THE SHOWCASE TEAM

Eric Kunnen


 

Eric Kunnen

Senior Director, IT Innovation and Research

Department: Information Technology
Phone: (616) 331-9171
Email: kunnene@gvsu.edu
Web: http://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.

Carson Kunnen

Carson Kunnen

Emerging Technology Specialist - Team Lead

Major/Minor: Advertising and Public Relations, Marketing
Year in school: Junior

When did you start working in the showcase? August 2017

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

  • 3D Printing: I like 3D printing because any GVSU Student, Faculty, and Staff can come in and print almost anything for free.  I have printed various decorations for my dorm, and fun little trinkets.
  • Snap Spectacles: I enjoy this technology because I am an avid Snapchat user, and I like the ability to record videos hands-free.

Lauren Kunnen

Lauren Kunnen

Emerging Technology Specialist

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

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. 

Philip Rose

Phil Rose

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Behavioral Science
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?

  • HP Sprout: I find the HP sprout to be awesome because it is a little glimpse into what the future for computers will be without the need for a keyboard and mouse with only needing a touch pad and an idea to create anything you want..
  • Oculus Quest: The Oculus Quest is another example of how an integration of virtual landscape is going to be a defining trait in computers and interactions over the internet in the years to come.

Ari H

Ari Henson

Emerging Technology Specialist

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

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.

Ari N

Air Nitzkin

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: International Relations and Religious Studies / 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 printers: It makes imagination become reality.
  • Virtual Reality: It allows someone to enter a reality that they can dictate (ie tiltbrush).

Max K

Max Kelly

Emerging Technology Specialist

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

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2021

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

  • L3D Cube: Because it is the tech that I understand the most with all the inner workings of how it actually works.
  • 3D printing: Because I love being able to print fun things that are just for show and useful things that anyone can use in their day to day, I really like being able to design something and see it come to life in front of me. I like the how practical the 3d prints can be!