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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.

The Front Door to Faculty and Funding

Posted August 6th, 2009 by jjh27

With a full contingent on board, including the arrival of Malcolm Furman our Faculty Liaison, we are fielding requests on multiple fronts. Certainly energy is the hot topic of the day and projects between firms like EarthNet Energy in Chambersburg, Shippensburg University and Dickinson College are in the works to enhance the efficiency and affordability of solar power. Messiah College, the recipient of a DOE grant supporting research on biodiesel production and methanol recovery, is also engaged with ITN as they explore business opportunities with end-uses of glycerin. In addition to the energy-related requests, companies are hungry for software development talent in our faculty network. Not only do we review multiple seed grant applications of this nature, we continue to make connections for companies willing to fund projects internally. Multiple faculty members at Millersville’s Software Productization Center, led by former seed grant recipient Stephanie Elzer, are a great example of software development talent who regularly link with small business.  Carol Wellington, from Shippensburg, is another resource well-versed in private sector projects. She is currently involved in discussions with a Cumberland County business regarding an IT application. Market research is on the corporate radar too. Recent meetings like one with a Dauphin County company looking for research tied to product expansion in health care, are on the rise.  

Since ITN is meant to be a launch pad for commercialization, the team also works closely with our former seed grant projects to aid in identifying additional follow-on dollars, either via federal grants, the Venture Investment Forum, and/or Ben Franklin Technology PArtners.

As the region’s “front door” for making connections between faculty and business, ITN is in position to tackle outreach and work with other high profile groups with similar interests. The Green Center, in partnership with HACC’s Midtown campus, and ITN are in discussion on how best to work together and leverage our resources. The Center is led by Jill Gaito, Executive Director, and supported by Doug Neidich, a well-respected entrepreneur and business owner.  Gannett Fleming, with local offices in Camp Hill, is taking a leading role in innovation with the appointment of Art Hoffmann to run their corporate Innovation Center.

While there is no shortage of activity and enthusiasm, the task at hand is to deliver demonstrable results by way of commercialized products, business expansion and growth.  No small chore, but we are up to the challenge. Join the discussion and post your comments and suggestions here.