Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham One of 42 Schools Nationwide Selected as HP Technology Grant Recipient
$68,000 grant includes HP wireless equipment and faculty stipend to improve student achievement
Madison, NJ (May, 7, 2007) – Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham was selected as one of 42 two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico to receive a 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant, which is designed to transform teaching and improve learning in the classroom through innovative uses of technology.
During the 2007-2008 academic year, HP Technology for Teaching grant projects will impact more than 6,000 higher education students. FDU will receive an award package of HP products and a faculty stipend valued at more than $68,000.
Each of the HP Technology for Teaching grant recipients will use HP wireless Tablet PCs to enhance learning in engineering, math, science, or computer science. Students in FDU’s department of computer science, mathematics and physics will use the Tablet PCs for electronic notes, testing algorithms and designing applets with flawless integration with topics covered in the classroom. The grant will impact courses in computer science as well as interdisciplinary courses spanning bioinformatics, mathematics in biology, computer data security and higher geometry.
The laptops will be equipped with software that can convert handwritten mathematical equations and diagrams into computer-generated images. These specialized tools allow students to experiment with ideas and provide flexibility and control while enhancing the learning experience.
Using HP’s touch screen technology, students can operate the computer with a stylus, a digital pen or a fingertip. The Tablet PCs can be linked to a network wirelessly, providing for an interactive and group learning environment with real time feedback from the instructor.
“The HP grant will enable greater flexibility and innovation in the fast-evolving discipline of computational sciences,” says Kiron Sharma, chair of the mathematics, computer science and physics department. “Our faculty is excited about new avenues and possibilities that will open as we redesign courses to meet the changing global marketplace and empower our students with skills that will enable them to work with the latest technologies. With extensive outreach plans, we hope to attract more students in computational science by providing a non-threatening, hands-on, flexible and challenging learning environment, with a focus on practical applications.”
The department of computer science, mathematics and physics at FDU’s College at Florham offers undergraduate programs in computer science, mathematics and actuarial sciences. The small class size gives students the opportunity to interact with faculty. The department hosts the Archimedean Society, a student-centered organization, and organizes events to introduce students to industrial and business applications of computational sciences. In addition, there are internship opportunities available.
In 2007, HP is awarding 172 K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico more than $7 million in mobile technology, cash and professional development as part of its 2007 HP Technology for Teaching grant program. Since 2004, HP has contributed a total of $36 million in HP Technology for Teaching grants to more than 650 schools worldwide. During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofit organizations around the world.
“HP empowers students and teachers to succeed through innovative uses of technology and training,” said Sidney Espinosa, director, Philanthropy Program, HP. “We invest in schools to increase educational attainment and contribute to the development of a skilled, diverse workforce in the future.”
More information about the 2007 HP Technology for Teaching program and grant recipients is available at www.hp.com/go/hpteach.
Contact: Kiron Sharma, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Math, Computer Science and Physics
College at Florham
Fairleigh Dickinson University
(PI) Kiron Sharma, Ph.D
Chair, Math, CS and Physics
Laila Khreisat, Ph.D.
Assistant professor of Computer Science
Neelu Sinha, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Computer Science