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    The Making of a Citizen Science App

    Astronomy is a citizen’s science. Its foundation is ordinary people who help answer serious scientific questions by providing vital data to the astronomical community. Nebulas, supernovas, and gamma ray sightings. The availability of smartphones make collecting and sharing scientific data easier, faster, and more accurate. These days former astronomy teacher Robert Pastel isn’t as interested…


    Student Success in Computer Science

    Redeveloping Michigan Tech’s introductory computer science courses has not been an easy feat. But for Leo Ureel, it’s meaningful work. “It’s about setting the right environment,” he says. Humans learn best when we communicate with others. We’ve taken what we know works in industry and applied it to the classroom. In the old model, instructors…


    Advancements in Eyes-free Text Entry

    For Keith Vertanen, the satisfaction of helping people with visual impairments is a byproduct of the challenge he seeks. Vertanen’s research will offer more texting options not only to the blind community, but to the situationally impaired, too. “My interest stemmed from sighted text entry research. The decoder (a touchscreen keyboard recognizer) is so accurate—we…


    Women in Computing Day

    Sixteen young women interested in computing careers will be on campus tomorrow for the fifth Women in Computing Day Visit. The day-long program is a joint recruitment initiative between undergraduate admissions, computer science and electrical and computer engineering and is designed to increase awareness in the breadth and depth of computing careers while increasing diversity…


    Making Data Retrieval More Efficient

    When a user performs a search in social media, the request doesn’t stay within that platform. It calls upon the resources of a data center. “When someone sends a request to a data center, they want an immediate answer—they don’t want to wait,” Zhenlin Wang explains. We designed upon open-source software and memcached that was…


    Tech Ranked 10th in Nation for Software Engineering

    College Choice, a website that provides information and advice to prospective college students, ranked Michigan Tech’s BS in software engineering 10th in the nation. The ranking was part of an article on the Top 20 Undergraduate Software Engineering Programs. Read the full article.