2013-2014

Seven Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Students Honored in President’s IQP Award Competition

Award presentations on Friday, January 31, 2014

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, seven Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering students have been honored in the preliminary award competition. Courtnae-Symone Currie (AREN), Anthony Guerra (CE),  Shakhizada Issagaliyeva (EVE), Adam Meunier (EVE), Jay Ringenbach (EVE), Matthew Valcourt (CE), and Dana Wolkiewicz (CE) are members of the finalist teams noted below.  

The 2013 President’s IQP award presentations will take place on Friday, January 31, 2014, in the Rubin 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.  The five teams chosen as finalists from 67 entries are (in no particular order):  

  • Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness in the Greater Wellington Region (Students: Courtnae-Symone Currie, Julian Enjamio, David Girardo, Casey Hensel; Advisors: Michael Elmes and Ingrid Shockey) 
  • Okundjeneka, Okutalaleka: A Two-Step Process for Sustainable Thermal Regulation in Kambashus in Katutura (Students: Dana Wolkiewicz, Timothy Grupp, Anthony Guerra, Olivia Hart; Advisors: Creighton Peet and Alexander Smith)
  • Promoting a Lead Free Community: An Educational Program for Schools in Thailand (Students: Brianna Hayes, Taylor McNally, Trevor Rancourt, Tracy Sinkewicz in collaboration with Pavisara Nanthasurasak, Itthiporn Piyasirikul and Patcharin Thitiwitayaporn; Advisors: Seth Tuler and Stanley Selkow)
  • Developing A Sustainable Waste Tire Management Strategy for Thailand (Students: Kaitlyn Connor, Steven Cortesa, Shakhizada Issagaliyeva, Adam Meunier in collaboration with Orachitr Bijaisoradat, Nachnicha Kongkatigumjorn and Kunathon Wattanavit; Advisors: Seth Tuler and Stanley Selkow) 
  • Mapping the Potential for Urban Agriculture in Worcester: A Land Inventory Survey (Students: Jay Ringenbach, Matthew Valcourt, Wenli Wang; Advisors: Robert Hersh and Suzanne LePage)  
  • Honorable mention: Heating Piglets in Paraguay (Students: Maximilian Ardini, Patricia Mackoul; Advisors: Derren Rosbach and Robert Traver)

January 15, 2014

 
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