College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-05 06:29:48


Electrical Engineering

Honors Course

4400:401 - 001

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2022


According to the National Fire Protection Association Journal, federal wildfire suppression costs in the United States have risen from an annual average of about $425 million from 1985 to 1999 up to $1.6 billion from 2000 to 2019. On average, more than 200,000 acres in the United States are burned per year due to wildfires, with more than 700,000 acres burned in 2020 alone. With the risk of wildfire ever rising, there is a need for better early detection of remote wildfires, as existing methods often include long delays like satellites or rely on human lookout towers. The objective is to develop an early, remote wildfire detection device that covers a wide range and quickly transmits warnings to appropriate personnel. The device will be wireless and self-powered as to facilitate deployment in remote areas. In practice there would be a network of these detection units communicating back to a gateway in order to cover a wide area of land in order to help catch wildfires early.

Research Sponsor

Mr. Greg Lewis

First Reader

Dr. Robert Veillette

Second Reader

Dr. Hamid Bahrami

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Robert Veillette



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