Three Civil Engineering and two Environmental Engineering Students Honored in President’s IQP Award Competition

Final IQP award presentations on Friday, January 25, 2013

WPI believes that in order to become the best engineers and scientists they can be, students should have a broad understanding of the cultural and social contexts of those fields, and thus be more effective and socially responsible practitioners and citizens. That’s the intent of the Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP), a nine-credit-hour interdisciplinary requirement involving applied research that connects science or technology with social issues and human needs.  

Each year, the President's IQP Awards recognize the student team(s) whose conception, performance and presentation of their Interactive Qualifying Project has been judged outstanding in focusing on the relationships among science, technology and the needs of society. This year, three Civil Engineering students and two Environmental Engineering students have been honored in the preliminary award competition. Marco Villar (CE) and Adam Cadwallader (EV) are both members of finalist teams. Nathaniel Efron (CE), Patrick Sheppard (EV) and Ryan Shooshan (CE) are members of teams given an honorable mention.  

Final IQP award presentations will take place on Friday, January 25, 2013, in the Campus Center Odeum beginning at 1:15 p.m. with a reception to follow in Higgins House at 5:00 p.m., where the winners will be announced.  


1. Sustainable Paper Insulation for Kambashus in Informal Settlements of Namibia. Students: Jonathon Cline, BIO, Emily Domingue, CH, Emily Fournier, CM, Marco Villar, CE. Advisors: Svetlana Nikitina and Thomas Robertson.  

2. Supporting Urban Beekeeping Livelihood Strategies in Cape Town. Students: Adam Cadwallader, EV, Victoria Hewey, ME, Evren Simsek, IE, Santiago Isaza, ME. Advisors: Scott Jiusto and Steve Taylor.  

3. Heat Impacts on Occupational Health: A Comparison Between Agricultural and Industrial Settings in the Time of Climate Change. Students: Sarah Bober, MA, Devin Harrison, BC, Rachel Hickcox, BIO, Chelsea Miller, BIO. Collaborating Thai Students: Gun Charoensiri, Suthamma Sa-nguankulchai, Piyada Sutthanusorn. Advisors: Ingrid Shockey and Bland Addison.  

4. Designing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan for El Yunque National Forest. Students: Kassondra Hickey, BE, Xavier Miller, CM, Richard Valdes, CM, Frank Bruton, ME. Advisors: Aarti Madan and Creighton Peet.  

5. Lights on the Horizon: A Socioeconomic Impact Evaluation of Rural Electrification in Tsumkwe, Namibia. Students: Donal Boyd, CM, Brennan Ashton, ECE, Lauren Bisacky, ME, Jessica Lopez, BIO. Advisors: Svetlana Nikitina and Thomas Robertson.  

Honorable Mention

1. Analyzing International Tunneling Costs. Students: Megan Read, BE, Nathaniel Efron, CE. Advisor: Stanley Selkow.  

2. WaSHUp: Innovating Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Upgrades in Langrug. Students: Macauley Kenney, BE, Patrick Sheppard, EV IN, Ryan Shooshan, CE, Justin Siemian, BIO. Advisors: Scott Jiusto and Steve Taylor.

November 26, 2012

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