GVSU Sets Project Day: A remote-controlled lawn mower designed for a man with quadriplegia and a personal electric vehicle built for a 2-year-old with spina bifida will be part of Grand Valley State University’s Project Day April 19. It is hosted by the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing. More than 150 students from schools in the Grand Rapids area are expected to attend Project Day to see what Grand Valley students are working on and to expose them to how engineering and computing is relevant to everyday life. “The Future Looks Bright” Project Day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at the Kennedy Hall of Engineering on Grand Valley’s Pew Grand Rapids Campus on Fulton St. in downtown Grand Rapids. Among the nearly 70 projects that will be displayed, others include a multi-terrain walker created for a teenager with cerebral palsy and a mouse maze game that challenges mice to search for cheese.

MCWT Sets ConnectNet Forum: The Michigan Council of Women in Technology will hold a virtual and a face-to-face networking event in May. On Thursday, May 3 it’s a ConnectNet eLearning Webinar, “Collaboration: Strategy, Architecture, Value.” On Tuesday, May 8 its a physical forum, “Managing your Data Quality Initiatives.” In the Webinar, participants will learn how collaboration is driving the next wave of business growth, innovation, and productivity. Mike Mulroy, manager of collaboration business development at Cisco, will lead a discussion on how collaboration architecture must place people – not applications or hardware – at the center of business again. The Webinar runs from noon to 1 p.m. and is free. A few minutes before the start time, dial into the audio conference at (866) 365-4406, access code 6036206#. More at www.mcwt.org. In the forum, attendees will learn how to prepare your data to reap the most benefit from new technology and ERP initiatives. You will also gain awareness of the importance of data quality and the positive and negative downstream effects it can have on your business. Nichole Smith, certified SAP solution architect and ITILv3 certified professional, will lead the session. Her IT career has been focused on consulting, data quality and data integration. She is a Central Michigan University graduate and is formally trained on the SAP Portal, SAP Business Objects Data Services, and SAP MDM. The forum runs from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Epitec Group, 24800 Denso Drive, Suite 150, Southfield. It’s free to MCWT members, $5 for students and $10 for nonmembers.


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