THE SHOWCASE TEAM

Eric Kunnen


 

Eric Kunnen

Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies

Department: eLearning and Emerging Technologies - Information Technology
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.

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.

Sam Krepel

Sam Krepel

Emerging Technology Specialist - Team Lead

Major/Minor: Communication Studies/Hospitality and Tourism Management
Year in School: Senior

When did you start working in the showcase? January 2017

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

  • 3D printing: I think it’s amazing that technology has become so advanced that we’re able to print anything that we can think of. Being able to have this technology available for GVSU students and faculty is remarkable.
  • Aurora Nanoleaf Tiles: I love these tiles because they are LED ambient light, and they can be customized in dozens of ways. Since you get to decide what pattern to arrange them in and what color you want them to be, they can provide a very relaxing environment.

Carson Kunnen

Carson Kunnen

Emerging Technology Specialist

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.

Michael Gould

Michael Gould

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Information Science
Year in school: Senior

When did you start working in the showcase? August 2017

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

  • 3D Printing: Having endless supply of ideas, I love to fill up my desk with things that I like.  With the 3D printer I have been able to print off my favorite characters from TV shows and video games. There's always something on my list to print.
  • HTC Vive: I love to see the world and experience new things.  What better way to see it all while staying on campus?  With the Vive I can see so many things and go on adventures where no one else has gone!

Justin Robinson

Justin Robinson

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Film
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?

  • AR/VR: Justin is invested his waking life to the research and development of AR, and VR.
  • Merge Cube and HoloLens: The Merge Cube and the Hololens are my favorite because they involve the application of my specialization.

Lauren Kunnen

Lauren Kunnen

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Undecided
Year in school: Freshman

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. 

Stephen Kiser

Stephen Kiser

Emerging Technology Specialist

Major/Minor: Computer Science with a Minor in Mathematics
Year in school: Senior

When did you start working in the showcase? August 2019

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

  • VR: I love VR as I’ve been passionate about the industry since 2014 when Oculus first began releasing developer kits. The utilization of this hardware in tandem with the Gaming Industry has provided one of the most wholistic and active experiences you can find, allowing you to do things you could never do in the real world.
  • Magic Leap (IDK what this is called, I’ve forgotten, the one that tracks your hands): I like the Magic Leap because it can be directly incorporated into the future of Virtual Reality, allowing for a more immersive experience without having to “equip” another piece of hardware, using only your hands as the controllers.

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.
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