2014 I&E Summer Scholars Projects - Technology Management

1. TWITCH PLAYS POKEMON

Collective gaming strategies We are doing research on creativity in the crowd. One recent phenomenon, in which large crowds have alternated between democracy and anarchy as forms of self rule toward the goal of finishing a game, suggests that there may much better ways to organize crowds. We are looking for students who are willing to create their own experiments and launch them on platforms such as Twitch. We will provide an environment in which we will discuss how to analyze crowd performance and how to experiment with different rules, incentives, and organizations.

Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
jnickerson@stevens.edu
X 8124

2. WIKIPEDIA AS WAY OF UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD

We are using Wikipedia as a way to automatically understand any text in any language. We are looking for students who want to work with and refine our exploratory search platform based on Wikipedia. Programming aptitude necessary: we will teach you the details, and you can then take the project whatever direction you like.

Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
jnickerson@stevens.edu
X 8124

3. TIME BANKS

We are building an application based on mobile phones that will allow students to, for example, volunteer to pick up something on Washington street since they will be there anyway. We need people who will help us install the apps and design the experiments that will create large-scale campus wide cooperation.

Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
jnickerson@stevens.edu
X 8124

4. MAKER CULTURE

We are studying makers and their communities. We are looking for makers who will help us study particular communities related to 3D printing, Arduino, and so on. Makers and those interested in these communities are all welcome.

Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
jnickerson@stevens.edu
X 8124

5. SCRATCH AND GITHUB

We are studying open source development communities, are are looking for students who are interested in these communities and will help us analyze the way ideas are created, modified and combined.

Advisor: Jeffrey Nickerson
jnickerson@stevens.edu
X 8124

6. VETERANS HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES - THE SECOND STAGE OF YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAMS

As a leader in the national Yellow Ribbon Program for returning Veterans, Stevens has been fortunate in providing educational opportunities for nearly 100 Veterans while making many innovative contributions to education and development in The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Medical Centers.

With the de-escalation of the military and  thankfully, reduced combat theaters for American involvement, the Defense Department and VA are re-engineering programs while attempting to not diminish the support provided to Veterans in both educational and healthcare provision.

This project will require the successful student to research current and emergent national trends and programs in both sectors. Then, with an examination of the current programs at Stevens, help generate a strategic plan that will assist our current Yellow Ribbon Program in creating new partnerships and other support initiatives as we enter a new era in this traditional mission commitment at Castle Point.

Advisor: Dr. D.N. Lombardi
dlombar1@stevens.edu
X 5661

7. PG CHAMERS SCHOOL - ADMINISTRATIVE HEALTHCARE AND EDUCATIONAL INTERNSHIP

The PG Chambers School is one of the oldest and most progressive schools in New Jersey for Special Needs and Special Education Children. It is both a fully operational educational institution with students from pre-K to 9th Grade, as well as a de facto healthcare organization, as all students require special care and medical support services.

For the sixth year, PGCS is seeking a Stevens Student to work in an array of responsibilities which will commence with research in a specific educational practicum and evolve into a new program for development and education. The selected student will work both at the school as well as Stevens throughout the summer.

Advisor: Dr. D.N. Lombardi
dlombar1@stevens.edu
X 5661

8. SATMax & ACTion PREPARATION PROGRAM

In 2012, Stevens Healthcare Educational Partnership (SHEP) launched a new initiative to provide college admission testing preparation to deserving students in Asbury Park. The program was effective but now needs additional development to include the refinement of education materials and expansion of the program from not only SAT prep, but also ACT and ASVAB testing.

The successful student will be able to help design educational materials, review and refine existing materials, and assist in the launch of the program at two new sites. Prominent in the media at present is the need to make efficacious test preparation a normative opportunity for all American HS Students – this opportunity is one for a stellar Stevens Student to put action into that objective.

Advisor: Dr. D.N. Lombardi
dlombar1@stevens.edu
X 5661