Motherlode Mine
Northern Waters Engineering Team

Student Project Manager:
Ray Daniel

Student Civil Design Engineers:
Annika Goozen
Rachelle Griffitts
Marcus Lupie
Shawn Bryan Wilson

Project Mentors:
Dr. Matthew Calhoun, Ph.D.Joel Groves, P.E.

Key Project Personnel

Electrical Engineering Team
Raiz Flores, Student Project Manager
Tristan Curry, Student Electrical Design Engineer
Kimberly Frey, Student Electrical Design Engineer
Nicole Ramirez, F.E.,Student Electrical Design Engineer

Board of Engineering Advisors
Dr. Mohammad Heidari, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Project Advisor
Dr. Todd Petersen, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Project Advisor

  1. Importance
  2. Background
  3. Deliverable
  4. Considerations
  5. Hydroelectric Rundown
  6. Alternative Analysis
  7. Recommendations
  8. Final Remarks
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Not a volatile source of energy
  • Electricity/energy sustainable
  • Electricity/energy is expensive in rural areas
  • Determine feasibility of similar projects in Alaska
  • Year-round tourist destination
  • Built in 1942, Arson in 2015
  • Offered restaurant, lodging & private events
  • Powered by diesel generator
  • Future use of property isn’t determined
  • Will be based on poweroutput of hydroelectric system
  • Hydroelectric system feasibilitystudy to power property
  • Desktop Study
  • Feasibility Study
    • Alternative Analysis
  • Design Package
    • Conceptual Design
    • Drawings
    • Final Report
    • Final
    • Recommendation
  • Connecting to the local powergrid
  • Use of the Little Susitna River
  • Other renewable energy options
    • Wind
    • Solar
  • US Department of Energyrecommends 10 kW to power asmall lodge

For items:

5. Hydroelectric Rundown
6. Alternative Analysis
7. Recommendations

See report.

Final Remarks

It is necessary to track how much money has been spent on the project to make sure you are on budget.

Budgeting helps us stay on schedule and on task.

Budgeting determines the project timeline, more money = more time.


Creating and keeping track of each deadline allows you to stay on track throughout the project.

Accounting for each individual engineer’s available time is crucial.

Effective time management is important to project success.

A special thanks to…
  • Our Professional Mentor, Joel Groves, P.E.
  • Our Faculty Advisor, Matthew Calhoun, Ph.D.
  • Our Client, Jill Reese


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