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The Bucknell Poetry Path App Experiment: A Collaboration Across Campus

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Multidisciplinary Efforts in Upper-level Courses

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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Michael S Thompson Bucknell University Orcid 16x16

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Prof. Thompson is an associate professor in the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Bucknell University, in Lewisburg, PA. While his teaching responsibilities typically include digital design, computer engineering electives, and senior design, his focus in the classroom is to ignite passion in his students for engineering and design through his own enthusiasm, open-ended student-selected projects, and connecting engineering to the world around them. His research interests are the application of mobile computing to solve socially-relevant problems and experimental wireless networking. He holds three degrees in computer engineering including a B.S. from North Carolina State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.

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Andrew Ciotola Stadler Center for Poetry, Bucknell University

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Andrew Ciotola has been the program manager of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing and executing the Center’s reading series, residencies, fellowships, and other programs in conjunction with the Center’s director. He is the managing editor and book review editor for "West Branch," Bucknell’s professional literary journal. Ciotola holds a master’s degree in English literature from Bucknell, having completed a thesis on Shakespeare’s lyric poetry. He has served in an advisory role for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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Daniel Mancusi Bucknell University

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Daniel Mancusi is the Assistant Director of Development in the Enterprise Systems team at XYZ University. After graduating with a degree in Computer Science from XYZ in 2006 he has been employed in various IT roles at the institution since since 2007. In his current position he manages a team of web developers and database specialists overseeing custom application development and support of the university’s ERP system.

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Mark Yerger Bucknell University

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Mark E. Yerger is the Chief Technology Officer at Bucknell University where he has been a member of the merged Library and Information Technology (L&IT) division since 2009. He oversees the systems and processes that support the seamless flow of information across Bucknell including enterprise technology operations, application development, business intelligence, systems integration, telecommunications, and networking. In addition, he is also responsible for planning, assessment, project management, and budgeting across L&IT. Mr. Yerger holds an MBA and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and was privileged to join in the acceptance of a 2015 CIO Impact award on behalf of his team for their collective efforts tied to business intelligence and analytics at Bucknell.

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Adam B Gegg

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This paper details the experience of creating a smartphone app for Bucknell’s Poetry Path through a collaboration between three groups on campus - a course, the IT group, and an on-campus arts center. The students in the class served as the “hub” of the collaboration, requiring them to communicate with each other and with other groups on campus on a project that was like no other in their experience. The result is an actively deployed smartphone app that complements the content of the poetry path and a learning experience for all that went far beyond a traditional course project.

Thompson, M. S., & Ciotola, A., & Mancusi, D., & Yerger, M., & Gegg, A. B. (2016, June), The Bucknell Poetry Path App Experiment: A Collaboration Across Campus Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26092

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