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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.


Date Range
2013 2018


In order to refine autonomous exploratory movement planning schemes, an approach must be developed that accounts for valuable information other than that gained from map filling. To this end, the goal of this thesis is divided into two parts. The first is to develop a technique for categorizing objects detected by an autonomous exploratory robot and assigning them a score based on their interest value. The second is an attempt to develop a method of integrating this technique into a navigation algorithm in order to refine the movements of a robot or robots to maximize the efficiency of information gain. ...

Contributors
Fleetwood, Garrett Clark, Thanga, Jekan, Berman, Spring, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The traditional early design phase of an aircraft involves a design approach in which the model’s characteristics are defined before the CAD model is built. This thesis discusses an alternative to the early design process employing the use of a parametric model. A parametric model is one in which its characteristics are defined as functions of input parameters that a user will choose, as opposed to being pre-defined. This allows for faster iterations of the CAD design of an aircraft going through its first design phases. In order to demonstrate the feasibility and efficiency, a tool was developed in the ...

Contributors
Elliott, Steven Joseph, Takahashi, Tim, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This paper outlines the development of a script which utilizes a series of user-defined input parameters to construct base-level CAD models of aircraft landing gear. With an increased focus on computation development of aircraft models to allow for a rapidprototyping design process, this program seeks to allow designers to check for the validity of design integration before moving forward on systems testing. With this script, users are able to visually analyze the landing gear configurations on an aircraft in both the gear up and gear down configuration. The primary purpose this serves is to determine the validity of the gear’s ...

Contributors
Patrick, Noah Edward, Takahashi, Timothy, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Concept mapping is a tool used in order to visually represent a person’s understanding of interrelated concepts. Generally the central concept is in the center or at the top and the related concepts branch off, becoming more detailed as it continues. Additionally, links between different branches show how those concepts are related to each other. Concept mapping can be implemented in many different types of classrooms because it can be easily adjusted for the needs of the teacher and class specifically. The goal of this project is to analyze both the attitude and achievement of students using concept mapping of ...

Contributors
Farrell, Carilee Dawn, Ankeny, Casey, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This paper describes an aircraft design optimization tool for wave drag reduction. The tool synthesizes an aircraft wing and fuselage geometry using the Rhinoceros CAD program. It then implements an algorithm to perform area-ruling on the fuselage. The algorithm adjusts the cross-sectional area along the length of the fuselage, with the wing geometry fixed, to match a Sears-Haack distribution. Following the optimization of the area, the tool collects geometric data for analysis using legacy performance tools. This analysis revealed that performing the optimization yielded an average reduction in wave drag of 25% across a variety of Mach numbers on two ...

Contributors
Leader, Robert William, Takahashi, Timothy, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This thesis focused on grasping tasks with the goal of investigating, analyzing, and quantifying human catching trends by way of a mathematical model. The aim of this project was to study human trends in a dynamic grasping task (catching a rolling ball), relate those discovered trends to kinematic characteristics of the object, and use this relation to control a robot hand in real time. As an ultimate goal, it was hoped that this research will aide in furthering the bio-inspiration in robot control methods. To achieve the above goal, firstly a tactile sensing glove was developed. This instrument allowed for ...

Contributors
Card, Dillon, Mincieli, Jennifer, Artemiadis, Panagiotis, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

This thesis focused on the development of a system that can sense light intensity and then control a smart film to provide the optimal light intensity for cyanobacteria. The overarching goal of this project is to further the study of biofuels as an alternative energy source by increasing growth rates. If more algae or cyanobacteria can be grown per day, then the cost to produce the biofuel will decrease. To achieve this goal, PDLC (polymer dispersed liquid crystal) film was selected to be controlled due to its unique properties. It can be controlled with electricity and has variable states, in ...

Contributors
Roney, Kitt Alicia, Nielsen, David, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

In this paper, the effectiveness and practical applications of cooling a computer's CPU using mineral oil is investigated. A computer processor or CPU may be immersed along with other electronics in mineral oil and still be operational. The mineral oil acts as a dielectric and prevents shorts in the electronics while also being thermally conductive and cooling the CPU. A simple comparison of a flat plate immersed in air versus mineral oil is considered using analytical natural convection correlations. The result of this comparison indicates that the plate cooled by natural convection in air would operate at 98.41[°C] while the ...

Contributors
Tichacek, Louis Joseph, Huang, Huei-Ping, Herrmann, Marcus, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This paper explores the consequences of cleaning rescue ropes with common disinfectants and cleansers in order to assess their usability in cleaning ropes contaminated with blood borne pathogens. Using a modified version of an industry-standard testing procedure and in-depth statistical analysis, it characterizes the effect each chemical has on the mechanical properties of the rope. The experiment measured the strength and elastic properties of rope core fibers soaked in different chemicals and at different concentration levels. The data show that certain common solutions for cleaning equipment are, in fact, damaging to the equipment and thus dangerous to the users. Even ...

Contributors
Denike, Andrew Nicholas, Middleton, James, Liao, Yabin, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The purpose of this project is to determine the feasibility of a water tunnel designed to meet certain constraints. The project goals are to tailor a design for a given location, and to produce a repeatable design sizing and shape process for specified constraints. The primary design goals include a 1 m/s flow velocity in a 30cm x 30cm test section for 300 seconds. Secondary parameters, such as system height, tank height, area contraction ratio, and roof loading limits, may change depending on preference, location, or environment. The final chosen configuration is a gravity fed design with six major components: ...

Contributors
Zykan, Brandt Davis Healy, Wells, Valana, Middleton, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-05