Grant Funds Hi-Tech Projects At BU

Through a grant from NASA, students at Bradley University will be working with advanced technology.

One of the projects will allow students to develop simulated reality through the use of special goggles that are not even on the market.

“You put it on and you can see the world around you, but its computer generated imagery that is wrapped into the world around you,” says Ethan Ham, Chairman of the BU’s Interactive Media Department. Students will be programming the goggles, inputting computer generated information that will create the images.

Ham will help oversee three different, but related projects. All are funded by a $20,000 grant will allow about 30 undergraduate students to work with advanced technology, including an app that lets them control satellites.

“The Interactive Media Department’s focus is as a user experience design project. So we are going to work with aerospace engineers, how they control satellites. Then we are going to design interfaces that makes it easier to do over a phone,” says Hamm.

It’s a project that will help Bradley launch the new User Experience Design Major.

Ham says Bradley students within the appropriate major will be able to work on the projects, which serves a very practical purpose.

“It’s cool stuff and it’s cool to have on your resume and I think going out into the world they’ll be able to point to this amazing project they did while they were in school.”

Two other faculty members are working with Ham on the project. Bradley is also partnering with the University of Illinois and Northwestern.

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