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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

  • 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 - 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.
  • 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.

 

Spring 2022 Projects

  • Affordable Solar Installations, Inc. - Photovoltaic system performance testing and data analysis
    • Type of OrganizationPrivate
    • Mission: Solar EPC and Operations 
    • This project most closely aligns with Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Data harvesting from actual PV power plant SQL databases with analytics performed in a Python script based environment. The ideal candidate will have experience in Anaconda/Python/Jupyter Notebooks. 
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": Engaging in the greater effort to decarbonize energy production in a movement towards sustainability in renewable energy.
  • BioPark Society (looking for students with experience with R):
    • 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.
    • Potential Project: Successful conservation programs begin with accurate data on conservation need. Assessment of conservation priorities is the first step in saving species from extinction. ABQ BioPark has worked with EPICS in the past to create web based platforms to rapidly screen North American plant species and prioritize them for further review. In conjunction with the IUCN Sonoran Plants Specialist Group, we're working to expand these platforms to include estimations of risk levels posed by various threats to biodiversity. The platform will analyze a species' range and the threats present within this range using a geospatial analysis programmed in the R statistical package. Students will assist in developing this platform and a user interface which will be publicly available. Interested students should have a working understanding of programming in R.
  • City of Albuquerque, Dept. of Family & Community Services (Homeless Services) - Public Safety District Data Compilation:
    • 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, Dept. of Family & Community Services (Youth Services) - City of Albuquerque Community Centers Evaluation:
    • Type of OrganizationGovernment Agency
    • Mission: The Department of Family and Community Services provides quality health and social services, housing, recreation and education to improve the quality of life for the entire Albuquerque Community.
    • This project most closely aligns with Civil Engineering.
    • Potential Project: If you are interested in social-impact and research this project was designed for you. In fall of 2021, Harvard Graduate School of Education worked in tandem with the City of Albuquerque to use the participatory evaluation method to provide a road map of potential evaluation methods to explore key components of our model. The Community Centers of Albuquerque have an 85-year history of serving the people of Albuquerque. Some of the earliest centers were built in the late 1930s, growing over the 20th century into the 22 community center facilities that exist today. A powerful part of the afterschool and summer programming is that it is staffed almost entirely by youth from the same community as the students it serves. These part-time workers receive summer professional development training before the school year begins and are expected to take on additional responsibilities throughout the year as they build skills that can help them in any future professional endeavor. This cycle of youth developing the skills and motivation to reinvest in the youth of their own community is a central facet of the Community Centers of Albuquerque mission, and this evaluation is a step towards evaluating the strength of the cycle and its long-term impact. 
      This evaluation has two possible routes by exploring:
      1. How do the students in the after school and summer
      school programs perceive their connection to the adults they interact with at
      the community center? OR
      2. To what extent, if at all, are part-time employees gaining
      professional skills, career guidance, and connection to their community through
      participating in the Part Time Work program? How do these and other factors
      impact retention for part-time employees?
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": In a geographical analysis, we found children who live in the City of Albuquerque experience varying levels of access to out-of-school time programs. One way the city would like to address this gap is by improving the quality of our programs city-wide. One way to improve programs is by engaging stakeholders in evaluative conversations, and then implementing recommendations based on community needs. Please visit, https://www.cabq.gov/one-Albuquerque-kids-cabinet and review "Mapping Educational Outcomes.
  • CSolPower, LLC - GTES (Gigawatt-hour Thermal Energy Storage):
    • Type of Organization: Private
    • Mission: Energy Security and Sustainability
    • This project most closely aligns with Civil, Construction, Environmental, & Mechanical Engineering.
    • Potential Project: Students will assist in the design and analysis of a novel large-scale, long-duration thermal energy storage system. Large-scale, long-duration energy storage systems will be needed as greater penetrations of intermittent renewables penetrate the electrical grid to ensure stability and reliability. This work addresses a critical need to enable 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2045 as mandated by NM's Energy Transition Act.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": This work addresses a critical need to enable 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2045 as mandated by NM's Energy Transition Act.
  • Management Sciences, Inc. in collaboration with Sandia National Labs - Cybersecure processing and sensor fusion:
    • Type of Organization:  Private and Government collaboration
    • Mission: To improve the state of the art in sensor fusion at the edge of the network.
    • This project most closely aligns with Electrical & Computer, and Computer Science.
    • Potential Project: The state of the art in sensors, processing platforms, and algorithms continue to evolve at a rapid pace. New, low-cost sensors are emerging, embedded systems are becoming smaller and more capable, and open source software for analytics continues to grow. Many state of the art security systems using open source software and low-cost sensors have limited cybersecurity capabilities, resulting in a large cyber attack surface that can be exploited by hackers and adversaries. In this project, students will have the opportunity to explore sensors, embedded computing, and sensor fusion technologies to support new opportunities to fuse low-cost sensors at the edge of the network.
    • "How do you see this (these) project(s) fulfilling the 'help address human, community, and environmental needs' aspect of EPCIS @ UNM?": Inexpensive sensors provide only a rudimentary capability to protect public and private spaces. High-end sensors are prohibitively expensive for most applications. Sensor fusion offers the opportunity to make low-cost sensors practical for physical security in public and private spaces.