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EUT Student Projects Energize QCC Campus

June, 2019
  • Professor of Engineering & Sciences Dadbeh Bigonahy checks out a Nate Delaney's project.
    Professor of Engineering & Sciences Dadbeh Bigonahy checks out Nate Delaney's project
  • From left: Nathan Delaney, Nolan Pond, Joseph Hallihan, Daniel Boudreau, Matthew Kelley, Frank Dumas, Garrett Cassavant
    From left: Nathan Delaney, Nolan Pond, Joseph Hallihan, Daniel Boudreau, Matthew Kelley, Frank Dumas, Garrett Cassavant
  • From left: QCC alumnus Jaymes Hendricks (Class of '18) with Frank Dumas.
    From left: QCC alumnus Jaymes Hendricks (Class of '18) with Frank Dumas.

Eight graduating students of Quinsigamond Community College’s Energy Utility Technology (EUT) program brought energy to campus by sharing their course projects with the college community last month. The project showcase is part of the practicum course in the EUT program run by program Coordinator Professor Sharron Gillies.Through the practicum, students gain hands-on experience at local energy companies including National Grid.

Many of the projects demonstrated how different types of energy are produced, highlighting the pros and cons of each. Projects also featured ways of conserving energy and reducing carbon footprints and energy consumption, saving money along with being environmentally friendly.

“The projects were very informative, and demonstrated that the students had a good understanding of their chosen topic,” commented Professor of Engineering & Sciences Dadbeh Bigonahy.

Energy types featured included solar, wind, hydropower, and conversion of kinetic to mechanical energy. One project focused on comparing the attributes of different types of light bulbs that included the amount of light (lumens) produced, the longevity of the bulb, the purchase cost and the cost per hour, and the heat produced as a by-product. It demonstrated why LED light bulbs are the best choice available today.

The QCC faculty and staff who attended asked many detailed questions of the students about their projects and their field experiences. Also in attendance was a former student who is working in the EUT field. All the current students are on track to graduate, and said they had applied for employment with National Grid, as well as other local utility providers.

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