E-Portfolio

 

Warren Irish

 

     My Name is Warren Irish.  I am currently finishing my sophomore year at Vermont Technical College, enrolled in their Architectural Engineering Bachelor’s Degree.  I am looking for a summer internship working either with CAD/Revit, structural engineering, or design work.  I’ve had past experience at the Vermont Tech. Hartness Library.  Skills such as organization and the ability to follow instructions closely were essential.  I also have worked for Chamberlin’s Garden and Farm Market in Underhill VT and have mowed lawns for a local church, both of which required a value for hard work.

     I graduated Mount Mansfield Union High School in 2011 Cum Laude.  While at Vermont Tech. I have been named to the dean’s list all three semesters, with a GPA of 3.65.  I have taken classes introducing me to Revit, AutoCAD, structural engineering, and schematic designing. 

     My biggest accomplishment and proudest moment was earning the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010.  I spent over 60 hours throughout the course of several months managing the construction and installation of seven new benches and the replacement of four others at the Browns River Middle School.  Through 11 years of Scouting I’ve learned many skills such as leadership, dedication, and self-discipline.

 

 

Table of Contents

1. Overview

2. Mission Statement

 

3. Resume

 

4. Written Communication Sample

 

5. Graphics Communication Samples

 

6. Architectural Design Samples

 

7. Building Systems Design Samples

 

8. Capstone Projects

 

9. Certifications, Diplomas, Degrees and Awards

 

10. Community Service

 

Overview

 

In this e-portfolio I have included many class projects and assignments I have completed while at Vermont Tech. that exemplifies the diverse work I am capable of.  These examples cover a wide range of skills such as schematic designing and structural engineering.

 

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Mission Statement

 

Architecture has been a career that has interested me since I was very young.  I have always like thinking about how buildings function and the process that is required to make them function properly.  After I graduate from Vermont Tech I hope to work in either an Architecture firm or an Engineering firm, starting out with work in CAD or Revit but working my way up.  I’d eventually like to become licensed in one of those professions after gaining firsthand knowledge and skills working at a firm.  A large goal of mine is to one day run my own small Architecture company designing residences.

 

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Resume

Warren G. Irish

 

279 Vermont Route 15

Jericho, Vermont 05465

Phone(Home):  802-899-4906

Phone(Cell): 1-802-324-6766

e-mail:  Vanstarter@aol.com

 

Objective

To further my education through a summer internship, gaining firsthand knowledge, and to assist with my input and leadership experience.

Qualifications

·         Achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 2010.

·         Completed Architecture and Pre-Engineering college-prep courses in High School.

·         Proficient user of Auto-CAD, Revit, and Google SketchUp.

·         Have completed the listed courses at Vermont Technical College:

o   Wood-Frame Construction – Hand drafting of construction details.

o   Architectural CAD 1 – Learning Auto-CAD 2012.

o   Construction Materials – Learning attributes of various construction materials.

o   Architectural History – Learning different architectural styles throughout history.

o   Environmental Systems 1 – Designing and detailing HVAC systems for residential use.

o   Construction Practices – Learning basics of surveying, construction management, and
                                          estimating.

o   Architectural Design 1 – Learning the skills to develop hand drawn schematic designs.

o   Statics and Strength of Materials – Introduction to structural engineering.

·         Currently enrolled in “Structural Design”, “Environmental Systems 2”, “Architectural Design 2” and “Architectural CAD 2” courses at Vermont Technical College.

Work History

·          Vermont Technical College, Hartness Library Work Study, Randolph VT

o   October 2011 – May 2012

o   Library Assistant – Tasks include, shelving books, checking in magazines, and processing new books.

 

·         Chamberlin’s Garden & Farm Market, Underhill VT

o   Spring 2009 – Present (seasonal)

o   General farm help – Planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables; baling, stacking, and delivering hay; other miscellaneous field work as required.

 

·         Good Shepherd Lutheran Church,  Jericho VT

o   Spring 2006 – Present (seasonal)

o   Groundskeeper – Mowing and maintenance of church lawns.

 

·         Mt. Mansfield Community Television, Richmond VT

o   2010 (On-call)

o   Videographer – Provided videography coverage as needed for the taping of various public meetings (e.g. – Jericho town meeting).

 

·         Warren G. Irish Photography

o   2010 – Present

o   Photographic artist – Self-employed.

 

Education

·         Graduated Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Cum Laude, in 2011.

·         Currently enrolled as a sophomore at Vermont Technical College, majoring in their Architectural Engineering B.S. program.

o   Was named to the Dean's List, Fall 2011, Spring and Fall 2012.

o   Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

o   Member of the Tau Alpha Pi Honor Society

Civic/Personal interests

·         Was actively involved in Boy Scouts of America for 11 years (from age 6).  In 2010 achieved the rank of Eagle Scout which involved over 60 hours of managing a bench construction/installation service project for Browns River Middle School in Jericho, VT.

