Marylouise and her two teammates worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to assess the current emergency power capacities and vulnerabilities at Massachusetts wastewater facilities. By combining and analyzing available data, the team was able to help their sponsor determine useful resources for facility managers in the event of a power outage, target where improvements could be made, and set the stage for future WPI projects to build upon their findings.
Her team presented its findings to the commissioner of MassDEP and other high-ranking employees, and although she was nervous at first, Marylouise was struck by their gratitude for the team’s work. The fact that they made a tangible impact on the future of MassDEP is something she’s proud of, and is certain will stick with her.
Over the course of her IQP experience, she learned not only how to work well in a team, but to better manage her time, be a more effective leader, and increase her confidence, all of which she says have better prepared her for life after graduation.