ECPI University Press Releases: Virginia Beach, VA

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

Virginia Beach, VAECPI University is pleased to announce that a team of its 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 (application programming interfaces) 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 finds its match on a scroll bar to authenticate that they are not a “bot” – thereby reducing the amount of spam on a web site.

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ECPI University to Offer Mechanical Engineering Technology Degree

New Program Developed in Response to Demand for Skilled Professionals

 

Virginia Beach, VA – 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 ECPI University's Mechanical Engineering Technology degree, please visit www.ecpi.edu/technology/program/mechanical-engineering-technology.

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50-Something to Graduate and Address Commencement at ECPI University

Gulf War Veteran to Speak on Second Chances, Opportunity and Finding Inspiration

“Life is all about second chances, sometimes third; the most important thing to remember is to take full advantage of every opportunity that is given to you.”

William “Burt” Evans Jr. will deliver this advice as part of his address to fellow students - many half his age - at ECPI University’s graduation at Chrysler Hall at 5 p.m.  Saturday, June 22. Evans should know.

After graduating high school in 1980, he attended college for a couple of years, but decided to join the Navy to serve his country. He spent four years as a radioman in the Gulf War, taking college courses when he could. After his first tour, he returned to civilian life and worked as an office supply company sales representative before missing the service and rejoining the Navy. His second tour ended abruptly when his wife passed away, leaving him with their two young children.

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