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Industrial Engineering Thesis Abstracts

JAMES BLATTENBERGER (Keith Chenot), 2005


The purpose of the investigational thesis is to analyze and determine how residential architectural styles of New England have changed and what factors shaped them, from early Colonial times through the end of the Victorian era. In order to answer these questions, photography of all represented styles was taken and analyzed in order to find a conclusion to the investigation. Thesis data provided the following observations and findings: Early New England architecture in the colonial period of America’s existence was simple and built for a practical purpose. As time passed in America, the architectural styles changed to reflect the common ideals of the region. Towards the end of the 19th century New England’s architecture became more complex and individualized than it had ever been before. Also, New England’s architectural styles were heavily influenced by European politics, ideals and existing architectural styles. The importance of this investigation to the study of the region’s architectural history is to realize the growth and maturation while recognizing the meshing of ideals that went into developing the architectural styles employed throughout New England.

CARL FALER (Keith Chenot), 2011


After spending a semester looking at the mechanics of applying shipping containers as a building element I am digging into the finer points by creating a CAD (Revit) based project. The project will make significant use of green features (LEED Silver), and will focus especially on multi-family residential construction, based likely in Fitchburg MA. In the end, I hope to have obtained a better knowledge of the application of containers in construction, as well as being able to present that information to others who may be interested in the subject.

DANIEL MISTRETTA (Jim Andrews), 2007


Construction projects generate over ten thousand pounds of waste for a two thousand square foot residential project. Gypsum wallboard contributes seventeen hundred pounds of this waste. Construction waste is generated in large amounts and for only one residence at a time. The construction industry has been making strides to help reduce this abundance of material. The recycling of material has become more popular among the construction managers that oversee these projects. However, lack of knowledge regarding recycled material may be leading to more waste being generated. Gypsum has many innovative ways of being recycled such as taking the waste and turning it into a new piece of wallboard, grinding it up and using it as a soil amendment, or using it as an additive in cement. While these new ways of recycling gypsum have been discovered, they are not being widely used, mainly because dumpsters are too convenient to the builder and the homeowner. It is easier to throw it in the giant container and ship it off and not have to worry about it, therefore I am tabulating and consolidating data about waste generated from new construction to provide alternatives for this waste. I also will be performing a cost analysis of recycled versus new material. The overall project will result in either a presentation or publication to a professional builder group on a national level.