Jul 20, 2017

PVSysCo: Solar energy system comparison and evaluation

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (U.S. EIA), renewable energy consumption made up about 13% of the nation’s energy supply in 2013, of which only about 2% was contributed by solar energy. This contribution (by solar) is expected to increase to 20% by 2040. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Energy announced the SunShot Initiative, which aims to reduce the total installation cost of solar technologies by 75% between 2010 and 2020. This implies that solar energy is a top priority in the U.S. and many other countries. The purpose of this research is to design and implement a customer decision support system to determine the appropriate solar PV technology to install depending on the customer, technological and geographical location attributes.

Jun 30, 2017

How Does Service Learning Increase And Sustain Interest In Engineering Education For Underrepresented Pre-Engineering College Students?

 According to the most recent National Science Foundation Science and Engineering Indicators (2016), of those college graduates that have a degree in Science and Engineering. The demographic breakdown is as follows: White 76%, Asian 8.4%, Hispanic 7.7%, Black 7.2%, and American Indian or Alaska Natives 0.3%. Furthermore, the attainment of Bachelor’s degrees in Science and Engineering awarded to American Indian or Alaska Native students has remained flat at less than 1% since 2000. Engaging this underrepresented group may hold the key to the United States continued economic prosperity.

Jun 02, 2017

Native American Students Interested in Engineering Should Download This Book

A book meant to encourage Native American students to consider studying engineering is available for free from OPEN PRAIRIE. “The PEEC Experiment: Native Hawaiian and Native American Engineering Education” has been distributed to tribal colleges as well as to universities with an engineering program that may want to collaborate with tribal schools.

Jun 01, 2017

$1M grant to boost engineering education at College of Menominee Nation

The National Science Foundation grant supported an event that brought John Herrington, the first enrolled Native American (Chickasaw) to fly in space, to the College of Menominee Nation and UW–Madison over a three-day visit. Herrington (back row, third from left) met with students and shared his inspirational journey from childhood to his eventual career at NASA and the mission to the International Space Station. 

May 10, 2017

Our HEROs: Engaging and Inspiring Native Engineers

How do we shift a faulty paradigm? What is the key to correct the trend identified in the National Science Foundation’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 Report, which states that American Indians and Alaska Natives received a mere 0.4% of all master’s degrees in science and engineering between 1985 and 2005? How can we, as faculty at tribal colleges and universities, persuade our students that engineering is a discipline they can and will thrive in? At College of Menominee Nation (CMN) we have found a gateway to encouraging our students’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) engagement. How did we do it? In a word: storytelling.

Feb 28, 2017


A new children’s book series created by students at College of Menominee Nation presents engineers as problem-solving heroes.

Nov 15, 2016

Herrington was 1st Native American in space

John Herrington, the first Native American to participate in a NASA space mission, will visit the College of Menominee Nation on Friday for a presentation and to meet with students.

Nov 10, 2016


Dr. Chris Frayer, associate professor of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, developed Calculus 1 materials that are helping students learn math better. The curriculum is currently being taught at the College of Menominee Nation, a tribal community college in Keshena, Wisconsin.

Sep 07, 2016

Achieving the Dream – Improving Student Success at Tribal Colleges and Universities

American Indian students have the lowest college graduation rate in the country, at just over 13%. In a new publication from the American Indian College Fund, several tribal colleges and universities share how to create systems and structures to promote Native student success. The book is the culmination of the College Fund’s efforts over three years in the Achieving the Dream (ATD) initiative, a national reform network devoted to community college student success and completion. Two tribal colleges, Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, and Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, participated in the initiative. The colleges’ participation in the Achieving the Dream program was supported by the Kresge Foundation, which provided tools, resources, and coaching to help the colleges engage in strategies based on data-driven decisions to address and close achievement gaps. See Less

Jul 01, 2016

The PEEC Experiment: Native Hawaiian and Native American Engineering Education

This book is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1037708. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation nor the educational institutions with which the authors and editors are or were affiliated.

Jun 01, 2016

Engineering the Future

Training a new generation of Native and American Indian engineers through the National Science Foundation's Pre-Engineering Education Collaborative.

