Innovation Flourishes Within Harrisburg University's Centers and Institutes
When it’s time to launch new ventures or sustain existing ones, there’s no room for failure. New initiatives require careful strategizing to hit the mark. Existing products or projects require fresh thinking to continue exciting new audiences and customers. Partners can tap into the talents of students and faculty immersed in state-of-the-art technology and trends in business, industry, and government. These solution incubators in key fields are:
- The Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies
- The Food Science and Technology Center
- The Geospatial Technology Center
- The Government Technology Institute
- The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement
- The Virtusphere
HU created the centers and institutes to provide experiential opportunities for students, bridge to businesses and organizations, and drive economic development. Companies and organizations such as Microsoft, UNISYS, Hershey, CISCO, NRG Energy, Gannet Fleming and CA Technologies partner with the centers and institutes to:
- Educate clients, customers, and audiences on their offerings through product launches, client user group meetings, executive briefings, educational seminars, and conferences.
- Present best practices or case studies of achievements.
- Pilot solutions, or demonstrate product and service capabilities.
- Engage HU faculty and students to help develop prototypes or pilot projects.
- Conduct internships that introduce HU students – the region’s future STEM workers -- to industry technology and standards.
How can HU’s centers help you? Bring your ideas and explore the possibilities with Dale Hamby, Associate Vice President for University Centers, at email DHamby@HarrisburgU.edu. Learn more about HU’s Centers & Institutes by browsing the links below.
Centers & Institutes @ a Glance
The Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies (CAELT) advances the use of entertainment and learning technologies across a variety of industries, and aims to build a talented workforce in interactive media and learning technologies, as well as serve as a regional champion of this rapidly growing field, by coordinating with other innovative new media organizations throughout the nation.
The Food Science & Technology Center promotes food science & technology research and education through the creation of academic programs and industry partnerships that increase the number of qualified food professionals and support economic development within Pennsylvania and the northeast region of the United States.
Gannett Fleming, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) have partnered to create the Geospatial Technology Center (GTC). Students, faculty, and professionals from the three organizations offer their expertise and resources to geospatial technology projects for the public. The partnership focuses on providing substantive and practical knowledge for students, while providing valuable services for the greater central Pennsylvania area. The center serves as a platform for raising awareness and understanding of geospatial technology at student, professional, and political levels. As a regional resource for this rapidly growing profession, it will serve as a hub for coordinating with other successful geospatial technology organizations across the U.S.
The Government Technology Institute provides education, training, resources, and networks in which government technology leaders and professionals can learn, collaborate and explore effective technology solutions for Pennsylvania. The GTI is also the first of its kind in Pennsylvania and represents this University's ongoing commitment to building meaningful collaboration between government, business and higher education.
The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) develops, implements, and evaluates activities and projects that encourage and strengthen the efforts of colleges and universities to reform undergraduate education, especially in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Its signature programs include SENCER and GLISTEN. Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), a project funded by the National Science Foundation, promotes greater engagement of undergraduates with the sciences in institutions of higher education in the US and selected other countries. Thanks to a multi-year grant from the Learn and Serve America Higher Education program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network (GLISTEN)project will harness the expertise and innovation of college faculty and undergraduate students in eight states and two Canadian provinces. Through the project, GLISTEN seeks to improve undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and instruction focused on the Great Lakes, encourage interest in "green jobs" by engaging students in community-based research and action targeted at restoring and sustaining a healthy Great Lakes ecosystem.
The Virtusphere is a versatile simulation platform comprising a 10-foot, hollow ball of ABS plastic, hardware that includes wireless head-mounted display goggles, and software. Since its commercialization in 2007, the Virtusphere has found uses in military and law enforcement training, gaming, education, and corporate training. In 3-D virtual reality, users safely explore hazardous or complex environments, or they become immersed in full-body gaming experiences. Harrisburg University has the only Virtusphere in the eastern United States.