NCSA Spin – Students Pushing Innovation

SPIN Fellows present their work on May 1

Questions? Contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

spinStudents participating in the 2013 spring semester’s SPIN Fellows program at NCSA presented a brief summary of their work. These 10-minute presentations took place on May 1 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in NCSA 1040.

  • “Visualizing Moving Stories” Kieri Jabusch, Junior in IPS: Human Computer Interaction and Sanny Lin, Senior in Graphic Design.
    Mentor: Guy Garnett
  • Kyungwha Byun.
    Mentor: Kenton McHenry
  • “Making Art Happen” Austin Lin, Senior in Stage Management Program and Theater.
    Mentor: Donna Cox
  • “Logging and Synchronization in Virtual Director” Jonathan Kirby, Sophomore in Computer Science.
    Mentor: Stuart Levy
  • “Optical Music Recognition: Applications on Mobile” Robert Cheung, Junior in Computer Science and Finance.
    Mentors: Colleen Bushell and Michael Welge
  • “A Parallelized GDH-based Debugger” Nikoli Dryden, Junior in Computer Science.
    Mentor: Daniel LaPine
  • “Computer Science in Private Business” Michael Marshall, Sophomore in Math and Computer Science.
    Mentor: Merle Giles
  • “A Story about Twitter and Innovation” David Zmick, Freshman in Computer Science.
    Mentors: Colleen Bushell and Michael Welge

Jerry Fiddler gives keynote for SPIN inaugural event

Jerry Fiddler, U of I alum, supporter of eDream, and principal of Zygote Ventures, has helped create and grow a number of companies, as CEO, director, chairman, investor, and advisor and gave a talk during NCSA's SPIN inaugural event at 4:30 p.m. in the NCSA Auditorium on Oct. 24. Mr. Fiddler discussed his philosophies on innovation and shared his experiences as an interdisciplinary student.

Mr. Fiddler is the founder of Wind River and was CEO and Chairman for 23 years. After its establishment in 1981 in Fiddler's Berkeley garage, Wind River grew to become the leading provider of device software worldwide, with over $400M in annual sales, and market cap well over $1B. He is now the Chairman of Solazyme, a biotech company working with algae for energy, industrial, and health applications. Solazyme is the first company in the world able to make production quantities of biodiesel and other algal oil products.

Watch Fiddler discuss innovation in this 2010 lecture

NCSA is looking for Illinois undergraduate students who have big ideas and the creativity, skill, and drive needed to bring them to life. We're offering up to 15 paid innovation fellowships—selected students will work with NCSA mentors during the Spring 2013 semester.

After the SPIN open house, submit your personal fellowship proposal. Selected students will be given office space and support to develop their ideas in collaboration with their NCSA mentors.

Additional opportunities may also be available with NCSA and the Blue Waters project, the Illinois Informatics Institute, eDream, and the Illinois Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science.

Questions? Contact spin@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Participating mentors:

  • Jim Barlow
  • Donna Cox
  • Guy Garnett
  • Merle Giles
  • Vlad Kindratenko
  • Jong Lee
  • Kenton McHenry
  • Michael Welge

Key dates

NCSA SPIN event: 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 24, 2012
Students' SPIN proposals due: Nov. 9, 2012
Selected SPIN fellows notified: first week of December 2012
SPIN fellowships begin: Spring semester 2013
SPIN fellows present their work: May 1, 2013

SPIN proposal guidelines
SPIN proposal template


September 18, 2012