Differential tuition making a difference in industrial and systems engineering

ISEN-DTThe student computer lab in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has been recently modified to promote teaming and collaboration.

Differential tuition funds have provided for two Media:Scape work stations which will encourage students to work together and share ideas. Each station has two 32-inch monitors which can be used by up to four students at a time using pucks connected to their mobile devices. One of the workstations is off of the main body of the lab for more private sessions, while the other is in the middle of an open area with extra seating.  In addition, tall café style tables with chairs and booth type seating with tables were added to the lab.  Mobile marker boards are scattered around the area to allow students to illustrate ideas or conduct peer help sessions.

Senior Iris Hill says she has been working with the new technology all semester and found out during a job search that the company she is applying to has the same technology in place.  She is hoping that already knowing how to use the system will give her an advantage.  Another senior, Afton Glanton, added that the new modules have made group work much easier. 

Mark Hopcus, information technology team leader for the department, when asked about the decision to spend differential tuition fees in this manner, said, “We wanted to provide a more collaborative and creative environment for our students that was driven by student input.”

Industrial engineering student Karina Mankiewicz worked with the department’s senior systems analyst, Mark Henry, to design an area that promoted the use of mobile devices using the department’s new virtual application and desktop technology.

The department also used differential tuition funds to purchase laptops which can be used specifically in that way, and can be checked out by students for use in the lab or at home.