Friday, April 07, 2006

Research Showcase, Ollie Lobby

Today was a really interesting day. To get things started, I got to visit Dr. Hardin's Motion Studies Lab at the Wade Park VA. Her grad students demonstrated how to fit a subject with the little reflector balls used by their 7-camera motion capture system to record body movement for gait analysis. Neat.

Next, it was off to Research Showcase to present my poster. I had some really good questions from folks passing by, and it was fun to see what everyone else is working on too. If you're interested in reading more about my research, I'll be keeping that page updated as I make progress.

After that, I had the privilege of attending the Case School of Engineering Dean's Advisory Council Dinner as a member of the 1st annual Case School of Engineering Senior Class Gift Committee. The dinner was really quite nice and I met some very interesting people.

Dean Savinell congratulated several faculty who were nominated undergraduate teaching and mentoring awards. He also dedicated the new "Ollie Lobby" on the 5th floor of Nord, named for 1959 CIT graduate Oliver Poppenberg. Mr. Poppenberg is a long-time supporter of the CSE and plays a big role in the Pittsburgh-area alumni association chapter, helping to steer smart kids towards Case instead of That Other School. Ollie will be involved with picking new, comfortable furniture for the lobby to make it a nice place for CSE students to study, socialize and relax.

Ollie's family was there to support him in full force:

Ollie and his wife are on the right in the next photo: