When the University partners with the community and business, everyone benefits.
Students gain experience and hands-on training that only comes with working in the field. Businesses gain access to resources, faculty and staff knowledgebase and a strong pool of student talent. The community continues to develop, grow and benefit from workforce training opportunities that our students gain in the classroom and through experiential learning.
While these partnerships happen throughout campus within various colleges and schools, a prime example is the collaborative work being done in the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF) with business and campus partners.
More than 10 regional businesses are partnering on projects in ISELF, our new science facility that focuses on collaboration to solve real-world problems. Most prominently and publicly is the work being done with GeoComm to develop emergency response software that meets a national need (see page 10). St. Cloud State will have the privilege of benefiting from this innovative work in 2015 by implementing a virtual blue light system through Public Safety that uses the same 3-D quick response technology. Testing with Public Safety officers has already started using the lab’s proof-of-concept platform. The system will improve response times and help keep our campus and community safe.
At its most basic level, Visualization Engineer Mark Gill will tell you that visualization is all about taking complex data and turning it into easy-to-understand visual imagery. That sounds simple enough, but the work being done in St. Cloud State’s Visualization Lab is much more than that. It requires specific skills that our talented students are continuing to develop as they prepare for the workforce. The final products can be as basic as a 3-D model of a virtual circuit board or as complex as life-saving emergency response systems.
– Earl H. Potter III, President
The oak leaf has long been the symbol for life and learning at St. Cloud State University, where growth and change are as constant as the flowing waters of the Mississippi River that runs along its oak-crowned banks. It is the natural choice to stand as an icon signifying the honors, awards, distinctions and other high accomplishments that we point to with pride. Look for this oak leaf throughout Outlook.