Faculty Advisor

Campisano, Peter P.

Faculty Advisor

Wilkes, John M.


The goal of this project is to assess a methodology used in evaluating the results of a series of breakthrough surveys in the field of technology assessment. The objective of these surveys was to gather subjective information on future technologies. This was accomplished by analyzing data from past surveys on a series of topics, specifically for this project, fusion power. Survey data comparing our research, which we titled "Short Term Immersion", were statistically analyzed for correspondence. We will look for a connection between these sets of data, and ultimately attempt to validate the Breakthrough survey's methodological protocol which reports subjective analysis. By analyzing these relationships we hope to demonstrate the degree to which similar conclusions can be reached using Delphi oriented methods. In addition, we will propose several suggestions for improving the Breakthrough survey and ideas for future project groups interested in this subject.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2007

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Social Science and Policy Studies