THE SHOWCASE TEAM

Eric Kunnen


 

Eric Kunnen

Senior Director, IT Innovation and Research

Department: Information Technology
Phone: (616) 331-9171
Email: [email protected]
Web: https://about.me/ekunnen/

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.

When did you start working in the showcase? 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?
  • HTC Vive: 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.
Hunter Bridwell

Hunter Bridwell

Emerging Technologies Coordinator, IT Innovation and Research

Department: Information Technology
Phone: (616) 331-2141
Email: [email protected]

When did you start working in the showcase? September 2021

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

  • XR: I see a ton of potential with immersive learning and simulation in XR. As the barrier to entry on developing XR becomes lower and physical hardware becomes smaller and more versatile, I think we are going to really discover what XR has to offer. 
  • 3D Scanning: I love the idea of a virtual duplicate of a physical object and the ability to share that anywhere with anyone. 

Lauren Kunnen

Lauren Kunnen

Emerging Technology Specialist Team Lead

Major/Minor: Biology / Photography
Year in school: Junior

When did you start working in the showcase? August 2019

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

  • 3D Printing: I enjoy 3D printing because it is cool to be able to print basically anything you want for free and to be able to be creative. 
  • VR: I enjoy the VR that we have at the showcase because they are all super unique and fun to play with as well as learn with. It is also fun to have people come in to enjoy the VR as well. 
Ari H

Ari Henson

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Biology with Emphasis in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology / Natural Resource Management
Year in school: Junior

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2021

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

  • 3D Printing: This is one of my favorites due to the versatility of it. There’s an unlimited number of things you can print, whether that’s artsy or practical prints.
  • Virtual Reality: Is my other favorite, mainly for it’s applications. Besides video games, VR has so much potential applications, such as education, and I hope to see it used more in the future for those purposes.
Brooke

Brooke Spradlin

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Electrical Engineering/Mathematics
Year in school: Sophomore

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2022

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

  • 3D printers: It’s really cool to be able to design something on a computer and then later be able to hold it in your hands and use it. 
  • Valve Index: I think vr is so cool and can be used for so much, and the Valve is really good at mimicking your hand and finger movements in games.
Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Information Systems
Year in school: Senior

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2022

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

  • Virtual Reality: It is such a unique and immersive experience with so many possibilities for learning and gaming.
  • 3D printing: It is an easy way to make everyday objects that you need and I love that you can be creative with what you print.
Andrew Latunski

Andrew Latunski

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Mechanical Engineering
Year in school: Sophomore

When did you start working in the showcase? September 2021

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

  • VR: What's not to love about virtual reality? It's the latest innovation in gaming and visuals!
  • 3D printing: I love being able to print things that I design in 3D programs!
Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Political Science
Year in school: Senior

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2022

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

  • HoloLens: What is great about the HoloLens, is that is takes everything great about virtual reality, and puts it into a compact, practical augmented reality head set. This is one of my favorite pieces of tech because the real life application it can have are already present.
  • Ultimaker 3: Being able to produce almost anything with the click of a button seemed straight out of a movie 10 years ago, but now with the Ulimaker 3, it has come to reality. It is one of my favorite prices of tech because students, day in and day out, are able to take a vision and bring it to life within minutes.


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