The 2014 Celebration of Student Research Conference

    • *2014 Conference Program
    • Keynote address: April 21, 7pm, Memorial Auditorium. Kent Meyers from Volvo CE will speak on Volvo CE – A Global Approach to Research & Innovation
    • Student posters and presentations: April 22, 3:30-8:00 in the CUB 

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    Research Grants 

    Institute for Public Service
    Old Main 202
    Phone: (717) 477-1251
    FAX: (717) 477-4053

    General Information 

    Dr. Marc Renault
    SU Council on Student Research
    MCT 287
    Phone: (717) 477-1234

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                         2014 Celebration of Student Research Conference

                                                  April 22, 2014

    Our annual conference showcases the many exciting and innovative research activities that take place on our campus. Undergraduate and graduate students alike from all disciplines present their research and creative work.  From the sciences and humanities, to business, creative arts, and human services, the conference celebrates students' achievements.  Last year over 400 students participated in the conference with posters, oral presentations, panel discussions, and works of art.

    Conference Information: Tuesday, Apirl 22, 2014, 3:00-8:00 PM CUB

    Keynote Speaker - April 21, 7:00 in Memorial Auditorium

    Kent Meyers is the global director of advanced engineering project management for Volvo Construction Equipment.  Based at the company’s North American headquarters in Shippensburg, PA, Kent manages a global team of project managers and a multi-million dollar portfolio of more than 50 advanced engineering projects.  He supports the development and implementation of new technology leading to the early phases of new product development.

    Kent’s position is truly global.  He works with engineers around the world to develop and test cutting edge technologies that will be considered for the next generation of construction equipment.  The scope of his work has included projects in more than eight countries, including China, Korea, Brazil, and Germany. 

    Kent has been with Volvo Construction Equipment (previously Ingersoll Rand’s road machinery division) since 1997.  His previous roles have given him a specialization in advanced engineering, mechanical engineering, and intellectual property for compaction products.  Kent has worked on many key projects such as intelligent compaction, waterless drums and multi frequency eccentrics.  Kent holds several patents for his design work.

    A native of south central Pennsylvania, Kent holds a Masters of Business Administration from Frostburg State University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pittsburgh.  Previous to his time at Volvo Construction Equipment, Kent was a senior design engineer at Grove Worldwide (now Manitowoc) in Shady Grove, PA.  

    Kent lives in Chambersburg with his wife Holly and their two daughters.  He enjoys playing adult league volleyball and spending time on various outdoor and family activities.  Kent is active in his community, volunteering as a basketball referee and having volunteered with Special Olympics and the American Heart Association.  Previously he has served on his church Board of Directors and currently serves on the Board of Directors for a local manufacturing company.   

    ABSTRACT - "A Global Approach to Research and Innovation"

    Five years ago, Volvo Construction Equipment set out on a journey to take a diverse portfolio of independent business units and merge them into one global functioning company.  This reorganization has allowed Volvo CE to efficiently set up not only a global industrial footprint, but it also expanded the knowledge and capability within the Engineering organization worldwide.  The changes in structure over the last five years have opened communication and collaboration across all Volvo CE product lines as well as across the different technology groups, enabling cost effective design and development and industrializing new technologies that meet and exceed customer expectations.

    Kent Meyers, Global Director of Advanced Engineering Project Management, will share this company transformation and provide insight into how technical research has been streamlined within Volvo CE.  Kent will also share some thoughts about the future of the industry and where Volvo CE is focusing their research initiatives through a short video, and he will present some examples of both locally and globally executed advanced engineering projects.


    Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is a major international company developing, manufacturing and marketing equipment for construction and related industries. Its products, leaders in many world markets, include a comprehensive range of wheel loaders, hydraulic excavators, articulated haulers, motor graders, soil and asphalt compactors, pavers, milling machines and compact equipment.

    Volvo CE gained a presence in south central Pennsylvania with the acquisition of Ingersoll Rand’s road machinery division in 2007.  Since then, significant investment has been made in the Shippensburg site, with the localization of new product lines and the expansion of both manufacturing and office facilities.  Currently Volvo Shippensburg employs about 1000 people representing more than 20 nationalities who work across technology, operations, and sales and marketing. 

    Volvo CE is part of the Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines. The Volvo Group, which employs about 110,000 people, has production facilities in 19 countries and sells its products in more than 190 markets. The Volvo Group is a publicly-held company headquartered in Göteborg, Sweden. 

     Registration deadline was Wednesday, February 19, 2014. There is no cost to present and no cost to attend.

    Student Registration Form - Registration has ended. Students can sign up to present a poster, deliver an oral presentation, or present a work of art. If you are signing up to deliver an oral presentation, you should first check with your department to see if they are organizing a session for students speakers.

    Faculty Registration Form - Registration has ended. A faculty member can organize a session of student presenters. Faculty have wide flexibility in the type of session they can organize.

    More Information:

    General guidelines and information for presenters 

    2014 Celebration of Student Research Conference Program

    2013 Celebration of Student Research Conference Program  

    2012 Celebration of Student Research Conference Program




    We are glad to address any questions you have or to provide assistance with the conference. Please call the Institute for Public Service and Sponsored Programs at 477-1251 or e-mail the office at psbuch@ship.edu.  Please return to this site for periodic updates on the conference.