The INCOSE Student Division from UTEP (University of Texas, El Paso) participated in the 2013 International Symposium in Philadelphia, PA, submitting three project reports to the student Engineering Challenge. Juan Carlos Armenta and Mario Salomon submitted the project “Miner Recycling System,” reporting their progress in revitalizing the UTEP recyclables collection system, which for the first time can become economically self-sustainable. Principal improvements include full multi-stream recycling and daily pick-up as part of a “no-trash” campus. The project is leveraging the student Green Fund to obtain support from UTEP Facilities Department, as well as from administratively supported financial funding.
Mario Salomon, Juan Pablo Fernandez and Aditya Akundi presented the “Bike-Share System” project, which again leveraged student Green Fund seed money to secure $500,000 of El Paso’s Metropolitan Planning Organization funds to install and service B-Cycle bicycles and docks in-and-around the UTEP campus, enabling emissions-free local transportation for university students and the general public. This project will utilize information from class schedules, and traffic and parking patterns to optimize the location of B-Cycle docks.
Aditya Akundi, Sergio Luna and Mario Salomon presented “Evaluation of University Transit Systems Using a Systems Engineering Approach,” reporting progress on the drive to develop student-centered busing systems modifications, designed to create a more education friendly environment, and also to increase the availability of education to low income families in the El Paso region. Students involved in this project are gaining valuable Project Practicum experience by becoming involved in local government transportation engineering and planning.