Student Poster Videos
|Title||Student Name||Advisor Name||Area|
|Stormwater Best Management Practices for WSU||Kolt Bevan||Toni Jackman||Urban Planning/Smart Cities|
|Planting Trees on Wichita State’s Campus to Help Offset Ecological Footprint||Guadalupe Gonzalez||Toni Jackman||Climate Change|
|Greening Campus Buildings- Addition of Water Bottle Refilling Stations||Meaghan Mizak||Toni Jackman||Green Buildings/Infrastructure|
|E-Waste Recycling Processes and Procedures||Valerie Ibarra||Toni Jackman||Social awareness|
|Rainwater Harvesting at Wichita State University||Hannah Samaniego||Toni Jackman||Green Buildings/Infrastructure|
|Polymer Nano-Composite Materials Based on Hyperbranched Polymers in Petroleum Applications||Ammar Abdelgawad||Coleen Pugh||Green energy|
|Asset Management in Electric Power Systems: Bibliometric Analysis||Ashfaque A Mohib||Bayram Yildirim||Climate change|
|Bismuth Sulfide and Titanium Oxide as Photo-electron Materials for Dye Sensitized Solar Cells||Saket Chand Mathur||Wei Wei||Green energy|
|Context Aware Heterogeneous Clustering Based Demand Management for Sustainable Integration of Green Energy Resources||Arun Karrthick Manoharan||Visvakumar Aravinthan||Urban planning / smart cities|
|Soy Based Resin & Filter for Thermosetting Composites||Abdala Bashir||Coleen Pugh||Green materials, waste and recycling|
Impervious surfaces impede rainwater from infiltrating into the ground as it naturally would. As the amount of Impervious surfaces increase, the amount of stormwater runoff increases as well. This runoff flows to inlets and is collected in the storm sewer system. Unlike water that goes down a sink or toilet, stormwater flows untreated from the storm sewer to our streams and lakes. This becomes a problem because the runoff picks up loads of pollutants on its way to the system. This stormwater pollution can lead to major environmental issues, on its way to, and once it reaches its destination. One way to mitigate this pollution is through the use of stormwater best management practices (BMPs). An especially effective best management practice is the installation of retention ponds. Retention ponds constructed on the west side of campus where BMPs are scarce would provide an area for stormwater to be captured, treated, and slowly released. Through this construction, Wichita State would be drastically decreasing the impact that the campus is having on the environment
It has long been known the rising carbon dioxide emissions have negatively been impacting our Earth, yet we still are falling behind on reducing our greenhouse emissions. There have been several proposed ideas that would help offset the increase in emissions, but we still have a way to go to become carbon neutral. Though, what if one of answers to our problem was as simple as planting more trees? According to the Department of Agriculture and Arbor Day Foundation, a single mature tree will absorb 48 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Trees are also natural filters for the environment. Not only do they sequester carbon dioxide and release vital oxygen for us, trees also can absorb other pollutants, dust, reduce soil erosion, and provide habitats for species. I am proposing Wichita State University continue and improve their efforts in tree planting around campus, especially in areas where the soil had been removed and disturbed, to help improve air quality and help offset the university’s ecological footprint. A California university found that their small, 140-acre campus had a footprint of over 5,700 acres. Planting trees alone is not going to fix climate change, but it is a small and feasible step Wichita State can take.
Every year, more than 8 million tons of plastic water bottles are added to the ocean.
In the U.S. alone, there are 13 single-use plastic water bottles used each month per
adult. Here at Wichita State University, there is an opportunity to cut back on the
usage of single-use plastic water bottles. By installing at least one water bottle
refilling station in every building on campus, we could decrease our personal addition
of plastic to the world’s seas. In the assessment of nine water bottle refilling stations
already located on campus, over 500,000 water bottles have been refilled.
The handling, processing, and recycling of e-waste is a global problem. Large amounts of potentially valuable metals and other materials contained in cell phones, computers, and other electronics are routinely lost through disposal in landfills or unethically sent to third world communities where reprocessing and disassembly takes place under unsafe or even hazardous conditions. For the general Wichita community, the process for proper disposal of e-waste can be as easy as dropping it off at your local computer or cell phone retailer, but many people do not know where to take old devices. Procedures for discarding e-waste at WSU entails several stages and three different sectors of the university for each item leaving a department. In the Geology Department, this student discovered that two rooms were filled with discarded electronic devices. This study examines current practices at WSU, including the waste stream for obsolete electronics and makes recommendations for streamlining the process and encouraging best practices. Recommendations are presented for distributing Information on proper recycling to university departments, students, and the larger community. By holding e-waste collection days and spreading awareness of options for recycling e-waste in safe and sustainable ways we can help to alleviate the need for precious metal mining and toxic waste pollution from unsustainable recycling and disposal practices.
