Student Innovations

 

At Oregon State University, we challenge our students to fuel their creativity and stretch their ingenuity outside of the classroom or lab. And they take it to heart, developing innovations in a number of areas.

Mobile Apps

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Nick Alto

Nick Alto

Senior with a computer science (information systems) major and a minor in business entrepreneurship, born and raised in Portland, Ore. iOS application BoxDot, based on the paper and pencil game known as the box game, boxes, or dots. You start with a grid of dots, and each player takes a turn drawing one line between any two dots. Whoever closes a box gets to write their initial in the completed box, and wins one point. “I started BoxDot as a way to get my foot in the door with iOS development, which eventually helped me get a job as an iOS developer with OSU’s eCampus department, as well as some offers to do contract work. I was blown away by the initial reaction to BoxDot, I had hoped for maybe 50 downloads or so, but as of today I have roughly 5.3K downloads.”

Ryley Herrington

Ryley Herrington

Senior in computer science from Beaverton, Ore. Has developed 32 apps both on his own and with partners including Grammatics, an international baccalaureate app about grammar and how to write essays; Puzzle Buttons, a game with a grid of buttons that will change the color of the surrounding buttons if pressed; and On-Air-Tunes to tweet your music from your iPhone, and see what others are listening to. “Over the last few years I’ve met some awesome people not only from OSU, but from universities on the East Coast, Canada, England, Ireland, and Sweden. It’s great to be involved in such a large community.”

Nick Kelly

Nick Kelly

Senior in electrical and computer engineering from Damascus, Ore. Boxarrific! is an iOS reaction-game where the player has to touch spinning, moving, or disappearing boxes within a time limit. Artisan is an iOS painting/tracing game where players can create and upload paintings, as well as try to replicate user's paintings for a high score. “It was amazing to see what you could do on a small device in a short amount of time with the help of a great developer and reviewer community.”

Jesse Lenney

Jesse Lenney

Sophomore in computer science from Beaverton, Ore. Pocket Pigeons is a simple game for Android devices where the player defends their “tree” from angry blue birds. “After spending a short time building the game, it now sits there and gathers a healthy number of downloads and revenue every single day; a much larger return on investment than what I expected.”

Nicole Phelps

Nicole Phelps

Junior in computer science from Portland, Ore. OSU Connect, available at Google Play and Apple Store, is a great way for students to get involved at OSU’s Connect Week. Its theme is ‘Connect the Dots’ — an allegory for how each new student comes to the school with a blank slate, ready to connect their own dots. “Because I was able to take advantage of the opportunity to work at Central Web Services and act as lead developer on the OSU Connect project, I gained experience that has made my future appear a great deal brighter than it already was. Taking on that kind of responsibility has allowed me to be more confident about graduating and moving on to work as a software engineer at a reputable company. I am also less nervous to interview for placement in MECOP, because I actually have real world experience, which is hard to come by these days as a student.”

Chris Vanderschuere

Chris Vanderschuere

Junior in electrical and computer engineering from Portland, Ore. Moon/Moon+ is an educational iPhone/iPad application that was designed to update astronomical reference material for the mobile age. “With Moon, I was able to make a cool educational tool that has been spread all across the world.”

Cezary Wojcik

Cezary Wojcik

Third year in college majoring in computer science and mathematics, born in Warsaw, Poland. iCodeCracker is a single player puzzle game. The object of the game is to guess the secret four-digit code in as few turns as possible. Each time you guess you get information about the actual code to help you figure it out. SC2 News App is a news app that displays the latest news about the StarCraft 2 Professional scene. “The App Store has almost fundamentally changed the way in which most people get software. I really like to know how things work behind the scenes, and the process of making apps has allowed me to learn about the inner workings of the App Store.”

Web Apps

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Evan Chacker

Evan Chacker

Computer science post-baccalaureate online degree student from Honolulu, Hawaii. His first degree was in business from The City University of New York.

The American Fitness Institute online learning management system is a self-study program to become a Certified Personal Trainer. “A programmer told me the web application I wanted for my business couldn't be done, then I figured out how to do it on my own. I wanted to know even more so I entered the online CS post baccalaureate at OSU. I truly believe the only limits are the ones we set ourselves.”

Rory Hardy

Rory Hardy

Senior in computer science with a minor in business, from Grants Pass, Ore. The new OSU Foundation giving widget which is now featured on more than 80 websites. It is designed to help raise funding for any OSU program, college, or unit. It empowers customers to easily customize and integrate via a dynamic builder. It has been effective at increasing online gifts to OSU. “I am thankful for my opportunity to intern at the OSU Foundation because it has given me a breadth of experiences in web development and e-communications within a professional environment. Being a part of real-world projects there has given me more confidence in myself as a designer, developer, and person. It is a great feeling knowing something you created is used for so much. I am proud to have helped the Foundation raise funding for scholarships, new buildings, and more.”

Kevin Ngo

Kevin Ngo
 

Senior in computer science, from Portland, Ore.

Senioritis is a simple web app that lets students look up the average GPA of courses by professor. This helps students balance their schedule, difficulty-wise.

"It's awesome how easy it is to develop on open web platforms, this was written in a few hours as a rainy day weekend project."

Hardware

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Tuan Truong

Tuan Truong

 

Junior in electrical and computer engineering, from Corvallis, Ore. The Wunderboard is a platform to help students learn about microcontrollers and embedded programming. The board has an 8-bit microcontroller and peripherals such as LEDS, a dot matrix, audio out, and SD card reader. “Working for Tekbots and having the chance to help create something that will benefit the learning of students has been a great experience.”