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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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2013 2018


During the summer of 2016 I had an internship in the Fab Materials Planning group (FMP) at Intel Corporation. FMP generates long-range (6-24 months) forecasts for chemical and gas materials used in the chip fabrication process. These forecasts are sent to Commodity Mangers (CMs) in a separate department where they communicate the forecast and any constraints to Intel suppliers. The intern manager of the group, Scott Keithley, created a prototype of a model to redefine how FMP determines which materials require a forecast update (forecasting cadence). However, the model prototype was complex to use, not intuitive, and did not receive ...

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Matson, Rilee Nicole, Kellso, James, Keithley, Scott, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The objective of this case study is to understand the context for which process improvement is effective and the challenges of implementing change. In 2015, a major apparel retailer pioneered a value stream mapping project that addressed the order writing process between its merchandising team and an external vendor. This case follows the development and execution of the project and the challenge of sustaining the improvements rendered. Thorough analysis supports the recommendation for continued organizational support, a post-event auditing process, and specific metrics to indicate the project’s success.

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Morell, Hannah Christine, Maltz, Arnold, Ostrom, Amy, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

With the help of some Information Measurement Theory (IMT), Kashiwagi Solutions Model (KSM), and deductive logic background, supply chain managers can start utilizing a new way to effectively and efficiently negotiate contracts. Developed by Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, the Best Value Approach has been 98% successful with over 1,800 projects for the past 20 years. The process gives vendors/suppliers the power to use their expertise. In return for not having to follow the rules set by the client/buyer, the vendor must show documentation and plans of risk management, value added processes, and metrics.

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Phan, Alice, Holtzman, Krista, Kashiwagi, Dean, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This thesis, entitled “A Community Perspective on Alcohol Education,” was conducted over a ten month period during the Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters, composed by Christopher Stuller and Nicholas Schmitzer. The research involved interviewing twelve professionals from Arizona State University and the City of Tempe to gather a holistic view on alcohol education and alcohol safety as it involves the students at ASU. Upon completion of the interviews, recommendations were made regarding areas of improvement for alcohol education and alcohol safety at Arizona State University. These recommendations range from creating a mandatory alcohol education class to passing a Guardian ...

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Schmitzer, Nicholas, Stuller, Christopher, Koretz, Lora, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

The January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake, which hit Port-au-Prince in the late afternoon, was the cause of over 220,000 deaths and $8 billion in damages – roughly 120% of national GDP at the time. A Mw 7.5 earthquake struck rural Guatemala in the early morning in 1976 and caused 23,000-25,000 deaths, three times as many injuries, and roughly $1.1 billion in damages, which accounted for approximately 30% of Guatemala’s GDP. The earthquake which hit just outside of Christchurch, New Zealand early in the morning on September 4, 2010 had a magnitude of 7.1 and caused just two injuries, no deaths, ...

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Heuermann, Jamie Lynne, Schoellman, Todd, Mendez, Jose, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The purpose of this thesis will be to compare and contrast films made by German and American directors about World War II and the Vietnam War, respectively. First, we will provide a list of the films including a brief summary and the reasons why that specific film was chosen for this analysis. Next, we will give background information about the two wars and the time period in the respective nations. The next steps are the actual project. First, we will list the criteria for analysis and why we chose those specific items to focus on. Lastly, we will provide an ...

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Ren, Haimo, Ahern, Jared, Bradley, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The object of the present study is to examine methods in which the company can optimize their costs on third-party suppliers whom oversee other third-party trade labor. The third parties in scope of this study are suspected to overstaff their workforce, thus overcharging the company. We will introduce a complex spreadsheet model that will propose a proper project staffing level based on key qualitative variables and statistics. Using the model outputs, the Thesis team proposes a headcount solution for the company and problem areas to focus on, going forward. All sources of information come from company proprietary and confidential documents.

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Loo, Andrew, Brennan, Michael, Sheiner, Alexander, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This thesis will analyze the operations of two nonprofit organizations located in different parts of the world. One local and one international nonprofit organization was chosen for this thesis/creative project because of the diverse culture, customs and regulations in each setting. The paper will discuss the operations of St. Vincent de Paul, the Chandler Conference of St. Vincent de Paul, and Sri Sai Darshan Trust (SSDT). The paper begins with a brief history of nonprofit organizations followed by a detailed background on both organizations. The management (organizational structure), finances, marketing, and legalities will be discussed of each nonprofit. The paper ...

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Patel, Nisha, Sivakumar, Akila, Maltz, Arnold, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This paper will explore how suppliers are being evaluated. It will focus on the automotive industry and the state of supplier relations in two major automotive manufacturers in the United States. A literature review will reveal common supplier metrics across industries and what they attempt to measure. Further exploration into the structure and problems at one automotive manufacturer will reveal areas of improvement. Finally, a new balanced scorecard system will be proposed to better measure supplier performance.

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Chan, Catherine Ngar-See, Pfund, Michele, Fowler, John, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

The crew planning problem in the airline industry presents a very computationally complex problem of high importance to the business. Airlines must schedule crew members to ensure that all flights are staffed while remaining in compliance with the business needs and regulatory requirements set by entities such as unions and FAA. With the magnitude of operation of the prominent players in the airline industry today, the crew staffing problem proves very large and has become heavily reliant on operations research solution methodologies. An area of opportunity that has not yet been extensively researched lies in the planning of crew vacation. ...

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Fisher, Tignes Noel, Gel, Esma, Jacobs, Tim, et al.
Created Date
2015-05