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Silver Lining in the Climate Cloud

Graeme Waitzkin, Megan Guy, and Eli Gregory at their Capstone Project presentations.

Personal mobility electric vehicles, traffic congestion pricing, and small modular nuclear reactors each represent a future market opportunity in a carbon-constrained world. Keen to take advantage of these prospects, E-IPER's Joint MS students from the Graduate School of Business (GSB) used their Capstone Projects to develop business plans and public policy ideas.

Working with start-up company Weng Motors, Graeme Waitzkin (Joint MBA-MS 2010) evaluated opportunities to market their new low-range electric vehicle as a replacement for gas-combustion engine cars in his project, Local Personal Mobility: The Role of the Low Range Electric Vehicle. Also in the transportation sector, Elijah Gregory (Joint MBA-MS, 3rd) assessed several policy options for reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions. His project, Congestion and Greenhouse Gases: The Potential of Congestion Mitigation Strategies to Reduce CO2 Emissions, also considered ways to generate revenue to fund mass transportation and other transportation infrastructure improvements. On the energy generation front, Megan Guy (Joint MBA-MS 2010) analyzed the current political, environmental, security, and economic climate for deploying new nuclear reactors for carbon free energy generation in her project, Paper or Practical? Evaluating the Prospects for Small Modular Nuclear Reactors in the US.

In December, Graeme, Elijah, and Megan presented the results of their Capstone Projects to the E-IPER community at the second Feigenbaum Nii Foundation Symposium. Megan Guy was awarded the Feigenbaum Nii Foundation Prize for her interdisciplinary excellence and superior integration of science, engineering, and technology with her professional training in her Capstone Project. The students' presentations may be viewed online and are also discussed in a GSB news story.