Nov 20, 2016

Difficulties and recommendations for more accurately predicting the performance of solar energy systems during the snow season

The advent of modern solar energy technologies can improve the costs of energy consumption on a global, national, and regional level, ultimately spanning stakeholders from governmental entities, to utility companies, corporations, and residential homeowners. In each case the question of if and when the investor will recoup their initial investment is an important barrier to be considered. Current solar energy performance estimation models have several limitations, especially with respect to cold and snowy climates. While the models commonly include a discount to account for shade or soil, the factor is assumed to be constant and devoid of seasonal or monthly changes, such as snow fall. This paper provides validation for the need to modify current solar energy performance models to better estimate the influence of snow on solar panels. Furthermore, a new method is proposed in an attempt to allow model designers, and ultimately users, the opportunity to better understand the return on investment for solar energy systems located in snowy environments.

Aug 10, 2016

Using the Humanities as a Gateway for STEM Engagement

The scientific research community has a communication problem. The details of the invaluable role they play in improving the quality of human life are largely unknown to the American public. While most people realize that scientific discoveries lead to a gamut of innovations, how many can name the career fields of the researchers, let alone describe the work those researchers complete? Since many parents and teachers are unsure of the specifics of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, it's no wonder that the STEM community has trouble enticing the next generation of would-be-researchers. When was the last time you heard a grade-schooler announce that she aspired to be a mathematician when she grows up? Do you remember a Halloween where you saw an aspiring mechanical engineer on your doorstep? Can you name a kid-friendly book series where the science behind the books' resolution was explained to the readers? Those of us who teach in the College of Menominee Nation's STEM HERO program are committed to shifting the paradigms about scientific engagement in Northeastern Wisconsin and our model of using the humanities as a gateway for STEM engagement is one that can help others succeed where traditional educational methods have failed.

Jul 31, 2016

2015 EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Report

A partnership of the Environmental Protection Agency and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program links Tribal College and University professors and students with EPA scientists to solve environmental problems most important to their tribal communities.

Dec 18, 2015

CMN Students Visit UW-Madison

College of Menominee Nation staff member Jennifer Morris took several engineering students to UW-Madison in December for a campus tour.

Aug 15, 2015

CMN/SDI Summer 2015 Poster Presentations

The second day started off with an overview of the Measuring the Pulse project, and then segued into both oral presentations and a short poster session by all of the CMN/SDI summer 2015 student interns along with students from the CMN Solar Energy Research Institute led by CMN Faculty member Dr. Lisa Bosman.

Jul 31, 2015

2014 EPA Tribal ecoAmbassadors Report

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May 04, 2015

College of Menominee Nation Visit to Engineering Expo

College of Menominee Nation students recently attended the Engineering Expo at the College of Engineering at UW Madison. Students were able to have hands-on experiences at the Expo, and had the opportunity to visit the State Capitol. 

Feb 26, 2015

CMN’s Solar Energy Research Gets Boost from New NSF Grant

The College of Menominee Nation’s (CMN) applied research projects on solar energy are expanding with a new $197,128 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Human Resource Development. The award is making it possible for CMN to introduce renewable energy concepts to children from high-risk primary schools in the neighboring city of Green Bay and to local teachers.

Feb 13, 2015

Grant will help CMN expand renewable energy outreach efforts

The College of Menominee Nation’s applied research projects on solar energy are expanding to engage teachers and primary school students in the region. With its new $197,128 grant from the National Science Foundation, CMN will introduce renewable energy concepts to children from high-risk schools in Green Bay and to area teachers for use in their classrooms.

Sep 16, 2014

Professor sheds light on solar project

More than two dozen people attended a tour of the College of Menominee Nation’s solar energy facilities Monday. The system was acquired through a $413,000 research grant from NASA in May to promote climate change literacy and prepare workers for renewable energy jobs.

Aug 31, 2014

A Decision Support System to Analyze, Predict, and Evaluate Solar Energy System Performance: PVSysCO (Photovoltaic System Comparison)

The purpose of this dissertation research is focused on creating a model to better understand the performance and reliability of photovoltaic (PV) energy systems over time. The model will be used to analyze, predict, and evaluate the performance of PV systems, taking into consideration technological and geographical location attributes. The overall research goal is to build a “Solar Energy Blue Book,” conceptually similar to the Kelley Blue Book, which allows consumers to estimate the value of a used car.

Aug 28, 2014

Lisa Bosman on the Future of Solar

UWM Ph.D. student Lisa Bosman talks about using solar power in the Midwestern United States.

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