Our Work

Several faculty and students of Marshall University participate in community-based research. Here is a sample of some of the projects which have been done recently.

Patrol Zone Realignment for Huntington, WV Police Department

In Spring 2016, the Huntington Police Department (HPD) collaborated with Marshall students from the Department of Mathematics to tackle the inefficiencies in their city patrols.

Using data analysis, mathematical modeling techniques, and clever programming, the students produced new patrol district maps for the city to improve police response time and balance officer workload. They provided several suggestions based on available staffing.

Below is a 12-minute video in which the students outline their techniques for their solution (this is for a general audience).

In Fall 2016, HPD coordinated with Cabell County 911 to implement one of their maps with intentions to implement in Spring 2017. Due to budgetary issues which arose in January 2017, HPD did not have the manpower to implement their first choice. As a result, HPD opted to employ of the other students’ maps which required fewer personnel. HPD is now collaborating with Cabell County 911 for routing incoming calls with respect to the new map and seeks to implement them in short order.

Project Supervisor: Michael Schroeder, Department of Mathematics
Students: Sara Brumbaugh, Matthew Haldeman, Elizabeth Hance, Ben Jones, Kevin McDaniel
Project Liaison: Scott Lemley, Huntington Police Department

Facebook Post by College of Science at Marshall University
Facebook by City of Huntington

Newspaper Article – Huntington Herald Dispatch
Local News Story – WCHS


Optimizing Garbage Collection in Huntington, WV

In Spring 2017, the City of Huntington Police Department collaborated with Marshall students from the Department of Mathematics to improve the city’s expense on garbage collection — currently some trucks collect more garbage than others and must make extra runs to the landfill accordingly.

The students investigated ways to balance the loads collected by the city’s trucks by gathering tonnage data by trucks over a year’s period, identifying correlating socioeconomic factors to trash production, developing a model to predict tonnage collected by the trucks, and writing a computer routine to find potential improvements to the balance of the routes.

Project Supervisor: Michael Schroeder, Department of Mathematics
Students: David Hannan, Zachary Jones, Steven Rollins
Project Liaisons: Jim Insco, Director of Public Works, City of Huntington
Tony Johnson, Lead Foreman for Sanitation/Trash, City of Huntington.

Facebook Post by the City of Huntington
Facebook Post by the Huntington Herald Dispatch

Broadcast News – WCHS with Video
Newspaper Article – Huntington Herald Dispatch


Keith Albee Performing Arts Center Huntington, WV

Business Plan for Restoration, Renovation and Operations

In Spring 2016, Marshall students from the Department of Political Science and the Public Administration program collaborated with the Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and its Foundation (K-PAC) to create a business plan that would position the historic, atmospheric theater to make important changes in its mission and structure as it adapts to the needs of a new century.

Using data, non profit management literature, and interviews with community stakeholders, the students produced a report that addressed the current problems, future needs, and overall capital improvements necessary for the complete restoration and renovation the theater. They provided several suggestions based on their finds.

Below is a draft report in which the students outline their recommendations for Keith Albee Performing Arts Center and its Foundation (K-PAC).

Project Supervisor: C. Damien Arthur, Ph.D., Department of Political Science
Students: Shaleena Ross, Chad Minick, Tyler Cummings,
Project Liaison: Robert H. “Bob” Plymale, W.Va. Senate – 5th District

KAPAC Plan

$250,000 Grant – Huntington Herald Dispatch 

Take a Seat Campaign – Huntington Herald Dispatch

The Restoration