Purdue features students who are Innovation Makers

June 1, 2011

  WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University is recognizing five students as innovation makers for using their creativity and technology skills to develop mobile applications.

Purdue Marketing and Media has created a website that includes both photos and biographical information about the students. The webpage can be accessed at http://www.purdue.edu/fivestudents/index.html

The five featured students are:

* John Franklin Jr. of Gary, Ind., a junior studying computer science. Franklin is developing an Android mobile app that elementary school students can use outside the classroom to test their literacy skills with spelling, punctuation, and sentence and word recognition.

* Brandon Hill of Norwell, Mass., a third-year doctoral student studying computer science. Hill is working with a team to develop a version of HUBzero.org, the nation's powerful research Web platform based at Purdue, that can be used by scientists and students on tablet devices.

* Lydia Hlebasko of Brownsburg, Ind., a junior in computer science. Hlebasko worked with Information Technology at Purdue's informatics group to develop a new Android app, DoubleTake, to make shooting and submitting video for class assignments easier. She also leads a team developing a dietary mobile app for Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS). The app will make it possible for users to determine nutritional information by taking a photo of the item.

* Will McGrath of Arlington, Va., a senior in electrical and computer engineering. McGrath is developing an app, the first on the Android platform, that would allow users to share files between mobile devices and tabletop computing displays. The use of tabletop computers is an emerging technology that is becoming popular with work groups in educational and corporate settings.

* Ahmad Mujahid Mohd Razip of Penang, Malaysia, who graduated this spring in electrical and computer engineering. Razip developed an app for iPhone and iPad that displays local crime information. Using the GPS feature in the devices, a user can see what crimes have occurred in areas by type and location, as well as trends for specific types of crime.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Sources: John Franklin, Jr., jfrankl@purdue.edu 
                  Brandon Hill, bghill@purdue.edu
                  Lydia Hlebasko, LHlebasko@purdue.edu
                  Will McGrath, wbmcgrat@purdue.edu
                  Ahmad Mujahid Mohd Razip, ahmad-m-m-razip@purdue.edu