CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
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Release: July 31, 2002
Tippie College of Business students to develop PDA software
Microsoft has donated $15,000 to the Henry B. Tippie College of Business
at the University of Iowa to support a class where students will develop software
for personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Warren Boe, professor of Information Systems in the Tippie College, will
create a pilot class in spring 2003 in which 20 graduate and undergraduate
Management Information Systems majors will develop programs that can be used
by all students in the college. The PDAs will be equipped with wireless capabilities
and students will develop wireless applications that will allow the college
to offer more services via their current wireless network.
"This class will enhance students' education and equip them with tools
they will be using in the working world after graduation," Boe said.
"It will also help them complete their class work while they are still
at the UI and give them a cheaper alternative to a laptop."
Students will work in groups of two or three in Boe's class to develop their
ideas of how to enhance PDAs for use by their fellow business students.
"We can develop ways to synchronize course material with PDAs so that
students will be able to walk into the Pappajohn Building and immediately
synchronize the announcements and course outlines for all their current courses
for that week or day," Boe explained.
The class also will be able to incorporate instant messaging into PDAs,
so that with the help of wireless capabilities, students will be able to send
instant messages to faculty, staff and other students in the building, thereby
improving communications among all members of the college community.
Boe added that students will be able to investigate how PDA users can send
messages, warnings, and updated information to groups of student users through
instant messaging systems by customizing the system with special adaptive
The Tippie College currently has a wireless network that covers about 60
percent of the Pappajohn Business Building. The Microsoft grant will complete
the network so that wireless PDAs may be used throughout the building. Microsoft
will also cover the costs of some PDAs, some wireless network cards, and Microsoft
publications about wireless networking and programming for PDAs.
Microsoft Corporation has generously supported numerous programs at the
University of Iowa through gifts to the UI Foundation, the preferred channel
for private contributions to all areas of the University.
For more information, contact Boe at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (319) 335-0889.