 

·         Volunteered for two separate weeks at the Bowery Mission men’s homeless shelter in New York City through the United Church of Underhill mission trips.

 

·         Multi-year volunteer at the United Church of Underhill’s annual “Harvest Market” by working at various food booths and in their “Clutter Barn” fundraiser.

 

·         Recent volunteer for Jericho food shelf.

 

·         Avid photography.  Have had award-winning artwork displayed at several local shows.
(Works on display in the Hartness Library at Vermont Technical College in the Spring of 2012 and the Spring of 2013.)

 

 

 

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Written Communication Sample

 

 

 

 

 

Public Transportation:
A comparison between Europe and The United States

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren Irish
March 21, 2013
Environmental Systems II
Vermont Tech.

           

The world, specifically the United States, relies heavily on the automobile for means of transportation.  Automobile usage has many negative side effects for both the environment and humans.  Public transportation cuts down on this usage by transporting large amounts of people using relatively few vehicles.  However, Europe and the United States differ greatly when it comes to personal automobile usage vs. public transportation usage.  America has developed the privately owned vehicle into a status symbol and a commonality, whereas other parts of the world, like Europe, do not share this similarity in culture.  Americans are much more reluctant to give up their gas guzzling SUV’s for a ride on the bus compared to Europeans but also the United States government has spent less time and money creating incentives for public transportation usage than on the automotive industry.  In 2001 Germans used public transportation for at least five times more trips than Americans (Ralph).  The purpose of this paper is to examine why public transportation is important to the environment and also what the United States can learn from Europe.           

Automobiles add significant amounts of pollutants into the world’s environment daily.  The world depends on over 600 million automobiles and here in the United States Americans travel over 2 trillion miles per year (American).  Staggering numbers like these can be hard to comprehend, however, they all add up to one thing and that is that all these vehicles are contributing to a wide variety of pollutants being emitted.  In the United States automobiles account for “21 percent of suspended particulates, 66 percent of carbon monoxide, 50 percent of carbon dioxide, 35 percent of ozone forming hydrocarbons, and 40 percent of nitrogen oxides.” (Environmental).  All of these pollutants can cause severely harmful side effects not only to the environment, but also to humans.  These toxins can cause many severe health risks such as respiratory problems, premature deaths, cancer, and birth defects (American).  They also contribute to well-known environmental issues such as acid rain, algae blooms, and city smog (American).  The United States is a lot of times called an oil addict, consuming over 10.8 million barrels of oil every single day to support transportation (Environmental).  As it is stated personal automobiles contribute greatly to the environmental and health issues we face today, but this can be changed if fewer vehicles are used to transport a larger quantity of people.

European culture views public transportation in a very different manner than American culture.  Looking at the country of Germany specifically 8% of all trips are made using public transportation vs. only 1.6% in the U.S. (Ralph).  Public transportation has been widely accepted in Europe for many reasons.  One of the roots to this difference can be argued in the age of each culture.  America is a relatively young country compared to the thousands of years of civilization in most European nations.  This ancient age of many European cities has made it very difficult for them to accommodate modern forms of transportation.  Driving down narrow winding cobble stone streets is very undesirable for most drivers and can quickly become congested making it nearly impossible to navigate.  Public transportation helps solve this by using both fewer amounts of vehicles to transport and also provides alternative modes of transportation such as trams, metros, and high speed rail which keeps vehicles off from the streets.  In Germany Autobahns very rarely travel through urban areas, making automobile usage slower and less desirable (Ralph).

Europe has created many incentives for people to use public transportation.  Many European cities have made automobile usage very undesirable and instead of praising the automobile, made them so they are looked down upon.  This can be seen through many ways such as large traffic calming projects and the reduction of city parking.  Also city speed limits have been reduced to nearly a crawl in Europe compared to American cities (Ralph).  Projects like these are beneficial in many ways.  These projects and changes create city environments that are much more pedestrian/cyclist friendly (the difference between riding your bike through Times Square or a quaint Parisian street).  Also they create more of a desire to use public transportation instead of dealing with the hassle of trying to find a limited parking space, or taking extra time traveling at slow speed limits.  Here in America it seems as though we are always trying to figure out how to make areas as vehicle friendly as we can, creating more and more parking spaces, paving way for new parking lots, and improving our roads and interstate systems so they provide little discomfort to drivers.  It may seem like this is helping us to many, but in reality it is only hurting us by furthering the desire for people to use public transportation.

