Markiewicz Solar Research Facility Website Project

Faculty Sponsor

Nicholas Rosasco


Arts and Sciences


Computing and Information Sciences

ORCID Identifier(s)

Dawson Demien: 0000-0003-4779-0874; Justin Layhew: 0000-0001-5529-3101

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 4-28-2022


At Valparaiso University, the Markiewicz Solar Research Facility is a place of opportunity for undergraduate students to gain research experience working with solar energy engineering. The facility is currently managed by a few faculty on campus who have found difficulty in keeping up connections between the solar furnace and students. The SERF team has been looking for ways to streamline the process of notifying people on what is currently happening at the facility and any upcoming events. In response to this issue, a webpage was developed to better allow for a connection between students, faculty, and the solar facility. The webpage is a source of personal relations which can act as a catalyst to draw in the attention of new students on campus and inform them on what the research facility is about and sign up for important dates. Moreover, the webpage is a form of social media which can be utilized by the facility managers to send out mass emails to their interested population and inform them on ongoing/upcoming events. The software has been developed in HTML/CSS for the user interfaces which utilize PHP and Javascript for functional purposes and database management.

Biographical Information about Author(s)

Dawson Demien will be earning a bachelors of science in Computer Science, second major in Japanese and Chinese studies with a focus in Japanese. He is looking to further his knowledge at Notre Dame after graduation working as an Application Developer in Notre Dame's IT department.

Justin Layhew is pursing a bachelors of science in Computer Science with a minor in Engineering and Mathematics. After graduation, he is looking to pursue a career in the IT, or software related field.

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