Rowan, FAA collaboration results in a regional award

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The Rowan University Department of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Graphics, and Visualization Research Group (SEGV) has been recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) with the 2008 Northeast Regional University Award.

The Rowan University Department of Computer Science, Software Engineering, Graphics, and Visualization Research Group (SEGV) has been recognized by the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) with the 2008 Northeast Regional University Award.

SEGV is composed of more than 10 undergraduate Rowan students of various majors led by computer science associate professor Dr. Adrian Rusu.

In 2005, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Rowan University jointly established the Air Transportation Research Lab. Funded by the FAA, this lab enables SEGV to undertake projects that convert numerical data into graphics that allow air traffic controllers to see the predicted route of an airplane rather than having to calculate the route themselves. "The FAA benefits from the research and students who work on the project gain unique exposure to the field," said Rusu.

According to the FLC, a nationwide network of federal laboratories, the award "recognizes an American-owned company, a non-federal government entity, or university within the region that has made outstanding efforts to promote the transfer of federal technology during the previous year. Rowan University's partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration was a successful one as its students were exposed to real-world projects in software engineering, and the FAA was able to receive quality professional software products and research expertise."

Rowan University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean Jay Harper - who was instrumental in starting the collaboration - and Rusu accepted the award at the FLC Northeast Regional Meeting in Brookhaven, N.Y., on September 17.

Students who worked on the project were:

Burlington County
Gary Gasko, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Cinnaminson
Chu Yao, graduated in May 2008 in electrical engineering, Eastampton
Eric Thomas, senior computer science major, Medford Lakes
Joshua Ogren, graduated in December 2005 in computer science, Palmyra

Camden County
Christopher Clement, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Glendora
David Tay, senior computer science major, Blackwood
Scott King, senior computer science major, Cherry Hill
Andrew Fabian, senior computer science major, Mount Ephraim

Cumberland County
Jason Snouffer, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Vineland
Richard Wallace, graduate student, Vineland
Andrew Tasso, graduated in December 2006 in computer science, Vineland

Gloucester County
Andrew Crowell, graduate student, Glassboro
Thomas Pennetta, senior computer science major, Glassboro
Daniel Marzin, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Woodbury
Robert Webb, graduate student, Newfield
Daniel Jones, senior accounting and finance major, Turnersville
Michael Summers, senior computer science major, Verga
Robert Elliott, continuing education, Monroeville
David Grochowski, graduate student, electrical engineering, Williamstown
Daavid Shanline, graduated in December 2005 in computer science, Glassboro
Robert Zakreski, graduated in May 2005 in computer science and chemistry, Clayton
Michael Cappio, graduated in December 2006 in computer science, Glassboro
Jeffery Hancock, senior computer science major, Woodbury

Mercer
Thomas Snyder, graduated in May 2005 in computer science, Trenton

Middlesex County
Michael Lee, senior computer science major, Old Bridge

Monmouth County
William Collani, graduate student, Hazlet
Hristo Asenov, senior computer science major, Freehold
Matthew Musser, senior computer science major, Freehold

Morris County
Peter Flanner, graduated in December 2005 in computer science and music,
Florham Park
Lan Lin, graduated in May 2005 in computer science, Chatham

Passaic County
Christopher Reyes, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Haskell

Salem County
Robert DeDomenico, senior computer science major, Pittsgrove
Confesor Santiago, graduated in May 2008 in electrical engineering, Carney's Point

Somerset County
James Metting, graduated in May 2008 in computer science, Hillsborough

Sussex County
Jeffrey White, senior computer science major, Hamburg

Union County
Gershon Zebovitz, graduated in May 2007 in computer science, Scotch Plains

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