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Dec. 3: Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Information Systems Students To Present Final Projects for Local Non-Profits

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Shilo Raube
412-268-6094
sraube@andrew.cmu.edu

Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Information Systems Students
To Present Final Projects for Local Non-Profits

Event: Fifteen Carnegie Mellon University student teams in the senior-level Information Systems (IS) Application course will present their final projects for local non-profit organizations. The students teamed up with local non-profit organizations this semester to develop customized solutions for them that would otherwise be generally unaffordable or impossible to realize.

The students built software applications for the Best of the Batch Foundation; the Light of Life Rescue Mission; FamilyTyes; Carnegie Mellon Professor Paul Fischbeck's obesity research; Carnegie Mellon Clusters; MIWatch; the FBI Cyber Forensics Unit; professors Dudley Reynolds and Suguru Ishizaki's academic writing analysis research; Professor Sue-mei Wu's Chinese textbook series; Professor Matthew Kam's project on Mobile & Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies; the International Genealogy and History Database Society; Animal Hero; Blackberry Studio; and the borough of Elizabeth, Pa.

The IS teams spent an estimated 9,000 hours meeting with their clients and creating made-to-order software solutions. Projects ranged from building an event scheduling system for the Best of the Batch's "In the Pocket" event and writing a handbook for the FBI on best practices for searching, seizing, storing and examining computer and digital evidence, to creating an interactive map of mental help facilities for MIWatch and designing IpracticeChinese.com - an educational Web site that organizes 1,200 Chinese character animations to make it easier for students to learn how to read and write.  Similar commercial software applications would have cost each organization several thousands of dollars.

Randy Weinberg, teaching professor and head of the Information Systems program, said that by working with IS student teams, the organizations were able to improve their operations without taking money away from their missions. He said the students were able to take their classroom knowledge and apply it in real settings while giving back to the community.

Read about the work of all 15 project teams at http://www.hss.cmu.edu/pressreleases/ISfinalprogram2009.pdf.

When: 3 - 4:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.

Where: Porter Hall 222, Carnegie Mellon University.

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