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Current Project Opportunities

The following are a list of the projects currently available for students. The list is constantly updating as we grow the program and community partner needs shift. 

 

Do you have a project in mind? Have an organization you want to work with to make a project happen?

Let us know! We can help you make this happen. (Additional examples of what is possible can be see at the well-established Purdue EPICS Teams page.)

 

What to see what projects our students have engaged in in the past? Check out our page dedicated to that information HERE.

 

Fall 2022 Projects

  • The Aerospace Corporation -  Low-Cost, Energy Efficient, and Portable Cooling Stations for the Homeless:
    • Type of Organization: Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC). 
    • Mission: Mission Assurance.
    • This project most closely aligns with Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.
    • Potential Project: While homelessness is as old poverty, recent data has shown the number of unsheltered homeless has increased in Albuquerque and has doubled within the last 5 years. The causes are complex and usually interwoven with the rising cost of housing, education, and medical care; falling wages; mental health and addiction problems; and a lack of family or institutional support, as can happen to teens who age out of the foster-care system. One major issue is during the summer months in Albuquerque the homeless do not use shelters or transitional facilities. With increasing temperatures from climate change the hotter summer months make the homeless population vulnerable to dehydration, exposure related illnesses, and hygiene dangers. Providing cooling low-cost, energy efficient, and portable cooling stations for the homeless can potentially reduce impacts on emergency services. Design a low-cost, energy efficient, and portable cooling stations for the homeless to reduce or prevent heat exposure related illnesses and reduce impacts on emergency services.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?" The project helps to reduce or prevent heat exposure related illnesses on vulnerable populations, like the homeless. The work can be existed to rural areas of New Mexico who may not have readily available access to state services.
  • BioPark Society -  Waterfowl Waste Management:
    • Type of Organization: Not-for-profit. 
    • Mission: NMBPS is dedicated to the development of, procurement for and capital improvement of the ABQ BioPark and to providing a quality facility through the support of related conservation, education and recreation programs.
    • This project most closely aligns with Mechanical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: The duck feeders at the ABQ BioPark generate thousands of dollars each year to support our conservation efforts for imperilled species in New Mexico, and around the world. But that isn't all they generate. Each morning staff at the BioPark clean our walkways of duck waste. This is a time consuming and painstaking process which we hope to streamline. Our facility has tried numerous methods to clean walkways and we're seeking a better way to ensure a safe and hygienic environment for our patrons and for the animals which call our facility home. We're seeking engineering students to help us produce a ride-on duck waste removal system to make this process more efficient, so our staff can get back to caring for the animals in our care and providing the best possible experience for our visitors.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": ABQ BioPark is a key resource for Albuquerque residents to learn about conservation and connect with nature. Our duck feeders generate thousands of dollars annually which feed into conservation projects, but our resident ducks also generate large amounts of waste on our sidewalks. This project will allow us to more rapidly deal with these waste issues freeing up staff time for animal care and conservation projects. It will also provide a cleaner and safer space for visitors to Tingley Beach and the ABQ BioPark Zoo.
  • City of Albuquerque, Dept. of Family & Community Services (Homeless Services) - Public Safety District Data Compilation &  Enhance Online Platform for "Fast Track to Housing" Program for Unhoused Families:
    • Type of OrganizationGovernment Agency
    • Mission: The City has recently acquired the Gibson Medical Center, which already serves as a health hub with existing tenants providing services. Plans to create a Gateway Center as part of this health hub will add additional health resources for the community as well as centrally located shelter beds accompanied by supports to connect people with treatments they need and housing.
    • This project most closely aligns with Computer Science, Data Analytics, System Design, System Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Support City staff on project to assemble database information with the purpose of integrating and analyzing multiple datasets into a schema that informs a new public safety district to track data trends and set up a response system. Support data mapping. Help integrate and geocode data. Set up analytical tools such as heatmaps, layering, data compilation, data visualization, and reporting tools to provide summary analysis of multiple datasets from multiple City departments regarding crime, behavioral health crises, and other quality of life issues.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": This project is providing support to a real-time innovation for data-informed response to improve community conditions in a portion of the SE quadrant of the City.
  • City of Albuquerque, Energy and Sustainability Division- Energy and Sustainability:
    • Type of OrganizationGovernment Agency
    • Mission: Reducing Energy and carbon
    • Population Served: All Albuquerque city residents
    • This project most closely aligns with Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Engineering, Construction Management, and Electrical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Energy Efficiency Proposal for UNM EPICS Program
      1. Building energy management systems (BEMS) can reduce the electrical energy bill in the short term.
      2. BEMS can produce data and even provide distributed computation resources to estimate short term forecast of power and energy demand (for example, up to 24 hours).
      3. Understanding Utility Billing PNM, Gas, and water.
      4. Develop a full Energy efficiency scope of work Project starting with
