Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School


Program or Major

Civil Engineering

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Dr. Weiwei Mo

Second Advisor

Roozbeh Ghasemi

Third Advisor

Dr. Martin Wosnik


Senior civil engineering student, Izzy Medeiros, is presenting her honors thesis in the form of a literature analysis. Her research involved investigating existing microgrid studies and where there are current gaps in the knowledge. About 40 publications written within the last 20 years were analyzed for their research goals, optimization objectives, and microgrid design, pointing to where this research is currently lacking. Most real studies were conducted in Asia, as Southeast Asia has island communities that need the reliability of a renewable microgrid during extreme weather events. Photovoltaic panels in combination with wind turbines comprise the most common configuration of renewable energy sources reviewed in this study while lead-acid batteries were the most common type of battery storage. Publications were categorized into environmental, economic, and technical objective functions by meeting metrics within these categories.