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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: Super Senior

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. 
  • HTC Vive: I personally love to play video games, so that is my go to when I'm in the showcase. I love that you are placed into the game rather than just looking at a screen. 

Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson

Emerging Technology Specialist - Team Leader

Major/Minor: Information Systems/Business
Year in School: Senior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? 3 Years

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

  • 3D Printer: Being one of the 3D printing specialist in the showcase it's a clear option for my one of my favorites. Mostly due to the utility that it gives for creating things you wouldn't otherwise be able to easily make. My interests in CAD modeling has allowed me to make custom objects for the specific project I'm working on that I otherwise wouldn't have been able to do without a 3D printer.

  • HTC Vive: Virtual reality has always been an interest of mine largely due to my interests in gaming. It takes a game and completely transforms it into a interactive and immersive experience that many other technologies can't do.

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.

Amari Rose-Walker

Amari Rose-Walker

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: AD and PR

Year in School: Junior

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

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

  • Double Robot: It was cool to in person have access to something I first saw on the TV show Community and to actually make that connection of a piece of technology so futuristic it was on television years ago and to see that it is right in front of me every day at work makes it one of my favorite in the showcase.
  • Myo: The connection to the movie Iron Man using the same general concept of the myo to control objects and the ability in our case to turn your hand into a computer mouse wirelessly is quite unique. 

Thomas Jackson

Thomas Jackson

Emerging Technology Specialist

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

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.
  • Cubelets: The things you can do with them are amazing and we only have a few. Making spinning robots and cars that won't run into walls is so interesting! 

Ellen Audia

Ellen Audia

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Mathematics and Natural Resources Management
Year in School: Junior

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

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

  • HTC Vive: 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.

Nathan Hull

Nathan Hull

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science and Pre-med
Year in School: Junior

How long you’ve worked in the showcase? Since September 2016

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

  • Amazon Echo: Alexa is the most helpful assistant I've ever had in my 20 years. From playing Pandora to solving simple math to just telling me a joke, Alexa's had my back and I know she always will. The added functionality that comes from syncing up speakers, Amazon accounts for shopping, and even smart home tech like the Nest thermostat is just the cherry on top!
  • HTC Vive: I hate to be unoriginal, but the Vive is the coolest piece of technology I've used. Whenever I try to explain why people should come in to the tech showcase, I use the Vive as my prime example. However, I can usually only describe it as "indescribable," because that's what it is. The level of immersion is incredible, and everyone should take the opportunity to use it here for free, as they may not get the chance to use it affordably again for a few years.

Ron Rounsifer

Ron Rounsifer

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science and Mathematics
Year in school: Junior

How long you've worked at the showcase: September 2016

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

  • Microsoft HoloLens: The potential uses for augmented reality in our society are rapidly increasing and I am excited to witness the advancements that are made in this field of technology over the coming years.
  • 3D Printing: I have only recently been introduced to 3D printing, but from what I have seen the versatility is unmatched. From knick-knacks to laptop holders or even phone cases, you have the ability to print off nearly anything that you could ever imagine and I cannot wait to see how this technology pans out.