Arts Education and Racial Disparities in Student Educational Outcomes: Evidence from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009

The main objectives of this research are to (1) quantify the extent to which completing arts coursework in high school correlates with and plausibly has causal effects on student academic outcomes, particularly achievement as measured by grade point average and attainment as measured by high school graduation; and (2) quantify the extent to which the beneficial effects of arts coursework are especially pronounced for non-white, especially black and Latinx, students and/or for students in large urban school districts. By taking advantage of the nationally representative data available in the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:2009), as well as the extensive list of covariates available in and the panel data structure of the HSLS:2009, we aim to produce nationally representative, plausibly causal estimates of the effects of arts education on the aforementioned outcomes. In particular, we will estimate OLS and logistic regression models that assess the extent to which completing arts coursework is associated with higher GPA and/or an increased probability of high school graduation among the student populations of interest, net of controls for various potential sources of spuriousness, such as student family SES background, family immigrant status, English language proficiency, and the like.

Energy Savings Analysis Project

The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Industrial Assessment Center (WM-IAC) provides free energy, productivity, and waste assessments to small and medium-sized industrial facilities through funding provided by the US Department of Energy. The USDOE Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) can help small and medium-sized US manufacturers save energy, improve productivity, and reduce waste by providing no-cost technical assessments conducted by university-based teams of engineering students and faculty. The UWM’s IAC serves energy assessment for industries in Wisconsin by visiting plants and investigate the energy usages. After the site visit, the IAC team provides a comprehensive report with specific details on all opportunities for improving competitiveness identified during the assessment, including applicable rebates and incentives.

Industrial Assessment for Wisconsin Manufacturing Plants

The work involves, the analysis of energy usage, energy saving plans, and consumption data throughout a year. The student will perform the calculations, surveying of the power usages, and measurement of the electric consumption rates for gas, electricity, and water.