Informatics student receives Postsecondary Technology Award

For immediate release…
Monday – Nov. 11, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Robert Crawford, a junior computer information technology major in the Northern Kentucky University College of Informatics, received ConnectKentucky’s Postsecondary Technology Award at the organization’s Tech Day on Nov. 7.

The award is presented to a Kentucky college student who has recognized the benefits of using broadband technology and promotes and implements its use in creative and inspiring ways. Crawford was awarded the honor for his continuing role as the lead developer for a Kentucky-based social technology startup. His responsibilities include developing new product features, performing support-related tasks and working directly with company owners to build core business functionality on the web. He has additionally been a key contributor in deploying web solutions including a regional conference website and a website to promote a high profile joint construction project between Kentucky and Indiana.

The NKU College of Informatics and students within its Center for Applied Informatics are no strangers to receiving this student recognition. In 2012, Trevor Schmitz received the award for his involvement in transforming a commercial learning management system to an open source framework. In 2011, Emily Taylor received the recognition for her contributions to a project that performed detailed technology assessments for local nonprofit organizations. In 2009, Bradley Stephens received the award for the initial development of Northern Kentucky’s Early Childhood Database, a web-based application used to track kindergarten preparedness.

“We are proud of Robert and all his accomplishments,” said Kevin Kirby, dean of the NKU College of Informatics. “This recognition underscores how students are being challenged with a mix of academics and real world collaborations to impact the regional economy and develop the technology of tomorrow before graduation. Experiential learning is a ‘win-win’ for economic development, the region and our students. Organizations get high-tech help from innovative students and our students receive valuable experience better preparing them for their careers.”

Tech Day was hosted in the Griffin Hall George and Ellen Rieveschl Digitorium at NKU, an ideal venue to honor those making technological advances in the commonwealth. ConnectKentucky Tech Day is an opportunity to better understand and promote the benefits of broadband technology in our government, schools, healthcare facilities, libraries, businesses, communities and homes. The event featured prominent technology speakers and advocates, who provided current views on technology and broadband initiatives at the state and national level.

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