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.
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
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
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
Prior Degree: BS Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity, University of California, Davis
Interests: Renewable energy, water-energy nexus, energy efficiency, transportation policy, alternative fuels
Prior Degree: BA Environmental Studies, State University of New York, Potsdam College
Interests: Energy efficiency, appropriate technology, bio-fuels, renewable energy economics and policy
Prior Degree: B Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering, Charotar University of Science and Technology, Gujarat, India
Interests: Renewable energy, climate change policy