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What’s Happening at Shippensburg University!

Posted February 25th, 2014 by admin

What’s Happening at Shippensburg University!

My name is Spike Moyer, faculty liaison for the Innovation Transfer Network.  As I travel among our schools, I am always searching for new happenings to share with you.   Shippensburg University is buzzing with new activity.  Dr. Scott Drzyzga in the Department of Geography/Earth Science has put Shippensburg University on the map.  Dr. Carol Wellington, Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is happy to have Aliens in the classroom.

Putting SHIP on the Map

Geography/Earth Science Professor, Dr. Scott Drzyzga,, put SHIP on the map, literally speaking.  Have you ever tried to use one of those web based map sites to find a building on your campus?  What you’ll usually find is a shaded outline of the campus property and maybe a few streets with names.  Before 2014, all of the buildings on Shippensburg University campus shared a common mailing and situs address, 1871 Old Main Drive. That was fine when all we had to do was deliver the mail.  So, until recently, new web maps and navigation apps always led folks to the fountain at Old Main.  People trying to attend an event at the Performing Arts Center, piled up in front of Old Main.  Truck deliveries would end up there too, eventually having to back up and find the right loading dock.  Hopefully, you are not a first responder looking for an address in an emergency.

Scott worked with undergraduate students to create an accurate map of the campus.   Now, buildings have addresses and there are street signs at intersections.   But what street address is used for a building, is it where the main entrance is located, or the door that is most used?  Scott’s team made those decisions and is working with Google Maps to complete the project.  Buildings are shown, all of the roads and streets are named and the perhaps most importantly, the coffee shop is located.

While the project was a technical challenge, Scott explains that political issues were equally challenging.  The new addresses had to be approved by the university, local governing authorities and of course the US Post Office.  This was to make sure that new addresses on campus were not used somewhere else in the area.

Take a look at the Google Map for SHIP by clicking on this link.,+PA+17257/@40.0580154,-77.5221649,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0×89c90c6814002de1:0xfa0c5da50aff3005?hl=en

This is a great project for a Geography/ Earth Science/CS faculty and can provide undergraduate students with a valuable hands-on application.  If your school would like to get on the map, Scott can provide some guidance.

Aliens in the Classroom

There are Aliens in the classroom in the Computer Science and Engineering Department.  Dr. Carol Wellington is proud of the Alienware Auroras equipped high performance computer lab.  They are the fastest things around and when raw power is needed, this is the room they go to.  The Computer Engineering Lab has new equipment that students use to build custom printed circuit boards from design to populated board.  The lab includes testing and development stations that are dedicated to support testing boards and developing the firmware and device software.

Women in Computer Science, WiCS, group is completing the second version of the “wonderfall” which is a programmable water fall banner.  You have to see it!  This generation is designed to be portable and has twice the resolution as the original.

But that’s not all!  First impressions are lasting and in today’s world, a student’s first impressions are gained from browsing your departmental web pages.  The Computer Science and Engineering web pages are student focused, and highlighting things that students care about, like cool new toys.  A new web page is has been nearly completed.  It is user friendly and emphasizes student programs and projects.

Does it Stink, Glow or Burn?

Posted November 3rd, 2009 by admin

This is a guest post by ITN’s Faculty Liaison, Malcolm Furman

Greetings All! Over the past couple months we all have been pretty busy with the website, a few events, and meeting new people. If you haven’t yet done so, have a look at my new grant highlights page, “Mal’s Picks.” If you don’t see your particular interest in that short list, give me a call – I have a reserve in the file. 

In my travels around the region, I have renewed contact with Lebanon Valley College – meeting four professors over the summer and meeting their new Dean, Michael Green and a few more faculty for lunch. So far we have seen Chemistry and Biology faculty and recently Jennifer and I had a great meeting with the Digital Communications group. Moving south to Franklin & Marshall College, I met Curtis Hare and Claude Yoder. As it turns out, these folks comprise only a small fraction of the Chemistry talent in the ITN community. I am also working with a few faculty on Requests for Research [RFRs], a pathway to sponsored research for which our Out of Cycle Seed Assistance Grants may be particularly useful.

ITN has received referrals from industry, including Ben Franklin Technology Partners, DCED,  and from HACC. These range in purpose from heat sinks, to concrete, materials recovery to computer and electronics applications, and maybe a power plant. I am encouraged by the alternative fuels work being done at Penn State Harrisburg and Dickinson College. There is great opportunity for collaboration among the schools for these and other projects.

The IT and computer science connections I have made so far span Shippensburg Univeristy to Millersville University. The sophistication in gaming and simulation technology in the region is commendable.  Jennifer met the guys from VGI Phila (VideoGame Growth Initiative) and they’ll be coming to meet ITN for what we hope will be a lively discussion. Call me (717.948.6455) if you want to join the meeting.

For many of our faculty I am finding links to federal grant solicitations, not only in gaming, but in materials, devices, and human factor developments. As we move forward I believe these grant programs will become important components in the commercialization process – providing sufficient resources to the project partners to reach the critical mass needed to go to market. Having spent three days at the Federal Laboratories Consortium regional meeting gave me a sense of the opportunity that exists in making those connections work. I will be writing about that in more detail later.

In addition to my activities with faculty, I’ve also met with Fred Botterbusch of MANTEC, our regional IRC. Being able to expose our faculty to the wider connections in the business community, and vice versa will be a great advantage. While I haven’t listed all of the meetings, calls and letters fielded from my cubicle over the past couple months; please know that one way or another, I have made some connection with all of the schools. I do enjoy projects that “stink, glow or burn” but I am also involved and excited about the many opportunities I find here. In addition, when I have spoken of our activities to the business community or organizations, like the FLC, there is much interest in what we are doing – and usually a request to become involved or stay informed. Until next time….