Faculty Advisor

Golding, Dominic

Faculty Advisor

Ludwig, Reinhold

Project Center

Nantucket, Massachusetts


The Nantucket Department of Public Works (DPW) has undergone substantial change in the past decade and faces increasing demands. Our goal was to evaluate how well the current structure and functions of the DPW meet the needs of the island. We created a departmental profile, analyzed employee and stakeholder perceptions, and benchmarked the department against similar departments in other communities. We concluded the DPW needs reorganization and additional funding and staffing to better meet the demands of the island. We recommend that the DPW invests in additional staffing, technology, and equipment, provide incentives for training, develop programs to improve its image, and enhance all record keeping.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2015

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering