ECPI Students Win “Most Innovative” Award at Dominion Enterprises’ Hackathon

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

ECPI University students Adam Myers, Kenneth Crim, and Justin Norman are accompanied by their Dominion Enterprises coaches in accepting their award.

A team of three ECPI University students from the Newport News and Virginia Beach campuses has been honored with the “Most Innovative Award” at Dominion Enterprises’ 7th Annual Hackathon, HACKU2. The two-day event held at Dominion Enterprises’ headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia is designed for students to gain real world software development experience by collaborating and designing functional games and apps. This year, teams were tasked with designing and programming working games, or game-themed apps by utilizing nationally recognized API’s as well as some used by Dominion Enterprises itself.

Game and Simulation students Kenneth Crim and Adam Myers and Web Development student Justin Norman developed a new approach to authenticating whether a user is human or not. This has the potential to replace the existing CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computer and Humans Apart) challenge-response test method. This approach utilizes a smiley face and a scroll bar where the user selects a particular smiley face image and find its match on a scroll bar to authenticate that they are not a “bot” – thereby reducing the amount of spam on a web site.

Dominion Enterprises is a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, employment, parenting, and travel industries. The company’s businesses provide a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions including Internet advertising, lead generation, customer relationship management, website design and hosting, and data management services. The company has more than 45 market-leading websites reaching more than 20 million unique visitors monthly. More than 77 million For Rent®, Employment Guide® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed nationwide each year.

ECPI University Now Offering Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

New Program Developed in Response to Demand for Skilled Professionals

ECPI University is pleased to announce that it is now offering a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree at its Virginia Beach campus. The curriculum focuses on core areas such as:

• Mechanical design and analysis
• Material science and manufacturing processes
• Thermal-fluid-energy sciences
• Computer aided engineering graphics and analysis
• Electro-mechanical devices
• Instrumentation and controls

“Forbes Magazine recently named Hampton Roads as the 7th ranked region in the United States for Manufacturing growth,” says ECPI University Virginia Beach Campus President Kevin Paveglio. “With the assistance of our curriculum advisory board – comprised of employers in the manufacturing sector – we have designed a program to meet the demand. This should be a win for everyone, including graduates who enter rewarding careers and the Commonwealth of Virginia which becomes more economically competitive.”

ECPI University’s curriculum prepares graduates for entry-level employment in various public and private industries in such areas as:

• Mechanical Product Design & Fabrication
• Automation & Manufacturing
• Power Generation & Plant Management
• Transportation: Vehicles & Infrastructure
• Systems Control

For more information about this program, please visit www.ecpi.edu/technology/program/mechanical-engineering-technology.

 

 

 

ECPI University Sponsors Start Norfolk

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ECPI University is pleased to sponsor Start Norfolk, a weekend long event bringing together individuals of different mind and skill sets— entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, designers, and business people—with the goal of building a viable start-up business over a weekend. The event will be begin on Friday, September 27 and run through Sunday in Norfolk, Virginia.

ECPI University has always been a catalyst for economic development,” says Business Development Specialist Paul Dockery. “We believe in big ideas and Start Norfolk is a chance for budding entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to seasoned professionals and walk away with the tools necessary to put their ideas into action. This is like our own local version of ‘Shark Tank.’” 

 

Employers Turn Out Big for Campus Job Fair

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If you’ve ever wondered what employers think of ECPI University graduates, you need look no further than today’s job fair at the Virginia Beach campus. Fifty-three employers set up booths on three floors, all looking to meet ECPI graduates or those soon to be graduating. With more than 200 students/graduates in attendance, there was ample opportunity for everyone to get plenty of “face-time” with each employer. Congrats to Director of Career Services Gina Cassidy and her team for a job well done.

High School Teachers Visit Newport News Campus

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The Newport News campus was pleased to host a delegation of Newport News Public School Department heads today. They came to learn more about ECPI University’s curriculum and career development programs.  They heard from our Electronics Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, and Computer Information Science department heads as well as Campus President Dr. John Olson. The presentations focused on ECPI’s “Learning by Doing” approach to education, as well campus resources and student outcomes.