Competition

Furman’s drone wins top prize in national competition

A Furman team led by physics professor John Conrad won first place in the Drone Prize 2014 competition which was held Aug. 22-24 in Oregon. Carried out by three finalists, the competition consisted of five parts—an oral presentation and four rigorous piloting exercises. The subject of Furman’s oral presentation was the university’s drone overflights in underserved Greenville County communities, Poe Mill and New Washington Heights. The investigators for the project used drone technology to assess street lighting in an effort to help stem crime in the neighborhoods.

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Tracking Lights

There were some nerves for Furman physics professor John Conrad and his students when they sent their DJI Phantom 2 drone into the air for the first time—and that was on a sunny day over the flat, treeless rugby field, for really no reason at all other than seeing if they could. A “leap of […]

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An astronomical achievement

Furman mathematics professor Liz Bouzarth is aware of multiple people who have applied for a National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. She’s known exactly one to actually receive the prestigious award—Furman senior Kristina Pardo. “Peers of mine who are now professors, when they were in graduate school they were unsuccessful,” Bouzarth said. “I have written […]

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University to host meeting of physics teachers

Furman will host the fall joint meeting of the North Carolina and Southern Atlantic Coast Sections of the American Association of Physics Teachers Oct. 25-26.  The meeting will also include the Society of Physics Students, Zone 5. The conference, which includes a Friday night banquet as well as presentations and workshops on Saturday, is hosted […]

StudentRecruiting

Faculty playing larger role in student recruiting

Furman faculty play an integral role in student recruiting. They make telephone calls, attend out-of-town receptions and even invite prospective students and parents into their classrooms. This kind of personal attention makes Furman distinctive and helps boost student yield.

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Meet the 2013-14 Furman Fellows

GREENVILLE, S.C.—Five Furman University seniors have been named Furman Fellows for the current academic year. The students are Bryan Betts of Tega Cay, Kristina Pardo of Weston, Fla., Elisabeth Schlaudt of Greenville, Carrie Seigler of Greenville, and Jacob Zimmerman of Clinton.  The Fellows were announced during opening convocation on Sept. 10. The fellowships are awarded […]

DemoDay

Demo Day

    In just three weeks, students in Professor John Conrad’s “Introduction to Embedded Systems” May Experience course learned how to connect sensors, actuators and indicators to create devices that interact with the physical world. Using the Arduino and Raspberry Pi open source microcontroller platforms, students developed and presented their own capstone independent design projects […]

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A Scholar’s Story

There are people who know a little about many things. There are people who know a lot about a few things. And then there’s Matt Correnti. “He’s someone who knows a lot about many things,” says Lon Knight, Charles Ezra Daniel professor chemistry and chair of the department. Correnti, a native of Springfield, Pa., graduated […]

Readyforwhat'snext

Ready for what’s next

On May 4, Furman’s 590 graduates from the Class of 2013 received their degrees at commencement. Now, these students are preparing to start the job search, begin graduate school, and explore the world.

As they make their way in the world, they know they’re armed with the right tools.

Furman students compete in robotics competition

Four months ago, four Furman students set out to build a robot in the hopes of winning the Atmel robotics competition in Queens, N.Y.

There was only one problem. They had no idea how to build a robot.

“None of us were afraid by the fact we had no knowledge or experience,” said Eva Kostadinova ‘14 (Plovdiv, Bulgaria).