           • Selecting a project and Provide a full Building envelope Energy Analysis.
           • Develop a full Project data analysis, including all existing Building systems. And start finding solutions with new methods that will help to reduce the building energy.
           • Evaluate all data and start developing a complete turn-key project.
      5. We will be developing Building code knowledge for the student, Including all International building codes, National Electrical Code.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": This project will assist reducing carbon and emission with have a significant impact to the environment.
  • Explora - Science Center and Children's Museum - Science Outreach:
    • Type of Organization: Not-for-profit
    • Mission: Explora's mission is to create opportunities for inspirational discovery and the joy of lifelong learning through interactive experiences in science, technology, and art.
    • Population Served: Focus on minority groups, open to the public
    • This project most closely aligns with Computer Science, as well as Computer, Construction, and Mechanical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Developing and facilitating real-world engineering and other STEM-based activities for families at Title I schools in Albuquerque.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": The project will help families and students see how STEM applies to their everyday lives, inspire curiosity to learn more about STEM careers, and see themselves as STEMists.
  • Explora - X Studio - Re:Design:
    • Type of Organization: Not-for-profit
    • Mission: X Studio is a teen workforce development center that creates bridges to career pathways in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
    • Population Served: Pre-k to early college
    • This project most closely aligns with Computer Science, as well as Computer, Construction, and Mechanical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Re:Design will be a program that will look at design for a variety of "everyday" objects and see if their function can be modified to better serve our community. Through engineering practices, design thinking, and making concepts teens will be tasked to create the most comfortable mug and the most useful pair of medical scrubs as a few examples. Community members will be brought in to give feedback on their Re:Designed items and to learn more about the teens' processes and inspiration. The goal is to create fully functioning objects that can serve the purpose they are intended to serve, but also do their job better.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": Re:Design will focus on design that serves a variety of parties and the diverse communities teens will find themselves in as they progress into the workforce. Re:Design will have empathy and sustainablity at its core as items are recreated. We will do our best to limit waste and create items that retain their function and serve a purpose.
  • Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office- Government Procurement Efficiency Tool:
    • Type of Organization: Government Agency
    • Mission: The Bernalillo County District Attorney's Office is responsible for prosecuting cases within the county and other surrounding areas. Our office handles felony cases as well as DWIs and Domestic Violence offenses.
    • This project most closely aligns with: This project most closely aligns with Computer Science, Data Analytics, System Design, System Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Develop an application to streamline the procurement and requisition process for our office and other state government agencies. Every state governmental agency has to follow procurement laws and regulations while meeting governmental accounting requirements. This means that for every procurement, there are specific processes that must be followed and documented. This is often accomplished through a mixture of printed paper and emails. which makes the process difficult to track and creates avoidable inefficiencies. Our project would be an application to submit requisitions, document procurement methods, track and record requisition approvals, and visualize the data in the system via an interactive dashboard. .
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": This project would create administrative efficiencies for our office and has the potential of doing the same across New Mexico. Not only would thousands of limited staff hours be saved, this project would also reduce our agency’s environmental footprint by switching from a paper process
       to a digital one.
  • Warehouse 508 by NMX Sports - Solar powered indoor gardens/ Solar powered patio shading structures:
    • Type of Organization: Not-for-profit
    • Mission: Bringing youth to non-traditional life-long sports and creative arts.
    • Population Served: Youth ages 13-20
    • This project most closely aligns with Construction Engineering and Environmental Engineering.
    • Potential Project: For twelve years now Warehouse 508 by NMX Sports has organized a variety of youth programming, community events, and fundraising efforts out of our current location. Although we are grateful for what this space has been able to provide for us, it has become evident that a new location is needed in order to reach more youth in the Albuquerque community. This year it looks like this goal can be reached. We are preparing to move to a new building that will provide the means to not only increase our student capacities, but to also make additions to our programming that where not previously possible.
      • One of the areas that some of our youth have expressed interest in learning more about is agriculture. We would love to be able to implement an indoor garden area in the building the the students could interact with and learn from.
      • The other potential project would involve planning and designing shading structures (perhaps also solar powered) for the patio area of the new building.
      • There may be potential for other projects. We are just unable to know what they could be this early in the moving/renovation process.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": Our priority is providing a safe space in which youth in our community can build life-long transferable skills. We believe these projects can cater to these values in a significant way, and act as mediums in which young people can learn about the building blocks of healthy practices both in terms of individual development and environmental consciousness.