CES Research

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The HMC Center for Environmental Studies supports summer and academic year student research with an HMC faculty advisor. Past projects are detailed below.

Summer 2010

“Solar-Powered Pump to Deliver Clean Water to Villagers in Kenya”
Student Researchers: Roxie Bartholomew, Rob Best, Isabel Bush, Evann Gonzales, Ozzie Gooen, My Ho, Dalar Nazarian, Dmitri Skjorshammer
Faculty Advisors: Peter Saeta, Richard Haskell, Susan Martonosi

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Electrostatic Injection Techniques for Fusion Fuel Delivery to Focus of High-Power Laser”
Student Researcher: Brendan Folie
Faculty Advisor: Tom Donnelly

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

”Mathematical Modeling of Renewable Energy Sources”
Student Researchers: Andrea Levy, Amelia Musselman
Faculty Advisor: Rachel Levy

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Low-Concentration Photovoltaics”
Student Researcher: Carlo Vaccari
Faculty Advisor: Richard Haskell, Peter Saeta

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Effects of Acid Etching upon ZnO Anodes in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells”
Student Researcher: Daniel O’Neil
Faculty Advisor: Hal Van Ryswyk

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

Summer 2009

“Improving Wind Turbine Efficiency”
Student Researchers: Alex Krause, Raquel Robinson
Research Advisor: Hoi Dick Ng, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University
HMC Advisor: Lori Bassman

Proposal- Krause (PDF)
Proposal – Robinson (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Controlling Biofouling on Water-Filtration Membranes”
Student Researcher: Doo Hyun Chung
Research Advisors: Jaehong Kim, Pyung Kyu Park, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
HMC Liason: Nancy Lape

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Treating Waste Water Using Sustainable Aquatic Plants”
Student Researcher: Mary Moore-Simmons
Faculty Advisor: Mary Cardenas

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

“Implementing School Bus System in Dhanmondi, Dhaka, Bangladesh”
Student Researchers: Mobashwir Khan, Jason Wang
Research Advisor: Charisma F. Choudhury, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
HMC Advisor: Patrick Little

Final Report (PDF)

“Designing a Safer Transitional Electric Vehicle”
Student Researcher: Steven Ning
Faculty Advisor: Mary Cardenas

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

”Assessing Cost Feasibility of Solar Power in California”
Student Researcher: Tynan McAuley
Faculty Advisor: Gary Evans

Final Reports:
Preconditions for Expanded Solar Power in California (PDF)
Meeting California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (PDF)
Competing Technologies for California Solar Initiative Compliance (PDF)

Summer 2008

“Sustainable Transportation Research in Nanjing, China”
Student Researchers: Tanya Lewis, Benyue Liu
Research Advisor: Xiaodong Zhu, Nanjing University
HMC Liason: Patrick Little

Proposal (Word Doc)

“Evaluating Environmentally Sustainable Development Projects in Koundara, Guinea”
Student Researchers: Rob Best, Annika Eberle, Dmitri Skjorshammer
Faculty Advisor: Susan Martonosi

Proposal (Word Doc)

“Evaluating the Potential for Grey Water Treatment at Harvey Mudd College”
Student Researcher: Claire O’Hanlon
Faculty Advisor: Richard Haskell

Proposal (Word Doc)

“Thermoelectric Materials as a Source of Sustainable Energy”
Student Researcher: Cidney Scanlon
Research Advisor: Jeff Snyder, Caltech Center for the Science and Engineering of Materials
HMC Liason: Joseph King

Proposal (Word Doc)

Summer 2007

“Coordinated Campus Sustainability Audits at the Claremont Colleges”
Student Researchers: Kristen Huff, Eric Peterson, Kelley Hodges
Faculty Advisor: Richard Haskell

Summer 2006

“Optical Properties of Coated Soot Aerosols”
Student Researcher: Howard Yu
Faculty Advisor: Peter Saeta

Proposal (Word Doc)
Final Report (Word Doc)

“Preliminary Analysis of Polymer Heat Exchangers for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion”
Student Researcher: Todd Tanigushi
Research Advisor: Hans Krock, OCEES International
HMC Advisor: Peter Saeta

Proposal (Word Doc)
Final Report (Word Doc)

“A Mathematical Model for the Effects of Strip Mining in Urban Areas”
Student Researcher: Ivan Ventura
Faculty Advisor: Alfonso Castro

Proposal (PDF)

Summer 2005

Developing Multiple Alternative Energy Solutions to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs
Student researchers: Michael Bigelow, Vicky Luyapan, Catherine Meyers, and Jessica Riley
Research advisor: Haile-Selassie Rajamani, Bradford University, UK
HMC Liason: Tony Bright, Engineering

Proposal (Word Doc)
Final Reports:
The Pipe or the Bottle? (MB/VL) (Word Doc)
Solar Energy and Ozone Generation (VL) (Word Doc)
Float Based Energy Generation from Water Waves (MB) (Word Doc)
Converting Electricity from Renewable Sources (JR) (Word Doc)
Behavior of Renewable Energy Conversion Devices (MB/VL) (Word Doc)
Power Consumption of FANUC Roboshot (CM) (Word Doc)
Coal-Fired vs Photovoltaic Electricity Generation (JR/CM) (Word Doc)

Impacts of Pollution on Native and Exotic Plant Ecosystems
Student researchers: Mikel Grenzner, Ryan McCarthy
Faculty advisor: Steve Adolph, Biology

Proposal (Word Doc)

Energy Efficient HVAC Devices for Humid Climates
Student researcher: Sara Al-Beaini
Research advisor: Nasreen Ghaddar, Mechanical Engineering Department, American University in Beirut
HMC Liason: Mary Cardenas, Engineering

Proposal (Word Doc)
Final Report (PDF)

Lizardnet – Developing and Testing a Non-Invasive Sensor System for Tracking Wildlife
Student researcher: John Hicks
Faculty advisors: Mike Erlinger (Computer Science) and Steve Adolph (Biology)

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

Computational Solutions to Navier-Stokes and Water Quality at Huntington Beach
Student researcher: Joe Majkut
Research advisor: Oliver Fringer, Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab, Stanford University
HMC Liason: Andrew Bernoff, Mathematics

Proposal (PDF)
Final Report (PDF)

Lead in Soil from Vehicle Emissions
Student researcher: Jeffrey Rubenstein
Faculty advisor: Hal Van Ryswyk, Chemistry

Final Report (Word Doc)

Summer 2004

Design of a Continuous CO2 Scrubber to be Used in Alkaline Fuel Cells
Student researcher: Michaela Reagan
Faculty Advisor: Susan Krumdieck (Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury , NZ)

Final Report (Word Doc)