ETaP Graduate Option Masters Student Work

The master's theses and projects completed by graduate students in the Energy, Technology, and Policy program have been as innovative and topically diverse as the students themselves.  A selection of thesis and project documents are listed here, along with additional information about each alumnus.


Bohn, Juliette (2010) "Food waste diversion and utilization in Humboldt County"
Prior Degree: BS Political Science with a Minor in Economics, University of New Mexico

Campbell, Allison (2014) "Assessing the economic viability of electric vehicle-to-grid services through infrastructureand market participation investments"
Prior Degrees: 
BS Astrophysics, University of Southern California; MS Astronomy, New Mexico State University

Coggins, Amanda (2013) "Policy strategies for advancing the marine and hydrokinetic energy industry"
Prior Degree: BS Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Deshmukh, Ranjit (2008) "Thermal gasification or direct combustion? A technical assessment of energy generation in Indonesian sugar factories"
Prior Degrees: B. Eng. Mechanical Engineering, University of Pune, India; MS Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Texas - Austin

Dillman, Robert (2010) "Small community finance for renewable energy systems in Chiapas, Mexico"
Prior Degrees: BS Marketing and Finance, Miami of Ohio; Teaching Credential, Chico State

Dorji, Chhimi (2010) "Building energy analysis for Humboldt State University"
Prior Degree: B. Tech Civil Engineering, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, India

Dorji, Karma (2007) "The sustainable management of micro hydropower systems for rural electrification: the case of Bhutan"
Prior Degree: B. Eng. Electrical Engineering, PSG College of Technology, India

Eaton, Alexander (2009) "The role of small-scale biodigesters in the energy, health, and climate change basline in Mexico"
Prior Degree: BS in Journalism with a minor in Environmental Science, Western State College of Colorado

Harper, Margaret (2013) "Implementing GridShare technology in rural Bhutan: analyzing effects on local brownouts and assessing community acceptance
Prior Degrees: 
BS Environmental Studies, Minor in Chemistry, Warren Wilson College; BS in Environmental Resources Engineering, Humboldt State University

Hervin, Kirstin (2013) "Feasibility analysis of gasification for energy recovery from residual solid waste in Humboldt County"
Prior Degree: 
BS Biology, Texas Tech University

Amit Khare (2015) "The Rising Sun: Analyzing Potential of Energy Efficient Solar Photovoltaic Water Pumping Systems in India"
Prior Degree: BE in Electrical Engineering, Dr. B R Ambedkar University, Agra, India

Karis, Billy (2014) "A techno-economic analysis of the benefits of aqueous phase reformation for hydrogen enrichment of natural gas engines and turbines"   
Prior Degree: 
BA Biology and Botany, Connecticut College

Kniel, Karen (2014) "Stakeholder and policy analysis of hydraulic fracturing in California"  
Prior Degree: 
BA Environmental Studies (concentration in Energy Management & Design), Sonoma State University

Kullmann, Stephen (2009) "Specific energy yield of low-power amorphous silicon and crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules in a simulated off-grid, battery-based system"
Prior Degree: BA in English from Rutgers University plus coursework in Environmental Resources Engineering from Humboldt State University

Lottes, Angela (2014) "Supply chain and process emissions impact of torrefaction to enable biomass use in large power plants versus raw biomass use in small power plants
Prior Degree: 
BS Environmental Science (concentration in Biology), Minor in Government, Berry College

McNeal, Fred (2014) "Winter barley can serve as an economically feasible ethanol feedstock
Prior Degree: 
BS Earth Science, Juniata College

Mendonca, Brendon (2012) "Methods and analysis for calculating the daily operating time of solar charged off-grid lighting products"
Prior Degree: BS Mechanical Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, MAHE

Menten, Rebecca (2010) "Municipal financing programs as an option for overcoming barriers to energy efficiency"
Prior Degree: BA Political Science, BA French, Humboldt State University

Mink, Tirian (2011) "Methods for generating market intelligence for improved cookstove dissemination: a case study in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala"
Prior Degree: BA in Biology, Swarthmore College 

Kenneth Osia (2015) "Solar space cooling in California: An evaluation of technical, economic, and environmental aspects of solar space cooling technologies in multiple California climate zones"
Prior Degree: BS Physics, Minor in Mathematics, University of Central Missouri

Radecsky, Kristen (2009) "Understanding the economics behind off-grid lighting products for small businesses in Kenya"
Prior Degree: BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a Minor in
Mathematics, Lafayette College

Scheidler, Luke (2011) "Assessing the costs and benefits of utility energy efficiency programs in Humboldt County, CA"
Prior Degree: BA Biology, DePauw University

Schumaker, Adam (2012) "PV integration in the Bonneville Power Administration balancing authority area"
Prior Degree: BA Geography: People-Environment Interactions, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Tracy, Jennifer (2010) "Flashlights in Kenya: revealing the social, economic, health and environmental implications in the absence of quality assurance"
Prior Degree: BA Anthropology and Psychology with a Minor in Environmental Studies, University of Washington

Nick Turman-Bryant (2015) "Quality communication: Quality Assurance in Kenya's off-grid lighting market"
Prior Degree: BS in Mathematics, Minor in Sociology, University of Puget Sound

Our current students come from a similarly diverse set of backgrounds, and their interests span a variety of areas related to energy, technology, and policy.  A partial list of students in the program is provided below.

Matthew Collins 
Prior Degree: BA Environmental Studies with a focus in Political Ecology, Prescott College
Interests: Renewable energy production and distribution, electric and alternative fuel transportation, climate change mitigation, and economic development

Steven Harrison 
Prior Degree: BS Environmental Science and Resource Management, Minor in Chemistry, CSU Channel Islands
Interests: Renewable energy technologies, biofuels, forest waste utilization, improving ecosystem resilience to climate change

Asif Hassan 
Prior Degree: BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Islamic University of Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Interests: Energy systems, renewable energy, solar energy, energy efficiency, climate change

Timothy Hyles 
Prior Degree: BS Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, University of California, Davis
Interests: Renewable energy, water-energy nexus, energy efficiency, transportation policy, alternative fuels

Caleb Patrick 
Prior Degree: BA Environmental Studies, State University of New York, Potsdam College
Interests: Energy efficiency, appropriate technology, bio-fuels, renewable energy economics and policy

Jayati Thakor 
Prior Degree: B Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Gujarat, India
Interests: Renewable energy, climate change policy

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