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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


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2013 2017

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.
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2015-05

Workplace productivity is a result of many factors, and among them is the setup of the office and its resultant noise level. The conversations and interruptions that come along with converting an office to an open plan can foster innovation and creativity, or they can be distracting and harm the performance of employees. Through simulation, the impact of different types of office noise was studied along with other changing conditions such as number of people in the office. When productivity per person, defined in terms of mood and focus, was measured, it was found that the effect of noise was ...

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Hall, Mikaela Starrantino, Pavlic, Theodore P., Cooke, Nancy, et al.
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2017-05

The Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) has developed industry-tested leadership and management techniques that have been proven to increase organizational performance. The Leadership Society of Arizona (LSA) has worked closely with PBSRG to develop an educational framework that introduces these leadership concepts to college students. LSA is now endeavoring to make this curriculum more accessible for K-12 students and educators. As part of a thesis creative project, the author has developed a strategy to connect with and enable local high schools, teachers, and students to engage with the professional industry and higher education. This strategy will allow LSA to ...

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Dunn, Melissa Anne, Kashiwagi, Dean, Kashiwagi, Jacob, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The U.S. Navy and other amphibious military organizations utilize a derivation of the traditional side stroke called the Combat Side Stroke, or CSS, and tout it as the most efficient technique available. Citing its low aerobic requirements and slow yet powerful movements as superior to the traditionally-best front crawl (freestyle), the CSS is the go-to stroke for any operation in the water. The purpose of this thesis is to apply principles of Industrial Engineering to a real-world situation not typically approached from a perspective of optimization. I will analyze pre-existing data about various swim strokes in order to compare them ...

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Goodsell, Kevin Lewis, McCarville, Daniel, Kashiwagi, Jacob, et al.
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2014-12

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.
Created Date
2017-05

Many student engagement studies take a holistic view of the student experience at a university setting, which includes factors both inside and outside of the classroom. However, most engagement improvements focus on activities outside of the classroom. Some research regarding improving teaching styles and activities shows an impact on engagement, but little research has investigated the impact of the built environment on student engagement. This paper explores the definition of student engagement, what environmental variables affect building occupant performance, and specifically addresses how environmental variables can impact student engagement. The authors provide a review of literature discussing these variables as ...

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Duggan, Kathleen Rose, Parrish, Kristen, Khanna, Vikas, et al.
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2014-05

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

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) experienced a problem with the quality of their services. The agency was expending a large amount of resources, both time and money to control contractors’ work with unexpected poor quality work. ADEQ partnered with Dr. Dean Kashiwagi and the Performance Based Studies Research Group (PBSRG) early in 2014 to find a solution to the procurement problems. PBSRG introduced the Performance Information Procurement System (PIPS) and began implementation on four test projects. Three of the projects have moved into the execution phase delivering almost $100K savings in the procurement process alone. The three main ...

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Fink, Fabian Josef, Kashiwagi, Dean, Kashiwagi, Jacob, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

The Department of Defense (DoD) acquisition system is a complex system riddled with cost and schedule overruns. These cost and schedule overruns are very serious issues as the acquisition system is responsible for aiding U.S. warfighters. Hence, if the acquisition process is failing that could be a potential threat to our nation’s security. Furthermore, the DoD acquisition system is responsible for proper allocation of billions of taxpayer’s dollars and employs many civilians and military personnel. Much research has been done in the past on the acquisition system with little impact or success. One reason for this lack of success in ...

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Bucknell, Sophia Robin, Wu, Teresa, Li, Jing, et al.
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2016-05

The overall energy consumption around the United States has not been reduced even with the advancement of technology over the past decades. Deficiencies exist between design and actual energy performances. Energy Infrastructure Systems (EIS) are impacted when the amount of energy production cannot be accurately and efficiently forecasted. Inaccurate engineering assumptions can result when there is a lack of understanding on how energy systems can operate in real-world applications. Energy systems are complex, which results in unknown system behaviors, due to an unknown structural system model. Currently, there exists a lack of data mining techniques in reverse engineering, which are ...

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Camarena, Raquel Jimenez, Chong, Oswald, Ye, Nong, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

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.