Education strives to provide an environment in which students can learn. At the School of Applied Technology, students take learning to a higher level by applying their knowledge to solve real-life problems. Dr. C. Robert Carlson, Professor and Dean of the School of Applied Technology, states that, “It is important to learn in the classroom, but it is even more meaningful for students to demonstrate that they have assimilated the knowledge by completing a real-life project. This hands-on, reality-based approach to education is what prepares students not only for a job, but to become innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the future.”
As part of their class projects, students were asked to “apply what they learned in class to solve a real-life problem.” With that as an objective, students developed several great ideas. Professor William Lidinsky, Assistant Director of Information Technology and Management, stated that, “We are very proud of our students and their accomplishments. Many of the student projects were recognized with awards, presentations to professional societies, coverage in newspapers, mention in trade publications and—in the case of several students—offers of employment.”
The School of Applied Technology plans to continue to innovate and is looking for real-life projects from organizations. If your organization has a potential real-life project, please contact Dr. C. Robert Carlson, Professor and Dean of the School of Applied Technology, at 630.682.6002 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take a moment to review summaries of some of our Student Innovations.