University conference April 22 to celebrate student research

Nearly 400 Shippensburg University students will participate in the university’s annual Celebration of Student Research Conference April 22.

The event highlights the year-long efforts by students who collaborate with faculty to conduct research in various areas. It will feature 124 poster presentations and 120 oral presentations that will touch on topics such as white collar crime, understanding the sense of humor and how Facebook influences academic achievement in college students. The conference, open to the public, is 3:30 to 8 p.m. in the Ceddia Union Building.

Kent Meyers, the global director of advanced engineering project management for Volvo Construction Equipment will give the keynote address at 7 p.m. April 21 in Memorial Auditorium. That program is also open to the public.

Meyers manages a global team of project managers and a multi-million dollar portfolio of more than 50 advanced engineering projects at Volvo’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg. He supports development and implementation of new technology leading to the early phases of new product development in more than eight countries including China, Korea, Brazil and Germany. The Volvo Group, which employs about 110,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. 

He earned his MBA from Frostburg State and his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh. He has been with Volvo Construction Equipment (previously Ingersoll Rand’s road machinery division) since 1997. Prior to joining Volvo, he was a senior design engineer at Grove Worldwide (now Manitowoc) in Shady Grove.  

According to Dr. Marc Renault, associate professor of mathematics and chair of the university’s Advisory Council on Undergraduate Research, “I think that where the conference finds its true value is that it encourages students and faculty to work together on projects not fully addressed in class.”

More information about the conference is available at /student_research/conference/conference/.