NSF Awards Grants for Computer EffortFebruary 18, 1999
The National Science Foundation has awarded two grants totaling $106,926 over two years for curriculum
development and equipment to faculty members at Rowan University, Glassboro. Both grants were in
relatively competitive programs, for which only about 20 to 25 percent of the proposals were funded.
Dr. Don Stone, of Philadelphia; Seth Bergmann, of Glassboro; Dr. A. Michael Berman, of Glassboro; and
Dr. Ganesh Baliga, of Williamstown, of the Computer Science Department and Dr. John Schmalzel, of
Sewell, of the Electrical Engineering Department, will use the curriculum development funds ($64,991) to
develop data-acquisition-oriented labs for the university's introductory computer science and programming
course, which uses the C++ programming language. The team will use the equipment award ($41,935 to be
matched by equal funding from Rowan) to purchase some of the equipment needed for the labs.
The goal of the projects, according to Stone, chair of the Rowan University Computer Science Department,
is to develop labs in which students learn about objected-oriented programming by writing programs which
interact with real-world objects, either acquiring data from them or sending commands to them. Stone
anticipates that these labs will be of more interest to students than some of the simulations which have been
used in the past. The students will use equipment such as joysticks, thermocouples (to sense temperatures)
and other types of sensors (to measure light, pressure and other quantities).
In addition, the students will utilize a locally developed graphics package for fairly sophisticated output.
Stone said Rowan University will make the labs available to other schools via the World Wide Web.