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2016 ASA Multidisciplinary Research Symposium  |  October 14th–15th  |  Southern Illinois University

This year, the focus of the Symposium turns to innovation and the emerging technologies that will (or have) served as a catalyst for progress, change, and evolution in the Applied Sciences and Arts. Faculty and students in these areas - Architecture + Design, Transportation, Information Systems + Applied Technologies, and Allied Health - are actively engaged in research motivated by a wide array of practical needs. The Symposium seeks to reveal the role technology is playing in this research and in the development of our environment.

The Symposium is open to faculty, professionals, and students from any discipline, university, or professional organization. The Symposium will feature panel discussions, workshops, presentations, and posters centered on a variety of disciplines. The accepted entries have been selected to provide the best opportunities for students, academics, and practitioners to discuss current and emerging areas related to Applied Sciences and Arts.


Geory Kurtzhals | Southern Illinois University Sustainability Coordinator
Saturday, October 15th | 8:45am

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This address will focus on the relationship between sustainability and innovation in the Applied Sciences and Arts, highlighting the current need for sustainability and how it fits into higher education and the careers for which we are preparing our students. The presentation will include model examples of innovative sustainability related solutions.

Geory became Southern Illinois University Carbondale's sustainability coordinator a year ago and is proud to be a Saluki!  Her diverse background includes volunteer work with the Peace Corps in Nicaragua, a corporate career with Starbucks Coffee, employment as an outdoor educator, and volunteer and travel opportunities in the United States and beyond. Through those experiences she grew to understand the three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment, and society.  Geory traces the roots of her passion for sustainability to the southern Indiana farm where she was raised, the Hoosier National Forest that surrounded her during childhood, and the balanced upbringing provided by her practical engineer father and her passionate biologist mother. Geory earned an MBA in sustainability and social change from Clark University in Worcester, Mass., and completed her bachelor's degree in journalism with a concentration in environmental studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.

Dr. Stanley Young | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Saturday, October 15th | 11:45am

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Planning for a Sustainable Surface Transportation System in an Uncertain Future 

In the midst of funding shortfalls, mounting infrastructure replacement needs, and increased pressure to lessen dependence on petroleum fuels, cities, counties, MPOs and states are planning for the next generation of surface mobility understanding that vehicle automation and communication is rapidly transforming user expectations.   These changes will also have significant impact on energy, emissions, and requirements for roadway infrastructure.  We are just not sure what those impacts are going to be.  This talk examines some of these pressures, early evidence on what those impacts could be, and initial efforts to plan the future in light of the uncertainty.

Dr. Young serves as an advanced transportation and urban scientist with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado focused on sustainability impacts and opportunities resulting from vehicle automation and connectivity between travelers and vehicles.  From 2006 through 2015, as a researcher at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technology he was the technical architect of the first and largest multi-state traffic monitoring system based on probe data, which is data from vehicles that self-reported their position and speed.  He also developed Bluetooth re-identification traffic monitoring, and co-founded Traffax Inc., a university start-up to accelerate the commercialization of re-identification technology.  He spent twelve years at the Kansas Department of Transportation in various capacities.  He is an alumnus of Kansas State University, and served in the United States Peace Corps in Cameroon, West Africa.


The discussion panels and workshop will be held at SIU's Transportation Education Center [TEC] on Friday, October 14th. The registration desk will open at 10:00am and the program will run through 3:30pm. Presentation sessions and the student poster competition will occur on Saturday, October 15th at the TEC. The registration desk will open at 8:00am and the day will conclude with an Awards Ceremony at 3:30pm.  For the full Symposium schedule, please click on the link below.