In 2008 a gallon of gas cost $9.00 in Germany where gas taxes constitute for 60% of the price at the pump, and only $4.50 in the United States where taxes only constitute for 15% (Ralph).  Prices like these can be found all across European cities, in October 2012 a gallon of gas cost over $7.00 a gallon in the city of Paris, France.  Many European cities have purposefully sky rocketed gas prices in order to push people to use cheaper public transportation.  While there has been a huge push to raise gas prices in European cities there has also been a big push to lower the prices of public transportation.  This effectively makes public transportation a very attractive alternative to avoid the high cost of operating a personal vehicle.  Countries like Germany provide options like discounted region-wide monthly passes and also in some transportation systems allow riders to buy tickets via mobile phone (Ralph).  Incentives like these make public transportation very desirable for its affordability and accommodation to the new world of technology.

Another problem that public transportation faces in the United States is that there simply isn’t enough of it.  Both local and federal governments have relatively done little to promote and stimulate the growth of public transportation in America.  In Germany $39 billion has been spent on public transportation alone from 1967 to 2004 through GVFG funds (Ralph).  People may argue the point that if you were to look around to any large US city there are all sort of options when it comes to public transportation.  While this may be true, it’s the less densely populated areas of America that are lacking.  The graph below helps represent this by showing a comparison between the United States and Germany, showing the percentage of all transportation trips that public transportation was used for vs. population density:

The graph above clearly shows that even in non-urban areas Germans use public transportation 17 times more than Americans and only in the densest cities do Americans use more public transportation than Germans do in the least dense areas (Ralph).  This makes it obvious how much more could be done in the United States, especially in less urban settings where comparatively public transportation is rarely used.

            The United States government, but primarily the entire American culture need to start changing their attitude toward public transportation.  The United States has been doing relatively very little when compared to the countries of Europe.  For over one hundred years Americans have depended on the automobile for transportation and continuously put the majority of their time and finances into the automotive industry and infrastructure.  However, with global climate change becoming more noticeable every single year something has to be done.  Americans are emitting over 1 billion tons of CO2 pollution each year from transportation usage (American).

 The American culture in the near future is going to have to make a decision to make sacrifices when it comes to how they travel from one spot to another if they truly want to lower our amounts of pollution.  The United States can learn from European nations how to make public transportation more appealing through use of the many incentives discussed in this paper.  Incentives like lowering public transportation fees, providing more public transportation in less urban areas, and creating reasons to make automobile usage less appealing should all be considered here in America.  It would be hard to change the thoughts of an entire culture but with the push of governments America could ultimately become a leader in alternative transportation and model for the rest of the world to follow, cutting back on pollution and creating a healthier world.

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Works Cited

 

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. "Automobiles Cause Air Pollution."Pollution. Ed. James Haley. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 2003. Current Controversies. Rpt. from "Automobiles and the Environment." 2001. Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

"The Environmental Impact Of Automobiles." Environmental Action 28.1/2 (1996): 40. Academic Search Premier. Web. 20 Mar. 2013.

Ralph Buehler, “Promoting Public Transportation: A Comparison of Passengers and Policies in Germany and the U.S.” Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2110, pp. 60-68.

 

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Graphics Communication Samples

 

Flat ceiling detail sketch from Construction Materials and Methods.

 

Solar house design modeled in Revit 2013 from CAD 2.

 

Hand drafted building section from Wood-Frame-Construction.

 

Home interior modeled in Google SketchUp.

 

Wall section drawn in AutoCAD 2012 from CAD 1.

 

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Architectural Design Samples

 

Vermont Tech schematic site plan from Design 2.

 

Vermont Tech schematic site plan from Design 2.

 

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Building Systems Design Samples

 

Parallel axis theorem used to calculate the moment of inertia for a given

built-up steel shape, and fire rating calculations from Structural Design.

 

Thermal analysis performed on a given home, including payback analyses

on thermal improvements, from Environmental Systems 1.

 

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Capstone Projects

 

Team project to re-design the Johnson State Visual Arts Center, final project

In Design 2.

 

Team project to re-design the Johnson State Visual Arts Center, final project

In Design 2.

 

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Team project to re-design the Johnson State Visual Arts Center, final project

In Design 2.

 

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Certifications, Diplomas, Degrees and Awards

 

Eagle Scout certificate.

 

Tau Alpha Pi certificate.

 

Phi Theta Kappa certificate.

 

Letter announcing Deans List placement.

 

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Community Service

 

Working in the kitchen of the Bowery Mission homeless shelter, soup kitchen,

and rehabilitation center.  Located in lower Manhattan, NYC.

 

Eagle Scout bench top repair at the Browns River Middle School, Jericho VT.

 

Eagle Scout bench placement at the Browns River Middle School, Jericho VT.

 

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