M.En. Professional Service Projects

enlarged photo of student PSP presentationThe Professional Service Project (PSP) is a requirement of the M.En. core curriculum (IES 610 and IES 610.G) and is designed for students to develop their skills and experience by working with real clients.

The PSP is a cornerstone of our program. Graduates of the M.En. program frequently tell us that both the PSP experience and the problem-solving methodology were important parts of their future success as professionals.

Students Solving Real-World Problems

Each year, M.En. student teams provide help to 3 clients that have requested assistance in solving environmental problems or to improve the sustainability of their organizations and practices. A client can be a community, organization, or individual in the tri-state area (Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky).

These teams of graduate students from diverse backgrounds work for academic credit under the supervision of environmental professionals and Miami University faculty.

Becoming a Client Organization

To qualify, projects must deal with real-world environmental or sustainability problems and be of such a scope that they can be completed within 6 months. If you are interested in cooperating with a student team on such a project, please email us at ies@MiamiOH.edu.

Professional Service Projects for 2016-2017

Complying with Stormwater Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Requirements

Client: City of Oxford Environmental Commissions
Team: Christopher Pirigyi, Maddie Maurer, Rachel Spahr, Emmanuel Tetteh

This team is developing a protocol to help the City of Oxford inspect all stormwater outfalls to detect any pollutant discharges during dry weather. The student's work will help Oxford meet conditions of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

Developing a Children's Program for Village Green Farmers Market

Client: Village Green Farmers Market, Fairfield, Ohio
Team: Christopher Aldrich, Rebecca Flynn, Julia Hamilton, Jackie Wagner

The Village Green Farmers Market in Fairfield, Ohio has just wrapped up a successful first year of operation. For their second year, they would like to offer activities to engage the children who come to the market. This team is designing a children's education program that will meet the needs of the community.

Elk Creek Watershed Inventory

Client: Butler Soil and Water Conservation District (BSWCD)
Team: JJ Crumpler, Michael Doust, Deanna Fyffe, Savannah Pocisk, Jenna Tiller

This PSP team is compiling an inventory of data to help describe current conditions in the Elk Creek Watershed (located in Butler, Preble and Montgomery Counties). The watershed inventory will help BSWCD set management priorities to reduce soil erosion and improve water quality in the region.