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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.


Posted December 2nd, 2013 by admin

Each month ITN searches for funding sources for your projects. If you are looking for GIS project funding, check out these two. Both programs are new. I was not able to find good links to these opportunities, but I encourage you to go to the Funding Contacts.
Science and Technology Projects Related to Coal Mining and Reclamation United States Department of the Interior (DOI), Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM), Sponsor ID: S14AS00005
This is a new funding opportunity with a November 2014 submission date. Eight awards of up to $200,000 are planned.
The Science and Technology Program supports three separate but related efforts:
(1) projects that develop and demonstrate improved technologies to address public safety and environmental issues related to the mining of coal and reclamation of the lands affected after mining (applied science projects),
(2) projects that encourage efforts to collect, preserve and convert into digital format, maps of underground mines and other relevant geologic and hydrologic data that provide valuable information regarding: miner safety; mine pool evaluation; mine subsidence investigation, and protection of the public and the environment from adverse effects of underground coal mining (underground mine map projects); and,
(3) projects that convert into digital form, mine permit data and maps related to evaluating the impacts of coal mining so that the information may be used in a geographic information system (GIS)accessible by Federal, state, and tribal agencies for assessing impacts of coal mining and reclamation on the environment (data conversion projects). Data conversion projects may also convert existing legacy databases to modern database software, and/or provide hardware and programming assistance for states to transition to managing and using this digital data.
Renata Miller
Phone: +1 (202) 208-2747

NGA Academic Research Program (NARP),
United States Department of Defense (DOD), National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), Sponsor ID: BAA HM0177-12-BAA-0001 White paper April 2014 submission date. Final submission in Sept 2014.
The NGA Academic Research Program (NARP) is focused on innovative, far-reaching basic and applied research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that has the potential to advance the GEOINT mission. The objective of the NARP is to support innovative, high-payoff research that provides the basis for revolutionary progress in areas of science and technology affecting the needs and mission of NGA. This research also supports the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG), which is the combination of technology, systems and organizations that gather, produce, distribute and consume geospatial data and information. The end result is aimed at advancing GEOINT capabilities by improving analytical methods, enhancing and expanding systems capabilities, and leveraging resources for common NSG goals.

NGA seeks proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) for path-breaking GEOINT research in areas of potential interest to NGA, the DoD, and the Intelligence Community (IC). NGA welcomes any innovative research ideas, including, but not limited to, example areas such as the following:
1. Access to GEOINT data and services
2. Computational Geo-Analytics
3. GEOINT tradecraft
4. Massive data
5. New sources and sensors
6. Precision GEOINT
7. Predictive intelligence
8. Signature development & discovery
9. Strategic indications and warning
10. Surface, subsurface, and above surface GEOINT
11. Understanding human activities
12. Visual analytics for GEOINT

For this NARP competition, an institution may submit proposals in any of the following four categories for which they are eligible:
1. NGA University Research Initiatives (NURI) grants
2. NGA Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) research grants
3. NGA Outstanding New Scientific and Technical Innovative Researcher (ONSTIR) Award
4. NGA Research Collaboration Forum (NRCF) grants

Proposals for research by teams of investigators from different universities or different departments of the same university are welcome. Proposals shall name one Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical point of contact and one institution as the primary awardee for the purpose of award execution. The PI shall come from the primary institution.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, ACU
7500 GEOINT Drive
Springfield, VA 22150