Geek Out! CSTEM Students Demo Senior Projects

Its like a Maker Fair gone wild. A giant wood wind turbine takes up the south wall. A Gesture-Controlled Vehicle zooms around the floor between peoples legs. David Covillo explains how his team’s wireless Smart Sprinkler Head (which team member Andrew Decker 3-D printed) wastes far less water than conventional sprinklers. As opposed to just … Read more

Brain (not) at Rest: Olin Anderson’s Circuitous Path to EWU Computer Science

Ten years after starting college as a running start student, Olin Anderson, 28, is ready to graduate with his Masters in Computer Science. He recently took a break from his thesis to share his story, one filled with a passion for knowledge, for challenges, and picking up new skill sets. Growing up in the wheat … Read more

Pinball Hackers

EWU Computer Science students hack vintage pinball machine, win bonus points. Each Fall quarter, energetic Computer Science professor Paul Schimpf shares his love for old pinball games in a course entitled “Embedded Real-Time Control,” aka “Pinball Class.” Using a colorful “early digital” pinball machine called Mata Hara ( from 1978!), STEM students learn the basics … Read more

Web Programmer by Day, Novelist by Night

Burke Fitzpatrick on IT and Creativity Burke Fitzpatrick has embraced the total dedication required to be a creative writer and work a full time day job as a web programmer. His nights are filled by furiously writing the next book in his series of “dark fantasy” novels called The Shedim Rebellion – building his world and … Read more

EWU Rocketry Club Aims for the Stars

It's Friday morning and the mechanical engineering workshop is a hive of activity. The high, square workbenches are filled with students intently focused on their tasks. There's good reason for their excitement: they're hand-building two high powered rockets which reach heights of 10,600 feet which will deploy custom-designed glider technology. The Rocketry Club workshop is packed with tools: ovens for … Read more

Career Services’ Computing and Engineering Fair crushes it!

STEM students showed up in droves at Career Services Computing and Engineering Fair in Hargreaves Hall Reading Room. The echo of collective networking bounced off the marble walls and created a literal buzz of excitement. Some students simply passed through, getting a feel for employers and their internship process. Other students dressed for success in … Read more