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Recent News Stories

Brad and Alka Harriger

Alka Harriger, professor of computer and information technology, and Brad Harriger, professor of mechanical engineering technology, partnered with other faculty in the creation of professional development programs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for middle school teachers and new research into the development of computational thinking among middle school students across three learning contexts.

Tags: sponsored research, Community and Civic Engagement
Yubo Kou

Professionalization, the process of achieving widespread recognition and higher socioeconomic status for emerging occupations, used to take decades. Yubo Kou, a postdoctoral research associate in computer graphics technology, is researching how social media and online communities are changing the speed with which professionalization takes place.

Tags: Research, postdoctoral research, Community and Civic Engagement
Liu’s research

Xingtao Liu, graduate teaching assistant in engineering technology, conducts research with Xiaoming Wang, assistant professor of engineering technology, on how grain refinement occurs in aluminum. With this information, the aluminum casting industry may create fewer defects, improve product quality and reduce energy usage during manufacturing.

Tags: Research, Healthy and Sustainable Communities
Smart Tupperware aims to extend food life

To improve food safety and quality, Sangjun Eom, graduate research assistant in engineering technology, and Richard Voyles, professor of robotics engineering technology, are looking to add leftover containers in the fridge to the list of smart technologies available in smart homes of the near future.

Tags: undergraduate research, unique learning environment, Healthy and Sustainable Communities
TRAILS program

Todd Kelley, associate professor of engineering technology teacher education, works with groups of science and technology teacher pairs from the same K-12 schools to demonstrate how integrating STEM topics improves student understanding, specifically using biomimicry to illustrate engineering design concepts.

Tags: Research, ETTE, Future Work and Learning
open source

Sabine Brunswicker, associate professor of technology leadership & innovation, and her research team examine the structure and culture of open source communities to help them be more productive. The team analyzes millions of lines of code to find collaborative patterns, examines the stability of underlying code over time, models the evolution of a group’s code, and compares how its technology compares to other products.

Tags: Community and Civic Engagement
Eric Matson with grad student

Eric Matson, associate professor of computer and information technology, collaborates with a research team to develop drones that are capable of gauging the threat of an unknown gaseous plume. This technology will be able to measure densities, detect the plume gases, and map the shape and location of the plume, then send information to first responders.

Tags: Holistic Safety and Security