THE SHOWCASE TEAM

Eric Kunnen


 

Eric Kunnen - Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies

Department: Information Technology
Office: 010 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons
Phone: (616) 331-9171
Email: kunnene@gvsu.edu
Web: http://about.me/ekunnen/

B.S., Grand Valley State University
M.A., Grand Valley State University

Eric has a passion for, works to lead, support, and coordinate effective uses of technology in education.  He is on mission to advance teaching and learning through the integration of emerging and innovative instructional technologies.

How long have you worked in the showcase? Since August 2013

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Double Robotics: This was the first technology we purchased in the showcase and because of that, it's still my favorite.  I also see potential with this technology as the ultimate telepresence tool.  Finally, it's basically a Segway for your iPad, and what isn't cool about a Segway?
  • Oculus Rift: I'm not a gamer, but I do see the potential of virtual and augmented reality in education.  This technology has a lot of exciting uses in medical simulations, laboratory work, architecture, art, and so much more. Google Cardboard get's an honorable mention in the VR space also.

Nicole Fizell

Nicole Fizell

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Information Systems / Business

Year in School: Junior

How long have you worked in the showcase? Since August 2014

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • 3D printing: I love the fact that it is open for all students and staff can use them. 3D printing is very practical and I love to be able to have it available for me to use. 
  • Oculus Rift: I personally love to play video games, so that is my go to technology that I use every time I'm working

Preston Purdue

Preston Purdue

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering / Math
Year in School: Senior out of 5 years

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since May 2015

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Myo: The ability to map keys to gestures and the gyro/accelerometer inside the device to wirelessly interact with and control any computer is really cool!
  • Oculus: The amazing immersion level and wonder of being thrown into any virtual world is astounding! (P.S. never try the horror games on the Oculus unless you have a change of pants!!!)

Nick Dillard

Nick Dillard

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Biology
Year in School: Junior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since August 2015

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Google Glass: For me, Google Glass represents how technology is merging more and more into our daily lives and helping us to augment ourselves in order to perceive our world in new and exciting ways. And it’s also fun to use and play with.
  • Oculus Rift: I love the concept of virtual reality video games and love watching the technology take shape. I can’t wait to see what other kinds of games they continue to add to the Oculus Rift’s arsenal.

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Amari Rose-Walker

Emerging Technology Specialist

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Film and Video/Writing
Year in School: Junior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since August 2015

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • 3D Printing: I personally have come into the showcase in the past and had stuff 3D printed, the fact that it is now free is even better! There is so much people can do with this and I want others to use it as much as possible.
  • Oculus Rift: I'm a huge gamer! The Oculus is an amazing piece of tech that could revolutionize games. The thought of all the cool new experiences I could have with it makes me very excited!

Travis Brubaker

Travis Brubaker

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Dual Major- History& International Relations with a Minor in German
Year in School: Sophomore

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since August 2015

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • 3D Printing:  I think it’s awesome that we have access to these free  machines of the future. I like to tinker around and build things, and 3D printing has made that process much easier.
  • Google Cardboard: I really like the idea of  cheap ($15) virtual reality goggles. They are fun to use to show people the 3D pictures I’ve taken over the summer.

Ellen Audia

Ellen Audia

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Mathematics and Natural Resources Management / Environmental Studies
Year in School: Sophomore

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since September 2015

What are your two favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • Oculus: It is super cool and out of this world. I am not a big video game player, but with this immersion into a virtual reality, I might just become one.
  • 3D Printer: The fact that it can be used on so many levels is incredible, and I think the fact that Grand Valley students have access to this technology is rad, and it can be very useful for learning, and experimenting.

Andrew Wallace

Andrew Wallace

Emerging Technology Specialist

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Anthony La Rosa

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Finance / Information systems

Year in School: Junior

How long have you worked at the tech showcase? Since August 2015

What are two of your favorite technologies in the showcase and why?

  • AirCharge Wireless Charging Pad: I have the Galaxy S6 which has a built in QI chip to allow for wireless charging. The technology fascinates me and the idea of how many practical innovations can be created through the technology excites me.
  • 3D Printer: I love the endless possibilities the 3D printer offers. We have a consumer printer, but it demonstrates how an idea can easily be constructed into reality.