course: 14.204 - Strength of Materials
Instructor: Don Leitch
Partner: Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association

Students performed a preliminary structural evaluation of the mill building housing the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.

Statistical Crime Analysis for the City of Lowell

Course: 14.286 - Probability & Statistics for Engineers
Instructor: Oguz Gunes
Partner: Lowell Police Department

The students were able to apply the concepts of statistics and probability by relating the historical data of crime trends in Lowell, MA with the rate of unemployment.

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Statistical Analysis of Chloride Levels in Wells in Dunstable

Course: 14.286- Probability & Statistics for Engineers
Semester: Fall 2006, Fall 2007
Instructor: Oguz Gunes
Partner: Town of Dunstable

Students in the Probability and Statistics course for Engineers collaborated with the City of Dunstable to investigate and analyze levels of chloride in local wells. The project involved a statistical analysis of chloride levels in wells in the Town of Dunstable, and provided a correlation between the well type and its proximity to highways.

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Switch Tester

Course: 16.100 Introduction to ECE
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Xingwei Wang
Partner :Kennedy Day School and Shore Educational Collaborative in Chelsea

In this project, students will build a switch tester, which is a device to test the functionality of big switches especially designed for disabled persons who have difficulty in handling standard size switches. Before the fabrication, a speaker from the hospital gave the students a talk about how the switch tester helps the disabled persons so that the students can understand that their study and work can contribute to society, can serve the community, and help people.

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Survey Statistics

Course: 22.361 - Applied Analysis, Mathematical Methods - Handout
Instructor: John McKelliget
Partner: SLICE Project

Students in the Applied Analysis-Mathematical Methods class used the survey distributed to all students that are part of the SLICE program and applied statistics to the independent and dependent variables of the survey in order to provide analysis and evaluation of questionnaire results.

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Analysis and Evaluation of Questionnaire Results for SLICE Program

Course: 22.361 - Applied Analysis, Mathematical Methods
Semester: Fall 2005, Fall 2006
Instructor: John McKelliget
Partner: SLICE Project

Students in this course and S-L project applied statistics to the independent and dependent variables of the SLICE service-learning questionnaire for students to test relationships between variables and items on the survey. In this course and S-L project, students applied their knowledge of statistics to provide analysis and evaluation of questionnaire results. The first part of the survey inquired about general student demographics (independent variables). The second part of the survey inquired about student opinions relative to their S-L experience.

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”Zero Energy” House Complete PV Design

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: City of Lowell

The city of Lowell, Massachusetts has collaborated with students from UMass Lowell, MassSAVE, and National Grid to complete its first ever “Getting to Zero Energy Challenge”. Designed for residents of Lowell Massachusetts, a contest that yields two $25,000 grants will be awarded by a panel of judges to two (2) homes which are determined to be the most energy efficient. This miniproject had as its focus a complete photovoltaic system design for upgrades for houses entered into the contest. It is intended to complement the capstone design project which is meant to evaluate all the potential upgrades (22.423). Three of the four students in the capstone were in this course.

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Solar power for a composting system on South Campus at UML

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: University of Massachusetts Lowell

There is a composting area located on an isolated location near South Campus at UML. Waste from the cafeterias on campus is composted there: wastes such as coffee and tea are converted into organic manure or fertilizer using an aerobic process. This process requires the use of two air sparging pumps which are currently powered by gasoline because the location is too far from the grid to connect this load to it: it would be too expensive. Therefore, a two-student group designed a photovoltaic system that would supply enough power to this load: they visited the side and performed a thorough shading analysis, they determined the optimal tilt angle for the PV panels, determined the number and type of panels and batteries needed, determined the charge controller and inverter needed, and they tested solar panels that were made available to them at the Solar lab. In addition to their theoretical calculations, they used other computer software to confirm their results.

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Solar Energy Experiments for Girls (project 1 of 2 for all students.)

Course: 25.107 Introduction to Engineering I
Semester: Spring 2009 – trailer section
Instructor: David Willis
Partner: Tsongas Industrial History Center (TIHC) and Girls Incorporated

The students developed solar energy laboratory experiments for Girls Inc. to be executed by the TIHC staff.

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Presentations to Technical High School Students about Solar Energy Fundamentals

Course: 25.108 Introduction to Engineering II (Mechanical Engineering)
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner: Greater Lowell Technical High School (GLTHS)

UMass Lowell freshman students teams delivered 45 minute presentations on fundamentals of solar energy to the Lowell HS students, followed by Q&A. The presentation included development, economics and future trends on green technologies.

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