AT&T funds Rowan CAVE

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Representatives of AT&T will present a donation of $50,000 to fund the Rowan University Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, known as a CAVE®, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, off Rt. 322 near Rt. 55 in Mantua Township.
Representatives of AT&T will present a donation of $50,000 to fund the Rowan University Cave Automatic Virtual Environment, known as a CAVE®, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, off Rt. 322 near Rt. 55 in Mantua Township.

The donation marks the first time AT&T has provided major funding for a project at Rowan and also the first corporate gift for the CAVE.

A state-of-the art virtual reality system, the CAVE is a 100-cubic-foot, fully immersive, navigable and interactive virtual reality system in which Rowan Engineering teams have conducted research for the United States Navy and NASA. Original funding for the CAVE came from the National Science Foundation.

Recently, the United States Economic Development Administration awarded a $424,962 grant to Rowan’s College of Engineering to further its works using the CAVE to study the effects and mitigation of natural disasters in urban settings. Rowan teams have been conducting research for Camden and Vineland that addresses flooding in those cities. A team started the work in March 2009 to evaluate storm water management concerns in a 50-block area in Camden’s Cramer Hill section, where massive flooding and other problems occur during bad weather.

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