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Public Policy Master's Program Capstone Presentations

Monday, May 11 –
Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joukowsky Forum

May 11th

May 12th

May 15th

A hallmark of the public policy master's program is the capstone, which integrates what students have learned in core classes, concentration areas and electives. Each team focuses on a consulting project with a real-world client and presents their research and recommendations to their peers, faculty and community partners.

Monday, May 11, 2015

12:00 pm
Affordable Housing in Rhode Island:
An Examination of the Existing Statutory and Financing Landscape and Recommendations for Future Steps
Team: Shi Bu, Kangni Chai, Jonathan Wolinsky
Client: Rhode Island Senate Policy Office

1:00 pm
Tapping the Energy Potential of Water Utilities: A Scoping Study on Efficiency Measures and Verification Methods
 Sarah Roberto, Meredith Stone
Client: American Water Works Association

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1:15 pm
Improving Quito’s Competitiveness Through Tax Preference Zone Development
Team: Santiago Alban, Alison Canavan, Kanika Khanna, Evan Lehrer
Client: Municipio de Quito, Ecuador

2:15 pm
Rebuilding Pawtucket’s Foundation
Team: Geyang Chai, Kyle Lynch, Lan Pei, Siqi Yao
Client: The Pawtucket Foundation

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

11:00 am
Enabling the Business of Agriculture -
A World Bank Initiative to Benchmark the Regulatory Environment for Small Agribusiness-owners and Farmers Worldwide
Presenter: Beibei (Emily) Yan
Client: The World Bank

12:00 pm
An Analysis of a Vehicle Miles Traveled Fee as an
Alternative Source of Transportation Revenue in Massachusetts
Team: Leila Chammas, Jia Shi, Qing Tian, Chiamaka Uzor
Client: Kanaan Consulting

1:15 pm
Physician-led Reform of Children's Mental Health in Rhode Island: An Innovative Collaboration and Comprehensive Approach
Presenter: Lisa Opdycke
Client: Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

12:00 pm
OIC-Broad Street Economic Revitalization
Team: Zhe Huang, Ran Huo, Chao Wang, Xiofan Wei
Client: Opportunities Industrialization Center of Rhode Island


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