Sustainability on college campuses and creating a greener campus is increasing in popularity throughout the United States. Climate change impacts on our world are being recognized now more than ever and universities are striving to do their part to reduce their environmental footprint. This project aims to investigate rainwater harvesting as a means of water conservation at Wichita State University. Global water stress is anticipated to increase due to several environmental stressors and unsustainable water usage, so conservation is essential. Rainwater harvesting is one way to reduce water stress by decreasing the amount of water being taken from groundwater and surface water sources. In this project, Wichita State University was found to be an ideal place to implement a trial run for rainwater collection. Specifically for landscaping because of the large amounts of annual water usage. Implementing this system on campus has the potential to collect millions of gallons of water each year, thereby reducing water bills by thousands of dollars. This investment would have a fast return time and would significantly help conserve water.
The Petroleum sector is facing a wide variety of challenges in finding economically and safe solutions for the corrosion problem, in which a tremendous amount of different metals, especially carbon steel, are consumed as pipelines, tubing, pumps, valves and tanks. Corrosion is a problem in three major sectors in the petroleum industry: production, transportation, and storage and refinery operations. It is very important to prevent the corrosion of the metals used in pipelines due to the resulting waste of money and resources. Polymer nanocomposite materials based on hyperbranched polymers are widely used now for pipeline coatings as anti-corrosive materials.
Polycondensation and the more advanced atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) techniques would be used to synthesize ester-amide hyperbranched in addition to the formulation with the graphene oxide to form the anti-corrosive nanocomposites which is very challenging. My goal for this project is therefore to establish conditions for consistent preparation of the ester-amide hyperbranched polymers and nanocomposites based on graphene oxide materials with well-controlled molecular weights, and to fully characterize these polymers as anti-corrosive coatings for steel pipeline.
Ashfaque A Mohib
Utility companies are forced into adopting strategies to satisfy customer demand and reliability, maintain and grow asset infrastructures, increase return on investments and improve operational efficiencies to compete in dynamic market for sustainability and growth. The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of asset management in electric power systems and research gaps of interest by performing bibliometric analysis. We perform a series of qualitative and quantitative analysis on secondary data by conducting an iterative and multi-combination of keywords searches on Scopus database to provide a comprehensive list of published work in this knowledge domain. VOSviewer is utilized to generate visual maps, network diagrams and clusters, using keyword co-occurrence, source citation, and bibliometric coupling techniques. Microsoft Access is used for data set analysis, prior to an extensive literature review. We identify four areas of research thrusts in asset management in electric power systems: asset maintenance scheduling, asset preventive maintenance, asset failure analysis, and asset life-cycle planning. Future researchers would benefit from the given iterative and efficient research techniques to contribute further to the extend this knowledge domain. Asset managers in utility companies would benefit from the extension of this current research through the extant literature reviews, supplemented frameworks and improved optimization models.
Saket Chand Mathur
Since energy production for day to day use is moving towards renewable energy sources
as these sources become more economically viable, while being less polluting to operate,
Solar energy has become one of the major sources of renewable energy. However, it
currently relies on ultra-pure silicon ingots to produce commercial silicon photovoltaics,
which prevents the cost of electricity being produced to compete with non-renewable
energy production. A viable low cost alternative for silicon based cells would be
Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells(DSSC), which are easier and cheaper to manufacture as they
do not require expensive and delicate raw materials to make, while they could be made
semi-flexible which allows for a greater variety of applications for these cells.
Context Aware Heterogeneous Clustering Based Demand Management for Sustainable Integration of Green Energy Resources
Arun Karrthick Manoharan
In the past decade there has been a growing interest among the entities (System operators, End customers etc.,) in the electric power grid, towards less carbon-emitting options such as solar and wind generation and electric vehicles (EV). Although these are eco-friendly solutions, they also create challenges to the operations of the existing power grid as their penetration increases. To make this transition sustainable and to unlock their true potential benefits, existing literature suggests a coordinated management of EVs considering the other resources such as solar. Specifically, an aggregator-based decentralized approach is considered for implementation of such EV management schemes on large systems with several resources. In our work we developed a context-aware heterogeneous clustering algorithm for forming aggregators (creating groups of manageable EVs) that improves the viability of real-time implementation and management efficiency while preserving the EV customers’ privacy. The proposed algorithm was implemented on a test system and the results show the effectiveness of the proposed methods in reducing CO2 emission.