Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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2013 2017

As single junction silicon based solar cells approach their Shockley–Queasier (SQ) conversion efficiency limits, tandem solar cells (TSC) provide an attractive prospect for higher efficiency cells. Although TSCs have been shown to be more efficient, their higher fabrication costs are a limiting factor for their economic competitiveness and large-scale integration in PV power systems. Current literature suggests that even with reduced costs of fabrication in the future, TSCs still offer no competitive benefit for integration in utility-scale systems and may yield minimal benefits only in places where area-related costs are high. This work investigates Balance of Systems (BoS) circumstances under ...

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Mugwisi, Ngoni, Holman, Zachary, Phelan, Patrick, et al.
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2017-05

Zero Waste Management at Arizona State University is an initiative that aims to divert 90% of the waste that goes into the landfills. In order to do this, it is important to focus on the biggest generator of waste every year, which is “Food and Catering”. One of the biggest challenges facing the food and catering industry is the lack of efficient and standard processes which results in immense waste every year. As a result, this thesis takes a Lean Six Sigma approach into ASU’s zero waste event processes and identifies possible gaps that could be improved. It uses the ...

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Shah, Riha Paresh, McCarville, Daniel, Kellso, James, et al.
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2015-12

The widespread use of statistical analysis in sports-particularly Baseball- has made it increasingly necessary for small and mid-market teams to find ways to maintain their analytical advantages over large market clubs. In baseball, an opportunity for exists for teams with limited financial resources to sign players under team control to long-term contracts before other teams can bid for their services in free agency. If small and mid-market clubs can successfully identify talented players early, clubs can save money, achieve cost certainty and remain competitive for longer periods of time. These deals are also advantageous to players since they receive job ...

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Jack, Nathan Scott, Shunk, Dan, Montgomery, Douglas, et al.
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2013-05

The definition of “beauty” can be interpreted in many ways but when defining it literally, it is considered as such: “a combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense” (Oxford Dictionaries). Beauty simply “pleases” the intellect; it does not say that intellect is a factor of beauty itself. Beauty is nice to look at, a mere pleasure to experience in the “moral sense.” It does not have anything to do with one’s actions, principles or intelligence, but instead the way one presents himself or herself. If someone is deemed as intellectual, does that mean they are not viewed ...

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Sanders, Samantha Kaye, Hibner Koblitz, Ann, Eaton, John, et al.
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2013-05

In an increasingly global economy, companies face challenges with implementing successful business and marketing strategies in cultures different from their own. This paper calls upon previous research to compile a per-country outline of general behaviors and expectations when doing business overseas. Using categorical definitions from Hofstede's 1984 study and those found in the Handbook of Global and Multicultural Negotiation, a table has been prepared to group similar countries based on their cultural biases.

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Petruccelli, Lauren Taylor, Shunk, Dan, Kashiwagi, Dean, et al.
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2013-05

In recent years, Operations Research (OR) has had a signicant impact on improving the performance of hospital Emergency Departments (EDs). This includes improving a wide range of processes involving patient ow from the initial call to the ED through disposition, discharge home, or admission to the hospital. We mainly seek to illustrate the benet of OR in EDs, and provide an overview of research performed in this vein to assist both researchers and practitioners. We also elaborate on possibilities for future researchers by shedding light on some less studied aspects that can have valuable impacts on practice.

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Austin, Garrett Alexander, Saghafian, Soroush, Gel, Esma, et al.
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2013-12

Access to clean drinking water has been identified by the National Academy of Engineering as one of the Grand Challenges of the 21st century. This thesis investigated clean drinking water access in the greater Phoenix area, specifically with regards to drinking water quality standards and management strategies. This research report provides an introduction to water quality, treatment, and management; a background on the Salt River Project; and an analysis on source water mix and drinking water quality indicators for water delivered to Tempe, Arizona water treatment facilities.

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Mercer, Rebecca Nicole, Ganesh, Tirupalavanam, Trowbridge, Amy, et al.
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2016-12

Abstract The purpose of this project is to utilize the models and concepts from Information Measurement Theory (IMT) to help minimize future decision making with respect to my career path. When I began this project, my future was clouded, my initial conditions were unknown, my stress over future career-path decisions was high, and I had eight possible career paths in mind. I have narrowed my career-path options from eight to four. In addition, I have determined a one-year plan that enables me to be prepared to pursue any of the four career paths that I have found align with me. ...

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Richardson, Trevor Woods, Kashiwagi, Dean, Kashiwagi, Jacob, et al.
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2014-05

Social media is used by people every day to discuss the nuances of their lives. Major League Baseball (MLB) is a popular sport in the United States, and as such has generated a great deal of activity on Twitter. As fantasy baseball continues to grow in popularity, so does the research into better algorithms for picking players. Most of the research done in this area focuses on improving the prediction of a player’s individual performance. However, the crowd-sourcing power afforded by social media may enable more informed predictions about players' performances. Players are chosen by popularity and personal preferences by ...

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Ruskin, Lewis John, Liu, Huan, Montgomery, Douglas, et al.
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2017-05

Based on findings of previous studies, there was speculation that two well-known experimental design software packages, JMP and Design Expert, produced varying power outputs given the same design and user inputs. For context and scope, another popular experimental design software package, Minitab® Statistical Software version 17, was added to the comparison. The study compared multiple test cases run on the three software packages with a focus on 2k and 3K factorial design and adjusting the standard deviation effect size, number of categorical factors, levels, number of factors, and replicates. All six cases were run on all three programs and were ...

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Armstrong, Julia Robin, McCarville, Daniel, Montgomery, Douglas, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

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.