Quinn Curtis - Portfolio 6

From the beginning of this project, our team has met weekly and have worked around all of each other’s complex work and academic schedules. Everyone within the group came to the meetings with predetermined goals and objectives which helped us stay on track and be most productive. The powers of technology were also applied through Zoom meetings which allowed increase flexibility for remote meetings within our group and with our Project Mentors. The project helped me grow my group collaboration skills and group writing techniques. Group papers require careful attention to writing style and repetitive language.

My Resiliency teams research involved the research and calculations needed to identify and calculate preselected metrics to determine baseline resilience values for the UNH campus.  Through solving for these metrics, I developed my data analysis techniques and utilized excel to perform various statistical calculations. This project gave me an opportunity to further my competency with Excel and data visualization techniques. The research to gather the raw data required multiple interviews, emails, and calls with UNH staff and faulty. One of the final products of this research is a poster presentation which I hope to learn in the coming days and weeks how to create a showcase poster and share my work at the Undergraduate Research Conference.

My research allowed me to further my knowledge of transportation and renewable energy at UNH. Through interviews with people within the transportation department I was able to understand UNH transit’s bus fuel transition from Biodiesel B20 to now almost 50/50 currently with CNG with the purchase of 4 new CNG fueled buses arriving in the summer, and soon in the future will be a transition to electric busses. The electric busses will offer a whole new level of resiliency for UNH campus with the large mobile battery storage capabilities. Proterra (an EV Bus manufacturer) already has a 275-mile range bus on the market, and battery technology is expected to continue to improve and decrease in price.

This project allowed me to explore a large contributor to emission issues, transportation. And by understanding the role that the increased density of undergraduates in the Durham area, as opposed to the surrounding communities, in decreasing our total emissions through less commuters / wildcat transit riders and increase alternate modes of transportation such as walking, biking, or the campus connector. Source: TPC15: 2003-2018 Transportation Policy Review & Update – Commuter Permits 

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Students can shape the focus of their experience into wherever their interests lay within the three pillars. With the experiential core courses and broad range of electives from many academic fields allows oneself to tailor the experience to your own interests.  I have been able to tailor my personal experience to Energy, Clean - Transportation, Developing Economies, and [Environmental, Social, and Business]  Ethics. The only thing I wish I could tell others about this experience is to plan your electives courses early and to discover new ideas, technologies, and perspectives. No matter what electives we all have chosen, we are still able to bring these experiences together and form cohesive trends and similarities in reflections and discussions. The electives are very important and will form students ideas and perspectives as they continue their education.