SPEED awards from ITS and the Libraries provide dedicated support from software developers, librarians, academic technologists, and student interns for an eight-week period of project development. Our four SPEED student interns have made great progress on their projects and we are excited to provide updates on their progress.
Working with Mathematics Professor Elizabeth Drellich, Kate Collins ’18 has delved into 3D mathematical design to create representations of shapes from abstract algebra. Fortunately Kate has experience with both mathematics and computer science as she combines web programming, abstract algebra, and 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) to put together a website that will let users design algebraic models, view the 3D models in the site, and then download them for 3D printing. The project will rely on the open source tools SageMath and OpenSCAD.
Having a strong background in design has been useful for David Molina Cavazos ’20 as he implements a website to help students navigate the curriculum and see the academic and career possibilities within each major. Coordinated by Academic Technologist Ashley Turner, the project is the result of collaboration between Assistant Dean Liz Derickson and Erin Massey, the Associate Director of Client Services. David has been working on ways of clearly representing a variety of data including career choices and student narratives. Starting in Photoshop to mock up a design, David has now started building the actual site using Bootstrap, a popular framework for web design that ensures that the pages will work well on both desktop and mobile browsers.