Institute Report, March 2005
By Wendy Lovell, Special Correspondent
The Technology, Teaching, and Learning (TTL) Committee recently announced the recipients of mini-grants for projects related to teaching. The projects will be completed in August and are funded by the Jackson-Hope Fund, which was created in 2001 to provide resources specifically for the improvement of VMI’s academic program.
The recipients of the mini-grants are: Maj. George M. Brooke ’94, assistant professor of physics, who is exploring the development of advanced physics laboratory exercises using LabVIEW; Lt. Cmdr. D. Alexis Hart, assistant professor of English and fine arts, who will purchase and learn Macromedia Flash and Adobe Pagemaker; Maj. Troy J. Siemers, assistant professor of mathematics, who will create and train faculty on how to make an Estrada portal; Maj. Charles B. Bott ’96, assistant professor of civil engineering, who is incorporating engineering software packages into existing courses; and Col. Kenneth E. Koons, professor of history, who is developing applications for HI 217, HI 315 and HI 460W.
Maj. Daniel F. McCain, assistant professor of chemistry, is incorporating DS Viewer Pro software into the chemistry curriculum. Col. R. Wane Schneiter, professor of civil engineering, will implement software applications in CE 304 and CE 350. Col. David L. Livingston, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will use a microcontroller-based module for instructing cadets. Lt. Col. James C. Squire, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, will use an analog filter-design software with cadets. Maj. Daniela Topasna, assistant professor of physics, will implement MathCAD in several classes.
Maj. Daren J. Timmons, assistant professor of chemistry, is using molecular modeling molecules for CH 444. Cmdr. Robert L. McMasters, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is developing a computer-based interactive learning tool for heat and mass transfer. Col. Robert P. Bennell, professor of mathematics, is developing a MatLab software library. Lt. Col. Mary Ann Dellinger, associate professor of modern languages and cultures, is developing a transitional course using Heinle & Heinle CD-ROM text, Misterio En Toluca.
Col. Thomas C. Lominac, professor of mathematics and computer science, is developing a network for a new hands-on networking security course. Col. Soe Than, professor of mathematics and computer science, is exploring the use of MatLab software toolboxes in image processing applications. Col. Vonda K. Walsh, professor of mathematics, is developing projects using the statistical package SPSS. Lt. Col. Lenna P. Ojure, director of disabilities services and teacher certification, is developing workshops on incorporating video in technology presentations.