Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Noe Vargas-Hernandez

Second Advisor

Dr. Javier Ortega

Third Advisor

Dr. Hiram Moya


The aim of this research is to design a device or technology capable of cooling the user – such as a college student walking to class, for example – in a manner as convenient as putting on a jacket. The idea is to use the peltier effect – a phenomenon in which two dissimilar semi-conductors heat up and cool down with the application of an electric current – as the source of heat absorption used to cool the user. In this research it will be determined whether or not it is feasible to use such a phenomenon to keep the user comfortably cool in hot weather. This will become apparent through design, analyses, prototyping, and experimentation.


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