Miguel Almeida, Michael Duclos, Patrick Gates, and Dylan Martel
Our group wanted to focus our project on improving transportation. We decided to focus our efforts locally on SNAP, a student driven safety transportation service. We plan to provide more efficient methods for powering these vehicles.
John Amarello, Sarah Campos, and Elizabeth Desjardins
Brian Amato, Jarrett Jacobson, Shawna McGaffigan, and Luca Muntz
Every year, sea turtles migrate thousands of miles from Europe to North America to lay their eggs on our shores. Currently, all seven species of turtles are considered endangered species. One of the main causes of turtle endangerment is seldom discussed: artificial lighting. Sea turtle hatchlings use the light of the moon and the natural glow of the horizon to find their way to the ocean. Artificial lighting interferes with this instinct.
Nimindu Ambalangodage, John Connors, Michael McConnell, and Samuel List
For many years, temperatures around the world have been increasing due to global warming from greenhouse gas emissions. As the temperatures in Massachusetts climb higher, accordingly, the humble cranberry is being put in danger. Like many northern fruits, cranberries require cold winters to properly mature. Higher temperatures will prevent this, eventually forcing cranberry production to move north. This would be a terrible loss for the Massachusetts economy. To prevent this we recommend farmers transfer production to modern hybrid cranberry breeds that possess higher heat tolerances.
August Beers, Michael DiMilia, Christine McCarron, and Alexandra Rozen
This project attempts to increase biodiversity in suburban environments in Massachusetts. By creating and distributing a pamphlet called Bioasis, the project aims to spread information on the benefits of ecologically conscious landscaping and how to easily implement it
Penelope Belliard, William Boyd, Richard Eberheim, and Amy Krayer
We researched the effects of eutrophication on aquatic ecosystems, and the possible methods by which members of the general public can reduce impact. The project used various data sources to learn about the process of eutrophication as well as to discover methods that could be distributed to the general public as methods to reduce eutrophication. Based on the eighty-five responses received approximately 67% of people knew about eutrophication, 47% practice good habits around eutrophication, and 50% of the people who do not practice good habits were willing to change.
Christopher Bove, Antoine Crews, Brittany Kyer, and Samuel Sierra
The goal of this project is to design a composting system for WPI, which can be implemented in two steps. First, WPI will send organic material to a composting company and later start a campus composting system. The university can sell excess fertilizer to generate profit, reduce costs of garbage disposal, and meet the standards of the Massachusetts solid waste mandate.